Hi, I’m Jack Longman, and this is Let’s Talk About, a written Miketendo64 feature series, where I express my views and opinions on all things Nintendo! Be it a singular game, a game series in general, consoles or even Nintendo’s latest activities, you can count on me to talk about it! In today’s piece, it requires strategy, it has a range of interesting characters and it can be played on any modern smartphone devices! Let’s Talk About Fire Emblem Heroes!
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Since Fire Emblem Heroes is a talking point this month, it is only fitting that I put our spin on the mobile adventure and voice our thoughts. While I may wonder how successful it might be compared to Super Mario Run, given the fact it when it releases, it only does so in 39 countries, but then there’s Heroes itself.
While Fire Emblem is a popular enough series, with a decent wide range of fans across the globe who love it’s gameplay mechanics and stories, when it releases next month, able to be downloaded by those of us in the select countries with iOS and android devices, a lot of us might not get it, by which I mean understand the concept and see its originality. (But then there will also be millions of millions who flat-out don’t download it.)
Then there’s the fact there is already a game very much like Heroes available on mobile devices and that game is Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and going by what we’ve seen so far and know, the two games are incredibly similar, but there is a way Nintendo can do with Heroes that Square Enix can’t, they could make the game support amiibo.
While not every smartphone may support NFC, (Near Field Communication) there are still many that do, so why not incorporate such a thing with the game? Just think about it, if you own an amiibo of a certain Fire Emblem character, you can just scan it in and unlock them in game, or unlock a specific weapon just for them or even another attire. Hell it wouldn’t even need to be an amiibo, it could be an amiibo card! Let’s be honest, given the number of characters in the Fire Emblem series and how popular it is now, it’s odd that Nintendo have yet to produce Fire Emblem amiibo cards, considering the fact that Mario Sports Superstars has 90!
Were Nintendo to produce such a thing, their game would have more of a chance being a hit and would require less in-game transactions since players who are keen to get a certain character could then just buy the amiibo (or amiibo card) to get them. This would make them quite a bit of money and it wouldn’t be limited to just Heroes as they could then make the Fire Emblem cards compatible with Fire Emblem Warriors, Fire Emblem Switch and even Fire Emblem Echoes. Hell it wouldn’t even have to be amiibo cards!
QR codes would work just as well, as players could scan them in much like how players of Pokémon Sun & Moon could scan QR codes (even QR codes from Pokémon Ga-olé) to get information on a new Pokémon. These QR codes could then be distributed on the Fire Emblem Heroes website or even added to the trading card game by putting them on the Fire Emblem 0 cards. QR codes would then work the same way as amiibo, but it would also boost sales of the Fire Emblem TCG. (Talk about win-win!)
Disappointingly though, I can’t see this happening. Yes it would be great that Nintendo manufacture a series of Fire Emblem amiibo cards that could then be used with all their games if they wanted, but for now that’s just not going to happen, which is crazy since this is the perfect year to do so. Plus it would be a huge boast to the game, really making it something more, but at the end of the day, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems make the decisions, which means we’ll just have to accept Heroes for the game that it is and not the game that it could be.
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This has been a written Fire Emblem Heroes edition of Let’s Talk About. All views and opinions expressed are entirely my own and if you feel differently to anything I have said, then please by all means use the comments section below to have your say! I’d love to get your perspective on all this or you could give it a miss but recommend something else you’d like us to talk about instead! The choice is yours!
This post was written by Solid Jack