Fire Emblem’s 25th Anniversary book went on sale today in Japan. I bought it with money I received from donations (thanks to all who donated!) and it should arrive on December 1st or 2nd. You can buy the book yourself here. Amazon Japan offers relatively cheap international shipping, so check if it can be delivered to you if interested!
I hope to translate any parts I find interesting from the book itself. If you have requests I may take those up too!
Please feel free to donate for that coming project! It will really help me out!
For those who want to know what the amazon description says, see below where I provide the same translation I made on an older post on the matter.
UPDATE: More reviews are in, some not as positive as others, so I gave a few more to give a spectrum of opinions. Please remember these are just reviews to give you an idea of what it’s like. I may provide my own review later.
5/5 (4 of 24 found helpful)
“A Must-Have for Series’ Fans:
Full of design documents and interviews, the largest amount that have been published to date. The large amount of information on the production cycle and inside story behind the games makes this an essential part of any fan’s collection.”
2/5 (of which 5 of 5 found helpful):
“A book for those who like Awakening and Fates, but not so much for the full 25 years”
Summary: “The book seems to focus on the two more recent installments over the rest of the series, so was a bit of a let down”
3/5 (of which 15 of 18 found helpful):
“A little disappointed”
Summary: A worthwhile read, but one may be let down by what the cover advertises versus what they actually get. Some good things are interviews with the development staff (such as the director), and other interesting tidbits such as info on map design and music composition.
However, 70-80% is Awakening and Fates information, leaving long-time series’ fans a little iffy. Also it lacks in illustrations, and the unused assets mostly pertain to Awakening and Fates as expected.
Would have preferred to see more of the other series’ works and information regarding them.”
The Making of Fire Emblem – 25th Anniversary Development Secrets, Awakening and Fates – Special Book
Release: November 28, 2015
Price: 3,888 Yen (~32 USD) [Import may add 10 USD on average]
-Filled with developers discussing the path the series has taken and its evolution
-Approx. 300,000 characters of interviews
-100+ never before seen development materials from the beginning
-The ultimate book for understanding Awakening, Fates [if], and 25 years of series history
Since the 1990 release of Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light, this year marks the monumental 25th anniversary of the Simulation RPG Fire Emblem.
This book mainly comprises of developer commentary from Nintendo and Intelligent Systems regarding development of the games, but has development documents and retrospectives on Awakening, Fates [if], and 25 years of Fire Emblem history as well in commemoration.
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I would be interested in seeing information about the composition process for the soundtrack.
I’m pretty interested in that too. : ) Will look into it when it arrives!