Fire Emblem Warriors has already impressed us with its mix of real-time combat and tactical planning on Switch, and given the current popularity of that console it's easy to forget that the game has also come to the New Nintendo 3DS. While you'd be forgiven for overlooking this entry altogether, it's important to remember that there are still many New 3DS owners in the world that haven't upgraded to Switch yet, and Nintendo is clearly conscious of this fact. Some people have questioned the decision to pour development resources into a New 3DS port at this moment in time, but the company should be applauded for at least keeping its older console active in terms of AAA releases.
Rather than repeat everything that was said in the Switch review, we're going to focus on what differentiates the New 3DS edition of Fire Emblem Warriors. For all intents and purposes, the core game remains intact – it has the same missions, same controls, same characters and same basic mechanics. It even has amiibo support, thanks to the refreshed feature set of the New 3DS hardware. In this respect, Fire Emblem Warriors on New 3DS is a faithful replication of the Switch version; it stands up just as well purely from a gameplay perspective. The biggest omission is the removal of the two-player co-op mode – you can't even play together using a local wireless connection, which is a shame.
Depending on your outlook, the New 3DS version of Fire Emblem Warriors might even be considered superior to Switch in some regards. While we haven't been able to analyse the frame rate fully, we believe it's running at close to 60fps; everything feels smooth and lag-free, and there's no major slowdown during busy moments. Compare this to the Switch version, which offers a 1080p / 30fps option as its default setting, and the New 3DS version ends up feeling a little smoother. The Switch edition also has a 720p / 60fps "performance" mode, but even this is subject to brief moments of slowdown which don't appear in the New 3DS outing.
Of course, we're not really comparing like for like here, as the New 3DS version of Fire Emblem Warriors looks incredibly primitive when placed alongside its Switch sibling. Character models lack detail, textures are muddy and environments aren't anywhere near as impressive. Graphical effects are toned down as well – during "Warrior" special moves the camera doesn't zoom in like it does on the Switch version, but instead a static close-up of that character's face is displayed – and in cutscenes the video quality is pretty terrible. Other elements – such as the dialogue screens and the map – have a horrible, compressed look to them.
So while the action is indeed smooth and silky, the assets the game has to work with are a lot cruder than those in the gorgeous-looking Switch version. On the audio side, the voice acting has been retained and the music is more or less the same – the key difference is that the New 3DS' speakers don't have the same punch as those on the Switch.
Fire Emblem Warriors on the New 3DS is always going to remain in the shadows of its more visually impressive sibling, but if you put aside the visual trappings and focus entirely on the gameplay, there's actually very little difference between them aside from the removal of the enjoyable co-op mode. The essence of the game is almost totally intact, and we had just as much fun playing through the quest on Nintendo's older system as we did on the Switch. Naturally, if you're in a position to choose between the two then Switch is the obvious choice, but should you be a New 3DS owner who hasn't yet upgraded, you're not really missing out – Fire Emblem Warriors is just as engaging and entertaining on Nintendo's ageing handheld, even though you have to endure some rather weak visual assets and basic character designs.
i'll just get it on switch.
Def getting on Switch.
God, the 3DS version is hideous.
Switch version for sure.. I played Hyrule warriors on the 3ds and it was only okay. I cant imagine this would be much different
"Nintendo's ageing handheld," you can really tell Nintendolife have moved on from the 3ds....
Already buying 3 games and 3 amiibos the week it'll come out so I'll skip. Maybe getting it later but it'll be the switch version
Amazon dropping the ball on my Switch version pre-order yet again...
@Orangezap89 Largely Nintendo has, too. There are only a couple of big first party retail titles left for release (Pokémon and Kirby) and then it's set to go fairly dark on the 3DS front. Look at the eShop releases every week, too. There's next to nothing on 3DS. And calling a handheld released in 2011 "ageing" isn't exactly opinion. In the technology sector, 7 year old gadgets are like dinosaurs.
Yeah, a while back when these were announced I was actually debating which version I'd get. Not sure why now...I don't seem to be able to find this information anywhere, but I'm guessing this game skips the stereoscopic effect? That would be the only possible reason I would get the 3DS version, but that one feature doesn't hold a candle to HD, TV+portable play.
