Impressions of Fire Emblem Heroes

As an aside, I inherently have a problem with reviewing a game that’s essentially free. Yes, you can purchase a number of things to improve the experience, but it’s essentially DLC, an add on. So actually rating it feels weird to me.

That said, I can give my initial impressions of it. It…just makes me long to play other Fire Emblem games.


Developed by a combination of DeNA, Nintendo, and Intelligent Systems, Fire Emblem Heroes is the first mobile foray for Fire Emblem, where players can acquire a cast of characters from Fire Emblem history. So far the Shadow Dragon/Mystery of the Emblem games (Fire Emblem 1 & 3),  Elibe games (Fire Emblem 6 & 7), Awakening (Fire Emblem 13), and Fates (Fire Emblem 15) have representation in the initial rollout of the app, with more coming down the line, not only from these games, but from other games in the series.

You can sort of see that this feels far more polished than most mobile games. This might be due to the delay — it was slated to come out last year, but was pushed back by Super Mario Run. From the amount of artwork, the voice work, to some of the music, the effort is definitely there.

Whether the concept is acceptable, your mileage may vary. As it’s a popular type of game in Japan, you can see all of the concepts in this one — from stamina to getting a few amount of orbs, to having to need some luck to not only get the character you want, but at a high level, it’s almost a nuisance, but only if you choose to fall prey to what the developers want. And that’s up to you.

The big issue with Fire Emblem Heroes is the gameplay. It’s a bite sized version of console Fire Emblem. With a 8×6 grid, no dodging, or permadeath, it’s definitely a light affair. This doesn’t mean it’s not engaging, and the absurd difficulty is there. But while I was moving along the story, I became unsatisfied.

Well, in general the story is unsatisfying but for a mobile game it’s fine. But the faster I completed the maps, the more I longed to actually sit down and play a console Fire Emblem game. I think that’s going to be the draw — people who feel like there’s more to this franchise can purchase the games on various consoles. Otherwise, this is something to spend maybe 30 minutes to an hour on throughout a day.

Maybe that’s going to be enough for some.

Absolutely Logical Predictions For The Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct

fire-emblemThe Fire Emblem Direct is tomorrow. At 5PM EST. Focused on upcoming Fire Emblem titles.


Ok, shrieking aside, this is a pretty important direct, since it’s expected to showcase some stuff for the future. I can’t exactly know what they will share with the public, but I can guess.

But I’m actually saving my hopes for the end. Now think of this post like the Kickstarter model, but convert the money into time. That’s what I’m doing — however lengthy the direct is, that’s what will be revealed. The shortest direct of an individual game is 6 minutes (The Pokemon Sun and Moon reveal direct), the absolute longest is 39 minutes (Super Smash Bros direct April 2014). Ignoring that Smash is a crossover though, the longest non-crossover was Bayonetta 2 at 30 minutes.

So ascribing to this model, what could possibly be announced in this span of time?

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10 Questions About Fire Emblem, All of Them Answered By Walters!

I guess this is my questions face.

I’m back. Well, not really. I just got settled into my hours at work, but as long as I schedule myself, stick to my schedule, and get good sleep, we should be good to go. Though I have to come up with some new content for the site in the next few days. Well, I have an idea at least.

I’ll explain it in this question segment! While I was gone, there were burning questions involving Fire Emblem, Robin and Lucina, and other video game stuff that I’d like to answer. Let’s get to that!

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So Let’s Look Back At Our Fire Emblem Smash Bros Predictions!

Fire Emblem Marths lol

So many people named Marth in Fire Emblem…geez…

So with me thinking this is gonna be it for Fire Emblem reps in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS, it makes perfect sense to look back, and see exactly how we all did in predicting who actually make the game. Some were more accurate than others.

Speaking of accurate…

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Deciphering Bootleg Fire Emblem

I stumbled onto this by accident. See, Illiterate Scholar is awesome (hope you find the time to finish a few more FE videos!), and was one of my inspirations on starting the blog. So because I’ve watched his FE videos, this little gem popped up:

And now, I have to talk about this glorious piece of work.

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