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Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Trailer Analysis

As Satoru Shibata rightly said in the European Nintendo Direct that aired this week, it’s been 2 years since the announcement of the highly anticipated Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover. We were teased with a very short snippet that just showed off character portraits from both franchises and little else. The only indicator that the title was still coming was the constant appearance on Nintendo’s upcoming games lists. You get the feeling that maybe, just maybe, Nintendo announced the game a little bit too soon. The radio silence from both Atlus and Nintendo lead many to believe that the title wasn’t in development anymore, especially as there was no news during SEGA’s acquisition of Atlus last year. But on April fool’s day, that all changed as Nintendo showed off a brand new trailer from Atlus giving us the first impression of what the title might actually look and play like.

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What might be the most confusing element of the trailer is that it’s really hard to tell just where the Fire Emblem element comes into play, with the game taking a more Persona-esque feeling than many were expecting from the game. What we can take away from the trailer, however, is that the game will be set in modern day Tokyo, with a focus on what appears to be idol culture with a fantasy twist. The characters that appear at the beginning of the trailer can be assumed to be the main characters, as they appear throughout. The emblem on the school uniforms also somewhat Fire Emblem in styling.

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The character that appears at 0:24 (going off the American trailer) is styled like a character from Fire Emblem: Awakening, although it’s difficult to pinpoint whether they’re a returning character or not. The fantasy crossed with real-life element is shown next, with one of the protagonists switching from being on the train to a form of arena or stage area with a rapier. The trailer cycles through protagonists, one with magic, another riding a motorcycle. A familiar class from Fire Emblem is also shown, as a girl flies on a Pegasus.

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The character at 0:39 appears to be the main villain, and it looks like they’re dropping an eclipse on Tokyo… At 0:40, there’s a character that looks awfully like Tiki who features in several Fire Emblem games, including Awakening. The hub world is largely based off real world Tokyo, and has a very Persona 5 feel to it. The overworld also features more rural areas of Japan/Tokyo to contrast the flashy, heavily electronic-based areas that a lot of the action appears to take place. If you haven’t noticed by know, you should at 0:54 that the background song is called Reincarnation by Kiria, just in case you wanted to Google the name of it. Tiki also reappears at 0:56, which suggests that she might be an important character to the story.

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The character at 1:03 has a mask that’s very similar in design to that of Lucina’s in Awakening. The floating head in the stylish cap at 1:08 looks a little bit like Gangrel from Awakening (check out the beard, it’s pretty similar). His cap also has a few similarities with Gangrel’s crown. It’s unknown if the rest of his body will make an appearance. The internet suggests that the enemy at 1:11 is Aversa from Awakening, but it’s hard to see why (let us know in the comments if you think otherwise). The Pegasus Knight reappears at 1:13 and it looks a little bit like Catrina (Katua) from the early Fire Emblem games, like Gaiden, mostly because the outfit looks fairly similar.

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The next part of the trailer shows off the battle system, which looks turn-based but also relies on combos, so it could be that the moves of each characters can possibly combine to produce bigger combo attacks. At 1:26, we’re treated to a view of Tokyo that is reminiscent of Sonic Adventure, just with pinky-brown water instead. The screenshots don’t really show anything new, but we’ve included them in the gallery below for your viewing pleasure.

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That’s all we’ve got from the first trailer, if there’s anything you’ve noticed that we haven’t, let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more news on the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover game.

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