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Eliwood, Hector and Lyn from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, the first Fire Emblem to be released internationally.

Fire Emblem is a popular turn-based tactical RPG video game franchise developed by Intelligent Systems, and published by Nintendo. It is the first of its genre (the tactical role playing game), and it is based on numerous different mythologies and usually taking place in a medieval style setting.

The series currently has 15 games, which cover the Famicom (NES), Super Famicom (SNES), Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and WiiU.

Franchise HistoryEdit

The Fire Emblem franchise began in 1990 with the release of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, which was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System exclusively in Japan only. For twelve years, five additional games were released as Japan exclusive titles, up until Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, which was released in 2002 for the Game Boy Advance. The Fire Emblem franchise gained much exposure in the west when Marth and Roy were included in the 2001 release of Super Smash Bros. Melee. Additionally, due to the western success of Intelligent Systems's other tactical RPG, Advance Wars, the Fire Emblem franchise began being localized with the release of seventh Fire Emblem title, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, known at the time simply as Fire Emblem.

For eleven years, the franchise saw mediocre sales that declined overtime in Japan. Even after being released in the west, these trends carried over. After Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, only four of the five games released after it were released world wide; Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem remained a Japan exclusive. Fire Emblem Awakening, the thirteenth title, was developed to be the final game in the franchise and utilized numerous features used throughout the various Fire Emblem games to create the best game they could that would be a proper finale for the franchise. If the game did not sell enough units in Japan alone, the franchise would be permanently shelved. However, the game was well advertised and had exceptional sales, more than any previous titles. The success of the sales in Japan lead to the localization of the game worldwide, leading to similar sales success and newfound interest in the franchise.

Currently fourteen Fire Emblem tiles have been released with seven of them being released only in Japan and seven released worldwide. Fire Emblem Fates is the most recent Fire Emblem title released with Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia slated for release in April for Japan and May worldwide.

Fire Emblem has been represented in three of the four Super Smash Bros. games with six Fire Emblem characters appearing as playable characters and one as an Assist Trophy. Super Smash Bros. Melee introduced Marth and Roy, Super Smash Bros. Brawl introduced Ike, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U introduced Robin, Lucina, and Corrin. Lyndis serves as an Assist Trophy in both Brawl and Smash 4.

Several other franchise spinoffs game were also released including Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE and Fire Emblem Warriors. A second trading card game, Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher), was released in Japan in 2015. A mobile phone game, Fire Emblem Heroes, was released in 2017.

GamesEdit

The series currently has 13 original games, 3 enhanced remakes, and 1 Satellaview title. Games predating Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade were released only in Japan.

English language titles Original titles Platforms & release dates Notes
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Logo FE1
ファイアーエムブレム 暗黒竜と光の剣
(Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi)
NES: JPApril 20, 1990----


Wii: JPOctober 20, 2009
3DS: JPAugust 1, 2012

The first game of the series.
Fire Emblem Gaiden
Logo FE2
ファイアーエムブレム外伝
(Fire Emblem Gaiden)
NES: JPMarch 14, 1992----


Wii: JPNovember 4, 2009
3DS: JPApril 5, 2013

A side story of the original title, first game to take place on a different continent. Deviates from standard Fire Emblem gameplay mechanisms.
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Logo FE3
ファイアーエムブレム 紋章の謎
(Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo)
SNES: JPJanuary 21, 1994----


Wii: JPDecember 26, 2006

Enhanced remake and sequel to Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Logo FE4
ファイアーエムブレム 聖戦の系譜
(Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu)
SNES: JPMay 14, 1996----


Wii: JPJanuary 30, 2007

First Fire Emblem set in a separate setting.
Fire Emblem: Archanea Saga ファイアーエムブレム アカネイア戦記編
SNES: JPSeptember to October 1997 Satellaview prequel stories to Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Logo FE5
ファイアーエムブレム トラキア776
(Fire Emblem: Thracia 776)
SNES: JPSeptember 1, 1999----


Wii: JPJuly 15, 2008

A side story of Seisen no Keifu first released on the Nintendo Power download service and last game available for SNES.
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
FE6 Game Logo
ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣
(Fire Emblem: Fūin no Tsurugi)
GBA: JPMarch 29, 2002 The first Fire Emblem title to appear on a Nintendo handheld and first unrelated to the Archanea Series.
Fire Emblem
(The Blazing Blade)
Logo FE7
ファイアーエムブレム 烈火の剣

(Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken)

Game Boy Advance:

JPApril 25, 2003
NANovember 3, 2003
PALJuly 16, 2004








Wii U
JPMay 14, 2014
EUAugust 21, 2014
NADecember 4, 2014

A prequel to The Binding Blade and the first Fire Emblem title to be released outside of Japan. First game to have a custom Player Avatar that is present in the plot.
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
FE8 Logo
ファイアーエムブレム 聖魔の光石
(Fire Emblem: Seima no Kōseki)
Game Boy Advance

