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Eliwood, Hector and Lyn from Fire Emblem (Game Boy Advance), 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.

International ReleaseEdit

From the first game (released in 1990) to the 6th game (released in 2002), this series was only released in Japan. In 2001, Nintendo released Super Smash Bros. Melee, a fighting game with characters from many different Nintendo games. The Japanese version included Marth and Roy, from previous Japan-only Fire Emblem releases. In North America, the game went through debug testing, and Nintendo of America decided to keep them in the North American version. It was because of their popularity in North America that Nintendo of America decided to localize and market the Fire Emblem franchise to North America and Europe.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl brought back Marth and included Ike as a newcomer. Roy did not return, though was once considered for returning, as seen through hidden codings on the Brawl Disc. Later in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the series received further representation with the addition of Robin and Lucina from Fire Emblem Awakening along with Marth and Ike returning as veterans. Roy was later added back into the game along with Corrin from Fates as downloadable characters.

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, the seventh title in the series, became the first Fire Emblem game outside Japan, though it was simply titled "Fire Emblem". So far, eight Fire Emblem games have been released in North America and Europe; Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia being the eighth.


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
(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: 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 Sword)
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 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)

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
(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


Currently in development


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 an original cast of characters that are completely unique to that game, creating hundreds of playable and non-playable characters throughout the series. Several games serves as direct sequels or prequels to others, meaning that several characters make multiple appearances in other games, both as playable characters, such as Marth, Tiki, and Ike and unplayable versions of certain characters, such as Eliwood, Roy, and Largo. The series is loosely tied together thanks to several characters that appear in multiple Fire Emblem games, including Jake, Naga, and the reoccurring 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.

There is a mode in FE12, FE13, and FE14 called Casual Mode, which brings characters back to life in the next chapter if they are defeated. This is to ease the difficulty, letting new gamers into the game more easily. FE14 introduces Phoenix Mode, which allows characters to come back to battle right after the turn with full health if their health reaches zero. Avoiding loss of units is made easier using emulators, since many of them can create "save states" that overrides the save mechanics of many Fire Emblem games. If a character's health points reach zero, players can load save states to recover the data where the character was last alive.

In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, units that are killed in Lyn's story are brought back to life in Eliwood's or Hector's story, although this may be excused due to this game being a prequel. NOTE: Units that are killed come back without the stats that were given to them.

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