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List of regional version differences

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In the life cycle of a video game, it may be published in multiple versions, including the process of localization into new languages. Outside of localization, successive versions of a game will usually implement a series of revisions and changes from the preceding version, ranging from fixing errors and bugs to adjusting game balance. In the age before digital distribution, it was not possible to revise pre-existing copies of an already-released game, so revised version were found in later print runs and re-releases of the game in question instead. This series of articles identifies different versions of the games of the Fire Emblem series, their release dates and regions, as well as any changes in both gameplay and story which were made by each version.

All Virtual Console re-releases of a game will use the most recent version of that game released in that region, although they may contain minor presentation changes of their own.

Glossary

Regions

Nintendo divides the parts of the world in which it currently publishes its games into four regions. All games on Nintendo's home consoles, as well as their handhelds since the Nintendo DSi, are subject to regional lockout which prevents a game from being played on a console which does not match its designated region.

The terminology used and the reasons for the regional division come from the days of analog television, where different parts of the world made use of one of several different standards of broadcast encoding. Until the current generation, when analog television was still widely used, game systems were affected by this as well and releases in different regions required significant technical revision in order to work with televisions in that region. Although this is less relevant these days, with the rise of digital television, the regions defined by the analog era are still used today as the basis for separating different parts of the world.

  • The NTSC (National Television System Committee) region traditionally covers all of North America, parts of Central and South America, and parts of south-east Asia. For Nintendo's purposes, it is divided into three regions:
    • NTSC-J is Japan itself, and being that Nintendo is a Japanese corporation, games are almost always released in this region first.
    • NTSC-U covers the Americas, although the United States and Canada are the primary focus. This is generally considered to be Nintendo's most significant overseas market by far and only needs one localization to be completed, so this region is usually the second to get a game, after Japan itself. NTSC-U versions typically fix most major bugs from the NTSC-J version and implement minor changes.
    • NTSC-K consists solely of South Korea.
  • The PAL (Phase Alternating Line) region, as far as Nintendo publication is concerned, includes all of western Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. PAL versions of games are usually the last versions to be released (in Fire Emblem, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is the only exception to this), as the game must be localized into between five and seven different languages (the standards being British English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Russian). As a result, PAL releases are often the final and most complete version of a game, with the majority of known bugs fixed and possibly significant further changes added.

Data

  • Product ID: The identification code assigned to the version of the game by Nintendo. This code is always printed on the label of a game's cartridge or disc. The first part of the code indicates the console it was released on, the second part is a code unique to that particular version of the game, and the last part is the version's region of release.
  • Internal name: Nintendo's games are typically assigned an internal name which is found in the game's metadata, rather than being presented anywhere when playing the game. They are typically short and contain key information to quickly tell them apart from other regional versions of the game. Revised versions of a game in the same region won't typically change this.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light


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Fire Emblem Gaiden


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Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem

Mystery of the Emblem appears to have had one revision released, although there is no information on what was changed.[1]

Version NTSC-J (v1.0) NTSC-J (V1.1)
Product ID SHVC-EM SHVC-EM
Internal title SHVC FIREEMBLEM SHVC FIREEMBLEM
Language(s) Japanese Japanese
Release date January 21st, 1994  ??
Changes Unknown.

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

Only one known addition of Genealogy was released, with no later updates.[2]

Version NTSC-J
Product ID SHVC-A32J-JPN
Internal title FIREEMBLEM4
Language(s) Japanese
Release date May 14th, 1996

Fire Emblem: Thracia 776

There are two known builds of Thracia 776: the original Nintendo Power service release (commonly called the "NP" version), and the version that received a proper cartridge in the next year (commonly called the "ROM" version).[3] The differences between the two are relatively minor.

Version NTSC-J (NP version) NTSC-J (ROM version)
Product ID SHVC-BFEJ-JPN SHVC-BFRJ-JPN
Internal title FIREEMBLEM5 FIREEMBLEM5
Language(s) Japanese Japanese
Release date September 1st, 1999 January 21st, 2000
Changes The title screen's copyright notice was altered, which is the easiest way to tell the two versions apart. The NP version's copyright notice reads:
©1996,1999 Nintendo, ©1999 INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS
The ROM version's copyright notice reads:
©1996,1999,2000 Nintendo/INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS
Rankings were expanded with a series of higher grades implemented, raising the maximum achievable rank from AAA to SSS. Requirements to meet the pre-existing ranks were unchanged, and the new ranks have even more demanding requirements.

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade

There is only one known released version of The Binding Blade.

Version NTSC-J
Product ID AGB-AFEJ-JPN
Internal title FIREEMBLEM6
Language(s) Japanese
Release date March 22nd, 2002

Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem was released worldwide in four editions, with no known revisions beyond the base releases. It is unique in that it is the only internationally-released Fire Emblem game that splits its PAL edition in two versions, each containing different European languages from the other.