@thesilverbrick The New 3DS was released 2014/2015 though, which isn't as long ago. This game is exclusive to the more powerful New 3DS, not the original one that you're talking about.
I’ll get it for Switch eventually. I’d say wait for a sale, but this is Nintendo.......
It's good to hear that not much has been lost when they made the 3DS version.
....I'll just buy the Switch version one day though, I can wait
My Switch version should be here soon. Any second now. Any second now ...
I think everybody expected this, though it still good they made this version for N3DS / N2DS owners who prefer it. That and there is a larger potential audience. Kind of reminds me of the iPhone/iPad relationship; except the technical differences are a little wider.
@SaKo They just want the 3DS to die as a product so Nintendo will focus solely on the Switch in the false belief it'll suddenly mean a waterfall of new Nintendo games on Switch.
Not too surprising they don't bother to keep themselves appraised of the actual release dates of newer hardware on the 3DS front.
3DS is still > Switch
No Roy my boy, no buy
I really can't see much of a market for this.
If this had cross-platform multiplayer with the Switch version, then I would have been all over this. If it had 3D, I would have strongly considered it for that novelty alone. As it is, there is no reason at all to double dip.
I won't be getting a Switch anytime soon so I may get this given it doesn't appear to lose much gameplay wise. Coop's never a main feature for me anyway.
I have a switch so there is no reason for me to get this. In fact, there's no excuse to get this version over the switch if you have both.
@SaKo The differences between the New 3DS and the original are minimal. We're not talking a major hardware overhaul. My comment was made in reference to the 3DS family of systems as a whole. And it's worth noting that FE Warriors on 3DS looks awful even among other 3DS games. Titles like Kid Icarus Uprising and Resident Evil Revelations released half a decade ago (on the older version of the 3DS) and looked leagues better.
@Orangezap89 The Switch is so much better for their business, they are starting to send out propaganda that 3DS is dying to try to get more people to buy the Switch. Meanwhile it's been a great year for 3DS so far.
@thesilverbrick Well, there is Mario Party 100 coming for the 3DS (November for the US, January for Europe.). Granted I know a lot of folks don't care about the newer entries but this one does have minigames from all the past games to appeal to those nostalgia folks and I'm sure the kids who can't afford a Switch will pick it up to.
Not much, but meh.
I can see why it was ported to the New 3DS, not just Nintendo squeezing every last penny out of the handheld before it has nothing left but also the userbase the FE franchise gained thanks to Awakening (Which as we all know, revived the series from the brink of death to getting zillions of new releases) as well as the other FE games the 3DS got.
It might not look the part but if a Switch is way way out of your price point for the time being, its acceptable. True the graphics take a hit, but you're playing the game at least arnt you?
I think Nintendo may surprise us with a secondary console. Maybe, something that has Switch connectivity; my fingers are crossed, anyway
@thesilverbrick Probably not fair to compare to Revelations when there is honestly very little happening on screen at any given time.
That being said, Revelations is probably the best looking game on the system.
@Angelic_Lapras_King at least they are giving the 3ds a pretty nice send off. Hadn't really bought much for a while prior to this summer- then got Miitopia, Metriod, Culdcept Revolt, and Pikmin. Since I missed a lot of the Mario Party franchise, I will probably get that and Kirby. I will have a lot to keep me busy for a while on the system.
@Damo Can you confirm if there is a way to buy the DLC on the 3DS Version? I'm not very far into the story, so maybe the DLC shop hasn't appeared yet, but the NA 3DS eShop doesn't even have a DLC tag that most games with DLC have on their product page.
Cool. Gameplay trumps graphics for me.
Are there as many enemies around at the same time? In the Hyrule version there were a lot fewer on the 3ds.
@Damo Thanks in advance for any reply you would have made. I found the update patch in the eShop. Nintendo could have definitely done a better job of advertising it on the eShop.
"nobody gets left behind" except for every character between games 4 and 10
I'm one of those n00bs who only got into the series through Awakening and I really would have liked to see more characters I'm unfamiliar with. Instead we get creepy mctharja
@Angelic_Lapras_King Sure, throw Mario Party on that list, as well. It's still pretty slim.
Does 3ds use same graphic engine as Switch? There's big difference ofc but not as dramatically as Dragon Quest XI.
@Orangezap89 It's not wrong. The 3DS is an antique by technology standards.
