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Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow

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New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow

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Japanese logo and box art.


Intelligent Systems




Kouhei Maeda
Hideaki Araki

Release date(s)

JPJuly 15, 2010




Nintendo DS


Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon


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Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow (Japanese: ファイアーエムブレム 新・紋章の謎〜光と影の英雄〜 Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow) is the second Fire Emblem remake for the Nintendo DS system, following after Shadow Dragon. It is a remake of Book 2 of Mystery of the Emblem, the third Fire Emblem game to have been made, and currently the only title released after Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade to not get an international release.


One year after the War of Shadows between the Archanean League, led by Prince Marth of Altea, and the Dolhr Empire led by the Shadow Dragon Medeus, an imperial edict from Hardin, recently crowned Emperor of Archanea, arrives at Altea Castle, ordering Marth to lead his army to Grust to subdue a rebellion occurring there. Although Marth has his doubts about this order, he is forced to comply with the orders of his suzerain nation, and leaves for Grust.


New Mystery of the Emblem marks the first appearance of Casual Mode, a gameplay mode in which units who are defeated in battle are not actually killed, but simply retreat from battle to recover in time for the next chapter. It also features a mechanic in the preparations menu named Everyone's Conditions, where temporary stat boosts, experience points, and random items can be obtained after a certain amount of time. This would later be iterated upon in future titles, an example being the Barracks in Fire Emblem Awakening.


Main article: List of characters in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow

With a total of 83 playable characters, New Mystery of the Emblem has the largest playable cast in the entire Fire Emblem series. New Mystery of the Emblem introduces Kris, a character whose name, appearance, class, and gender can be customized by the player. Though similar to The Blazing Blade's Tactician, it is the first time said character is available as a controllable unit.


Main article: List of chapters in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow

New Mystery of the Emblem features eight prologue chapters, used to develop Kris's fighting skill and relationship with Marth, 24 main story chapters, six side quest chapters, and three downloadable chapters, available from the extras menu, that take place before the prologue chapters of the game. Unlike in Shadow Dragon, the side quests' availability is not determined by the number of units in the player's army, and so it is possible to recruit, and keep alive, all 77 possible playable characters in a single playthrough.

Base conversations

Main article: Base conversations in New Mystery of the Emblem


The game was originally going to be released around the same time Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon was going to be released. As a result, development began alongside it. However, after approaching Nintendo over this idea during development, it was ultimately decided it would be best to just release the first game instead as a standalone entry, as this would make the entry far more accessible to newer players.[1] As a result of this, the staff also decided to use a different system than the one previously used for Shadow Dragon, restarting development from scratch to base the game more off of the original Mystery of the Emblem.

Many elements were added in the game that weren't present in Mystery of the Emblem, such as support conversations, a customizable character, and a "Casual Mode"; the latter was heavily debated between Nintendo and Intelligent Systems, but positive feedback from playtesting allowed the decision to stand. The amount of new content was abundant in the game, so much that Intelligent Systems considered splitting the game into two separate titles.

The game was announced by Nintendo in May 2010 as part of Fire Emblem's 20th anniversary celebration, and was subsequently released only in Japan on July 15, 2010.

Game credits

Main article: Staff of Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem


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Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow opened with 136,000 copies sold in Japan. As of 2012 it has sold a total of 274,000 copies in Japan.[2]


Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow received a 34/40 from Famitsu, receiving praise for the incorporation of support conversations and the greater narrative additions, as well as the introduction of Casual mode.[3]

Fan translation

Main article: Fan translation § Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem

Upon the game's initial release in Japan a simple menu translation was created by fans.

After a year of the game's Japanese release and no word of a localization from official sources, a full fan translation began production. Said translation is textually complete, though it has not been updated to accommodate recent localization developments from Fire Emblem Awakening or Fire Emblem Heroes.


  • In both English and Japanese, New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow has the longest subtitle in the Fire Emblem series.
  • New Mystery of the Emblem has the largest core playable cast in the series, with 77 playable characters.
  • New Mystery of the Emblem is the only game in the Fire Emblem series not to introduce any new classes.
  • This is the last Fire Emblem game to feature side quest chapters.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow

Used in The Art of Fire Emblem Awakening. Additionally, "Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem", without the second subtitle, is used in Fire Emblem Heroes.
The "Hero of Light" refers to Marth, while the "Hero of Shadow" refers to Kris.


