Back in April of 2016, we got the announcement that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing were getting games on smartphones.
However, that’s where the story kind of went cold. We knew the game was coming sure. We heard rumours it might be free to play with microtransactions, true. But we never saw anything more about the game or its features that year.
But now thanks to today’s Fire Emblem Direct, we do have new information about the game! Like the title for the whole deal. Fire Emblem Heroes.
And trust us, that ‘heroes’ aspect is a pretty important part of the name in the end. For now though, here’s the trailer showing the title in action:
So what can learn from this?
Well, for one thing, it’s now confirmed the title will be a free to play game with microtransactions. You know, like most mobile games out on the market at the moment.
These microtransactions then work with a special ‘orb’ system. What does this mean? Well, you basically have special orbs used to ‘buy’ heroes.
And these can be gotten in two different ways:
- You pay for them with real money
- They’re earned by completing tasks in game
So like various other mobile games, you can either play the hard way or skip ahead with cash. Pretty standard stuff really.
What’s not so standard though is the content. Basically, this game is a fan’s crossover dream, with characters from all over the series being included as heroes.
Like say, the ones in the poll here. Aka the ones Nintendo is asking fans to vote for to have them included in the game:
But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a merely stripped down version of Fire Emblem. Because while it has free to play mechanics, it has no shortage of modes to play. Including:
- Story Maps: This is the main mode, and has you team up with familiar faces from the series to save the Kingdom of Askr.
- Training Tower: A challenge mode that has you take on different battle scenarios for rewards and experience. It’s randomised too, which is pretty nifty.
- Arena Duels: A mode where you can ‘fight rivals around the world’, or basically take on other players in some way.
- Hero Battles: Limited edition battle scenarios where you can defeat the opposing Heroes and convince them to join your army.
And when you add the fact the game is still very much a traditional strategy title (with the weapons triangle and other mechanics from the core games), it’s quite clear that Fire Emblem Heroes is going to provide a lot more value than a few hours or so at the start.
What’s more, it seems Nintendo has learnt a few lessons from Super Mario Run this time around too. Why?
Because the game is going to get regular free updates with new characters and content to play around with. And with Android devices being the primary platform of choice (it’s coming on February 2nd there, while iOS devices have no release date provided), it seems like Nintendo’s trying their hardest to fix the mistakes from their earlier app release.
But what do you think of it? Post your thoughts on the game here or at the Gaming Reinvented forums today!
It’s only been a few days since Fire Emblem Warriors was announced, but it seems Nintendo has more to show soon. Why? Because a new Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct has already been announced!
And with it being to set on the 18th of January (read, this Wednesday), it’s clear that two topics are likely going to be shown here.
Namely, Fire Emblem Warriors and the smartphone game they had planned. Well, unless a new main series game is announced for the Nintendo Switch. But hey, that seems pretty unlikely right now.
Either way, here’s the post about it on Twitter:
So hey, what do you think? Are you excited
Ever since it was first announced, Super Mario Run’s price has been a point of controversy. Investors worried that people wouldn’t pay money up front for mobile games. Critics and social media users claimed the price may not be worth it. The people actually downloading and playing the game hammered its review average by complaining about the price in their reviews.
Basically, everyone assumed Super Mario Run’s $10 wouldn’t really catch on.
Unfortunately for Nintendo, it seems like they were right. Why? Because as the title points out, only 3 (out of 90) million Super Mario Run players have actually bought the game. That’s a 3% conversion rate!
It sounds pretty dire doesn’t it?
Yeah it does. If Nintendo were hoping for Super Mario Run to catch on as much as Pokemon GO, or turn into a recurring source of money, it’s clearly not working.
But that doesn’t mean the game is useless for them. Oh no.
Because you see, Super Mario Run wasn’t designed to only make money as an app. Nintendo wasn’t betting the farm on the game raking in millions of dollars through in app purchases alone.
Instead, they were hoping that millions of people would be inspired to buy their ‘full price’ Mario games after playing it. That the person who played three levels of Super Mario Run would be inspired to go out and consider buying the Nintendo Switch and whatever Mario games are going to be released on that.