Every sentence is a comparison to Switch...It's kind of annoying.
Finally buying a switch this week to play Fire Emblem Warriors and super Mario Odyssey. Two must have games for me.
I don't have a Switch yet so I had no qualms over getting this for my 3DS. I definitely don't regret the purchase as I've been having a blast with the game! Wish there was a Wii U version. I am unimpressed that I can't redeem my season pass code so far. Should have gotten that part through the eshop rather than Amazon.
I am done playing fire emblem games. Was fun as it lasted but repetitive and no innovation at all lately.
@Varathius technically this isn’t a fire emblem game. It’s a musuo game with fire emblem characters, it plays like dynasty warriors, hyrule warriors, pirate warriors etc.
@undomiel if I may believe the store update than the 3ds version hasn’t gotten the season pass yet, that may be why you can’t redeem the code.
Excellent game! Looks good and play nicely. Having tons of fun, so far.
@darkswabber The store update applies to both the digital and cart versions. It enabled being able to buy the season pass through the game, but unfortunately still doesn't enable you to apply a code obtained outside the eshop.
@ollietaro I have to agree with you. They say they are not comparing the two versions, but they are. The power gap between both is undeniable but to tell the truth the game, as it is, is amazing for the New 3DS. I mean it is comparable to Hyrule warriors visually and Hyrule was considered a little gem for both 3DS and New 3DS. Why not this one?
I have both Fire Emblem warriors for Switch and New 3DS (Switch for me and my elder son, New 3DS for my younger one) and I've played both versions. They are both amazing each in it's own system. I don't agree with the review. The game for the New 3DS deserves much more.
@renato_racfr The review talked too much about Switch vs. N3DS when really, as a New 3DS owner (without a Switch) I don't care which the better version is. All that comparison business is useless and unhelpful for me. The review is essentially Switch promotion and nothing more. Systems have longer life spans in Japan but here people want the 3DS dead. Not me!
STILL going to get this game and I wish we would also get a new FE RPG for the Switch!
The Switch should be the HUB of all JRPGs!
It's because the 3DS is almost 7 years old and people are just ready to move on. Once you play on the Nintendo Switch it's extremely hard to go back to the 3DS. It feels like a device from 2 previous eras.
And considering 3DS came out when the Wii was still around, and lived all through the Wii U era, and now Switch, people are definitely ready to see it put to rest- it's just so dated. The 240p screen, the missing buttons, the watered down graphics... It's clear Switch is replacing it also, but as Reggie said they are greedy and will continue to pump out easy projects to collect for as long as they can before everyone moves on. Which, judging by software sales... half of the active 3DS software purchasers already have.
@JaxonH Well, I've never had trouble going back to previous consoles and considering that the VC and the mini NEs and Mini SNES were quite succesful, it seems many people don't have any trouble appreciating old consoles nowadays.
Personally, I didn't want to "move on", simply because the Switch is quite expensive in my country ( I'm in Mexico, and I know that this is also an issue in Argentina and Brazil) and it's sold for what it's about 400-500 US dollars wich is almost double the average price, not even considering that the dollar is already quite expensive in comparison to my country's coin. I get that the Switch is the new hardware and that Nintendo will move eventually, but people saying that the old 3DS is outdated and that they can't go back after playing the Switch is quite ridiculous considering the amount they spend on VC and these ridicously expensive (and hard to get) physical emulators they call Mini consoles.
I don't mind the comparison, but frankly it's becoming annoying to hear how most people are ready to upgrade because it's not accesible to everyone (there's a really large gap bewteen the 3DS and Switch price in my country)and despite the common belief many Switch gamers have, the 3DS existence isn't affecting Nintendo's focus on the Switch (which has been proven with the amazing library it has despite still supporting their previous console) and they are giving it a proper treatment to the customers that haven't been able to upgrade and that deserve to be able to play these games. In the end we are all Nintendo supporters and enjoy their products so I'd like to see a little more empathy from some Switch owners, so that they could understand that having a Switch right now for everyone may not be as possible as it was for them and that there's no need to talk about how outdated the 3DS is in every article. What you consider greedy (it may be true though) about still upporting the 3DS with watered down versions still allows players that don't have access to the Switch to keep enjoying gaming, regardless of the initial intention from nintendo.
