Iwata Asks is a recurring segment in which Nintendo President Satoru Iwata interviews game developers about their values and the development process behind specific games. The latest episode featured the developers of Fire Emblem: Awakening, detailing their thought process behind the evolution of the support system to a marriage system, as well as what their goals were in staying true to the essence of Fire Emblem.
The most interesting factoid to gather from this discussion, however, is the idea that Fire Emblem should break its focus on medieval militias and instead tread ground in more modern war tactics with a tinge of fantasy. This proposal was then taken in an even more drastic direction with the idea that the game could take place on Mars, which was later shot down.
Nintendo is well versed in the ways of outer space, but never before have they explored non-fictional extraterrestrial planets in their games. The idea of a tactical RPG taking place on Mars is an incredibly appealing one no doubt, but Fire Emblem is well-grounded in its medieval setting, and I'm ultimately glad they didn't break that mold for a more science-fictiony game. Do you hope Nintendo looks back at this discarded idea to create an entirely new franchise, or do you think this concept should lay dead?