Fire Emblem Heroes

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Fire Emblem Heroes
Fire Emblem Heroes logo.png
App icon
Developer(s)
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s)
  • Kouhei Maeda
  • Shingo Matsushita
Producer(s)
Programmer(s)
  • Yuji Ohashi
  • Ryo Watanabe
Artist(s)
Writer(s)
  • Kouta Nakamura
  • Kouhei Maeda
  • Satoko Kurihara
  • Yuu Ohshima
Composer(s) Hiroki Morishita
Series Fire Emblem
Platform(s) iOS, Android
Release February 2, 2017
Genre(s) Tactical role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player

Fire Emblem Heroes[a] is a free-to-play tactical role-playing game developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo for iOS and Android devices.[1] The game is a mobile spin-off of the Fire Emblem series, and was released on February 2, 2017.

Gameplay

Beginning with a grid map that measures 8x6, players are able to summon characters from the Fire Emblem series to attack opposing enemies.[2] Players are free to create a team of up to four heroes to progress through the story, or fight against other players' teams.

The game's currency are known as "orbs", which can be used to acquire new heroes.[3] Missions costs are between one and 23 stamina to play while stamina is recovered at a rate of one point per five minutes, with a maximum of 99 stamina. Orbs are either earned by completing in-game activities or with in-app purchases.[3] Orbs can also be used to cast 'Light's Blessing' which heals all of the player's units, revives any of the player's defeated units, makes all activation skills ready to activate and allows a player's team to fight again; in addition, orbs can be used to permanently increase experience gained or maximum hero capacity, or to replenish stamina.

Upon its initial release date, Fire Emblem Heroes gave players access to 100 controllable units in the game, three of whom, Alfonse, Sharena, and Anna, are available for use from the start, and are not featured in any specific previous Fire Emblem titles. The remainder of the characters are drawn from other main series entries. Since release, additional characters have been added to the list, mostly from games that were previously not featured.[4]

Development

The game was first announced by Nintendo as the third mobile game made under the DeNA partnership in April 2016, alongside an Animal Crossing mobile game, and was originally set for release that year.[5][6] The game's title and gameplay details were later revealed during a Fire Emblem Direct presentation in January 2017. Immediately afterwards, Nintendo launched an online "choose your legend" promotion, in which players could vote for various characters from the series to be included in the game. The game was released in 39 countries for Android and iOS devices on February 2, 2017.[2][7] As was the case with Nintendo's previously released mobile game Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes requires players to have a persistent internet connection to play.[3]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 73/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
Hobby Consolas 79/100[9]
Metro 7/10[10]
Pocket Gamer 7/10[11]

Fire Emblem Heroes received positive reception from critics, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[8] One critic praised the game's casual-friendly design with its straightforward combat and character collection, but did not like the arbitrary play time constraint that stamina limit creates.[12]

During the first day of release, Nintendo reported that the game generated more than $2.9 million.[13] The game also ranked in third place in Japan when the game launched, also making shares skyrocket for the company.[14]

Notes

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Faiā Emuburemu Hīrōzu (Japanese: ファイアーエムブレム ヒーローズ)

References

  1. ^ "Famitsu Interview with Nintendo and Intelligent Systems". 
  2. ^ a b Goldfarb, Andrew (January 18, 2017). "Fire Emblem Heroes Announced for Mobile". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Goldfarb, Andrew (January 31, 2017). "Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes is a complex strategy game with a free-to-play twist". The Verge. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  4. ^ Soto, Bobby. "Fire Emblem Heroes releases details on future update". Nintendo Wire. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  5. ^ McWhertor, Michael (April 27, 2016). "Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing are coming to mobile devices". Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ "DeNA meeting reaffirms Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile titles for fall release | Nintendo Wire". Nintendo Wire. August 10, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ Seedhouse, Alex (January 22, 2017). "Fire Emblem Heroes Will Launch In 39 Countries". Nintendo Insider. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Fire Emblem Heroes for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  9. ^ Quesada, Daniel (February 3, 2017). "Análisis de Fire Emblem Heroes - El juego gratis de Nintendo". Hobby Consolas (in Spanish). Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Games review: Fire Emblem Heroes is Nintendo's new free app". Metro. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ Slater, Harry (February 2, 2017). "Fire Emblem: Heroes Review". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  12. ^ "'Fire Emblem Heroes' Review: Nintendo's Latest Mobile Game Features Casual-Friendly Depth". International Business Times. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Nintendo's 'Fire Emblem: Heroes' grosses $2.9M in first-day sales". Apple Insider. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Fire Emblem Heroes Starts Strongly in Japan as Nintendo's Share Value Soars". Nintendo Life. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
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