Nintendo Direct showcases new ‘Fire Emblem,’ ‘Splatoon’

April 01, 2015 | 6:03 p.m.

A release is still a ways away, but Nintendo on Wednesday afternoon showcased some footage from the the latest release in its fantasy role-playing series “Fire Emblem.” It helps if you can speak and read Japanese to fully appreciate the trailer, but here’s the gist: The game is coming in 2016 for the handheld 3DS, and players will be asked to pick one of two differing sides.

The trailer was unveiled during Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct, a semi-regular promotional vehicle in which company executives detail upcoming games for the its Wii U and 3DS  platforms.

Among the games showcased were Nintendo’s wacky squid-like shooter for the Wii U, “Splatoon”;  Wii U creation title “Mario Maker”; and new 3DS game “Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.”

Hero Complex has its eyes on “Splatoon,” which Nintendo premiered at last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The game centers around the relatively nutso idea of human-squid hybrids who can travel via paint. It will launch May 29.

“Mario Maker” will be released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Super Mario Bros.” in September and allow players to create their own levels for Mario and Luigi. “Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer” is coming this fall for the 3DS and zeroes in on the home-decorating aspects of Nintendo’s cutesy “Animal Crossing” world.

As for the new “Fire Emblem,” which is as-yet-untitled, the game will essentially be two-in-one. Players will create the protagonist and then choose between two warring factions — the “peace-loving” Hoshido or the “glory-seeking” Nohr.

The world and characters will be the same in each story line, but the action and personal narrative will differ. The Hoshido path is described as a more traditional, accessible experience, while those who choose the Nohr are in for a more complex game, one that will have players leading a revolution from the inside of a kingdom.

Information is doled out fast in Nintendo Directs, and what follows are some of the other highlights: the anime-inspired “Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains” will be released for the 3DS in May; the role-playing game “Xenoblade Chronicles 3D” will launch April 10; as for the Wii U, “Yoshi’s Woolly World” will land in the fall; and a “Fire Emblem”/ “Shin Megami Tensei” crossover project remains in development.

Now watch the terrific trailer for “Ninja Pizza Girl,” due this year for all major platforms, including the Wii U:

– Todd Martens | @Toddmartens | @LATherocomplex

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