Why Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Is A Separate Game And Not DLC

By Ishaan . July 10, 2013 . 3:30pm

Fire Emblem: Awakening has been a great success for Nintendo, not just in terms of sales but also in terms of how much downloadable content has been purchased, judging by early figures from Japan alone. Intelligent Systems designed Awakening’s DLC in the form of various add-on chapters that provide various optional benefits as well as the occasional side-story.


Why then, was Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem not a part of the DLC plans for Fire Emblem: Awakening? It would’ve made sense—both Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV are Nintendo 3DS games, and both have been very successful.


Nintendo’s Hitoshi Yamagami, who is overseeing Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, tells the Hobby Consolas magazine that it’s because Nintendo felt that it is assumed DLC should be based on the game it’s being included in, and provide more content for existing fans, instead of disappointing them with something excessively different.


Yamagami went on to say that, if you intend to do a collaboration like Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, which is intended for a different audience, it’s best to keep it separate from the main game, pointing out that the crossover and the DLC were very different from one another.


As previously mentioned, Yamagami hinted that Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem will take place at least partly in the modern world, so it makes sense that the game isn’t aimed at the exact same audience that enjoys traditional Fire Emblem games.


Source: Fire Emblem WoD


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  • Space_Ghost

    I know it was not any of my lovely people at Siliconera that asked this question, so I will say: It was a horrible question to ask. Surely the reporter could have asked a better question, such as what specific characters will be used? Or perhaps if new characters will be created for this crossover?

    Why would this game be DLC? That would be awful. Furthermore, it’s for Wii U, not 3DS, so the question makes no sense whatsoever. I love my 3DS and Wii U, but the Wii U is in desperate need of this game, and many more.

    Good reporting on your part Siliconera, but a bad question from whomever asked it originally.

    • Honestly, I think it can be forgiven, considering that Nintendo aren’t talking to anyone about this game right now. You have to be careful while asking sensitive questions. You can either ask a safe question and get an honest reply or go with a trickier question and not get one at all.

      • Fidelis

        On that track of thought, I would have asked a broad question about the game itself

        Will it have a strong narrative?

        Will it combine the two franchises’ gameplay styles?

        This question just wasn’t really..helpful..
        I’d bet it’s not really something that most people have been wondering

        • See, the problem is… those questions wouldn’t get answers. Will it have a strong narrative. He would probably just have said “yes”. That doesn’t make for a very strong story. The “will it combine” question is a good idea, and one I’m sure they thought of (and maybe even asked) but they would never have gotten a reply to that.

        • Brimfyre


          There is no sixth W.

          • Ephidiel

            in german there are six W

      • Space_Ghost

        Yeah, of course it can be forgiven. It’s not like they killed someone lol. Nintendo doesn’t like to talk about games that are too far off though, we all know that. I don’t even think this was a safe question to be honest. It was pretty dumb, in reality. If this reporter doesn’t know that Fire Emblem: Awakening is on the 3DS, and this game is on Wii U, why are they even reporting on video games? With sound reasoning and a little knowledge on the subject, a much better question could have been asked that actually benefitted us.

        This isn’t towards you at all Ishaan. You are just doing your job and reporting on what is out there. I’m sure you could have come up with a better question if it was you.

        • No no, I know it wasn’t aimed at me, heh. I just mean, we’ve been in that exact position, too, you know? It happens all the time. You’re talking to X producer of Huge Game Y, and you have the rare opportunity to ask him about a future product that isn’t even on the radar yet.

          Sometimes, you just gotta make do with what you have. I’m sure they tried asking other questions and got a “no comment,” which they didn’t publish. :)

    • Lucius

      I have to agree with you, when I first heard of Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, I thought that something cool was going to come out, but it never even crossed my mind that it could be a dlc for fire emblem awakening.

    • Sardorim

      I wouldn’t mind knowing which characters get in.. I mean we know Marth and other Lords are most likely getting in but what about fan favorites? Personally I want Farina, Fir, Cordelia, and Kjelle.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      If you look at the teaser trailer, you can get an idea of what characters will be used.

      What I’m most interested in, is what genre this game will be.

  • mirumu

    I really don’t think it would have made any sense at all for it to have been DLC. It’d be downright bizarre, and I say that as someone who owns FE:A and has a preorder in for SMT IV.

    I’m glad Yamagami gets it.

  • ragingmerifes

    Why would an original game be DLC for something?

  • MasterScrub

    That’s like asking why Marvel vs Capcom 3 wasn’t DLC for Street Fighter IV.

    • AkuLord3

      Fix that, “why isn’t SFxTekken DLC for SSF4”

      • Slayven19

        Yeah that’s a better example. Anyway who even would even begin to think it was? I think a better question is why it wouldn’t be on 3ds but I don’t care about that as I want it on wiiU. Needs more wiiU games me do and I want some high def graphics.

  • 1) It is for Wii U. 2) It contains two series… it would be hard to be fair in adding it to one or the other. And I am actually really happy it is a full game of its own. Especially since it is for Wii U which needs games.

  • Ben Sylvia

    I can’t wait to fight demons with my Generals and Heroes.

  • MikeTxn

    I hope this collaboration opens more crossover options. Not only for Fire Emblem, but other Nintendo series as well (even though I’m still dreaming of a Super General Taisen).

    • Uh, A cross between Advanced Wars and Super Robot Taisen?

  • Why make DLC when you can make a whole game? I don’t mind DLC, but I don’t think it would be sufficient for the kind of crossover that this is. It’s just too big in scope to keep it down to a $4.99 piece of DLC, or however much DLC costs for Awakening. I haven’t actually payed much attention to it.

    • Pyrotek85

      Yeah if they’re going to do this I’d rather it be a proper game by itself and not an addon of some kind.

  • It would be great to start hearing more about this once SMT IV is out.

    The upside of the Wii U struggling is the assurance that Nintendo will be too desperate NOT to localize any of their games.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      All of Nintendo’s Wii U titles are coming worldwide. It was announced at Nintendo US Direct in Jan.

  • King mogz

    So this game would involve modern day guns and tanks against Fire Emblems swords and arrows? lol.

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