It seems that this is the year for Fire Emblem art books, as yet another one was just recently revealed. A few months ago, we caught wind of their being a 25th anniversary book on the way, and shortly after, there was news of a book that would focus on just Fire Emblem: Awakening. Now, we have the book for Genei Ibun Roku #FE, the elusive Wii U crossover title which is still due out here in the west at some point.
The book will be 336 pages long and will feature character sketches, mirages, performers, backgrounds, and various miscellaneous pieces. Additionally, there'll be pictures of several voice actors, faithful reproduction of in-game magazines, and full dialogue scripts from character interaction. Of course, it's Japan-only, but you can pre-order it here ahead of its 26th February release in the region.
What do you think? Would you like this art book to come west? Are you looking forward to this game? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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I'm buying the game (and hopefully the art book at some point) on the first day!
Is this game still coming out in the USA???
I hope so! I will be soooooo mad if it doesn't get a Western release!
But what about an international release date for the game or even a title? A bit surprising it's coming out at all, at this point.
@Gauchorino I agree, Nintendo has been weirdly quiet on this one. I believe it'll still release here, but there will be very little fanfare around it.
Love the art (though the mirage designs are all really.....bizarre). I still need to buy my Nep VII artbook though, so this will have to wait I'm afraid.
No more JP Fire Emblem books for me. I bought Knights of Iris and now it's being localized. I bought that new "documentary" book of Awakening which turned out to have 300-400 pages of print with little to no art.
No more. Western release or bust.
Sometimes I prefer the art books to the games. I'll definitely pick this up.
I have the 25th Anniversary book. btw, it is not an art book. It's more like an interview collection and the development history of FE series over these 25 years.
I doubt Genei Ibun Roku #FE will come to the west though. Got the game, and found out it has a lot of singing (of course they are all in Japanese). According to Nintendo, localization usually also means translate all the songs. How to find the right singers and translate everything appropriately may be not that easy and take too much time. But who knows?
I appreciate the game, but this art book? I'm not sure... the game looks great on Wii U but surprisingly I don't have the urge to purchase this art book. I did pick up the music CD...
@RGnsd I don't think they would really need to redo all the songs in English since I suspect most people that buy the game would probably be into Japanese stuff.
Just bought the game recently and I was surprised that the game is pretty dark. I am not a huge fan of cartoons set in Japanese high schools so I wasn't too sure about the game, but the story is actually fairly interesting and the combat is good. I also like the dungeon crawling aspect of it which contrasts with the recent trend toward open world RPGs. Never played an SMT game before..
Game isnt exciting as i was (and probably most) people expected, but it still looks like a solid rpg with good elements from both genres mixed in.
the art for this game is beyond amazing
Well it is made by Atlus and as a crossover for SMT and FE, of which both series have traditionally been dark so guess that was natural, despite its initial outlook. Plus there were short sequences in the reveal trailer that showed it to be darker than meets the eye. Main series SMT games are dungeon crawling so that aspect is nice.
I have become more interested in this game after my initial displeasure at the reveal, since it is trying to be its own thing with SMT and FE elements. I have never been into J-Pop but the songs are catchy.
A localization nightmare though since it has Japanese singers and whatnot. It is either Dual Audio or bust for me. I am not interested in Nintendo (or Atlus) 'localizing' it and removing Japanese audio altogether. Especially the songs which should remain Japanese.
The art is definitely great. I might get the book if it comes to the West.
The Toi8 looks amazing.
Q) What do you think?
A) I think that the cover of that book looks awesome. Then again, I find that what I've seen of Genei Ibun Roku #FE as a whole looks lovely; it's vibrant colours help make the game pop.
Q)Would you like this art book to come west?
A) I certainly wouldn't mind it coming to the west; I'd be particularly fond of it being a pre-order bonus for the game. It might be a little harder to find within my area otherwise.
Q) Are you looking forward to this game?
A) Despite my fears that it may lack a physical release in the EU or not come out this year, I still ended up putting this game down as my most highly anticipated game of 2016. It's a large scaled turn based RPG that is exclusive to the Wii U; that description alone has me excited for the game. It also helps that I've enjoyed what I've seen of the game so far as well.
@roboshort well they did redo a lot of songs for games in the past. But talking about the overall qualities...? Nah I don't really want to think about them. :/ Just like @LasermasterA said, dual audio is a better option for this game if localization does happen.
I like the battle system, a lot.
@MitchVogel Either that, or (if certain NX rumors prove to be true) there will be an enormous amount of fanfare in the hopes that they can recoup all the funds spent on localizing it, which would probably prove unproductive in the shadow of the NX's impending release.
Fire Emblem Awakening art book is end of August Fyi
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