Being #FatesTrash, I dived into Fire Emblem Heroes with a passion from the day of its release on February 2nd. Two months in and it’s already given other gacha games a run for their money. Literally. Not only does Heroes bring together characters from almost every Fire Emblem series, but it acts as a solid introduction for newcomers to both the franchise and genre itself. While the in-game currency is a bit on the pricey side, you don’t need to spend any money to enjoy Heroes. This free-to-play game is fun, intuitive, and chockful of content. The developers clearly care about the fans and the giveaways and updates are indicative of this. If you’re looking to get into a mobile game or two, Fire Emblem Heroes may be the one for you.
Who knows? Even if the gameplay and story don’t peak your interest, I guarantee you’ll discover some new favorite characters.
Fire Emblem is a fantasy tactical roleplaying video game franchise having originated from Japan with an emphasis on camaraderie, strategy, and perma-death. And of course, dragons.
Just a few days ago, Nintendo released a twenty-minute segment featuring not one, not two, but three future Fire Emblem games to debut this year – in addition to a sixteenth title in the works. As a newcomer to the franchise, I’ve been slowly learning who’s who in each game and find that the upcoming ones do well to showcase fan favorites. Whether you’re in the same boat as me or a veteran who didn’t have the luxury of s-supports and unbreakable weapons back in the day, you’ll be certain to find something to your taste.
On Monday, Nintendo announced the addition of three new characters for Super Smash Bros. Wii U, two of which have never been in a Smash title before now. Check out the trailer below to watch the earth-shattering entrance of Captain Falcon, Lucina, and Robin.
Captain Falcon, who has made previous appearances in all four Super Smash games, is a easily recognizable face (and punch, for that matter). Lucina and Robin are less familiar but more important – after all, no one was doubting the inclusion of Falcon for a second, but the inclusion of not one but two female characters was a surprise. The two Fire Emblem: Awakening characters are the 9th and 10th playable female characters to be included in the game (not counting Jigglypuff or the female Ice Climber), a record for the series. Yes, it’s fantastic to see Sakurai and his team stepping up to the plate in terms of better gender representation, but you might be wondering just who are these women anyway? Well, Robin is the Grand Master (a combination of mage and swordsperson) that you play as in Fire Emblem: Awakening and, like in many games, can be chosen to be either a male or female. The inclusion of a female skin for Robin in Super Smash is a reflection of this choice. Lucina, however, is a bit more complicated – and she, along with some other interesting women, is who we’ll be focusing on today.
There’s a lot of negativity – much of it well-deserved – surrounding the industry’s portrayal of the female gender in games. I myself recently wrote an article criticizing developers for not including more women in their stories. But there are many times when video games get it right, when they write a great story with some strong, believable girls in it. Of course, there are the well-known examples of bad-ass video game women: Samus, Lara Croft, Sarah Kerrigan, Zelda, Fem!Shep, Alyx Vance, Lightning, to name a few. But there are others that are not acknowledged as often, but are just as deserving of praise. Lucina is one of those, and today we’ll talk about her story and the stories of five more Game Dames (as I personally like to call these awesome characters). Because as much as it is necessary to criticize what is being done wrong, it is also necessary to celebrate what has been done right. Continue reading The Lesser Known Women: A Look at Time-Travelling Daughters, Wolf Gods, and More→