During the Direct livestream, Nintendo announced that they will bring their tactical RPG series Fire Emblem to smartphones with Fire Emblem Heroes.
Playing as a summoner, you can “call upon Fire Emblem heroes throughout history,” including those from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates. The turn-based battles will take place in an 8 x 6 grid, designed to fit on smartphones. The game will feature the same weapon triangle signature to the series, with the ability to upgrade heroes and even call additional heroes for their armies.
The game will also feature in-app purchases. Nintendo promises “free and timely updates” that will add new content and characters to the game. In addition to the story-based campaign, Heroes will include new modes as well:
- Story Maps: The story brings together new Hero characters along with familiar faces from the Fire Emblem series. Lead your army to victory to save the Kingdom of Askr.
- Training Tower: Engage in battle scenarios of varying difficulty that you can play over and over to earn rewards and experience (EXP) for your allies. Each time you take on these maps, the enemies and terrain change to offer a new challenge.
- Arena Duels: Fight against your rivals around the world. Your high score and ranking will determine your rewards—items that can increase your Heroes’ abilities.
- Hero Battles: Under Special Maps, discover various battle scenarios that are available for a limited time. Defeat the Heroes who oppose you to convince them to join you as an ally.
Nintendo’s first mobile game, Super Mario Run was recently released on the iOS on 15th December.
Fire Emblem Heroes will be available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store as a free download starting 2nd February.