I get your point about the retro games, but that's not the issue. People are OK playing retro games with retro graphics and even indie games. But... even the SNES Mini outputs in HD. Indies on Switch output in HD. And once you've played those games in HD it's really hard to go back and play them in 240p.
And the main issue is the meaty AAA retail releases. People might even stomach playing retro games or indie games in 240p, but when the big retail releases are 240p, and drastically hindered in scope, game size and visual fidelity... that's a totally different beast then just talking about retro games.
But I appreciate your comment about empathy. For sure, I think people should be empathetic, but at the same time how much support should a person really expect from a console that released in 2011? It's about to be 2018. It's a little hard to be empathetic when the system has had a 7-year run. There has to come a point in time where you say OK, enough, it's time to move on. The system has outlived three console generations of hardware. Everyone who owns one has gotten their money's worth multiple times over.
Personally I am OK with them dedicating 10% of their resources to keeping the system going, if they so desire, by doing remakes like Mario & Luigi SuperStar Saga or Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon. That's fine. But I'm ready to see third parties that are supporting 3DS, to jump on board Switch. 3DS has had its time. And as far as brand new games are concerned from Nintendo (like Metroid) that needs to stop. 7 years is long enough to get brand new games.
I can only hope that all the 3DS owners out there are able to make the jump to Switch and upgrade. Consoles on Amazon.com are readily available for $299.99 and ship globally.
@JaxonH Thanks for the tip mate, but the thing about amazon is that from what I know, the costs of importation aren't included in said price and that's when the thing starts to look expensive. Fortunately for me, I have friends that travel to the US from time to time so I'll be able to buy it at a good price eventually.
I definitely agree with you about most things, except for 2 (that aren't actual disagreements):
I really don't need the HD, if there's a version coming for my PS4 and my New 3DS (like Street Fighter 4, shovel knight, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater or any retro and indie that has an HD version) I would always choose it to have it on the 3DS as long as it plays the same. Having said that I know that I'm a special case and that the Switch offers portability and HD graphics so you wouldn't even have to choose one or the other. I'm definitely aware than in most cases people choose the bigger version so other than personal preference this doesn't apply in most cases.
The other thing you could say I disagree with is more about people expecting support for the 3DS. You are right about everything except that I rarely see people demanding a 3DS version nowadays. I see way more people saying that said game should be on Switch (this one is perfectly understandable) and that there's no point on having it on the 3DS, which is what annoys me. I mean, even if it's smaller as time passes by there's still a market for the 3DS so the lack of logic and consideration from said people ( you aren't one of them of course) has starting to make me doubt to check 3DS articles since it happens quite a lot.
That's the one and only issue for me. I definitey agree with you about everything else.
Ya that's true. I guess as long as the market is there let the market dictate how many games come to the system. It's not really my place to say what should or shouldn't come. As long as there are some people still buying games then there still a market for those games.
But I do hope the stragglers who haven't upgraded to Switch yet, do it soon.
I expected it to look worse, I kind of like the thick border lines and colors on the characters here. Environments could be better, though.
@JaxonH Thank you putting that into perspective! I guess now it doesn't feel like an exciting time to be a 3DS owner the way it felt in 2013-14 what with new releases being 2D only, the 3D effect having lost depth in newer games (save for Samus Returns), and reading comments calling for its death. Of course I want the Switch library to expand b/c it'll be a good selection to choose from for me when I get one down the road so I guess it is an ideal situation right now that support continues for both systems. I read comments for newly-announced 3DS games saying "I want this on Switch!" but do they really want a port of a 3DS game on Switch? Wouldn't a dedicated piece of software be much better?
Already have it for the switch. It is real fun to play. The switch is the future.
Haven't Switched yet so I grabbed this one for the 3DS yesterday. I'd say I like it better than Hyrule Warroirs Legends.
"Some people have questioned the decision to pour development resources into a New 3DS port at this moment in time"
Please mind your language - Octane
Been a couple years since this review was commented on, I just picked up this game on sale, $15 for a new Physical copy, sure I coulda spent twice as much and got the Switch version, and maybe I will down the road, but I opted for my trusty old steed the 3DS & i've been having a blast, the nostalgia of buying a brand new physical 3DS game again was a fun experience too.
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