I’ve waited for years for this day to come. The day that I would finally play a Fire Emblem game on my Switch. I’ve been a fan of this series for many years and I’m here to tell you what I think of it so far.
Fire Emblem Three Kingdoms is the first official game on the Switch. Yes, we have Fire Emblem Warriors (great game by the way), but that was made by Team Ninja and Omega Force (Dynasty Warriors). This game is the first core Fire Emblem game to make its way to the Switch and it was well worth the wait.
Fire Emblem Three Houses is already my favorite Switch. I’m finally playing a first party Nintendo game that’s not disappointing since I bought my Switch two years ago. The reason why I bought a Switch is because of Fire Emblem and Pokemon. So far this game has not disappointed me. It’s not perfect though. And it’s not my favorite game in the series either, but it’s really good and I’m in love with it. The school mechanic is reminiscent of Genealogy of the Holy War. It’s just much more in depth.
Throughout the school month you have various different things to do before your next big assignment. You can grind your units by partaking in battles (I accidentally overleveled my entire party by quite a bit doing this.), attend seminars, buy items and weapons at the marketplace, or just explore the school grounds by walking around. Yes, you can actually walk around and explore in this game. That’s not really a new mechanic though since you could walk around and explore dungeons in the underrated Shadows of Valentia.
The biggest problem I had with Three Houses when I started was the roster. I didn’t like anyone when I first started the game, but as I played and got to know them I ended up liking a good majority of the characters in my class and since I’m so overpowered right now by overgrinding I even got access to two characters that I think I’m not supposed to have right now. I even beat that Death Knight dude both times I’ve encountered him without losing a single unit.
My favorite part of this game is the undoubtedly the gameplay. It’s just so good. It’s Fire Emblem. The classic weapon triangle is (once again) missing from this game and at this point I doubt it’ll ever come back. At least we actually get axe units in our group this time around though unlike in the previous game on the 3DS. The story seems like it’s picking up, but it does start off rather slow. I’ll say I’m invested in it at the moment, but I can’t really comment on whether or not I like it because I haven’t made it very far yet. Most of my 16 hours has been spent trying to increase my main characters stats so I can steal students from the other classrooms. I’m not sure if every house has a different story or not because this is only my first playthrough. I went in with the mindset of joining the Black Eagles and ended up a Blue Lion because they felt like your traditional Fire Emblem companions over everyone else.
I’ll admit that I’m really enjoying the Blue Lions. To me they have the most diverse group of units and I even turned one of my spear units into a caster because it turned out that he had hidden potential to be a badass fire ball slinger. Well… my guy does dark magic, but you get my point. Unlocking someone’s hidden potential is one of the great new features about this game. If you see a skill that someone hates, but you see empty stars next to it that means that they’ll excel at that skill if you make them practice at it. That’s what I did with a few of my units and I was much better for it.
Since the weapon triangle is gone that means I don’t have to worry about my spear units losing to a random axe dude or my axe dude losing to sword units. Sword units can still mess my axe weilder up though since they strike twice compared to my one blow and half the time that one blow completely misses the target. You still have to be very careful with your actions in this game if you don’t want someone to die. Or… you can just turn off permadeath and go crazy. I like that they kept that option in there for people that just want to experience the story with all of their characters.
I’m really enjoying Fire Emblem Three Houses. It’s my new favorite Switch game already and I only have 16 hours in the game. I’ve been waiting for this game for a long time and, so far anyway, it’s not disappointing me at all. Do you have Fire Emblem Three Kingdoms? What do you think of it?