Fire Emblem may be a modern phenomenon to many, but the franchise’s history goes way back. Even excluding the Japan-only releases that make up roughly half of the catalogue, you’re still left with 10 mainline games and multiple spin-offs. Those alone might make Fire Emblem one of Nintendo’s deepest franchises in terms of quality and volume.
Though I don’t think there’s a bad game in the series per se, there are certainly titles that stand out from the rest. It’s always been a goal of mine to rank them, but it’s been a long time since I’ve played some of these games, and I don’t want to do the legwork required to confidently place them on a numerical list.
Instead, I’m going with a tier list. Unless stated otherwise, there’s no particular rankings within each tier. As of right now, here’s how I’d rank the mainline games in the Fire Emblem series!
Are you curious about the Fire Emblem franchise but too intimidated to dive in? I don’t blame you. Spanning across multiple consoles – along with roughly half of the games in the series never making it outside of Japan – it can be confusing to know where to start.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start at all. With just a little nudge, you could join us on the Fire Emblem hype train! Hopefully this guide can clear up some questions you may have with regards to starting your journey into the series.
Fire Emblem is a turn-based strategy game with a heavy emphasis on character development. At a root level, your heroes get stronger as they gain experience on the battlefield. In order to succeed at any game in the series, you must develop a team of heroes strong enough to eventually complete the game’s final chapter. During my first ever play of a Fire Emblem campaign, I learned this lesson the hard way.
Finally got around to doing a video for one of my most cherished video games. I go in-depth on the differences between Fire Emblem and Advance Wars, why Awakening isn’t the best Fire Emblem game despite how awesome it is, and some of my hopes for the recently-announced title on the 3DS.
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first appeared on the Gameboy Advance. It was the first in the series released outside of Japan. Back when this came out in 2003, I was already a fan Nintendo’s turn-based strategy games thanks to Advance Wars
. However, I was not ready for how unique Fire Emblem
was compared to its sister strategy game, nor was I ready for how freaking awesome
it would be.
What separates the two besides the obvious thematic differences is that Fire Emblem is much more of a role-playing game. Instead of managing an army of disposable units, each of the characters in your party has a name and story arc. You equip them with weapons and other gear. Best (or worst) of all, if they die in the game, they die forever. The strategic joy from Advance Wars is certainly here, though it’s only amplified by how high the stakes are when you’re managing a team of characters you care about that could die if you screw up.
Intelligent Systems and Nintendo have improved on the formula over time, though this first international release is still a masterpiece that is as fun to play now as it was in 2003. For die-hard fans of the series like me, owning this new version on the Wii U Virtual Console gives me a way to play the game again on a modern platform. If you haven’t played any in the series yet, this is a relatively affordable entry-point, since the game is under $10 on the eShop. If you’re ever going to give the series an honest try, this is a great place to start!
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Just a friendly reminder from In Third Person to Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors to remember that Nintendo gave you a free copy of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. If you haven’t played it yet, please do. The Fire Emblem franchise is one of the best turn-based strategy RPG series out there and The Sacred Stones is proof of the series’ awesomeness. I came into the Fire Emblem series as a gamer who wasn’t even a fan of the genre, and this is one of the games that turned me into a huge Fire Emblem fanboy.
So what are you waiting for? You already have it sitting on your 3DS. Do yourself a favour and play Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones if you haven’t booted it up yet. You’ll thank me later.
To even the most diehard Nintendo fans, the name Fire Emblem means nothing to them outside of Marth, Roy and Ike, who all appeared in various versions of Super Smash Bros. They may not be household names like Mario or Link, but little do they know that those three guys come from one of Nintendo’s oldest and longest-running franchises, which dates back to 1990. Most people also don’t know that the Fire Emblem series of games are awesome. I don’t think I could do my love for this franchise justice in a blog post, but I’m going to try anyway.
Since the launch of the iTunes App Store, I’ve been longing for a Fire Emblem style turn-based strategy RPG to hit the iPhone. There have been no shortage of strategy games on the platform, but up until I found War of Eusthrath HD for iPad (which hit the App Store on June 11th), I hadn’t found one that was right up my alley. Having poured in close to 16 hours into the game in the past week, this game has sent me to strategy RPG heaven.
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