Nintendo have dabbled in social communication, the auto-runner, and Fire Emblem Heroes is a gacha, another popular mobile ‘genre’, and what better franchise than this one, with over twenty seven years worth of soldiers to roll for. Though what the hell is a gacha?
A gacha is a way in which characters can be unlocked. In Fire Emblem Heroes you unlock orbs for completing tasks, spending them to summon Heroes, hopefully earning yourself the strongest. Most players will settle for three star fighters, but for those who want someone specific, maybe a favourite or a platinum Robin, they must roll and roll again.
Of course you can buy plenty of orbs with real hard earned money, and thus the gacha is in place for Nintendo to make money off their free to play endeavour. Spend to roll, roll to win. Thankfully Fire Emblem Heroes doesn’t push you to spend, its simply an option, something a lot of gacha titles just don’t understand.
The game can be beaten quite comfortably with the orbs you earn through missions, with the normal difficulty easing the player in. You can upgrade, merge, add skills, so your original team has a chance to make it to the end of the colour triangle led combat.
The only niggle is an inconsistent style with characters drawn in different manga stylings, from shonen to borderline hentei, definitely not what you want when rolling for characters on busy public transport…