Fire Emblem: Heroes is out on Android! Here’s everything you need to know!

Fire Emblem: Heroes represents Nintendo’s first foray into developing games for Android (if you ignore last year’s Miimoto app), and is the eighth title in the Fire Emblem franchise to be released on North American shores.

Whether you’re new to the franchise and want to know what the hubbub is about, or you’re a hardcore fan of the series, we’ve tried to answer the questions you may have before you dive right in.

What is Fire Emblem?

Fire Emblem is a turn-based strategy RPG franchise developed by Japanese game developer Intelligent Systems, and published by Nintendo. Since the first game launched in 1990 on the Famicom system it has garnered a huge following in Japan, with the following five sequels exclusively released in Japan. North America got its first official look at the series in 2003, with Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance. Before that, Nintendo fans were introduced to two characters from the series — Marth and Roy — in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

What’s the story in Fire Emblem: Heroes?

The story in Fire Emblem: Heroes centers around two kingdoms: The Emblian Empire and the Askran Kingdom. The game follows two siblings from the Askran Kingdom — Prince Alfonse and Princess Sharena — as they work to summon an army of heroes to do battle with the Emblian Empire who wish to rule all the worlds. You play as one of those siblings, but these characters don’t really appear in the game. The main action comes from the heroes you summon — a mix of brand-new characters designed by acclaimed artist Yusuke Kozaki as well as numerous characters from across the entire Fire Emblem series.

Gameplay takes place on maps optimized for mobile, with touch and drag controls to move your heroes around the battlefield. Everything is turn-based, so you really need to take your time and consider your heroes’ weapons and strengths before throwing them into battle. In previous games, there was a “classic” mode that meant if a hero dies in battle, they were lost from your party for good. But you won’t have to worry about that here.

If you’re a hardcore fan of the Fire Emblem series, you’ll want to know that while this game certainly exists in the same universe, with the ability to summon your favorite characters from previous games to your army, but appears to be more of a tangential game in the series in terms of pushing the overall story forward.

Beyond the main story mode, there’s also a Training Tower for working on your battle strategies while earning rewards and experience for your allies. The Hero Battles mode features battle scenarios which are only available for a limited time and allow you to add the opposing heroes to your army if you defeat them.

Is the game free?

Yes, Fire Emblem: Heroes is a free-to-play game, however there are stamina meters that need to recharge before you can head into battle, which require orbs which you can either earn for free or pay for with in-app purchases.

You will also need an internet connection to play this game, even when you’re playing the purely offline modes.

I love the Fire Emblem series! Is it just like the other games?

By all accounts Fire Emblem: Heroes is a faithful entry in the series, featuring the fantastic characters and artwork that fans adore. The familiar weapon triangle battle mechanics (think Rock, Paper, Scissors) is here as well, so it should be easy to jump right back into the action. Of course, the game has been optimized for mobile in some good ways — touch controls — along with that dreaded free-to-play model that’ll tempt you to pay for orbs to recharge your stamina faster. Overall, Fire Emblem: Heroes might feel like the light version of the console games you’re more familiar with.

Fortunately, Nintendo is planning to release the next full game in the Fire Emblem series in 2018 on the new Nintendo Switch console, along with Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valenctia for the Nintendo 3DS, a reimagined version of the 1992 Famicom exclusive Fire Emblem Gaiden, scheduled for release in May 2017.

With that in mind, Fire Emblem: Heroes should be more than enough to tide you over until then.

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It’s irritating when things don’t line up in Daydream View, but there are some things to check when it happens.

You’re all ready to sit down and knock out some rival wizards in Wands after checking out some videos when suddenly your headset doesn’t seem to be working properly. When the game or app opens up, it isn’t displaying correctly and you’re definitely unable to enjoy it the way it is meant to be played. If this has ever happened to you, you’re probably aware of just how irritating it is. If this happens, there are a few things to check.


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It looks like the pivot isn’t going well.

Back in March of last year, Google announced a Bay Area only test of a service called Hands Free. It was an alternative payment solution for people who thought taking their phone or wallet out of their pocket was a lot of work. The “hands free” part came from you having this new app on your phone and saying the words “I’ll pay with Google” at the register. When those words were recognized, you signed your initials and the transaction was suddenly complete.

These jabs at Google perfectly illustrate some of the things a lot of users view as mistakes made by Google recently.

Hands Free only worked at a handful of stores in the Bay Area, and never really expanded beyond the initial trial group, which might have something to do with why the service most people have never heard of just announced it’s shutting down.

It’s possible we’ll see some similar features baked into Android Pay at some point in the future, but for now there’s no value in getting excited about that potentially happening. Instead, take a look at this snippet from the Reddit thread where this sunset announcement was shared — and know you aren’t alone in being frustrated with Google right now.

While admittedly hilarious, these jabs at Google perfectly illustrate some of the things a lot of users view as mistakes made by Google recently. Take a look at Allo and Duo, or rather don’t because it’s clear by the app ranking no one is using Allo, and it’s not clear anyone ever actually opened Duo again after the first day it was available.

The bulk of the features available in these two apps would be amazing in Hangouts, but that product is supposed to be weirdly re-positioned for business use even though to many people already use it for personal communication. Meanwhile, there’s a lot of folks hooked up to Google right now that are just happy Google Voice isn’t actually getting killed off like so many rumors claimed. It’s hard to get messier than this situation.

There’s no harm in trying something new, in fact with a company the size of Google there needs to be a constant exploration of new things. Hands Free sounds like a neat experiment that ended in a decision to use that tech elsewhere, which is a thing that happens sometimes. And it really would be cool to see this tech show up in Android Pay some day instead of continuing to break down individual features into separate apps.

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Owners of the HTC One M9 who live in mainland Europe, Turkey and South Africa can now download Android Nougat for their phones. The news was just announced by HTC’s Graham Wheeler who is the Products and Service Director for HTC EMEA. … Read More

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