Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Fire Emblem Warriors, the next big Nintendo Switch game, is here! While a proper entry in the strategy RPG series is slated to hit the console/handheld hybrid next year, right now Switch owners can play this Dynasty Warriors-inspired spin-off featuring all their favorite tactic waifus and husbandos. We just got the game here at Geek.com, so why aren’t we really reviewing it? Well, we’re just too busy with the next next big Nintendo Switch game: Super Mario Odyssey.Until next Thursday, all we can say about Super Mario Odyssey is that we have it and are playing it. But as you might expect, Mario’s biggest 3D adventure yet has been devouring all of our attention when it comes to gaming and specifically gaming on Nintendo Switch. That’s left us with little time to test out the Marth musou mashup of Fire Emblem Warriors.Granted, this is totally an inside baseball problem. While those of us in the gaming press got both codes at once, consumers will have a little more breathing room. Fire Emblem Warriors is out today whereas Super Mario Odyssey doesn’t drop until next Friday. That gives you a week to get the anime sword-swinging out of your system before heading over to New Donk City.Still, putting out Fire Emblem Warriors so close to Super Mario Odyssey feels like a mistake, almost like the game is being sent out to die. Fire Emblem isn’t nearly as niche as it used to be, but it’s still not nearly as big as Mario. I understand Nintendo wants to get as many high-profile Switch games on store shelves as possible before the holiday shopping season. But the spacing still seems too close. There’s also a New Nintendo 3DS version of Fire Emblem Warriors but given how well Hyrule Warriors ran on 3DS compared to Wii U, Nintendo probably won’t mind if you just forgot that version existed.Throughout the year Nintendo has been great about putting out one huge first-party Switch game every month, from ports like Mario Kart and Pokken to new games like Arms and Splatoon 2. In Japan, Fire Emblem Warriors fit in the schedule since it released at the end of September. Maybe localization efforts prevented a simultaneous worldwide release, but even just having a two-week gap between this and Mario seems preferable to a mere one-week gap.But despite all this, I have managed to play a little Fire Emblem Warriors in-between all the Mario hat hi-jinx. It’s not enough for a fair review, but I might as well tell you what I think so far while you’re here. First off, the game looks gorgeous, like the high-quality cutscenes of the 3DS games but playable. Being able to choose between 1080p 30fps or 720p 60fps is an appreciated touch. And while the voice acting is straight-up anime dub obnoxious, the sheer amount of it gives the game a nice level of production value.Again, I’ve yet to play much of this game, so right now the gameplay has just consisted of the brainless slashing combat, crowd-management, and territory control of other musou games. The different characters (mostly taken from recent hits Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates) play somewhat differently depending on their class. Shooting hordes of dudes on-foot with a bow as Takumi doesn’t feel like swinging Camilla’s axe from the back of a dragon. And characters have splashy combos and super attacks that even include the zoom-in on the focused steely eyes from traditional Fire Emblem.But what will really make or break Fire Emblem Warriors for me is how much of traditional Fire Emblem intelligence shows up in-between the dumb brawls. The menus all look and sound right, and there are options for classic Fire Emblem permadeath. The weapon triangle still plays a role. As you swap between different characters on the battlefield, leveling up every so often, you can also link them together, although it unfortunately doesn’t lead to a marriage. But while the game does apparently have some of the larger macro turn-based strategy elements that make Fire Emblem so beloved, I’ve yet to encounter them in my admittedly super brief playtime.Fire Emblem Warriors also just represents some recent Nintendo trends I’m not super thrilled about. Fire Emblem Awakening was utterly incredible, and I’m as happy about its success saving the franchise as anyone. But Nintendo’s tripling down on the series since then has looked a little desperate. Three versions of Fire Emblem Fates! Fire Emblem mobile! Way more obnoxious anime horniness! Super expensive collector’s edition with loads of DLC!Also, both this and Hyrule Warriors lean on fan service to compensate for how the simplistic gameplay of Dynasty Warriors just doesn’t compare to the deep action-adventure and strategy gameplay of The Legend of Zelda and Fire Emblem, respectively. While those worlds and characters are great, I’d hate for the lesson from these spin-offs to be that fans care more about that set-dressing than what really makes those games so good, at least in my opinion.However, I must stress that I haven’t played nearly enough Fire Emblem Warriors to deliver anything close to a final verdict. So if you’re still interested, seek out writers who have. Meanwhile, I’m going to go play more Super Mario Odyssey.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. 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