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Fire Emblem: Three Houses is changing up more familiar features of the series, particularly with its academy focus and your role as an instructor. The heirs of multiple kingdoms will potentially be under your influence; and over the last few days both the US Nintendo Twitter account and Japan’s dedicated Fire Emblem page have been introducing them and sharing their portraits and illustrations.


First was Edelgard, princess of the Adrestian Empire. Some focus was placed on her during the game’s initial trailer, and her status as an axe wielder is uncommon for a main Fire Emblem character. Dignified and cool-headed, she’s a natural choice to be a head of house within the school setting.


Next was Dimitri, taking up the lance and next in line for Faerghus. His description, that of a chivalrous young man with a potential dark side, has me intrigued. I’d initially written him off as an option, but this duplicitous nature might just be intriguing enough to win me over.


Lastly, today saw Claude join the fold. An easygoing archer is nothing new in FE, nor is the fact he stands to become a leader, in this case of the Leicester Alliance. Still, putting new spins on familiar concepts is something Fire Emblem has done in the past; and even when it’s conventional from the series’ perspective, it can catch you off guard with new, unique elements.

You can look forward to meeting all three for yourself when Fire Emblem: Three Houses releases on July 26th. In the meantime, let us know who among them you’ll choose to support and look forward to more characters and info hopefully soon.


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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.