Nintendo’s second mobile game is officially here. Fire Emblem Heroes takes the once underrated and underappreciated franchise and makes it mobile and free-to-play. The game is out now on the Android and iOS platforms.
Here’s how Nintendo introduced the title in their most recent press release:
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! Available today on App Store and Google Play, this application is free to download and offers some optional in-app purchases.
You’ll hear Fire Emblem Heroes called a “gacha game,” here’s what that means
Gacha is a Japanese term, and it’s what they call the capsule toy machines that make up entire sections of toy stores in Japan. Each machine has a set of collectible toys inside, and you’ll pay, say, 100 yen to get the capsule.
The thing is that the toys come out randomly, so those looking for rares or to get an entire set wind up spending a lot of money.
That’s how Fire Emblem Heroes works. Heroes are earned through the in-game gacha system, and you could totally roll random without paying any money. You could also drop some bucks and perhaps get better heroes. That’s why it’s called a “gacha game.”