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Kenta Nakanishi

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, takes on a completely new name. In an interview with The Verge, director Kenta Nakanishi explained the change.

Nakanishi told the site:

“Because it wasn’t released outside of Japan, and gaiden means side story, people would think ‘What is the side story for?’ So we thought we’d come up with a new title.”

Nakanishi also commented on the Fire Emblem game he would remake if he had to choose. His selection? Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, a Japan-exclusive GBA title. Nakanishi said that Roy’s story “has never been told, so it would be great if we could release a remake of his story.”

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In a new interview with USGamer, Nintendo’s Kenta Nakanishi spoke about what the Fire Emblem team would like to improve on in the future.

The first element Nakanishi highlighted are character growth rates. About this feature, he said:

“One of the things we want to improve on in the future is the growth rate of the characters. We changed the growth rate by two times or three times from the original; but we’ve heard feedback that it wasn’t enough, so that’s something we will keep in mind for the future.”

In a new interview with Polygon, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia director Kenta Nakanishi spoke about the newly released remake.

Nakanishi told the site that Intelligent Systems wanted “to integrate things that we couldn’t do with Fire Emblem Fates on the 3DS platform.” That caused the team to look back on the past. Fire Emblem Gaiden was a game that resonated with Intelligent Systems and Nakanishi in particular since his father – who died when he was a child – had passed the game on to him.