Fire Emblem Heroes Preview

[Updated 2/15/17 – New Heroes Trailer]:


[Updated 2/1/17 – My Nintendo Missions & Rewards Revealed]:

As many reader already know, My Nintendo is the reward site that offers up missions and reward points for completing specific tasks in Nintendo’s mobile games. Fire Emblem Heroes is launching on February 2, and the site has been updated with new missions. You can earn an easy 100 Platinum Points by simply linking your game to your My Nintendo account. 900 more Platinum Points can be earned by completing the game’s 9 chapters. It’s unclear if there are more chapters to the game or if that’s just where the mission rewards stop.



Of course you can also redeem Platinum Points for in-game items in Fire Emblem Heroes. There are various ones to choose from, including:



We will have much more on Fire Emblem Heroes, including a full review in the near future. For more information, be sure to check out our preview.


[Updated 1/27/17 – Heroes & Heroines Trailers Parts 1 & 2]:


[Updated 1/18/17 – Official Trailer]:


[Updated 1/18/17 – Release Date Clarification]:

Nintendo finally clarified the release date for Fire Emblem Heroes. It will be available as a free download on both iOS and Android on February 2, 2017. Not much longer to wait!


[Original Preview]:

As promised last year, Fire Emblem is finally making its way to mobile devices! It’s called Fire Emblem Heroes and it will be available on February 2, 2017 for Android devices. It will come to iOS devices either the same day or shortly after. At time of publishing there was some discrepancies between the Japanese and American divisions of Nintendo so we’re not entirely sure when the iOS version will make it out, but rest assured we will update this preview with the news as it breaks.



So, Fire Emblem Heroes is a free to play game that you can play on the go. If you’ve played any of the games in the series, you’ll be happy to see that the core gameplay mechanics are untouched here. Except perma-death is no longer a feature.



The battle maps definitely seem to be on the small side. This is probably to facilitate short and quick battles as is usually required by mobile gaming. This would encourage users to pick up and play the game in short bursts, whereas traditional Fire Emblem battles could last 30 minutes or longer.



The weapon triangle that has been in place in prior games makes a return. Nintendo simplified the understanding of it by giving each type a color. Red beats Green, Green beats Blue, and Blue beats Red. This will make it visually apparent as to which hero to use against which adversary.



In this game you’ll be able to summon heroes. You use special orbs to do this, which you earn by clearing story maps or by purchasing them with real money through the Shop. While you can tap the color of summoning stone to try and get a warrior you need in your group, exactly who you will get is randomized. If at first you don’t succeed, spend more orbs! How much real money will you spend trying to create your ideal army?




Nintendo launches its next adventure when Fire Emblem Heroes arrives soon on mobile. For detailed information about release timings by platform, please check Emblem Heroes is an original strategy RPG about two warring kingdoms in a bitter clash. As a summoner, players build their army by calling upon popular Fire Emblemheroes from worlds that span the breadth of the series. Players will wage tactical battles streamlined for on-the-go play and level up a mix of new combatants and legendary heroes. Some familiar hero characters will become allies, while others will become enemy generals.

Players can enjoy the full majesty of tactical role playing on bite-sized maps designed to fit nicely on a smartphone screen, even when playing in short bursts. Players lead their armies with easy touch-and-drag controls, including the ability to attack by simply swiping an ally hero over an enemy. If they manage to defeat every enemy on a given map, victory will be theirs.

The heroes are depicted in new art hand-drawn by a variety of illustrators, and their voices have been newly recorded. Beyond the main story mode, players can engage in other modes to strengthen their army or to compete against others. Free and timely updates will add new characters and content for additional hours of gameplay as well. Fire Emblem Heroes will be available as a free download with optional in-app purchases available. Visit the Fire Emblem Heroes website for details about pre-registration.


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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