Version NTSC-J NTSC PAL PAL
Product ID AGB-AE7J-JPN AGB-AE7E-USA AGB-AE7X-EUR AGB-AE7Y-EUR
Internal title FIREEMBLEM7 FIREEMBLEME FIREEMBLEMX FIREEMBLEMY
Language(s) Japanese US English EU English, French, German EU English, Spanish, Italian
Release date April 25th, 2003 November 3rd, 2003 July 16th, 2004 July 16th, 2004
Changes

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

Version NTSC-J NTSC PAL
Product ID AGB-BE8J-JPN AGB-BE8E-USA AGB-BE8P-EUR
Internal title FIREEMBLEM8 FIREEMBLEM2E FIREEMBLEM2P
Language(s) Japanese US English EU English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Release date October 7th, 2004 May 23rd, 2005 November 4th, 2005
Changes

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

Path of Radiance was released worldwide in three editions, with no known revisions beyond the base releases.

Version NTSC-J NTSC PAL
Product ID DOL-GFEJ-JPN DOL-GFEE-USA DOL-GFEP-EUR
Internal title FIRE EMBLEM GC FIRE EMBLEM GC US FIRE EMBLEM GC EU
Language(s) Japanese US English EU English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Release date April 20th, 2005 October 17th, 2005 November 4th, 2005
Changes

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Radiant Dawn was released worldwide in three editions. The NTSC-U edition received one re-release at an unknown date, which patched an issue with the Path of Radiance data transfer function.

Version NTSC-J NTSC PAL
Product ID RVL-RFEJ-JPN RVL-RFEE-USA RVL-RFEP-EUR
Internal title  ?? FIRE EMBLEM 10 USA FIRE EMBLEM 10 EUR
Language(s) Japanese US English EU English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Release date February 22nd, 2007 November 5th, 2007 March 14th, 2008
Changes

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Shadow Dragon was released worldwide in three editions, with no known revisions beyond the base releases.

Version NTSC-J PAL NTSC
Product ID NTR-YFEJ-JPN NTR-YFEP-EUR NTR-YFEE-USA
Internal title FIREEMBLEM11 FIREEMBLEM11 FIREEMBLEM11
Language(s) Japanese EU English, French, German, Spanish, Italian US English
Release date August 7th, 2008 December 5th, 2008 February 16th, 2009
Changes

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

There is only one known released version of New Mystery of the Emblem.

Version NTSC-J
Product ID TWL-VI2J-JPN
Internal title FIREEMBLEM12
Language(s) Japanese
Release date July 15th, 2010

Fire Emblem Awakening


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Fire Emblem Fates

In Japan, Fates was published in three editions: the Birthright cartridge, the Conquest cartridge, and the single Nintendo eShop digital release where the player chooses which campaign they purchased partway through the first playthrough.

Like most games released on Nintendo's current platforms, Fates is supported by update patches which are periodically released to fix errors. The current version of Fates is v1.1, and this update applies to all three editions. In all cases, copies of Fates which have not downloaded the update will not be able to access the game's internet functions.

Birthright

Version NTSC-J (v1.0) NTSC-J (v1.1)
Product ID CTR-BFXJ-JPN CTR-BFXJ-JPN
Internal title  ??  ??
Language(s) Japanese Japanese
Release date June 25th, 2015 July 29th, 2015
Changes An issue where amiibo would be unusable under certain conditions was fixed.
Various minor issues were fixed to "enhance the playing experience".[4]

Conquest

Version NTSC-J (v1.0) NTSC-J (v1.1)
Product ID CTR-BFYJ-JPN CTR-BFYJ-JPN
Internal title  ??  ??
Language(s) Japanese Japanese
Release date June 25th, 2015 July 29th, 2015
Changes An issue where amiibo would be unusable under certain conditions was fixed.
Various minor issues were fixed to "enhance the playing experience".[4]

Digital/special edition

Version NTSC-J (v1.0) NTSC-J (v1.1)
Product ID CTR-R-BFZJ-JPN CTR-R-BFZJ-JPN
Internal title  ??  ??
Language(s) Japanese Japanese
Release date June 25th, 2015 July 29th, 2015
Changes An issue where amiibo would be unusable under certain conditions was fixed.
Various minor issues were fixed to "enhance the playing experience".[4]

References

Fire Emblem series
Main series Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightGaidenMystery of the EmblemGenealogy of the Holy WarThracia 776The Binding BladeFire EmblemThe Sacred StonesPath of RadianceRadiant DawnAwakeningFatesFire Emblem for Nintendo Switch
Remakes Shadow DragonNew Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and ShadowEchoes: Shadows of Valentia
Other BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War ChroniclesMario Kart: Double Dash!! bonus discFire Emblem Heroes
Crossover games Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UCode Name: S.T.E.A.M.Project X Zone 2Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FEFire Emblem Warriors
Versions and releases List of regional version differencesLocalization of the Fire Emblem series