Fire Emblem is a popular turn-based tactical RPG game franchise developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. The franchise began in 1990 with the release of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, and released firstly for Family Computer (Famicom) console. Since then, many games of the franchise have been released and here are the top 7 Fire Emblem games you must try.
7. Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War (SNES, Wii)
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War is a tactical RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Super Famicom game console in 1996. The game is the fourth installment of the Fire Emblem series and the second to be developed for the platform. The gameplay follows the traditional Fire Emblem tactical battle system taking place on grid-based maps.
The story takes place on the continent of Jugdral, split between eight different countries founded by the Twelve Crusaders, an ancient group of soldier who ended the rule of the ancient dragon Loptyr with divine aid. The story is told over two generations, the first generation follows the Grannvalian prince Sigurd, while the second follows his son Seliph as he works to defeat the cult and avenge his father.
6. Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)
Fire Emblem Fates is a tactical RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD and published by Nintendo for 3DS in 2015. The game is the fourteenth game in the Fire Emblem series and the second to be developed for Nintendo 3DS. Fire Emblem Fates was released in three versions, each following a different storyline centered on the same characters: Birthright and Conquest.
The overarching story follows the protagonist, a customizable Avatar created by the player, as they are unwillingly drawn into a war between the Kingdom of Hoshido, their birthplace, and Nohr, their adopted home. And eventually, they must which side to support. The gameplay revolves around tactical movement of units across a grid-based battlefield.
5. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stone (Game Boy Advance, 3DS, Wii U)
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stone is a tactical RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for Game Boy Advance in 2004 (Japan) and 2005 (West). The game is the eighth entry in the Fire Emblem series, the second to be released outside Japan, and the third and final title to be developed for Game Boy Advance after The Binding Blade and its prequel Fire Emblem.
The Sacred Stone takes place on the continent of Magvel, which is divided into five ancient nations, each with a magical stone said to be linked to the imprisonment of an ancient demon. When the nation of Grado begins invading the other nations and destroying the stones, protagonists Eirika and Ephraim of the royal family of Renais set out to gain allies and halt Grado’s conquest.
4. Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS)
Fire Emblem Awakening is a tactical RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD and published by Nintendo for 3DS in 2012. This game is the thirteenth entry in the Fire Emblem series and the first to be developed for the Nintendo 3DS. It is also the first to take place on two continents, Ylisse and Valm, the future form of Archanea and Valentia respectively.
The story takes place 2000 years after the event of the original Fire Emblem and Fire Emblem Gaiden, focusing on a group of soldiers from the kingdom of Ylisse. The player controls a customizable Avatar character (Robin by default) who suffers from amnesia. The Avatar is taken in by Chrom, the prince of Ylisse, and starts to aid Chrom’s army in defending Ylisse from monsters called the Risen.
3. Fire Emblem (Game Boy Advance, Wii U)
Fire Emblem or also known as Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade is a tactical RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for Game Boy Advance in 2003. The game is the seventh entry in the Fire Emblem series, the second to be released for the platform after Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, and the first to be localized for Western audiences.
The game is the prequel to The Binding Blade, set on the fictional continent of Elibe. It tells the story of Lyn, Eliwood, and Hector, three young lords to be band together on a journey to find Eliwood’s missing father Elbert while thwarting a larger conspiracy threatening the stability of Elibe. As usual, the gameplay features tactical combat between armies on a grid-based map.
2. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GameCube)
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance is a tactical RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD and published by Nintendo for GameCube in 2005. The game is the ninth main installment in the Fire Emblem series, and the third to be released in the west. As with previous installments, gameplay revolves around positioning characters on a battlefield to defeat an opposing force.
The story takes place on the fictional continent of Tellius, inhabited by the humanoid Beorc and the shapeshifting Laguz. The game begins when the Beorc nation of Daein invades its neighbor, the Kingdom of Crimea. The mercenary Ike and his companions set off to restore Crimea’s heir, Princess Elinsia, to the throne.
1. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii)
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is a tactical RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for Wii. The game is the tenth entry in the Fire Emblem series, and act as the direct sequel to the 2005 GameCube title Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It was released in 2007 in Japan and North America, and 2008 in Europe and Australia.
Radiant Dawn’s plot begins in the war-torn nation of Daein with the main character Micaiah and her allies, the Dawn Brigade, rebelling against the oppressive Begnion Occupational Army. The story is divided into four parts, and changes perspective between different factions within the continent of Tellius. The gameplay is similar to Path of Radiance and previous titles, defeating enemies in a grid-based map.
We can say that the Fire Emblem series is the main product of Nintendo aside from Pokemon series. Since more than a decade ago, Fire Emblem games have participated in the world of classic tactical RPG. My favorite probably is Fire Emblem Awakening, as it becomes the first stepping stone in the modern handheld 3DS. And just like the title, it awakened the franchise once again into better visuals.
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