The news last month that 3DS developer AlphaDream has gone bankrupt reportedly led to the internal cancellations of several 3DS games that were in the works, including a remake of a previous game in the Fire Emblem series.
This news comes via Greg Miller’s Kinda Funny podcast during a chat with former Game Informer senior editor Imran Khan. At around the 45:20 mark of the video below, the two discuss Nintendo’s statements on the strong sales of the Switch Lite, and the likelihood that this will lead to more 3DS franchises coming to Nintendo’s new handheld.
The result is encouraging for Pokemon games coming next month. Nintendo chief Furukawa said company would make more 3DS franchises available on Switch to convey appeal of Lite.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) October 31, 2019
The Switch Lite sold 1.95 million units in its first 11 days of release, showing that there’s still an appetite for handheld-dedicated consoles. But things aren’t looking so good for Nintendo’s older handheld: Khan notes on the podcast, AlphaDream’s Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey for the 3DS sold terribly despite strong reviews. According to Khan, the game shipped “something like” 11,000 units in its first month.
“When that happened, I heard that Nintendo cancelled a bunch of further 3DS plans,” Khan states. “I know there was another Fire Emblem remake in the works. And that was one of the things they shuttered.” He goes on to speculate the possibility of that game eventually coming to Switch.
It would make sense–the last Fire Emblem remake on the 3DS, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was well-received, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses on Switch has enjoyed the best sales figures of the series. Another Fire Emblem game on the series seems like a safe bet, especially if development was already underway.
This is in no way confirmed, though–so for now, if you want more Fire Emblem on Switch, consider investigating the excellent New Game Plus perks in Three Houses.
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