Preparing for Fire Emblem Engage

    Every skillful tactician knows that preparation is key.

    Fire Emblem Engage isn’t far away. A good tactician or lord always makes sure they are prepared before heading into the flames of war. Let’s discuss some strategy. First off, I think it’d be a good idea to knock the rust off. Completing this mission would entail some practice. Depending on how wet behind the ears you are, you either need to replay some Fire Emblem games or try some out. Hopefully, I can help get to where you need to be for this upcoming war. Now, keep in mind, a strategist is flexible. You need not pay heed to all of my advice, though I do as you to consider the options I provide to you. Let’s jump into the fray!

    Fire Emblem Three Houses

    A good place to start would be the newest mainline entry on the Switch, Fire Emblem Three Houses. This entry contains 3 major story routes along with offshoots and DLC. Its coffers are loaded with content. You play as a former mercenary that becomes an instructor at the Garreg Mach Monastary military academy. You instruct your students to be their best. Pick and choose their classes and equipment. Put thought into how you will help them prosper. In your free time, you can fish and converse with dozens of characters at the Monastery. Build relationships and relax before your monthly missions. There are two distinct acts with very different tones, so the drama really picks up in the back half. With that in mind, you should consider you and your students’ futures and fight for what you believe in!

    Fire Emblem Heroes

    Don’t be afraid of this title. Plenty of people turn tail at the mention of ‘mobile’ or ‘gacha’ games. However, this game has its merits! There are several story arcs with different aesthetics and characters. Some of these plotlines have cool concepts! There are plenty of paralogues that have fun character interactions based around different holidays and festivities. This game has its own unique meta as well. At first glance, you’d think the much smaller scale of maps and range of abilities would gimp the strategy. Don’t worry about that, however! There are multiple difficulties and even challenge modes to train and flex your tactics muscles! The gacha itself even has strategy. Do you pick orbs that match your desired unit’s color or risk picking other orbs first to get better rates for your desired character? This may be a mobile gacha game, but it has its own strong points and charms.

    Fire Emblem Warriors

    Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes demo

    Sometimes we can all suffer from some burnout when playing a lot of slower-paced or turn-based games. Why not try an action RPG? The Warrior/Musou games are great choices. There are two Fire Emblem Warriors games. The first one is a crossover game with characters from Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon, Awakening, and Fates. This game includes the weapon triangle, team member commands (you even move them on a grid like the main games!), and tons of support conversations! The other Fire Emblem Warriors is Three Hopes. This one is specifically an alternate take on Three Houses, complete with multiple routes as well. So, if you haven’t had enough of the cast of Three Houses you should pick this one up. Even though you mow down hundreds, if not thousands of enemies per mission, you have plenty of strategic options. Command allies smartly and learn the ins and outs of every character’s skills. The flow of battle can change in an instant in these games, so stay on your toes!

    Switch Online (Japanese)

    In this article, I broke down how to create a Japanese Nintendo Switch account. If you happen to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription then you can play a few Japanese Fire Emblem games by downloading the Japanese Famicom (NES) and Super Famicom (SNES) apps. These would include games like Shadow Dragon and the Sword of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, and Geneaology of the Holy War. Remember, you can launch the apps with any profile. So be sure to launch the apps with a profile that has an active online subscription. It doesn’t matter what region the profile is either! Be warned, however, these games are obviously in Japanese. If you don’t know Japanese or are not willing to learn at least a little bit of the language, then you better have patience. Without prior knowledge, these games will prove a bit of a challenge, but I believe in you! If you have little to no Japanese experience you won’t be able to enjoy the stories to their fullest. At bare minimum, I do hope you can get at least a little taste of these games for the experience!

    Payne aka PayneFusion is a huge fan of JRPGs. SQUARE ENIX owns his heart, especially their 'FINAL FANTASY' series. He is currently an aspiring artist and a studier of Japanese.

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