Fire Emblem Series - WE'VE GOT TROUBLE
Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:44 pm
What is Fire Emblem?
Fire Emblem is a strategy role playing game series developed by Intelligent Systems, first making it's debut back in 1990 on the Famicom (although the west wouldn't see the series until 2003).
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light
Famicom || Released April 20, 1990 (JP) || Fantranslation available
The first Fire Emblem game, featuring Marth in his quest against the dark dragon, Medeus. Later remade as Shadow Dragon.
Fire Emblem Gaiden
Famicom || Released 14th March 1992 (JP) || Fantranslation available
The second game in the series, covering Alm and Celica's fight against the invading kingdom of Rigel. Set in the same world as the first game, but on a different continent. First game to feature an actual world map and branching promotion trees.
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Super Famicom || Released January 21, 1994 (JP) || Fantranslation available
Both a remake of and a direct sequel to the first game. Split into two "books", the first being the redone version of Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light, while the second was an all-new tale once again featuring Marth and the first game's cast. Book 2 was later remade as New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow.
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Super Famicom || Released 14th May 1996 (JP) || Fantranslation available
Fourth game, following the story of Sigurd and his son Seliph. Introduced multiple new features, some of which would become series staples such as the weapon triangle, the trinity of magic and (later on in the series) skills. Others, such as it's huge maps and multiple castles to sieze would not, although the marriage system would later reappear in Awakening.
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Super Famicom || Released 1st September 1999 (JP) || Fantranslation available
Midquel set during the events of Genealogy of the Holy War starring one of that game's party members, Leif, as it's protagonist. First game in the series to have fog of war and the rescue command.
Fire Emblem: Binding Blade
Gameboy Advance || Released March 29, 2002 (JP) || Fantranslation available
First handheld game in the series, starring Roy (yes, that guy from Melee) as the continent of Elibe is slowly being conquered by the eastern kingdom of Bern. With his father Eliwood ill, it ends up falling upon him to help defend the kingdom of Lycia from the oncoming threat.
Fire Emblem (Blazing Sword)
Gameboy Advance || Released 25th April 2003 (JP), 3rd November 2003 (NA), 16th July 2004 (EU)
The first game in the series to be released in the west, where it was simply called "Fire Emblem". A prequel set roughly 20 years prior to Binding Blade, starring the lead trio of Eliwood, Lyndis and Hector as they investigate the disappearance of Eliwood's father. First game in the series to feature an avatar-like character, although they weren't playable. Prolly has the longest tutorial section of any Fire Emblem game. Also later released on the Wii U virtual console, making it by far the easiest Fire Emblem to actually get your hands on.
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Gameboy Advance || Released 7th October 2004 (JP), 23rd May 2005 (NA), 4th November 2005 (EU)
The sole Fire Emblem game to not be linked to any others by setting/story, Sacred Stones follows twins Princess Eirika and Prince Ephraim in the aftermath of a surprise invasion by their country's longtime ally, the Grado Empire, as they struggle to explain both Grado's actions and the sudden appearance of monsters in the lands of their continent, Magvel. Brought back Gaiden's branching promotion tree and world map systems, although neither would reappear yet again after until Awakening. Skills also returned, having been missing from the first two GBA entries. Was one of the ambassador games given to early 3DS purchasers, later also joining Blazing Sword as a Wii U VC title.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Gamecube || Released 20th April 2005 (JP), 17th October 2005 (NA), 4th November 2005 (EU)
The first 3D Fire Emblem. Also the only one so far to not feature a blue blooded character as it's protagonist, instead featuring the young mercenary Ike as his father's mercenary group gets tangled into the conflict created by Daein's invasion of it's neighbour, Crimea. Set in the continent of Tellius, it also introduced the Laguz, a race of character who could shapeshift into various animals. Easily the most expensive western FE release to try and buy.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Wii || Released 22nd February 2007 (JP), 11th November 2007 (NA), 14th March 2008 (EU)
Direct sequel set three years after the events of Path of Radiance, featuring the Dawn Brigade and their leader, Micaiah, as they try to fight against the Begnion oppression in Daein. The only game in the series to have third tier classes and actual terrain height variation in maps. Data from Path of Radiance could be carried over into the game, giving characters extra bonuses and some additional dialogue.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
DS || Released 7th August 2008 (JP), 16th February 2009 (NA), 5th December 2008 (EU)
Remake of the first Fire Emblem. Added a new prologue, side chapters and (now unavailable) online features. Introduced class changing. Also has a Wii U VC release.
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow
DS || Released 15th July 2010 (JP) || Fantranslation available
Remake of Mystery of the Emblem's Book 2. First game in the series to have casual mode (no permadeath) and the first to have a playable avatar character.
Fire Emblem Awakening
3DS || Released 19th April 2012 (JP), 4th February 2013 (NA), 19th April 2013 (EU)
The most recent game, set across the continents of Archanea and Valm roughly 2,000 years after last appearances (in Mystery of the Emblem and Gaiden respectively) as Prince Chrom of Ylisse strives to keep the peace of his country. Something of a "greatest hits of Fire Emblem" some ways, it mixes together multiple ideas from previous games, such as the marriage system, the world map and the avatar. It also introduced the pair up system. The best selling Fire Emblem by some distance. (Fates happened)
Fire Emblem Fates
3DS || Released 25th June 2015 (JP), 19th February 2016 (NA), 20th May 2016 (EU)
Revealed in Jan 2015 Nintendo Direct, Fates has more of an eastern influence mixed into the traditional medieval Fire Emblem setting. Supposedly has a greater focus on choice making than previous games, too.
Releasing in two versions, one for each kingdom's story (Hoshido and Nohr). The other kingdom's story will be available as discounted DLC, as will a third story route. Avatar character is the Lord this time around.
Weapon durability has been removed, with weapons having been given their own individual strengths and weakness to be considered instead. The weapon triangle has also been tweaked to now include bows, magic and knives as well. Also adds a base-building mode, "My Castle".
So i want to get into this series. Which game should i start with?
Fire Emblem Awakening would be a good choice, being both the most recent and most casual-friendly of all the localised Fire Emblems. Fire Emblem (7/Blazing Blade) would also be a good shout, thanks to it's easy availability compared to the others and extended tutorial.
Might be some mistakes. May or may not add some fancy images to this later. Dunno.