When I heard that one of my favorite sites, Miketendo64.com was having a Fire Emblem week, I started to think about how NintendoFigures.com could celebrate and for whatever reason a new and awesome toy idea popped into my head that I want to share with all of you. The strategy games made by Intelligent Systems have been quite popular for a number of years now and while Fire Emblem and Advance Wars are in some ways very different games, there is a figure idea that could be well-suited for both series. Mini-figures or miniatures could capture the top-down/overhead view of the games and possibly be a way to simulate some of your favorite battles from the games. There are a number of miniature based board games and wargames out there that are very popular and both of these series would be perfectly suited both for gamers and Nintendo collectors.
Let’s start with Fire Emblem. The overhead maps of Fire Emblem function a lot like wargames do. The focus is on movement, terrain, and strategy in both kinds of games. Fire Emblem has a really diverse cast of characters with their own strengths and weaknesses which could easily be captured in a miniature/wargame. More importantly, smaller Fire Emblem characters that you could display on a desk or if you have the ability, to put on some terrain would look incredible and be awesome for Fire Emblem fans. I think something like this would be a risk for Nintendo but a lot of wargames like Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, and popular board games like Mansions of Madness and Zombicide which use miniatures prove that people are into these kinds of games and that miniatures have a strong appeal. It might also expand Fire Emblem and Nintendo’s fan base to other kinds of gamers which is always a good thing too.
As cool as Fire Emblem would be, I think this idea of mini-figures/miniatures whether for a board game, wargame, or just for display is absolutely perfect for Advance Wars. The units in Advance Wars always kind of looked like toy soldiers and tanks and small figures would capture that really well. I would even go so far as to say that the protagonists like Max, Andy, and Sami wouldn’t really work well as action figures since they rarely do much in the games other than command their troops. As amazing as this idea would be, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems both have seemingly moved on from Advance Wars and it doesn’t look like we’re likely to see any more of these games in the near future. I really prefer Advance Wars similarities to RTS games (expendable units and resource management) compared to the permadeath of Fire Emblem so this makes this especially hard for me to admit.
Regardless of the practicality, this is an idea that gets you excited to think about and could be tons of fun. If Nintendo felt uncomfortable moving into the gaming space, maybe they could make mini-Amiibos that scan into the games which let you pick or set your roster for Fire Emblem or Advance Wars so you get a little of the board game/wargame feel while still playing a video game. This would obviously encourage people to collect them all too.
Practicality aside, this idea could potentially make a lot of Nintendo fans happy and I think would sell well whether they are miniatures with no actual game in mind or if Nintendo enters into the boardgame and wargame space with their franchises.