JPOctober 7, 2004
NAMay 23, 2005
PALNovember 4, 2005 AUDecember 15, 2011








3DS JP, NA, EU December 16, 2011
Wii U
JPAugust 6, 2014
EUJanuary 1, 2015
NAJune 18, 2015

Only Fire Emblem title not related to any other game in the series by setting or story.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
FE9 Logo
ファイアーエムブレム 蒼炎の軌跡
(Fire Emblem: Sōen no Kiseki)
Nintendo GameCube

JPApril 20, 2005
NAOctober 17, 2005
PALNovember 4, 2005

The first title in the series to be rendered in three-dimensions and to incorporate full motion video.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Radiant Dawn logo
ファイアーエムブレム 暁の女神
(Fire Emblem: Akatsuki no Megami)
Wii

JPFebruary 22, 2007
NANovember 11, 2007
PALMarch 14, 2008

The sequel to Path of Radiance.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
FE11 Logo
ファイアーエムブレム 新・暗黒竜と光の剣
(Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi)
Nintendo DS

JPAugust 7, 2008
PALDecember 5, 2008
NAFebruary 16, 2009

Second enhanced remake of Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem ~Heroes of Light and Shadow~
FE12 Logo
ファイアーエムブレム 新・紋章の謎 〜光と影の英雄〜
('Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~)
Nintendo DS:

JPJuly 15, 2010

Remake of Mystery of the Emblem Book 2. First game to have an Avatar since Fire Emblem, and the first game to have the player avatar engage directly in battlefield combat as a unit.
The debut of Casual Mode.
Fire Emblem Awakening
FE13 Logo
ファイアーエムブレム覚醒
(Fire Emblem: Kakusei)
Nintendo 3DS

JPApril 19, 2012
NAFebruary 4, 2013
EUApril 19, 2013
AUApril 20, 2013

First game that supporting units could assist in battle.
First game to use voice acting outside of animated cut-scenes.
Fire Emblem Fates
FireEmblemFates logo
ファイアーエムブレム if
(Fire Emblem if)
Nintendo 3DS

JPJune 25, 2015
NAFebruary 19, 2016
EUMay 20, 2016

First game to have multiple game versions.
First game where the players have to choose different storyline paths that do not largely merge back into one later in the story.
Featuring some characters from Awakening universe by default and DLC Xenologue storyline.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
3DS FireEmblemEchoesShadowsofValentia logo 01
ファイアーエムブレム Echoes もうひとりの英雄王
(Fire Emblem Echoes: The Other Hero King)
Nintendo 3DS

JPApril 20, 2017
WWMay 19, 2017

Enhanced remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden. First core series Fire Emblem title to feature full dialogue voice-acting.
Fire Emblem (Nintendo Switch) Nintendo Switch

WW2018

Currently in development

CharactersEdit

The Fire Emblem series does not take place in a singular world, instead taking place in several universes, and sometimes, different points in time. Most games have original casts of characters that are unique to their specific games, and over the franchise's history, hundreds of playable and non-playable characters have appeared. Because some games serve as direct prequels or sequels to others, a number of characters make multiple game appearances. Characters that are playable in one game may appear as NPCs in another, while others may remain playable, possibly with tweaks to their classes and abilities. The series is loosely tied together thanks to several characters that appear in multiple Fire Emblem games, including Jake, Naga, and most notably the recurring shopkeeper character Anna.

Permanent DeathEdit

“If the enemy reduces a unit's HP to zero, that unit will be removed from the game. Lost units are gone for good; you won't be able to use that unit again after that point.”
—Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon in-game guide.

In the Fire Emblem games, when a character's health points reach zero, they will die permanently and be left out of play for the rest of the game. This is a deviation from most traditional RPGs, where characters would reach zero health and be merely incapacitated or can still be revived. This leads players to be mindful of their units and use care in deploying them into battle, keeping back any significantly injured units. If a character other than the primary protagonists (whose deaths result in a game over) who are important to the story have their health points hit zero, they end up receiving a crippling injury that prevents them from ever fighting again instead of dying (an example is Soren from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance). Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon features side chapters (also called Gaiden chapters) that necessitate loss of units.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem introduced Casual Mode to the franchise. In Casual Mode, the permanent death mechanic is turned off and any player character that is defeated in battle will stay in the player's roster and become usable again in the following chapter. The purpose of Casual Mode is to ease the difficulty, letting new players into the game more easily. Fire Emblem Fates takes this approach a step further with the introduction of Phoenix Mode, in which defeated characters return to battle on the very next turn with full health. Just as Casual Mode is meant to ease the barrier of entry to those put off by the traditional permanent death mechanic, Phoenix Mode is meant for strategy RPG novices.

In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, the introductory chapters that make up Lyn's Tale are meant as an extended tutorial for those new to the Fire Emblem series in general. As such, Lyn's Tale does not feature permanent death. Units that are defeated in Lyn's story return in Eliwood's/Hector's story, which makes up the main portion of the game. However, characters that are lost in Lyn's story are weaker than they otherwise would be when they are reintroduced.


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