The first screenshots of Fire Emblem Warriors, the “musou” action spin-off of Nintendo’s thriving series, reveal two original characters and two classic characters, and it’s safe to say that the classic characters are where I’ll be focusing my attention.

Goldilocks and Super Saiyan, actually named Lian and Shion respectively, are the product of Dragon Ball Z bashing in the skulls of Omega Force’s artists too much as children. They defy the restrained, tasteful character design that Fire Emblem has always thrived with, and just… ugh, I can’t even look at them! Blonde hair is fine, but not when it’s magnified to such extremes.

Even the color of their clothing is designed to say “LOOK HOW BLONDE OUR HAIR IS!”

The other two characters are Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening and Prince Marth from the very first Fire Emblem game. Yeah, they’re awesome!


That day, the country of Aitoris was covered in uttermost darkness. There was no warning when the “Gates of the Other World” suddenly appeared in the royal castle. Then, powerful monsters gushed out one after the other, trampling the castle garrison.

—The royal castle quickly fell. And slowly but surely, darkness ate into the country.

However, there is still hope. The two shadows who escaped the royal castle covered in flames were Shion and Lian, the children of the late king. And then, the thread of fate spun by the legendary heroes began to spin…

Carrying the “Fire Shield” given to them by their mother, the two heroes’ journey to confront the powerful darkness begins here.

■ Characters

Shion (voiced by Yuma Uchida)

The eldest son of the royal family of the Aitoris Kingdom. Rather than become king, he longs to be a knight who fights on the front lines, and is trying to push succession to the throne onto his twin and older sister, Lian. He has a lively and positive personality, and is the type who takes action before thinking.

Lian (voiced by Maaya Uchida)

Shion’s twin and older sister. She has an intelligent personality and understands her own weaknesses, and is pessimistic about succeeding to the throne. She is trying to push succession to the throne onto Shion.

Chrom (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita) — From: Fire Emblem Awakening

The diligent and passionate prince of The Halidom of Ylisse. He boldly thrusts into battle, which has earned him the deep trust of his allies and vassals. While he has a sense of responsibility as royalty, he has a careless personality and is weak in the way of formal events and talking. His vassals don’t address him by a title, but he himself is comfortable with and doesn’t mind this.

Marth (voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa) — From: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

The protagonist from the first game in the Fire Emblem series. Prince of the Altea Kingdom. He attracts people, has the makings of a leader, and has been described as the “hero of the swarm.” He has a kind personality and dreams of a peaceful world, but shows an inner fortitude during war.

Dragon Quest Heroes 2 had the same problem

I remember when Dragon Quest Heroes 2 had its main characters revealed, and I had the exact same response. It’s like Omega Force, the studio behind both games, sits down and says “Let’s design characters for these classic franchises, but do it in a showboaty way that clashes with decades of finely tuned art.”

I guess when you design action games the revolve around showboaty action, your character designs follow the same line of thinking. Sorry, but I’m not a fan. Hopefully, the rest of the classic characters, like Lynn and Hector, transition better.

Fire Emblem Warriors will be released in the fall for the Nintendo Switch and 3DS.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to the title as Fire Emblem Heroes.