Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow
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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.
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 occuring 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 marks the first appearance of unit barracks, where random items are gifted after a certain amount of time
- Main article: List of characters in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow
With a total of 81 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 customised by the player. Although this is not the first instance of a player-created character being directly involved in the game's plot, 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 sidequest 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 sidequests' 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.
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 Shadow Dragon. However, during development the staff decided to use a different system than the one they were working with, which was based off of Shadow Dragon; instead, they decided to start from scratch and base it 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 in Japan on July 15, 2010. No western release date was announced.
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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.
- 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 begun 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.
Etymology and other languages
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|English||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.|
|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|
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