In which Kaneda babbles uncontrollably we discuss the saga, and recommend games/give gameplay advice to young grasshoppers. What is Fire Emblem? Fire Emblem is a videogame saga by Nintendo's Intelligent Systems branch, and one of the first exponents of the turn-based strategy RPG genre. Basically, you lead your army on battles in grid based maps, following a predefined (and often pretty awesome) story. The series' appeal comes mostly from the fact that in your army, every single one of the soldiers has its own personality, backstory and relationships. You grow to love some and to hate others, but whether you love or hate them, you will do your best to keep them alive. (Pretty lousy summary, I know, but it's kind of hard to describe the whole franchise at once.) A saga, you say? How many games does it have, exactly? The franchise spans thirteen games: Fire Emblem (NES) Fire Emblem: Gaiden (NES) Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (SNES) Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War (SNES) Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (SNES) Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals (GBA) Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword (GBA) Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (GBA) Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GC) Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii) Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS) Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem (DS) Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) Holy shit, Batman! That's a lot of games. How are they related to one another? It's complicated. FE1, FE2 and FE3 take place in the same timeline. FE11 is a remake of FE1, FE12 is the second half of FE3, and FE13 happens a couple thousand years after that, in the same timeline. FE5 takes place somewhere after the first and before the second part of FE4. FE6 happens after FE7, and FE10 is the sequel to FE9. SO THESE ARE THE GAMES MARTH AND ROY COME FROM?! *sigh* Yes, yes they are. Roy is the main lord of FE6, and Marth appears in the Akaneia timeline (1, 2, 3, 11, 12 and 13). What is, for you, the biggest appeal of this franchise? Everything. From the music to the gameplay, everything about the franchise is awesome... most of the time. Then again, I'm talking as a long time fan, so take my words with a grain of salt. Okay, I'm sold. Which game would be a good starting point? It's pretty subjective, but for most people the best game to start would be FE 7 (though it was localized as just Fire Emblem, to everyone's confusion). FE8 could work too if you're affraid of the difficulty, and FE9 (re)introduces some interesting aspects of the saga that were absent in the GBA games. For any gameplay mechanics question over any game in the series, check Serenes Forest, the go-to place for FE guides. I think that does it, if there is anything of vital importance I should add just tell me and I'll edit it in. Also remember to keep the spoilerish bits under tags, please. So, without further ado, let's discuss Fire Emblem! If you want!