#nintendo’s Fire Emblem Heroes is a complex strategy game with a free-to-play twist


Nintendo’s second high-profile mobile game was announced just two weeks ago, but Fire Emblem Heroes is already slated to arrive in a just a few days. The game, a free-to-play take on the popular turn-based strategy series, arrives this Thursday for iOS and Android. It carries with it high expectations and understandable trepidation.

While Super Mario Run was a premium mobile game with a hefty price tag and Nintendo’s most recognizable mascot, Heroes is drawn from one of the company’s lesser known franchises. Its complex strategy combat and impenetrable fantasy lore may not translate to a more general audience, while Heroes’ controversial free-to-play structure has the potential to turn off long-time fans.

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