Best Fire Emblem Games

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The Top Ten

1 Fire Emblem: Awakening

The ability to pair up does adds so much more to the strategy than I ever would have thought. The graphics are stunning. And I think it's really cute that you can have your characters get married

Fire Emblem: Awakening has added many successful mechanics (including pairing up) that have made the game more enjoyable than any other fire emblem installment. The children feature has made me play the game many times over, to find my favorite combinations. The characters are very memorable, and losing one has never felt more saddening.

So many terrible levels that were either no strategy at all or kill 42 enemies that you can kill if you grind for an hour like chapter 17 so terrible I liked the story though so there's that should be swapper with conquest

I'm telling you you should get this game no matter what's your style of gameplay. Only one restrction. Get it before holydays break or summer break because this game will force you to keep you eyes on that screen. You will NEVER be able to do something else. I often forgot homeworks because of this game. That's the only negative point I have. Just... BUY IT!

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2 Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

Though Awakening was great, my vote goes to Path of Radiance. Believable characters, a great and mysterious plot which extended into Radiant Dawn, and highly addictive gameplay. Both protagonists and antagonists were awesome. The music was also fantastic. Path of Radiance truly is the best game I've ever played, not just in this series.

Despite being a bit easy. Path of Radiance more or less captures all the best points of fire emblem. A great story, good gameplay, fantastic characters that actually react to current affairs in info conversations. Unless you only play fire emblem for the shipping elements, I believe this game deserves the top spot.

It had an amazing plot with great characters. Also an excellent soundtrack. Altogether, a well rounded game. I would've voted for awakening, but I just couldn't get into the plot as much as I did in this game.

In my opinion, This is the best fire emblem because the story was so incredible! We watch as the protagonist Ike, who goes from being a boy taking his first steps into adulthood,To being a great leader and hero! All characters and enemies alike are so memorable. The soundtrack was also fantastic!

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3 Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Radiant Dawn is my personal favourite because of the sheer difficulty and characters. When I think of the fire emblem games the first thing that comes to mind is difficulty. However the supports seem to be lacking and consist of one or two sentences. This game is incredibly long and will keep you entertained the entire game. This is truly the game for players looking for a challenge

While many FE games have a central "war is bad" theme, none hit quite as home as Radiant Dawn. The game takes extra care for you to see both sides of the war, especially in the mid-game, without being preachy or over-the-top. The story is excellent, although playing Path of Radiance before is a must, and there are many unique maps and challenges that add to the overall tactics gameplay that make the Fire Emblem games so great

I love how the approached this game. If you played Path of Radiance, you will appreciate the growth in the characters. It makes you have a deep seeded relationship with the characters. I loved this game!

the best

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4 Fire Emblem (GBA)

This game does absolutely everything right. While it isn't my number one favourite game in the series, I can still see that it is honestly (in my opinion at least) the best Fire Emblem game (yes, Awakening isn't the best Fire Emblem game).

Fire emblem 7 ( or gba ) is my favourite game in the series. It is a prequel to the binding blade and tells and great story by itself. The sprites are amazing and the characters are great

The sprites/ combat animations were aesthetically stunning and striking. Beautiful game, complete with beautiful music and enthralling dialogue between characters. - ShuhBanggg

It is the best

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5 Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

It might be really easy, but I think that the tweaks that the developers made compared to FE7 makes it a slightly better game, for me at least!

GREAT GAME! All the people that voted for awakening are spoiled kids who only play games with full hd graphics and voice acted computer generated cutscenes. Sacred stones improves on binding blade with its more than one promotion choice, and many other things. The world map wasn't really necessary. I also felt closer to the characters, with unique personalities, especially Ephraim. One thing, TAKE OUT THE SPIDERS! They were really creepy and made me turn of animations for the whole game, which in turn made me miss a lot of fun animations.

