Fire Emblem Heroes Review | Mobile

fireemblemheroes_iconI might get some flak for saying this, but Fire Emblem Heroes if the first Nintendo game on mobile that’s actually really good and has me hooked. Fire Hero Emblems is the first game in the series to hit smartphones and is a turn based strategy-RPG. The game features both story mode as well as arena duels against random players. There’s even special time-limited battles you can participate in for exclusive rewards and characters.

Fire Emblem Heroes consists of small battles. It’s a turn based game so each side takes turns moving their characters around the board, strategically placing them within striking distance of their enemies. Characters can only move a certain number of blocks and in a certain way depending on the terrain of the field and what character your using. Like other games of this type, characters are strong and weak against other types of characters, it just all depends on what you’re using.

I really like the strategic aspect of Fire Emblem Heroes. It’s really easy to jump into but the battles themselves can be real challenging, especially later on in the game. It’s a good idea to level up your characters as much as you can before tackling the higher levels and you can do this through the training mode. And since this is an RPG, characters can also learn new moves and equip those to become more powerful.

If all of this sounds like a lot of work for you, don’t worry. You can have the game auto-battle for you which takes some of the challenge away, but it’s a good way to play if you’re feeling lazy. This actually works out in your favor too sometimes and can help you pass difficult to beat missions.

Another part of the game besides battling is summoning heroes. Summoning new heroes requires orbs and orbs can be obtained after each successful battle. Usually you get 1 orb for each win but you can also gain bonus orbs from just logging in each day or completing certain objectives. I found it quite easy to obtain orbs and haven’t found a need to purchase any with real money yet. Summoning 1 hero requires 5 orbs. However if you save up 20 orbs, you’ll be able to summon 5 heroes in one go. This is the most efficient means of summoning as you’re basically getting 1 summon for free and you also have a better chance of summoning 4+ star heroes.

Why is Fire Emblem Heroes the best Nintendo smartphone game so far? While Super Mario Run was okay, it got boring after the first few runs and there really wasn’t much to do after if you didn’t purchase the full game. Fire Emblem Heroes on the other hand is mostly all free-to-play and only asks for your money if you want to purchase more orbs, and that’s not even something you ever need to do. The strategic nature of the game makes it really fun for me and trying to obtain high level characters has me addicted.

Should you play Fire Emblem Heroes? Definitely. If you like strategy games, this is very strategic. If you like RPGs, this is an RPG too. Like collecting characters? Like battling random players? Like cool art of the characters? Fire Emblem Heroes has it all.

iTunes App Store Link: Fire Emblem Heroes
Google Play Link: Fire Emblem Heroes
Developer: Nintendo
Price: Free
In-App Purchases: Yes


Open the gateways between worlds, Heroes at your side.

Nintendo’s hit strategy-RPG Fire Emblem series is now reimagined for smart devices.

Fight battles customized for touch screens and on-the-go gameplay. Summon characters from across the Fire Emblem universe. Develop your Heroes’ skills, and take them to new heights. This is your adventure—a Fire Emblem that’s like nothing you’ve seen before!

This application is free to download and offers some optional in-app purchases.

■ An epic quest

A world with two kingdoms: the Emblian Empire, which wishes to rule all worlds, and the Askran Kingdom, which stands in its way.

You are a summoner with the special ability to call upon legendary Heroes from different Fire Emblem worlds. In order to save the Kingdom of Askr from destruction, join the Order of Heroes and face a never-ending challenge.

■ Intense battles

Take part in strategic turn-based battles streamlined for on-the-go play with maps that fit in the palm of your hand! You’ll need to think hard about the advantages and disadvantages of each Hero’s weapon—and even evaluate the map itself as you battle. Lead your army with easy touch and drag controls, including the ability to attack by simply swiping an ally over an enemy.

■ Original characters meet legendary Heroes

The game features numerous Hero characters from the Fire Emblem series and a few brand-new Heroes created by artist Yusuke Kozaki, known for his work on Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates. Some Heroes will fight at your side as allies, while others may stand in your way as fierce enemies to be defeated and added to your army.

■ Many modes let you play again and again

In addition to the main story, there are many other modes where you can strengthen your allies, compete against other players, and more. Also, free and timely updates will continue to add new Hero characters, content, and other surprises to keep you engrossed with hours of additional gameplay.

● 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.

Battle together with your favorite Heroes, watch them grow, and enjoy an all-new adventure that opens up a path to the future.

[What is Fire Emblem?]
The long-running hit Fire Emblem series comprises strategy/role-playing games with deep tactical elements and depth that increases with every move you make. As you progress through the story, you will meet and bid farewell to many allies.

* Internet connectivity required to play. Data charges may apply.
* You must be at least 13+ to use this game with a Nintendo Account.
* We permit our third-party partners to collect data from this app for analytical and marketing purposes. For more information about our ads, please see the “How we use your information” section of the Nintendo Privacy Policy.
* Variations in individual device specifications and other applications being run on a device may affect normal operation of this application.


  1. Maybe I should try auto battle? Chapter 9-5 is kicking my ass, although I think that has more to do with my characters rather than my poor tactics.

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