Fire Emblem Heroes: What’s new for March 2021 featuring A Hero Rises!

Welcome to our first monthly entry for Fire Emblem Heroes! Nintendo’s mobile gacha RPG took the world by storm when it released in February 2017. Celebrating its 4th anniversary, Fire Emblem Heroes features a plethora of units and skills coming out this month. Among these include the 5.3.0 update.

As an avid player myself, I’ve been keeping up with the releases! As a recent subscriber to Feh Pass, I already got my monthly unit, Tana. Coming off the recent Voting Gauntlet, we got a new Forging Bonds event as well. You can see all the current and upcoming details below.

A Hero Rises Results for 2021

Congratulations to the winner of A Hero Rises, Lyn: Ninja-Friend Duo. The duo-unit came through in the Final Round of the recent Voting Gauntlet. While Seiros was initially the chosen favorite and ranked the highest in the early voting stages of A Hero Rises, the ever-popular protagonist from Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade snuck the win in classic ninja style. As such, all players will be awarded a free Lyn + Florina unit!

New Units and Forging Bonds

This month introduces a new banner featuring four characters from Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Dedue, Marianne, Linhardt, and Ingrid. These four characters also come with a new Forging Bonds campaign.

I feel bad for Linhardt, though. He got the short end of the stick and received no new abilities. He’s a copy-pasted mage unit who will serve as a fodder 4-star unit. However, Dedue’s defensive ability reflects similarly to Gustav who appeared in last month’s Day of Devotion banner. He can swap places to take close-ranged damage. We’ll also be getting another free unit to go with them.

If you don’t remember this old bastard, he was causing major problems through the first arc of Three Houses.

Final Thoughts

The Three Houses banner follows up with the Legendary Claude banner so I’m always happy to see this game get represented. However, I feel that the Ashen Wolves banner cannot come soon enough. The DLC of Fire Emblem: Three Houses featured four prominent characters who quickly became favorites. I would love to add them to my team.

In other news, I can’t lie about my feelings for A Hero Rises. I was really hoping to get Seiros in my army. Granted, she is best girl in Three Houses. As such, I can’t help but vote for the Hero who kept peace in Fodlan for nearly a millennium. However, since I don’t have Lyn: Ninja Friend Duo in my army yet, I suppose I can take solace knowing I get a new unit.

As far as Book V goes, I’m enjoying the story right now. I love Norse Mythology and seeing the contrast between Nidavellir’s dvegar (dwarves) and Jotunheimr’s giants. With that said, perhaps we will get to add the Jotunheimr princesses to our army in the next year or so.

I look forward to playing through this month’s story chapter and meeting the Jotunheimr princess, Nott.

Finally, we’ll be updating you with Fire Emblem Heroes monthly so be sure to keep an eye out. As always, follow our social media links and stay tuned for our quality gaming content. Also, be sure to keep up with Fire Emblem Heroes on Twitter or whichever social media platform you prefer.

Until next time!

Impressions: Square-Enix releases demo for Strategy/RPG Project Triangle Strategy.

Earlier this month, Nintendo released their first Nintendo Direct in well over a year. The presentation included a number of upcoming titles for the Nintendo Switch. Among them includes Square-Enix’s latest RPG, Project Triangle Strategy.

While the title features the “Project” initially used in their past Switch RPG, Octopath Traveler, this upcoming title also features the HD-2D sprite work from the former game. Additionally, not only does the name indicate that this is a Strategy RPG (SRPG), but the entire layout feels reminiscent of a 90s Square-Enix on the PlayStation: Final Fantasy Tactics.

Final Fantasy Tactics (1998)

Players familiar with Final Fantasy Tactics will immediately resonate with the sprite work and the politically-charged storyline. However, for those who never tried Final Fantasy Tactics, this game plays on a grid-based map with an isometric viewing angle. Square-Enix’s tactical RPG hit is perhaps the most well-known title of the SRPG genre outside of Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series.