Best game

6 Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest

I loved how in-depth some of the characters were, including the active part of your Avatar and challenges constantly thrown your way. Several maps, if played on a higher difficulty, are seen as almost impossible for me to beat in Classic mode. I remember watching a popular Youtuber fight the final boss on Lunatic Classic mode, and had to restart because all of his characters had died. The story also seemed more realistic and true to how (in my mind) the Avatar would react. I personally see it a little silly that (if playing Birthright), the Avatar would choose the family they know little of, and *Chapter 5 spoilers* would even want to return to the family where they just killed their birth mother. Add that to the hate they received afterwards, the town destruction...yeah, Revelations and Conquest seems the most logical of choices.

Honestly, this should be higher on the list, due to it's really good story and new features in the series. It has classic map design like past games, making it a type of throwback to the harder games in the series. Also, this is the first in the series where this is one side to a story. Playing this game makes you want to play the others. (Birthright and Revelation)

The way it throws a new challenge at you every chapter makes sure the gameplay never gets repetitive. With all the unique level designs and objectives, this game shows the creativity that can be achieved with the Fire Emblem gameplay.

Though I was hesitant to pick up this game at first - since I didn’t enjoy Awakening and Birthright as much I would of expected - this alternate version of the Hoshidan story made me happy that I chose to play.

From the get-go, you'll notice that this game brings the difficulty the other games on the 3Ds lacks, ranging from no free money or grinding. Every move you take could either destroy the game or cast victory. The characters have a huge variety, some having great writing while some are simple minded and some have no personality whatsoever (Camilla). But I did enjoy a handful of the characters, such as Xander.

The plot however, was straight up awful. As in, numerous plot holes and a predictable plot. But hey, it was better than Birthright and Revelation. The main antagonist, King Garon, was just some random dude that gave you missions and you did them, knowing he was evil. Wow. Luckily the gameplay makes up for this. Speaking of the gameplay...

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7 Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

Think of all the features that make you love Fire Emblem. The weapon triangle (swords beat axes, axes beat lances, lances beat swords), marriage, children, support. That all came from this game. And not only that, but we also got an amazing soundtrack, graphics that pushed the SNES to its limits, a complex story that twists and turns so many times, a very interesting and dynamic villain, huge maps, super fun gameplay, replay value that's through the roof! The list goes on and on. Play this game! Now!

It is BY FAR the one with the most epic feeling, both in story and gameplay!

Unlike Awakening, requires actually strategy, best story in the series, ALL units are useful in some way, master lord class.

Had the best battles plain and simple.

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8 Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade

This is the game that actually caused Fire Emblem to come to the US. Without Roy's appearance in Smash Bros, we never would have seen the series in English at all. Fan-made translations allow people to play the game in English, letting us experience the epic story and characters that led to the prequel that is FE7. The plot is seriously advanced compared to the others. Several different branches in the story and prerequisites for different endings allow for a lot of replay value. Hard mode is seriously hard. Larger maps than the other gba games.

Brings the old spirit an design philosophies of old school fire emblem, along with streamlined mechanics, supports, increased difficulty, and some of the best villains in the series. It's challenging and memorable, even if the story is inferior to it's prequel, at least it is better than Awakening's.

I agree that this game deserves a spot. While I haven't fully finished it yet, it definitely is a good strategy game.

My second favorite game in the series

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9 Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Love the reanimation of this classic. The story is the best of all fire emblems and leave a lot to the imagination. Slaughtering own units for gaiden chapters is brutal, but was actually OK (for once)

This is just my personal favorite

My favorite version, Navarre's the best.

10 Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Great story, lovable characters, and a Fun and enjoyable combat system

Echoes is easily the best game in fire emblem history, it has a cast of amazing characters and some great supports that help to flesh out their character. The creators managed to make Gaiden's story really interesting, and with the addition with exception voice acting, I never skipped a line of dialogue. The gameplay mechanics that echoes had made the combat unique and fun, the graphics, cut scenes and animations are also the best the series has ever seen.
Overall, Echoes has set the bar high for all fire emblem games to come.

