Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric has been writing for over five years with bylines in Dicebreaker, Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer and Tabletop Gaming magazine, covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on YouTube. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.

Dragon Quest Your Story is a Feature-Length Animated Film, Now on Netflix

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Square Enix announced that the feature-length, CG-animated film Dragon Quest Your Story has arrived on Netflix (and in English). The trailer is available through Netflix.

The film was produced by Toho and supervised by original Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii, and originally released in Japan in 2019. It’s based on Dragon Quest 5: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. Here is the official story description:

Dragon Quest Your Story tells the tale of Luca as he follows in his father’s footsteps to rescue his beloved mother from the evil grips of Ladja, a high-ranking member of an organization known as The Order of Zugzwang. Failure is not an option as Luca uses the power of magic while battling monsters in his search for the Zenithian sword and the Legendary Hero, his only hope for success.

Dragon Quest 5 originally released back in 1992 in Japan on the Super Famicom. It wouldn’t be available to western audiences until a Nintendo DS remake released in 2009, and later on mobile devices in 2015.

The entire Dragon Quest series is notable for popularizing the JRPG genre, but DQ5 in particular included groundbreaking features like befriending and collecting monsters, optional AI scripts for companions, and being able to marry and sire children. Dragon Quest 5 is often considered one of the best, if not the best Dragon Quest game, which is saying something in a venerable series that recently saw its 11th release with the excellent Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age in 2018.

Dragon Quest Your Story is streaming now on Netflix in both English dubbed and English subtitles with original Japanese voice acting. It’s rated TV-PG.

Fire Emblem Heroes Turns 3, Introduces Subscription-based Feh Pass

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Mobile strategy spin-off Fire Emblem Heroes is still getting updates and events three years after its release. During the month of February, Nintendo is hosting several special events to celebrate the anniversary. They’ve also introduced a new subscription service, the awkwardly named Feh Pass.

During the 3rd anniversary, you’ll be able to grab 333 Heroic Grails just by logging into Fire Emblem Heroes. A special summoning event will guarantee a 5 star hero summon from the pool of heroes that were added in 2019.

Other special events include Hero Fests, new quests, Daily Reward Maps, and Daily Bound Hero Battles, all of which can net Orbs and Dragonflowers. Aether Raids will also be available to earn special SP Aether Stones, which can be used to construct a unique 3rd anniversary structure.

Fire Emblem Heroes also now has a subscription service, which Nintendo is calling the Feh Pass. It comes with a rather shocking price: $9.49 per month.

The Feh Pass grants two 5 star Resplendent heroes each month, which include a hero in their normal, and resplendent attire. Resplendent Heroes feature new illustrations, voice acting, and boosted stats. The first Resplendent Hero is Lyn, available now. Starting on February 24, Cordelia will become available.

The Feh Pass also grants access to Special Quests, a re-do turn feature on maps, and the ability to replay the same map for no stamina cost. Kind of sucks that the last two are incredibly helpful features locked behind a paywall, in a game that already features real-money transactions and random loot boxes in the form of hero orbs.

Fire Emblem Heroes is free-to-play on iOS and Android.

Pokémon Home is Live, Pokémon Bank Free Through March 12

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Pokémon Home, the new cloud-based storage and trading app for pokémon, is now available on iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch. Read our detailed breakdown of everything Pokémon Home offers.

Pokémon Home allows you to store, and more importantly, transfer Pokémon between games, including bringing in old favorites into Pokémon Sword and Shield – provided they are already in the Galar Pokédex. Infamously, Pokémon Sword and Shield was the first main pokémon game to not include a full National Dex, only supporting 400 of the nearly 900 total pokémon.

Pokémon Home supports the two mainline Pokémon releases: Sword and Shield, and Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, as well as the Pokémon Bank app. Nintendo has plans to support Pokémon GO in the future.

Pokémon Bank was the previous cloud storage app, for Nintendo DS and 3DS. It supported all the previous generation Pokémon Games, from the GameBoy Advance era to 3DS (thanks to remakes like Fire Red for the earliest generation). Through Pokémon Bank and Pokémon Home, you can bring pokémon who are well over a decade old into the modern age!

There’s a catch, however. To transfer pokémon from Bank to Home, you’ll need to subscribe to the premium version of Pokémon Home. The premium plan costs $2.99 per month, or $4.99 for 3 months, and $15.99 for a year subscription.

If you haven’t ever used Bank before, or haven’t yet transferred that winning team from Sun and Moon, Nintendo is offering the use of Pokémon Bank for free for exactly one month, starting today, Feb 12, and ending March 12. By using Pokémon Bank and the free PokéTransporter app (for older games) you’ll be able to bring everyone over to Bank, then transfer everyone to Home.

Pokémon Home also includes a number of other features, including the Global Transfer System and Wonder Trades. Check out the official website for details.