After all, that’s already worked with Pokemon GO. I mean, ever since Pokemon GO was released, interest in the Pokemon ‘brand’ has shot upwards. Like, to the point Pokemon Sun and Moon were Nintendo’s biggest UK launch in history.
So even if most people didn’t pay for Super Mario Run, Nintendo is at least able to remain hopeful that it’ll positively affect sales of other Mario games down the line.
And at the end of the day? That’s all that really matters at this point. A few million extra Nintendo Switch purchases is just as valuable (and likely more so) than a few million Super Mario Run ones.
Super Mario Run’s ‘failure’ to convert its users is disappointing, but not the end of the world.
Only 3% of Super Mario Run Players Bought the Full Game (Gamnesia)
2016 was a mix of extremes. There were some great games and announcements, like Pokemon GO and the Nintendo Switch. There were terrible failures, like Mighty No 9 and No Man’s Sky.
And with the political firestorm that was the 2016 US Election and Brexit, it’s been a year that’s certainly divided opinions. Heck, some might even say it’s the most controversial year on record! For both gamers and non gamers alike.
But hey, let’s look towards the future shall we? Because as per the norm, we’ve decided to write up our list on predictions for what could be happening in the gaming world in the coming year. And so here is our list of predictions for the gaming world in 2017!
Here are our predictions for the gaming world in 2017!
Nintendo Switch Related
Starting with a couple about the Nintendo Switch, the company’s new hybrid system coming in March 2017…
1. The console will do better than the Wii U, but will not become a phenomenon like the NES or Wii
Yeah I know, a bit of controversial given we haven’t seen a lot of the system and its games yet. But either way, I predict it won’t do amazingly. It’ll do well, and it’ll certainly blow the Wii U out of the water (a decent name will do wonders here), but I just don’t see it revolutionising the video game industry.
2. It will not get a lot of third party games
And just like the Nintendo 64 onwards, I don’t see it doing too well with ‘triple A’ developers. It’ll probably get a few games (mostly ports in its early lifecycle), but these companies seem to care more about tech and ‘power’ than they do about interesting mechanics and gameplay opportunities. And hey, they know that their audience is likely not going to be on a Nintendo system any time soon.
3. Super Mario Switch will be a Super Mario 64 style 3D platformer, with less linearity in its level design. It’ll also have an ice theme
This is all based on that early footage we saw, which shows areas with lots to see and do (like in Mario 64 and Sunshine) as well as suspicious traces of ice and snow in what should otherwise be a desert environment.
4. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild does really well in terms of review scores and sells excellently for a Zelda title (I’m guessing about 5-6 million plus).
As for Breath of the Wild, I see it doing well. However, I’m not sure how much the actual Zelda fanbase will like it, given that it seems very different from the typical ‘modern Zelda formula’ and dispenses with any heavy plot focus.
5. Mario Kart is announced for Nintendo Switch, and is based on Mario Kart 8.
Yeah, this is pretty obvious too. However, I do fully believe that we’ll get an ‘ALL NEW’ Mario Kart game as far as tracks and battle areas go, just one minus any new major ‘gimmicks’ or introductions. Maybe a bit like how Super Circuit was basically Super Mario Kart 1.5?
6. Splatoon sequel announced and released
It’s a successful new IP, and was hinted at in the Nintendo Switch trailer. Nothing more to be said.
7. Super Mario Maker gets a Nintendo Switch port.
As for this game, I suspect it’ll just get a port rather than a sequel or major reimagining. The special costumes will probably all be on disc by default, and it’s possibly a few other minor additions might be made too. Like the Challenge Mode from the 3DS version.
8. Gamecube games are announced for eShop.
Again, it’s pretty obvious isn’t it? Every new generation brings more classic Nintendo games to the eShop, and the Nintendo Switch seems like the perfect system to bring Gamecube games over.
9. Super Mario Sunshine gets a HD port/remake.
I don’t know why, but I can really see this getting a port or remake at some point. Probably because they could both fix a few minor flaws with the game and use all kind of modern shaders and lighting effects and what not to make it look truly gorgeous on the new hardware.