Ludicrously powerful, just beautiful storyline with great fleshed out characters, gnarly graphics that border Inyuasha esque anime, and a riveting combat system that mixes intense gameplay with wacky and innovative characters and fun medieval war tactics. This is the Fire Emblem that best showcases storyline, but man the combat gameplay is fun! 10/10 game and I will say this: As someone who has played, own, etc all the Fire Emblem games on the handhelds (gba, ds, and 3ds) Fire Emblem Echoes Shadows of Valentia is one of my favorite Fire Emblem games. Can't wait for a remake of Binding Blade since this remake was so stunning! - shawnwalker

As someone who has only played the 3ds games except Conquest (I haven’t had time to try it out), I can safely say this is my favorite Fire Emblem game. First off, every playable unit is fleshed out and enjoyable (I don’t care about Celica’s naive moments). The game was more challenging than even Recelation hard mode when I played this on normal, boss fights were actually mostly difficult this time (special mention to the pirate king, Medusa users, Jeddah, and of course, the secret boss that I won’t spoil.), and animations blow Fate’s animations out of the water (Fate’s had great animations, but Echoes has even more epic animations. I love the special counterattack animations). But one of my favorite parts of this is the story. Fans of world destruction threat plots found in Fates and Awakening may be disappointed, but this story is so much more fleshed out than any other 3ds FE story. Unlike Fates and especially unlike Awakening that had me asking many questions that were ...more

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The Contenders

11 Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation

It's a reward to play Revelations, especially after playing Birthright and Conquest

Ties everything together, great story, good difficulty level, closes plot holes like who Azura really is only complaint is the last chapter was so terrible I could not force myself to complete it SO BAD.

Brings the whole game together

A good balance of both games

12 Fire Emblem: Thracia 776

Best game design in the whole series. One of the most experimental strategy games ever.

This game deserves more love for all the risks it took

Any Fire Embelm top 10 list without Thracia at the top is lie.

13 Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

I have yet to try out the other 2 games, but I love this game. While the story was very simple compared to Awakening, I applaud the mini hub world attempt. It helps keep the pace flowing better than Awakening's level select (... that's actually an accomplishment. I'm impressed.). I know that the nerf of Awakenings pair up nerf may be a con to many, but to me, it's a pro. The pair up system in Awakening was way too game breaking, and it made the game easy. The pair up in this game forces the player to strategize more. This is easily more difficult than Awakening because of that (that is if you are playing on casual or classic.). If you want to get a start on the series, then pick either Awakening's casual mode or this game's Phoenix mode since Phoenix mode revives characters after dying.

I love this game's story and quirky characters. It also holds a fond place in my heart being the game that introduced me to the series. For that, it is my favorite.

"This game is meant to remind you of the point of this series.

Great game

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14 Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem

Contains TWO games in one! What more do you want?

Honestly my favorite in the series.

3rd game in the series, released for the SNES in Japan only.

15 Fire Emblem: Gaiden

While lacking some of the core features we love today (like the weapon triangle) this title has by far the best overworld and gives the player to ability to explore the world.

The most different, but underrated game in the franchise!

16 Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem

Nobody will vote for this because they have never played it and it looks like Shadow Dragon. People, this is by far the most criminally underrated game in the franchise. So many vast improvements upon its predecessor, and as far as hardcore FE gameplay goes it is the most refined of all. The catch is, of course, the fact it was only released in Japan.

It has the perfect difficulty, Not too easy, A bit challenging but not too much and the game introduced casual mode if you find classic too hard. Sadly only released in japan, but there are lots of fan translations out there that you can play.

A good example of 'Don't judge a book by its cover'. People ignore this because it looks like Shadow Dragon and don't give this fantastic game a chance. Really, you're missing a solid and enjoyable entry in the series. As soon as you finish your first playthrough you're going to start all over, whether you have the time for it or not.

Tons of good availible units, Great game, Personal favorite, Amazing story

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17 Fire Emblem (NES)

So old and clunky, but strangely still manages to be fun!

18 Fire Emblem Warriors

This game hasn't even come out yet.

CAMILLA IN HD WITH GREAT BOBBS

19 Fire Emblem Heroes

What the hell

20 Fire Emblem (Switch)
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