Among the Project Triangle Strategy credits include Bravely and Octopath Traveler producer, Tomoya Asano, and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood composer, Akira Senju.

As such, unlike Team Asano’s previous title, Octopath Traveler, this will feature you recruiting and sending out a larger number of party members to attack from various angles. You’ll have to use the environment to your advantage which adds a new layer of depth to combat.

What to Expect from the Demo

Project Triangle Strategy’s demo will offer roughly an hour and a half of dialogue and two separate battles. For the record, this entails three maps in total but you will play through two maps depending on the choice you make. As the demo denotes, expect to get somewhat confused about the story itself but enjoy the game and the atmosphere of the world. It takes place in Chapter VI and Chapter VII of the game which is likely still early on in the story.

Fighting in a wheatfield? This will be your second battle depending on your choice in the Scales of Conviction.

As Serenoa, the heir of House Wolffort, you’ll guide your team to victory commanding them in battle. The story will revolve around one of the rival kingdoms waging war on your territory and your struggle to counter against insurmountable odds.

If you love tactical-based gameplay, you’ll surely fall in love with the battle elements. You can interact with the map such as hitting statues to ignite large structures and engulf your enemies in flames. You’ll use elevation to position yourself to higher territory and fire arrows at enemies. Make sure to take care of your allies or risk losing them for the rest of the battle.

Story Elements

In between your battles, you’ll get to explore small maps, such as a bridge, a town, and the resting quarters. You can use this time to investigate for items and brief with your comrades. Finding information is crucial to tipping the Scales of Conviction in your favor.

This is because Triangle Strategy features you making storyline choices based around Utility, Morality, and Liberty. As such, these choices will affect the game’s route. As such, you’ll choose from one of three choices when prompted on what to do.

In order to convince your comrades to pick a choice, such as fighting to defend Prince Roland instead of sending him to the enemy, you’ll collect information before briefing with them. Using this information selection, you can persuade them to join your cause, opting to fight the enemy instead of surrendering.

Final Thoughts

Square-Enix is awfully generous with their demos. There’s enough writing in the game to last more than an hour and keep you entertained. This is another pretty game that borrows the same beautiful look as Octopath Traveler. Whether we will see the trademark Job system or not has yet to be determined.

Octopath Traveler (2019)

Outside of Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Shining Force, I have scarcely found myself playing this genre. Yet whenever I do get into Strategy/RPGs, I often get hooked for hours. Given the polish and quality of Team Asano’s past titles, including Octopath, I have little doubt that this game will become a major hit on the Nintendo Switch.

Look for Project Triangle Strategy when it comes out on Nintendo Switch in 2022. You can download a free demo in the meantime. Square-Enix will also send out a survey to players asking for feedback which you can contribute to as well. Until its release, we will continue covering information on the game as it becomes available.

Be sure to follow our social media links and stay tuned with us. Until next time!

Celebrating Fire Emblem’s 30th Anniversary.

On April 20th, 1990, Nintendo released Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light for the Famicom. The Japanese Strategy/RPG series followed with several installments that never came to U.S. shores until the 7th entry. Thanks to Marth and Roy’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001), and largely due to fan demand to release the series outside of Japan, Nintendo would eventually release Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade (2003) in the west for Game Boy Advance.

Why do people love Fire Emblem?

Perhaps one of the most defining traits of Fire Emblem is its character design. Super Smash Bros. Melee created icons out of Marth and Roy. But the series is widely known for its colorful artwork and memorable character designs. While the fantasy storyline tasked you with saving the world, you would also learn about the backstories of your comrades-in-arms.

Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade quickly became popular thanks to its addictive Strategy/RPG (SRPG) gameplay. The grid-based gameplay offered movement similar to Chess. However, the level of flexibility and variety Fire Emblem offered, in its map design, classes, and overall gameplay, resonated well with fans.

But Fire Emblem introduced the permadeath mechanic. Lose a unit and they will stay dead. Your option would be either to press forward without them or restart the entire map and give them another chance. Note that later games, from Awakening onward, became much more forgiving in that department.