ファイアーエムブレム 新・紋章の謎〜光と影の英雄〜

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow


External links


  1. "岩田
    ● 社長が訊く 『ファイアーエムブレム 新・紋章の謎~光と影の英雄~』,, Published: July 2010, Retrieved: June 12, 2023
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow
Playable characters AbelArlenArranAstramAthenaBantuBarstBeckBelfBordCaedaCaesarCainCastorCatriaCecilCordDarrosDiceDolphDraugEliceEstEtzelFreyFrostGordinHoraceJakeJeorgeJubeloJulianKatarinaKrisLenaLindeLukeMacellanMaliceMariaMarishaMarthMatthisMerricMichalisMidiaMinervaNagiNavarreNorneNynaOgmaPallaPhinaRaddReidenRickardRobertoRoderickRogerRosheaRyanSamsonSamuelSedgarSheenaSiriusTikiTomasVylandWarrenWendellWolfWrysXaneYmirYuliya
Non-playable characters Aurelis KingBoahCamusGotohJagenLangLorenz
Bosses ArlenAthenaCaedaCainClarisseDallDraugEibelEremiyaEstGailGharnefHardinIce DragonJagenJeorgeKatarinaLangLegionLorenzLumelLukeLykkeMedeusNehringOgmaRoderickSheenaTorusWillowWyvernYodel
Background characters AdrahAnriArtemisCaldasIoteLudwikMarlonMarcelusNagaOrdwin
Regalia and personal weapons AumFalchionGradivusHauteclereImhulluMercuriusParthiaRapierStarlightWing Spear
Chapters Main story P1: MeetingP2: Young SquiresP3: Training BeginsP4: New Companions (Jeorge, Athena) • P5: March DutyP6: Bonds (Ogma, Draug) • P7: The Final Test (Est, Cain) • P8: Assassination of the Hero-King • 1: The Grustian Expedition • 2: Rebellion at Macedon • 3: Abducted Princess • 3x: Shadows Behind the Scenes • 4: Joy and Sorrow • 5: Liberation of Grust • 6: The Nest of Evil • 6x: Mercenary Squad • 7: The Scarlet Sword • 8: Soulful Bridge • 9: Sanctuary of Sorcery • 10: Two Sorcerers • 10x: The Mask Laughs • 11: Anri's Way • 12: Graveyard of Fire Dragons • 13: Frozen Land • 13x: Within the White Darkness • 14: A Mystery Revealed • 15: Return of the Prince • 16: Regaining the Capital • 16x: Reunion • 17: Gra's Sun Sets • 18: Battle of the Pass • 19: The Last Decisive Battle • 20: Dark Emperor • 20x: Bottom of the Deep Abyss • 21: The Wyvern's Dale • 22: The Dragon Altar • 23: The Dark Pontifex LivesE: Light and Shadow
New Archanea Saga 1: The Capital Falls • 2: Red Dragoon • 3: Righteous Thieves • 4: The Beginning
DLC bonus chapters 1: Wind and Thunder • 2: Three Assassins • 3: That Which Was Done by the Sword Shall Be Undone by the Sword
Locations ArchaneaAlteaAnri's WayAurelisDolhr (Dragon Altar) • Empire of ArchaneaGraGrustKhadeinMacedonTalys
Groups, objects and concepts Coyote's MenDragon (Divine DragonEarth DragonManakete) • HereticsSable OrderFire Emblem/Binding ShieldWar of HeroesWar of LiberationWar of ShadowsWhitewinged Order
Lists Base conversationsChaptersCharactersClasses (Class change) • Hidden treasureItemsScriptsSupportsWeapons
Related topics Name chart • Other games (Shadow Dragon & the Blade of LightGaidenMystery of the EmblemArchanea SagaShadow DragonAwakening) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
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Main series Shadow Dragon & the Blade of LightGaidenMystery of the EmblemGenealogy of the Holy WarThracia 776The Binding BladeThe Blazing BladeThe Sacred StonesPath of RadianceRadiant DawnShadow DragonNew Mystery of the EmblemAwakeningFatesEchoes: Shadows of ValentiaThree HousesEngage
Spin-offs Archanea SagaTokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FEHeroesWarriorsWarriors: Three Hopes
Crossover games Super Smash Bros. (MeleeBrawlfor Nintendo 3DS and Wii UUltimate) • Club Nintendo Picross+Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.Project X Zone 2WarioWareDragalia Lost
Unreleased games and prototypes Fire Emblem 64The Blazing Blade pre-release build 0206The Blazing Blade pre-release build 0219The Sacred Stones prototypeFire Emblem Wii
TearRing Saga series Yutona Heroes War ChroniclesBerwick Saga
Vestaria Saga series War of the ScionsThe Sacred Sword of SilvanisterLucca GaidenChronicles of the Norden Civil War
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