The classic GBA game Fire Emblem is set to light up the Game Boy Advance library for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack users, making its grand entry on June 23rd. It’s a splendid throwback to the last Nintendo Direct held in February 2023 when the integration of Game Boy Advance games into the Switch Online Expansion Pack was confirmed. Among the tantalising array of titles slated for launch was the legendary turn-based strategy game, Fire Emblem.
Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack: A Home for GBA Classics
Those who are part of the Nintendo Switch Online family enjoy the luxury of engaging with others in online play, gaining access to select DLC, and immersing themselves in a broad array of classic Nintendo games. The subscription’s offerings became even more irresistible on June 5th with the addition of four distinct games – Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble, Harvest Moon, Mystery Towers, and Blaster Master: Enemy Below. Following closely on the heels of this expansion, Nintendo heralded the incorporation of a Fire Emblem game into the Game Boy Advance catalogue.
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, an unforgettable classic from the Fire Emblem franchise, is the lucky game marking its entrance to the Game Boy Advance collection for Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack subscribers come June 23rd. The exciting news of its Switch debut was announced by Nintendo along with a tantalising trailer offering glimpses of game footage. Players get reacquainted with the triumvirate of lords, Lyn, Eliwood, and Hector. Tasked with the mission of unravelling the enigma of the Black Fang and preventing a war from engulfing Elibe.
Despite being the maiden Fire Emblem game to grace North America, it remarkably sits as the seventh instalment in the series. It was not until the emergence of Fire Emblem: Awakening on the Nintendo 3DS that the franchise secured its massive Western popularity. Regardless of whether they’re driven by nostalgia or curiosity, gamers will certainly be eager to revisit this GBA gem, considered one of the finest in the Fire Emblem series.
Embracing the Classic Fire Emblem Titles on Nintendo Switch
Fire Emblem: Engage, the latest series entry, beautifully pays tribute to numerous classic characters. Players can gather emblem rings bearing the might of original heroes such as Marth and Lucina, aiding them in their combats. Fire Emblem: Engage, in line with the classic Fire Emblem titles, prioritises strategic gameplay over lore and character romance, unlike its Fire Emblem: Three Houses counterpart.
The latest title can be thoroughly enjoyed without an in-depth knowledge of the classic characters. However, the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack provides a perfect pathway for Fire Emblem: Engage enthusiasts eager to delve into the series history, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the references made within the game. This allows newer fans, introduced through Fire Emblem: Engage, to forge a deeper bond with the characters, seeing them as more than just fallen soldiers in rings bestowing power-ups.
Fire Emblem will become available for Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack subscribers on June 23rd. Enjoy this trip down memory lane.
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