Fire Emblem is a popular turn-based tactical RPG game franchise developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. The franchise began in 1990 and since then has given birth to many titles presenting the most complex and intertwining lore in the Fire Emblem universe. So with all the Fire Emblem games we have now, let us find out the best storylines among the titles in the series.
7. 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.
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 Echoes: Shadow of Valentia (3DS)
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia is a tactical RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for 3DS in 2017. The game is the fifteenth entry in the Fire Emblem series and a remake of the second installment, the Fire Emblem Gaiden for Famicom. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia carries over the core gameplay mechanics of the Fire Emblem series with dungeon crawling feature.
The story follows dual protagonists Alm and Celica as they aim to bring an end to the war through opposite methods. Alm fighting to resolve the war through battle, and Celica attempts to find a peaceful end through guidance from the Goddess Mila. After the completion of the game, a new post-game chapter can be started, allowing Alm, Celica and the other journey across the sea to Archanea.
4. 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.
3. 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.
2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a tactical RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo and published worldwide by Nintendo for Switch in 2019. The game is the sixteenth entry in the Fire Emblem series, and the first one for home consoles since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn in 2007. The game carries the turn-based tactical gameplay while incorporating social simulation and time management elements.
Three Houses is set on the continent of Fodian, divided between three rival nations now at peace, connected through the Garreg Mach Monastery. Taking the role of a former mercenary and new tutor at Garreg Mach, the player (Byleth by default) must choose a nation to support and guide them through a series of battles.
1. 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.
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With Fire Emblem series lurking in its consoles, Nintendo has another strength and quality aside from the famous Nintendo handheld-only Pokemon series. Starting from a simple tactical gameplay, this series has improved a lot in both gameplay and graphics. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia took my attention as it gives a unique experience with its dual path storyline, which rarely found in other games.
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