The latest Nintendo Direct presentation took place this evening on April 1, or early morning on April 2 depending on region, with the company highlighting some of its upcoming Wii U and 3DS titles. As per usual, we have a summary of the RPG-related information and the relevant videos for both North America and Europe.
Possibly one of the biggest news items was the appearance of Wii U crossover title Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei, which is currently being developed by Atlus. A new trailer was shown for the title, which is said to be a "truly modern" RPG, and features footage from various parts of the gameplay.
More Fire Emblem came later on with details regarding the next main game in the series on 3DS, currently untitled in the West but named Fire Emblem If in Japan. This time out the player-created character is considered the main hero/heroine, compared to Fire Emblem Awakening where Chrom and Lucina were considered main protagonists. The game features two kingdoms at war, Hoshido and Nohr, with players choosing which side to fight with. The storyline and campaign is said to change drastically depending on which nation players join forces with. Hoshido's route is said to feature a more traditional Fire Emblem campaign, while choosing Nohr is said to result in a darker, more challenging campaign. The game is currently set to be released in 2016 in both North America and Europe.
Puzzle & Dragons Z was also the recipient of a new trailer, although that video is not currently available individually. Previously announced for release in North America on May 22, 2015, the Puzzle & Dragons double pack for 3DS, which features both Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition now has a release date of May 8, 2015, in Europe. There will be a free demo released some time soon in North America for Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition.
Tactical 3DS RPG Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. made a brief appearance, with news of an update that speeds up enemy battle turns, one of the main complaints about the game following its release in North America. The game is due out in Europe on May 15, 2015. North American RPGamers also received a new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, which is due out in the region on April 10, 2015, as well as being out now in Europe. A launch trailer for the Europe-only 3DS release of Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones Wildfire/Thunderflash also came out following the presentation.
The Wii RPG, Pandora's Tower, was previously announced as coming to the Wii U in Europe as a downloadable title from the eShop, and that release now has a date and price. The game will be available on April 16, 2015, for a price of £17.99/€19.99, although there will be a 25% discount taking the game down to £13.49/€14.99 during its first week on sale.
The relevant videos mentioned above can all be viewed below. Those who wish to view the full replays of the Nintendo Direct presentations can do so here for North America and here for Europe.
Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem If
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones Wildfire/Thunderflash