Fire Emblem Heroes is Nintendos Next Mobile Game

first_imgStay on target In her ZAM review of Fire Emblem: Fates, one of my favorite games of last year, Aevee Bee opens with the description “Fire Emblem: Fates is a fantasy chess game where you can make the chess pieces kiss.” It shouldn’t be surprising then that the strategy RPG franchise been pretty niche for most of its existence. No American child had any idea who Marth was outside of Super Smash Bros. Melee. But no more! Fire Emblem is now bigger than it’s ever been, so big it’s leaping off of Nintendo’s hardware and onto your smartphone. Fire Emblem Heroes is Nintendo’s next mobile game.We already knew a Fire Emblem mobile game was coming. Along with an Animal Crossing mobile game, they were the next two projects Nintendo had lined up after Miitomo and Super Mario Run. However, Nintendo fully revealed Fire Emblem Heroes during a special, Yuri Lowenthal-voiced Fire Emblem-themed Nintendo Direct video. Take a look!Fire Emblem Heroes takes core the Fire Emblem strategy gameplay, which is already pretty mobile-friendly, and puts it on your dang phone. To lead your army to victory, you’ll recruit characters from previous Fire Emblem games and battle foes who have also recruited these classic characters. Unleash Chrom and Marth and Ike and all your other favorite blue-haired swordsmen on the (smaller) battlefield. Different units you summon have different magical attributes, even if they’re the same character, so you have to balance strengths and weakness. Characters level up as you use them and you can augment them further with orbs. The classic Fire Emblem weapons triangle, where swords beat axes beat lances beat swords, returns.Fire Emblem Heroes feature strictly 2D art, sprites on the battlefield and lovely illustrated and voiced portraits of characters during down time. The video showed hearts appearing on the characters, so maybe the popular romance features of previous Fire Emblem games will return.Unfortunately, Fire Emblem Heroes is a mobile game with mobile game pricing. Unlike Super Mario Run’s one-time fee, Fire Emblem Heroes is free to start but then charges players for in-game currency. Oh well. Fire Emblem Heroes launches on Android and iOS on February 2. In the meantime, fans can vote on which characters should appear.That wasn’t today’s only Fire Emblem announcement. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a 3DS reimagining of NES classic Fire Emblem Gaiden, launches May 19 along with new Amiibo.We got a better look at Fire Emblem Warriors, the Fire Emblem/Dynasty Warriors mashup for Nintendo Switch. That game is coming this fall and is also coming to the New Nintendo 3DS. Based on how poorly Hyrule Warriors ran on the original 3DS, we’re not surprised this title is limited to the upgraded hardware.Finally, we were told a real Fire Emblem game for Nintendo Switch, the franchise’s first console entry since 2007’s Radiant Dawn, is coming in 2018.With Fire Emblem Heroes out of the way, and Animal Crossing already confirmed, Nintendo still has one unannounced mobile game. Where’s that new Advance Wars at?Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs last_img