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Fire Emblem
Developer Intelligent Systems
Games List of all games
Debut Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi (1990)
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Fire Emblem is a series of strategy games made by Intelligent Systems. Gameplay-wise, the series is similar to Intelligent Systems' older strategy series, Famicom Wars. Unlike Famicom Wars, which uses contemporary vehicles and weapons, the Fire Emblem takes place in a medival setting with characters like swordsmen, knights, mages and dragons. Like Famicom Wars, Fire Emblem was only released in Japan until the games finally started being released in America and other countries starting in 2003. Unlike most other Turn-based RPG's when a character dies, they are gone for good.

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History

The series began in 1990 with the release of Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The series continued with releases on the NES and then the Super Nintendo, with the last Fire Emblem game for the Super Nintendo being released in 1999. Intelligent Systems was not ready to work on 3-D games yet, so Fire Emblem games were then released on the Game Boy Advance rather then the Nintendo 64 or Nintendo Gamecube.

In 2001, the characters Marth and Roy appeared as unlockable characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee to promote the then-upcoming release of Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi for the Game Boy Advance. Although they were going to be dropped from the American version due to not being familiar with American players, but it was ultimately decided to let them remain in the game. The appearance of these characters ultimately served to pique interest in the Fire Emblem series outside of Japan. In the same year, Advance Wars was released outside Japan and sold well.

These events led to Fire Emblem series starting to be released outside Japan. This started with the seventh Fire Emblem game, which was simply dubbed Fire Emblem. The game was designed to drawn in new gamers, with various tutorials in the game's first ten chapters. However, the previous six Fire Emblem games (including the games featuring the popular Marth and Roy) have yet to be released outside of Japan.

In 2005, the first 3-D Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance was released for the Gamecube. It was followed by Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn for the Nintendo Wii. An expanded remake of the original game was also released for the Nintendo DS as Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, which marks the first game starring Marth to be released in America. Intelligent Systems followed this up in 2010 with a remake of the second book from Fire Emblem 3, Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu. This game including a new secondary storyline with new characters as well as the characters that had been created for the previous remakes. It also added downloadable content which had original stages well as the BS Fire Emblem stages. However, likely due to a combination of Shadow Dragon's poor reception and the DS dying down in favor of the Nintendo 3DS, an international release was passed over for the first time since Fire Emblem.

In 2012, the next game was Fire Emblem: Awakening for the Nintendo 3DS, set far into the future of the Arcahneia continuity. This game used a new art style and combined elements from various past games with new ones. This installment restored the series to international release and became quite popular.

It was followed by Fire Emblem: Fates in 2015/2016 for the 3DS. This retained many features from Awakening while adding some new features such as My Castle and modifications to the weapons triangle. This installment also features two alternate storylines, in which the player chooses to help one of two different sides of a conflict. In Japan, these storylines were separated into two different versions of the game, but the international release will condense both versions into Fates.

Spin-Offs

A crossover game known as Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem was developed for release on the Nintendo 3DS in 2015. This game features characters from various Fire Emblem titles in the relatively contemporary setting of the Shin Megami Tensei series.

Additionally, Fire Emblem characters have been featured throughout the Super Smash Bros. series starting in Super Smash Bros. Melee. As noted above, Melee featured both Marth and Roy as unlockable Fire Emblem characters, and their popularity was a factor in the Fire Emblem series being localized. Marth has appeared in all of the installments since, although Super Smash Bros. Brawl replaced Roy with Ike. Brawl also added more Fire Emblem content such as a stage, trophies, musical tracks and the presence of Lyn as an Assist Trophy.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U added more content, primarily relevant to Awakening. This included the presence of Lucina and Robin as playable fighters, and Roy made a return as a DLC fighter.

Continuity

The games in the series do not always appear to share the same continuity, and the series is instead divided into several separate continuities. The continuities are usually identified by the continents they take place on. The following is a list of the continuities, with the games contained in each continuity, listed in the order that they take place chronologically. Discoveries by the fandom of obscure Japanese interviews have indicated that the Jugdral games take place in the same world as Archanea, 1000 years prior to the War of Darkness. [1]

#JP NameUS TranslationUS Name
Archanea / Barenesia / Jugdral
IVSeisen no KeifuGenealogy of the Holy War
VThracia 776Thracia 776
BS Fire Emblem: Akaneia Senki BS Fire Emblem: Record of Akaneian Wars
IAnkoku Ryuu to Hikari no TsurugiShadow Dragons and the Blade of Light
XIShin Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no KenNew Shadow Dragons and the Blade of LightFire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
IIFire Emblem GaidenFire Emblem Gaiden
IIIMonshou no NazoMystery of the Emblem
XIIShin Monshou no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no EiyuuNew Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow
XIIIKakuseiAwakeningFire Emblem: Awakening
Elibe
VIIRekka no KenBlazing SwordFire Emblem
VIFuuin no TsurugiThe Binding Blade
Magvel
VIIISeima no KousekiShining Stones of Holiness and EvilFire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Tellius
IXSouen no KisekiTrail of the Blue FlameFire Emblem: Path of Radiance
XAkatsuki no Megami The Goddess of DawnFire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Other Media

There have been several adaptations of Fire Emblem in other media, primarily in manga form. There have been three adaptations of Ankoku no Ryuu, starting with one by Masaki Sano and Kyo Watanabe (published in five volumes from 1992-1997), then one by Hirokazu Shimada (published in 1993) and one by Maki Hakoda (published in twelve volumes from 1994-1999). A manga of Fire Emblem Gaiden was published in 1993 by Masaki Sano and Kyo Watanabe.

An anime adaptation of Mystery of the Emblem was produced in 1996. It was canceled after just two episodes (which adapted the first two chapters of the game's first book), although a dubbed version was released in America on VHS. That makes this the first Fire Emblem media to be released in America.

There were also two manga series published for Seisen no Keifu: one by Nattsu Fujimori (published in six volumes from 1997-2001) and one by Mitsuki Oosawa (published in sixteen volumes from 1999-2001), and two for Thracia 776: one by Shinnosuke Hino (released in 2000) and one by Yuuna Takanagi (published in three volumes from 2000-2001). The last manga publication to date was Hasha no Tsurugi, written by Hiroshi Izawa with Koutarou Yamada doing art. It was an alternate take on the story of The Binding Blade based around new lead character Al. However, Roy and most of the actual game's cast still appear with important roles, and the manga also includes several references to FE7. The manga-created characters of Al, Gant and Tiena were honored by having special weapons in The Binding Blade named after them.

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