Fire Emblem: Where to Begin?

Where to Begin

Let’s pretend that you’ve never played Fire Emblem before, but you’re interested in giving the franchise a try. Maybe you’ve played Fire Emblem Awakening, but don’t know where to go from there. What you’ll find below is a game-by-game breakdown of every Fire Emblem and the audience most likely to enjoy it. Or if you’re the impatient type, I choose which game is best for newcomers at the end.

I’m disregarding spin-offs because Fire Emblem Warriors or Tokyo Mirage Sessions have no place in this discussion. I considered Fire Emblem Heroes, but decided against including it. It’s a neat approximation of a traditional Fire Emblem, but isn’t the real thing.

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Fire Emblem Remake Overview

FE Remake Overview

Since Fire Emblem Awakening, the long-running franchise has become one of Nintendo’s more prominent franchises in recent years. Despite that, roughly half the games aren’t officially available in non-Japanese languages, but that’s gradually changed . . . sort of. Although remakes don’t replicate the original games entirely, they’re a better substitute given the technical limitations of some of those earlier games.

If the remakes aren’t perfect emulations, what’s the difference between versions?

NOTE:┬áThe official translated subtitle for the first Fire Emblem — Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light — is too damn long, and the shortened Shadow Dragon is the subtitle for the DS remake. Therefore, I will use Blade of Light instead of Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.

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15 Ideas for Fire Emblem Switch

Fire Emblem Switch

The upcoming Fire Emblem on Nintendo Switch is currently a complete unknown beyond a vague 2018 release date, leaving fans with a blank canvas to paint our hopes and expectations. Because I am always looking for opportunities to make hilariously inaccurate predictions (*cough* Let’s Predict Fire Emblem Warrior’s Roster *cough*), I present 15 ideas that I would love to see included in the next Fire Emblem.

I namedrop subtitles for almost every Fire Emblem title, so I recommend checking my Overview of the Emblem if you’re getting confused. And yes, I realize that newer games need updated descriptions. That will come sometime soon.

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What’cha Been Playin’? September 2017

WBP Sept

I am so thankful that this week’s post is a What’cha Been Playin’. Between the tragic Vegas shooting, Tom Petty passing away, and my own shit, writing hasn’t been easy. A part of me was tempted to toss out my “Back in One Week” post and allow myself time to deal with these horrible situations, but correct thing isn’t to allow the bad negate something that I enjoy. Maybe allowing myself to focus on a lighter topic such as the games I played last month is good.

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10 Favorite Games of 2005 (Plus 7 Others)

Fav Games 2005

I will finish this! I’ve already wrote about my favorite games of 2004 and 2006, but 2005 was skipped because I had a hell of a time writing about these particular games. No idea why.

If 2004 is the king of outstanding gaming years (a debatable claim, but go with it), then 2005 was the runner-up for the title. That year saw Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable release in North America and Europe, and Nintendo DS gradually found its footing. Although older consoles like PlayStation 2 and GameCube faded into the background as everyone prepared for next-generation consoles, they didn’t depart without dropping a few damn good games. You could make a similar argument for Game Boy Advance, but Nintendo probably claimed it’s because GBA and DS would co-exist. Nope!

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