Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo’s first fully fledged Android game is now rolling out worldwide. The turn-based strategy was designed as a simplified version of classic Fire Emblem games and should be available for download in all parts of the world by the end of the day. First gameplay video and screenshots of the game can be seen below.
Upon first launching Fire Emblem Heroes, players are prompted to select their country and log into the game using their Nintendo Account, though the latter is completely optional. The game also needs to download an additional data package to work. The package is just over 86MB in size, so make sure you have enough space on your device before you try running Fire Emblem Heroes. As for the game itself, Nintendo designed its latest product as a free-to-play turn-based strategy which has players assume the role of a powerful summoner that’s tasked with saving the Kingdom of Askr from total destruction. Naturally, that quest involves a lot of battles and cutscenes in the vein of previous Fire Emblem games. Battle mechanics are mostly identical to the main series, though parties and maps are now smaller, meaning missions are relatively short. This was likely a conscious design decision made to make Fire Emblem Heroes more suitable for playing on the go, and the same can be said about the fact that the game was designed to be played with a single hand in portrait mode.
In addition to the Story Mode that features three difficulty levels, Fire Emblem Heroes also offers several other gameplay modes, including a player-versus-player Arena. However, this is still primarily a single player game, which is why some players likely won’t be happy to find out that it requires a constant Internet connection. Other than that, Fire Emblem Heroes also features an energy system which theoretically slows down your progress, but Stamina points are seemingly earned faster than you can spend them, at least if you don’t die a lot. Higher difficulty levels require you to spend more Stamina points to play them, but they also offer significantly higher rewards. In overall, the game seems worth giving a shot if you’re a fan of the Fire Emblem series or turn-based strategies in general.