Eurogamer has a fascinating short piece with Nintendo’s Hitoshi Yamagami and Fire Emblem producer Masahiro Higuchi, asking why Nintendo hasn’t made a new one in nearly a decade. Yamagami worked on the last three games, including the “Days of Ruin” title made for the DS in 2008.
According to Hitoshi, it’s harder for them to develop relationships in that series, as opposed to others they’ve been doing. So the hold up isn’t necessarily game design or production woes, but storytelling that’s holding them back. That said, both he and Higuchi said they’d like to see a return to the series. Here are some quotes from the piece to check out below.
“Personally, I’d love to do Advance Wars, but since it’s harder to create relationships between its characters compared to Fire Emblem, I don’t have a clear idea of what kind of setting it could have,” Yamagami told Eurogamer.
“The Advance Wars series is one that I personally have a lot of interest in,” said Masahiro Higuchi, a producer on Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and a contributor to 2001’s Advance Wars. “I hear some of the staff here saying that they want to make one too, so if we have a chance it’s something I’d like to do!”