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Fire Emblem (series)
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Fire Emblem (ファイアーエムブレム) is a series of turn-based strategy role-playing games developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. The series is the first of its kind, with its origins dating back to the days of the Nintendo Entertainment System; however, the first six games were released exclusively in Japan. Each game in the series includes numerous playable characters, each with their own backstories and personalities. The series features permanent death, meaning that any character, save the Lord character(s), will be gone for good if they fall in battle.
Famicom and Super Famicom
The Fire Emblem series first began with the release of Dark Dragon and Sword of Light for the Famicom on April 20, 1990. It was developed by Intelligent Systems, a company previously invested in producing video game development tools. Intelligent Systems began to work on simulation games, starting with the first game of the Wars series, Famicom Wars, which has gameplay slightly similar to the Fire Emblem series. In 1990, Dark Dragon and Sword of Light was published. Although it did not have a great amount of sales in the first two weeks, sales did eventually improve.
The second game in the series, Fire Emblem Gaiden was released on March 14, 1992, also for the Famicom. It introduced several new gameplay changes, including a "Trainee" type class, use of a world map, and monster enemies. Most of these elements disappeared in later games before resurfacing in The Sacred Stones.
The Binding Blade was the first entry of the series on the GBA, and the first portable entry in general. Blazing Sword is a prequel to this game.
The Sacred Stones was the last Fire Emblem game to be released on the GBA. It is a standalone title in terms of story and universe, the only Fire Emblem 'universe' to only have one game in its continuity.
After the Nintendo DS was introduced, Shadow Dragon was introduced. Being a remake of the original game, Shadow Dragon was just a remake for Japanese buyers, though the story was new for worldwide players. Later, to celebrate the series twentieth anniversary, a remake of the second half of the third game of the series was released, though only in Japan. This was the first game since the series had hit worldwide shelves to be released exclusively in Japan.
Awakening was Fire Emblem's first foray into the Nintendo 3DS console. It takes place within the same universe as Shadow Dragon, but a substantial time later. Unlike Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, Heroes of Light and Shadow, this game was released internationally.
If, the most recent game in the series. It is currently in development and has not yet been released in any language.
|Boxart||English language title||Original titles||Platform||Release date(s)||Notes|
|Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light||暗黒竜と光の剣
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi
|Famicom||April 20, 1990||The first game of the series, starring Marth.|
|Famicom||March 14, 1992||The second game in the series. A side-story of the first game.|
|Mystery of the Emblem||紋章の謎
Mystery of the Emblem
|Super Famicom||January 21, 1994||The third game of the series. A remake of the first game, with a whole new second story.|
|Genealogy of the Holy War||聖戦の系譜
Genealogy of the Holy War
|Super Famicom||May 14, 1996||The fourth game of the series. First game to take place in a separate universe, on the continent of Jugdral.|
|Super Famicom||January 21, 2000||The fifth game of the series. Takes place during Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.|
Fūin no Tsurugi
|Game Boy Advance||March 29, 2002||The sixth game of the series. First handheld game. Takes place on Elibe.|
Rekka no Ken
|Game Boy Advance||
April 25, 2003|
November 3, 2003
July 16, 2004
February 20, 2004
|The seventh game of the series. First game released outside of Japan. Prequel to Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.|
|The Sacred Stones||聖魔の光石
Seima no Kōseki
|Game Boy Advance||
October 7, 2004|
May 23, 2005
November 4, 2005
|The eighth game of the series. Features branched promotions and monsters. Takes place on Magvel.|
|Path of Radiance||蒼炎の軌跡
Sōen no Kiseki
April 20, 2005|
October 10, 2005
November 11, 2005
December 1, 2005
|The ninth game of the series, starring Ike. First console game released outside of Japan. Takes place on Tellius.|
Akatsuki no Megami
February 22, 2007|
November 5, 2007
March 14, 2008
April 10, 2008
|The tenth game of the series. Sequel to Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.|
Shin Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Ken
August 7, 2008|
December 5, 2008
February 16, 2009
February 26, 2009
|The eleventh game of the series, and a remake of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.|
|New Mystery of the Emblem, Heroes of Light and Shadow||新・紋章の謎 〜光と影の英雄〜
Shin Monshō no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no Eiyū
|Nintendo DS||July 15, 2010||The twelfth game of the series, and a remake of Book 2 of Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.|
April 19th, 2012|
February 4th, 2013
April 19th, 2013
April 20th, 2013
|The thirteenth game of the series. Revisits Archanea many years into the future.|
The Fire Emblem games are in the turn-based strategy genre and they were one of the first of it's time to involve such gameplay including a full changeable plot and a range of diverse characters.
Fire Emblem 64
- Nintendo Direct (Nintendo of America), December 5th 2012
- Nintendo Direct (Nintendo Europe), February 14th 2012