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【Fire Emblem】I’ve put all the pieces together! New work “Three Houses” is a big hit overseas as well

We’ve put together a list of all the games in Fire Emblem, a long-lived series that is one of the most exciting games out there right now!
From the first one, which was popular for its “formidable simulation” claim to fame, to the new one,Three Houses, which is even considered a masterpiece, we’re bringing you the features of each title!

Fire Emblem:Dark Dragon and Sword of Light

This is the first game in the memorable series.
It was released on April 20, 1990 for the Family Computer (FC).
At the time, it was the end of the Famicom (NES) era, when Nintendo was known as the Game Boy (GB).
RPGs such as Dracula and FF grew in popularity for the Famicom (NES), while simulation games (SLG) had yet to catch on, despite the core popularity of Famicom Wars, which was released in 1988.

This “Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Tsurugi” was one of the games that thought through how to popularize SLGs in that era …….
Until then, strategy SLGs were games in which you had to move unique units around like chess pieces to conquer them, but in this game, we’ve turned those units into characters and created a method that emphasizes their individuality in terms of visuals, personalities and abilities.
In addition, the story and setting are also based on a solid war story.

This game successfully pioneered a new genre of “simulation RPG” with specifications that could be described as both character-based and RPG-ified, but on the other hand, the severity of the system, which states that units that die do not come back to life except for exceptions, and the gameplay of taking your time to conquer a vast map have greatly increased the level of difficulty, and have left behind some of the difficulties unique to SLGs that make them difficult to approach.
Being the first game, the game balance is a bit rough in some areas, but it has had a great influence on the simulation RPGs that followed, and as the originator of the FE series, it is a game that can be called a legend.

It’s also memorable for the commercial that sang “Fire Emblem: A formidable simulation” when it was released.

In 2010, the remake “Fire Emblem: The New Ankoku Ryu and the Sword of Light” was released for the Nintendo DS.

Fire Emblem Side Story

The second game in the series was released in 1992.
Its specifications have changed a lot since the first game, and it has a world map as well as a battle map, which makes it more RPG-like.
One of the main features of the game is that there is an army of two main characters, one male and one female, and they progress separately.

The higher your opponent’s level is, the lower your level is, the more experience you’ll gain.
The maximum parameter is now 40 each (52 for HP), which is a significant increase from the previous game’s 20.
Overall, I got the impression that the game has a lot more training elements.

At the time, the game was already on sale in the SFC, so compared to other popular games, it was an anachronism in some respects, especially in terms of graphics.
Also, the system is unique and different from other FE series games in many ways, and in that sense, the title “Gaiden” is a good fit.

The difficulty level isn’t very high, but it is highly strategic and requires players to think carefully before playing.
It’s easy if you play it slowly, but if you don’t focus on training and try to rush through it, the game becomes difficult all at once.

The remake of Fire Emblem Echoes: The Other Heroic King was released on Nintendo 3DS in 2017.

Fire Emblem The mystery of the crest

The third game in the series, the first one for the SFC, was released in 1994.
The first part, “Ankoku Senkan Hen: The Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light” is a remake of the first game, and the second part, “Heroic War Arc: The Mystery of the Emblem” is a sequel.

It sold about 800,000 copies, making it the No. 1 series in terms of domestic sales alone.
It has a high level of fame, and is so well known that this title is the most famous FE title for people in the Alaska and 40-year-olds.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the FE series has become instantly well known with the release of this title.

There are multiple reasons for its popularity, one of which is the graphics.
Since the platform was switched to SFC, the quality of the facial expressions has improved dramatically, and the game’s appeal as a character game has increased dramatically.

Another factor in the game’s popularity is the dramatic storyline, which takes advantage of the two-part structure, with characters who were allies in the first part becoming enemies in the second part.
The game balance has been re-balanced to make it easier to play, which also contributed to its popularity.

In 1997, the prequel BS Fire Emblem: A Chronicle of the Acaneia War was distributed as a sound link game for the Super Famicom (SFC) peripheral “Satera View”, and was considered to be a fantastic title because it was quite a maniacal game.
Then in 2010, Fire Emblem: The Mystery of the New Crest: Heroes of Light and Shadow, a remake of the second part of the game for the DS, was released, and it was remade with the inclusion of the New Akaneia War Diary.

Fire Emblem The Genealogy of the Holy War

This fourth game in the series, released in 1996, was not originally planned as a FE series.
As a result, the specifications of this game are very different from those of the previous game, “Mystery of the Emblem”.

The biggest features of this game are the “parent-child battle of two generations” and the “marriage system”.

This is not a sequel to “Mystery of the Emblem”, but a completely new game, with the story of the parent generation centered on the main character Sigurd, and the story of the child generation centered on their child Celis, with most of the characters from the parent generation leaving in the second half of the game.
The story is very heavy, and the last part of the parent generation, the “Tragedy of Barhalla,” has one of the most horrific endings in the history of the game.
Then, a rather novel and advanced coupling manufacturing system was set up in which male and female units of the parent generation became lovers when they were placed next to each other or completed a conversation event, and their two children appeared in the child generation …….

It was also the first game to introduce the customary “sword > axe, axe > spear, and spear > sword” three-way system.

The vastness of the map far surpasses that of “The Mystery of the Emblem”, and the epic scale of both the story and battles has been highly praised by many people, making it one of the best games in the series.
Those who prefer a hardcore style of gameplay have called it “gyaru-game-ish”.

Fire Emblem Thrace776

Released in 1999 for the SFC, this game is an extension of the previous Seisen no Keifu (Seisen no Keifu).
The protagonist is Leaf, one of the main characters of the child generation who appeared in that “Seisen no Keifu”.

What makes this game unique is its ruthless difficulty and tragic nature.
The main story in “Seisen no Keikoku” is also a heavy one, but in “Thracia 776”, with Lief, the exiled prince, as the main character, the situation is always in dire straits, and the difficulty level of each map is inevitably high.

It’s a story of such adversity, so in a sense it’s a classic, but this game isn’t as well known as “The Mystery of the Emblem” or “The Lineage of the Holy War”.
The reason for this is that when it was first released, it was released exclusively at Lawson’s, and even after that the distribution channels were quite limited, so there was almost no opportunity for it to be sold in general game shops.
Because of this, the number of people who played it is quite small, but because it reigned as the “highest difficulty level in the FE series” for a long period of time, its fame increased as the internet spread.

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