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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.[1] The series is the first of its kind, with its origins dating back to the days of the Nintendo Entertainment System;[2] 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.[3]


Famicom and Super Famicom

The Fire Emblem series first began with the release of Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light for the Nintendo Entertainment System 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, Shadow Dragon and the Blade 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 Nintendo Entertainment System. 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.

Blazing Sword was the first Fire Emblem game released worldwide.[4] Due to it being a unique game, the first part of it is a tutorial, meant to introduce new players to the gameplay of the series.[5]

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.

3D Games

DS Remakes

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.

3DS Games

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.

Fates is the most recent game in the series.


Boxart English language title Original titles Platform Release date(s) Notes
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Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 暗黒竜と光の剣
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi
Nintendo Entertainment System JP April 20, 1990[6] The first game of the series, starring Marth.
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Gaiden 外伝
Nintendo Entertainment System JP March 14, 1992[6] The second game in the series. A side-story of the first game.
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Mystery of the Emblem 紋章の謎
Monshō no Nazo
Super Famicom JP January 21, 1994[6] The third game of the series. A remake of the first game, with a whole new second story.
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Genealogy of the Holy War 聖戦の系譜
Seisen no Keifu
Super Famicom JP May 14, 1996[6] The fourth game of the series. First game to take place in a separate universe, on the continent of Jugdral.
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Thracia 776 トラキア776
Torakia 776
Super Famicom JP January 21, 2000[6] The fifth game of the series. Takes place during Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
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Binding Blade 封印の剣
Fūin no Tsurugi
Game Boy Advance JP March 29, 2002[6] The sixth game of the series. First handheld game. Takes place on Elibe.
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Blazing Sword 烈火の剣
Rekka no Ken
Game Boy Advance JPApril 25, 2003[6]
NANovember 3, 2003
EUJuly 16, 2004
AUSFebruary 20, 2004
The seventh game of the series. First game released outside of Japan. Prequel to Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
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The Sacred Stones 聖魔の光石
Seima no Kōseki
Game Boy Advance JPOctober 7, 2004[6]
NAMay 23, 2005
EUNovember 4, 2005
The eighth game of the series. Features branched promotions and monsters. Takes place on Magvel.
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Path of Radiance 蒼炎の軌跡
Sōen no Kiseki
Nintendo GameCube JPApril 20, 2005[6]
NAOctober 10, 2005
EUNovember 11, 2005
AUSDecember 1, 2005
The ninth game of the series, starring Ike. First console game released outside of Japan. Takes place on Tellius.
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Radiant Dawn 暁の女神
Akatsuki no Megami
Wii JPFebruary 22, 2007[6]
USNovember 5, 2007
EUMarch 14, 2008
AUSApril 10, 2008
The tenth game of the series. Sequel to Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
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Shadow Dragon 新・暗黒竜と光の剣
Shin Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Ken
Nintendo DS JPAugust 7, 2008[6]
EUDecember 5, 2008
NAFebruary 16, 2009
AUSFebruary 26, 2009
The eleventh game of the series, and a remake of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.[7]
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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 JP July 15, 2010 The twelfth game of the series, and a remake of Book 2 of Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
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Awakening 覚醒
Nintendo 3DS JPApril 19th, 2012
USFebruary 4th, 2013[8]
EUApril 19th, 2013[9]
AUSApril 20th, 2013
The thirteenth game of the series. Revisits Archanea many years into the future.
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Fates if Nintendo 3DS JPJune 25th, 2015
USFebruary 19th, 2016
The fourteenth game of the series. Splits into Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation paths.


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

Fire Emblem 64


  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10
  8. Nintendo Direct (Nintendo of America), December 5th 2012
  9. Nintendo Direct (Nintendo Europe), February 14th 2012