There’s a lot to be said about Nintendo and Intelligent System’s strategy RPG series, Fire Emblem. It’s nearly 25 years old now, but Americans have only been able to properly enjoy it for ten. Exactly ten years actually, because the series first launched in America on November 4th, 2004. I remember standing in line to pick it up, not realizing that Final Fantasy Tactics Advance was about to get shown up entirely by this strange new series that I had only just recently heard about.
Fire Emblem has been a fan favorite among Nintendo fans since, even though they only have access to half of the series.
What about that other half? What about the early days of the franchise from before it crawled onto the Game Boy Advance and blew up into a hit on the Nintendo 3DS? That’s where Did You Know Gaming comes in. The popular YouTube series is ready to school you about this franchise, one which we seriously need to get more acquainted with in the states.
This segment mostly dives into a handful of information from beyond the realms of the series’ main games. The fate of the canceled Fire Emblem 64 is explored as well as its possible connection to the Tear Ring Saga lawsuit between the series creator and Nintendo. Nintendo also finally brought Fire Emblem over after the success of not only Prince Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros. Melee but also Advance Wars, another Intelligent Systems series, but not without gutting the franchise’s infamous difficulty.
From there, it covers Fire Emblem: Awakening and how its surprise success might have saved the franchise for future entries, and it discusses other odds and ends like anime releases and mysterious resources found in the GameCube and Wii games.
Ten years is a long time, and it’s great that the series finally has a following in the West. We can only hope that Nintendo goes back and gives us some official translations of those Super Famicom games for the 25th anniversary, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for it. That being said, fans should only be happy at the unexpected level of success it has seen since Nintendo’s gamble to localize it.
What is your favorite Fire Emblem game?
Fire Emblem: Awakening is ridiculously deep, has the prettiest graphics, and is the most well balanced in the entire series, but I will always have the softest spot in my heart for the first Fire Emblem release we saw here in the states. That one had great protagonists, smooth sprite animations, and unheralded difficulty, but it is the linearity that seals it for me.
I enjoy balancing the limited amount of experience points among my favorite fighters, and that’s a tension that the random fights, optional dungeons, and grinding from the following Fire Emblem games destroyed.