Nintendo’s cross-pollination of Dynasty Warriors and Nintendo franchises continues with Fire Emblem Warriors, launching today for Nintendo Switch ($59.99) and New Nintendo 3DS ($39.99).
More than 20 playable characters from the Fire Emblem series (as well as two new characters) hack and slash their way through hordes of enemies. While the main gameplay is lifted from Dyansty Warriors, Fire Emblem Warriors will include important elements from the Fire Emblem series, including the rock-paper-scissors Weapon Triangle, and allies forming bonds on and off the battlefield.
“Whether you are a super fan of the Fire Emblem franchise, new to the series or played and loved the previously released Hyrule Warriors game, Fire Emblem Warriors offers a fantastic adventure filled with great gameplay,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “The action-filled game is another solid addition to the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS lineups.”
Fire Emblem Warriors is getting both free and paid DLC. A Japanese voice pack is free to download right now, restoring the game’s original Japanese voice acting along with English subtitles. A free software update (isn’t this just called a patch?) adds battle results to the History mode and an option for sorting weapons.
Three paid DLC packs will be released beginning in December. Each pack will add new characters, scenarios, costumes, weapons, and support conversations. Each pack will be themed around a recent Fire Emblem game. The first draws from Fire Emblem Fates (December), the second from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (February) and the third from Fire Emblem Awakening (March). They cost $8.99 each. You can also purchase a Season Pass that includes all three for $19.99. The Season Pass includes a unique bridal costume for Lucina.
A retail special edition of Fire Emblem Warriors is available for Nintendo Switch. The $79.99 Special Edition includes a card set with slip case, double-sided poster, and 3-disc soundtrack.
Note that the Nintendo 3DS version requires the New Nintendo 3DS and is only playable in 2D.
Fire Emblem Warriors has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB for Suggestive Themes and Violence.