While the west had seen other SRPGs, such as Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, and Shining Force, prior to Blazing Blade’s release, Fire Emblem offered more to the genre. Fire Emblem quickly became known for its addictive gameplay. You could promote your units, earning a new weapon and more powerful stats. Plus you could support units, growing their bonds, and even giving them a special ending together. Blazing Blade featured several difficulty modes, including one that let you play through Hector’s Route. This began a series tradition where you could replay a title to see another part of the story.

Additionally, Fire Emblem is known for its remarkable storytelling. Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn speak of relevant, worldly themes such as racial and class divide. It showcases horrors of war and even pit former friends against each other, something you would see in Fates and Three Houses. Even the Japanese-exclusive titles, like Genealogy of the Holy War, weren’t afraid to showcase dark themes, such as incest and genocide.

Fire Emblem also gained recognition for its music. The map, battle, and recruitment themes all share special recognition. Many of them appeared as remixes in the Super Smash Bros. series. “Together We Ride,” the recruitment theme from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, stood out as being one of the most famous due to its inclusion in Melee.

Decline and Rise

Despite several releases appearing in the west, none of them sold as well as Blazing Blade. In fact, the remake of Mystery of the Emblem, for DS, never came to America. Plus, due to its poor sales, the series began a major decline. It was thanks to every possible effort by developer Intelligent Systems and Nintendo to make Awakening the success it would become. What could have been the final game in the series breathed new life into Fire Emblem.Thanks to heavy marketing, new mechanics, and broadening the fanbase, Fire Emblem: Awakening would go on to become the series best-selling title. It would later be succeeded by Fire Emblem Fates, also released for 3DS. Nintendo would continue to appeal to fans, and reel in new fans, with spin-offs, such as the free-to-play mobile title, Fire Emblem Heroes, which was released in 2017.

Most recently, Nintendo released Fire Emblem: Three Houses, for Nintendo Switch, in summer of last year. The title features over 100 hours of gameplay and story and quickly became one of the Switch’s most successful titles. Among its accolades includes a score of 89, at Metacritic, and winning the Player’s Voice award at last year’s Game Awards. Additionally, Three Houses’ success would also influence Nintendo’s decision to include Byleth into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

How is Nintendo celebrating?

In Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo has released a new orb banner celebrating the 30th anniversary. This includes a throwback, of sorts, to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem. These two stories feature Marth and the origin of the series. Keep in mind that Mystery of the Emblem’s “Book I” is a remake of Shadow Dragon, for the Super Famicom (SNES), while Book II continues the story after.

In this banner, you can summon childhood versions of Marth, Caeda, Merric, Palla, and recruit Minerva as a free unit. As a duo-unit, Palla also comes with her little sisters, Catria and Est. This throwback also features maps based on the original Shadow Dragon. Nintendo will continue posting updates on their social media channels for Fire Emblem Heroes. Keep up to date with their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts for more info.

Additionally, Nintendo and Cygames’s collaborative mobile JRPG, Dragalia Lost, will also hold another Fire Emblem crossover. While the series has crossed over in the past with Fire Emblem, as well as Mega Man, this event will also center around the series’ 30th anniversary. You can check it out in the tweet below.

How are the fans celebrating?

Twitter has already begun trending #FireEmblem to celebrate the series’ 30th anniversary. If you search for the trend, you will find numerous works of fanart and cosplay dedicated to the series. Be sure to check them out!

Meanwhile, some of the series’ voice actors are also celebrating the anniversary.

Many players will surely celebrate Fire Emblem’s 30th anniversary by clearing routes in Three Houses. I, for one, hope to clear my Golden Deer run before the month ends. Also, if you own Three Houses but haven’t done so already, be sure to check out the Cindered Shadows DLC from the Three Houses Expansion Pass, which released earlier this year!

How are you celebrating the 30th anniversary of Fire Emblem? What’s your favorite game in the series? Let us know in the comments below.