It's the first of April and that means the time has come for the one holiday that has all gamers on edge - April Fool's Day. For this year's prankster holiday, Nintendo have jokingly "announced" a brand new Fire Emblem entry for the Switch and 3DS, titled Fire Emblem: Battle of Revolution.
Showing that it takes its pranks almost as seriously as its actual games, Nintendo Japan have built an official site for the "new" Fire Emblem game that provides a wealth of information regarding what players can expect from this joke title. Taking on the classic 8-bit look of Fire Emblem Gaiden rather than the more recent anime style of Fire Emblem Heroes, Battle of Revolution stars Valbar, Leon, and Kamui as the main characters and is scheduled for "release" on April 20, 2017.
Given that the April 20 release date coincides with the launch of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia on the 3DS in Japan, as well as the fact that Valbar, Leon, and Kamui are playable characters in the aforementioned game, the "announcement" of Battle of Revolution doubles as both a prank and a clever little plug for the upcoming release of Shadows of Valentia.
This isn't the first time that Nintendo has pranked gamers for April Fool's Day, though it is considerably smaller in scale compared its Pokemon joke three years ago. On that memorable April Fool's Day, Nintendo and Google partnered up on an elaborate prank in which Google Maps users were able to explore the world in search of Pokemon, ala an early, stripped down version of Pokemon GO before Pokemon GO became a reality. While some fans may be a bit disappointed that Battle of Revolutions is nothing more than an April Fool's prank, there are new Fire Emblem titles coming later this year that certainly aren't a joke.
In addition to the upcoming release of Shadows of Valentia, fans can also expect a new hack-and-slash action game titled Fire Emblem Warriors, which is coming to the Switch and 3DS sometime in the Fall of 2017. Couple that with rumors of the possibility of Fire Emblem Fates arriving on the Switch, it certainly seems like 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for the Fire Emblem series, fake titles or otherwise.