Source: IGNFire Emblem Heroes Announcement Trailer
During a Nintendo Direct today, Nintendo fully revealed its Fire Emblem mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes, which will be available on Google Play for Android on February 2nd, and "soon" on iPhone and iPad.
An animated cutscene intro was shown off for the game, and Nintendo confirmed that the game features "brand-new art, hand drawn by a variety of artists" and "newly recorded voices." Each map will be an 8x6 grid built for smartphones. Players can drag an ally to an enemy unit to attack, or use traditional Fire Emblem controls on the touch screen. The series' weapon triangle will also return.
Players will take on the role of a summoner and summon characters from the Fire Emblem series to build their team. Orbs are used to summon additional characters, and they can be earned through gameplay or purchased within the app. Players will also be able to visit a Training Tower to level up their heroes.
According to the game's Google Play page, additional modes include Arena Duals, which lets players "fight against your rivals around the world," and Hero Battles, where players can "defeat the Heroes who oppose you to convince them to join you as an ally." Like Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes also requires internet connectivity to play.
Nintendo launched a "choose your legend" event on its official site where players can vote for their favorite characters from Fire Emblem history. The characters that win will be featured in Fire Emblem Heroes with "special versions."
Nintendo originally announced a Fire Emblem mobile game alongside an Animal Crossing game early last year. At the time, at least one of those games was planned for fall 2016, until Nintendo delayed both to 2017.
This marks the third of Nintendo’s mobile projects, following Miitomo in March of last year and Super Mario Run in December. While Nintendo's original mobile announcement promised five Nintendo mobile games, Nintendo revised that plan late last year and said only four Nintendo mobile games will be out by March 2017.