- This article is about the Fire Emblem series. For the game named "Fire Emblem" in North America, see Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken.
The Fire Emblem series (JP) is a series of 15 games released on seven Nintendo platforms, which includes Famicom, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Wii, Nintendo DS,and Nintendo 3DS. The games are developed by Intelligent Systems,(specifically Shouzou Kaga), and are published by Nintendo. It is noted for being the first of its genre, the Tactical role playing genre.
The gameplay that is found in all 15 games are nearly identical, with each new game adding something (usually minor, though sometimes big) to the series. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance probably was the most dramatic (though largely positive) change in the series. While it not only added new features (and many), it also went from the challenging transition from 2-D to 3-D, which oftentimes can destroy a series.
Common featuresAs aforementioned, all Fire Emblem games are essentially the same in terms of gameplay. The easiest way to explain the genre is looking at its simularities to the better known board game of Chess. Like in Chess, you'll move your units on a grided map, though (also like in Chess), each unit can only move a certain distance. For example, one unit might be able to move ten spaces, while another can only move eight.
The genre also tends to be much more complicated than Chess, and this can be proven by the thousands of different options you can give you your team. Each unit is different from any other unit, which is something uniqe to Fire Emblem. Something else thay you don't usually see in video games - Your playable characters can actually die, unless they are a key point in the story. And once they die, they can not be revied like you can in most other tactical RPG's.
Fire Emblem in the West
The Fire Emblem series has been going on exclusive 1990 in Japan, but it wasn't until 2003 that the Fire Emblem games featured an international release. This was mostly due to the popularity of Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Marth would return to the Super Smash Bros series in Super Smash Bros Brawl, but Roy would be replaced by Ike until his appearance as DLC in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS.
List of games in the series
There are a total of 15 games in the Fire Emblem series.
- Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light - Famicom (1990)
- Fire Emblem: Gaiden - Famicom (1992)
- Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem - Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1994)
- Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War - Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1996)
- BS Fire Emblem: Archanean War Chronicles - Satellaview (1997)
- Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 - Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1999)
- Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade - Game Boy Advance (2002)
- Fire Emblem - Game Boy Advance (Released in Japan as Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken, 2003)
- Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones - Game Boy Advance (2004)
- Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance - Nintendo GameCube (2005)
- Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn - Wii (2007)
- Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon - Nintendo DS (2008)
- Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem ~Heroes of Light and Shadow~ - Nintendo DS (2010)
- Fire Emblem: Awakening - Nintendo 3DS (2012)
- Fire Emblem Fates - Nintendo 3DS (2015)
Fire Emblem Cipher
For the 25th anniversary of the Fire Emblem series, Nintendo is launching a collectible card game of the Fire Emblem series called Fire Emblem Cipher. It incorporates characters from across the Fire Emblem series though the starter sets focused on the original and Awakening. The game also ties into Fates by unlocking certain character to play in the game.