Me, an Intellectual:
Fire Emblem doesn’t need to be saved. Awakening saved Fire Emblem. Awakening is the entire reason we got Fates as fast as we did. Yes, Fates wasn’t the best game, and it had a pretty terrible localization in the west, but Fates was Nintendo’s test ground to see what works and what doesn’t. Since localization handled by Tree House was pretty terrible, they’re going back to having 8-4 doing the localization. Awakening brought in a surge of new fans to the IP, and Fates was geared towards those new fans to see if that’s what makes the game sell. Awakening outsold Fates by 0.20 million copies, and is still the reason why we have Heroes and are getting Echoes, Warriors, and the unannounced Switch title in 2018.