10. Pokemon Stars is announced as a Pokemon Sun/Moon sequel
It will have Necrozma as a main part of the story, and involve a new villainous team (since the last two both got reformed/disbanded). I can sort of picture Faba turning to the new villains, given his somewhat arrogant personality after generation 7, and I can also picture a lot of the older characters becoming trial captains and kahunas this time around. Like Hau standing in for Hala. Or Guzma getting a new kahuna type role.
11. Pokemon anime quickly changes to integrate new storyline
God, you almost feel sorry for these guys, don’t you? Not only do they have to adapt a brand new game every three years or so, but they’ve recently had the series throw more and more curveballs in their face mid generation. The gen 5 and 6 anime seasons both had to be completely retooled in how they presented Team Plasma and Team Flare…
12. Necrozma gets a new form, like Zygarde did.
And talking of Pokemon stuff, I think it’s pretty obvious by now Necrozma is getting a new form. Trio legendary with base stats of about 600? Design that looks like a dragon’s head? Yeah, this guy isn’t at his most powerful at all.
13. Retro’s game isn’t Metroid Prime 4. Fans sob.
But hey, enough Pokemon for now. I’ll bet anything that Retro’s next project isn’t either Metroid or Donkey Kong related.
14. Super Smash Bros for Switch port gets announced, with more ‘comprehensive’ Smash game promised for the future. Inklings are main new characters, with Ice Climbers returning.
No Source Gaming, they’re not just gonna release ports of old games and pretend they’re sequels. But it is quite probable some sort of Smash for Wii U port will be done to get some quick interest going, and that it’ll have a few minor additions made.
15. Mario RPG/Rabbids game is officially announced too.
Nothing more to be said here. It’s predicted by everyone at this point.
16. But Mario & Luigi will still get a game
Probably with more original content like Dream Team, given that Nintendo considers this the ‘canon’ Mario RPG series now, and given that AlphaDream is willing to tell Miyamoto where to stick his ‘suggestions’.
Unlike Intelligent Systems.
17. Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door comes to Virtual Console, does really well.
Still, at least Paper Mario fans will probably get this much. And like the original Paper Mario, it’ll sell really well on the eShop.
18. Fire Emblem announced for Nintendo Switch
Because hey, it’s gonna get another game after the success of both Awakening and Fates. Wonder if any censorship controversies will follow it?
19. Pokken Tournament gets Switch port with new characters from arcade version.
Forget the Wii U owners, you’ll need to pay out for a new version of the game if you want to play as Empoleon kids!
20. Analysts Proclaim Console Doomed
Finally, someone will claim the console is doomed and Nintendo is going to go bankrupt because of it. This ‘someone’ may or may not be Michael Pachter.
So yeah, those are the Switch related predictions out of the way. But how about the general Nintendo ones?
General Nintendo Related
Such as Super Nintendo World, the theme park deal they’ve got going with Universal Studios? Well, we’ve got predictions for that stuff too…
1. Super Nintendo World will not just have a Yoshi, Donkey Kong Country and Mario Kart ride.
Yeah, those will be obvious inclusions. But here’s the thing; the concept art may have been referring to the Japanese park.
And do you know what the obvious difference between the Japanese and American parks is?
The latter are much, much bigger. How much?
Well, Universal Studios Japan is apparently 108 acres according to Wikipedia.
Universal Orlando (with its theme parks, hotels and other stuff)… is apparently 840 acres.
They have eight times as much room for Nintendo attractions in North America. So it’ll get quite a few more rides and attractions there than in Japan.
2. It’ll blow ‘Avatar Land’ out of the water
I mean, really Disney? You now decide to make an area based on Avatar?
That was 7 years ago. You’re basing a whole theme park land on a popular movie that was a fad for a couple of months 7 years ago.
Either way, it’s pretty obvious that Nintendo’s theme park attractions will prove the more popular ones. No one gives a toss about Avatar in the long run.
3. Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem will be free to play on mobile
With money being used to buy in game items and abilities. This will partly be in response to Super Mario Run’s criticism and investor expectations for their games.
4. WarioWare will get a mobile game
Come on, the very format just screams ‘this will be awesome on smartphones’. It’s a very safe choice for a possible third Nintendo smartphone app.