Best Fire Emblem Games


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

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

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.

I began to main Lucina in smash 4, so I decided to get this game to learn about the character. Boy howdy I made the right decision. The story was good (compared to fates it’s like the story of like PMD:EOS or something), the main characters have decent arcs (except Robin), the gameplay introduced good features, the addition of casual mode was nice for me, a beginner, and the graphics were juicer than a 24 oz steak, especially on 2012 3DS.

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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.



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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

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!

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

Best story hands down, and the difficulty is perfect. Just enough nail biting tension to make you replay it over and over. The graphics are stellar and the tie in as a sequel in the franchise is astoundingly well done. This will always be my favorite.

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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).

First Fire Emblem game, and to this day is still my favorite. Down to Earth characters that all hold their own charm. Graphics fit the game perfectly, truly feel the loss of you characters (almost enough to save scum...almost). Give you a large enough roster to add replay value. 10/10 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

It is easy to get into. Characters are loveable. Great story. Good writing. Plus good graphics for it's time.

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5 Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

I may be a bit biased since it was my introduction to the series, but Sacred Stones has always resonated with me, with its characters that feel both superhuman and flawed at the same time, and one of (if not) the best villains in the series.

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.

One of the best games great story duel promotion make it a joy to play a second time. Great supports, cool map, branching story’s and there is a hard mode if you think it’s to easy

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6 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!

It has one of the best villains in all of fire emblem, besides the Black Knight. It doesn't have crap reasons for child units like fates and awakening. It's also just really fun.

All you Fateswakening retards will never accept how great this game is.

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7 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.

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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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 definitive Fire Emblem experience in my eyes. A strict and rewarding challenging coupled with likable, discernible characters that I like building up into an army badasses. If future FE games stick closely to the linear resource management and with deeper combat/unit-building, the series can continue to be my most favorite.

No grinding. No turn-rewinds. Just good old strategy full of suspense and tough choices in battle!

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8 Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

This game is the greatest thing ever created in the history of mankind and should be celebrated for it's greatness. God blessed us with this gem we didn't deserve. God I love you Intelligent Systems and Nintendo, and I don't care if that makes me gay.

This in my opinion, is the best game in the Fire Emblem Series. The music was outstanding, and I loved the characters in their own unique way. I can't stop playing this game. I've beaten it at least 5 times! Great story, and shut up, Tobin!

This game is so much better than Fates. Birthright was a huge mess, but I liked Conquest. So what if you don't get to marry your favorite ships. This is and always will be my favorite game not only in the Fire Emblem Series, but overall.

Okay here’s the thing. Why is fates bigger than this one okay? Are you people insane? Fates sucks! Echoes is way better, the story is fantastic your decisions are extremely valid, and the strategy is the most rewarding in this game, especially in the fight earlygame against desaix. If you kill him you are rewarded with the dracoshield

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9 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.

I love this game so much, I mean like the binding blade became my most favorite game in fire emblem. it is rare that powerful swords have a fire emblem. pun intended.

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10 Fire Emblem: Thracia 776

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

It can be unforgiving, but Thracia has some of the most versatile mechanics in the series, such as capturing, which are unique to it.

This game deserves more love for all the risks it took

Despite being the game with the lowest sales in the franchise, it is by far the best
It has introduced so many core commands, such as trading, rescuing, actual battle preps, fog of war ACTUAL CAPTURING (I'm looking at you Fates bs) and actually gave a difficulty to the player without throwing at them high stats ennemies with ridiculous stats like in Conquest, and was more of actually strategize than to throw your (non existent) Jagen at the ennemy.
Also, the fatigue system is actually very fair and encourages the player to use multiple characters and not focusing the exp on a single elite team.
Furthermore it has one of the best stories out there, narrating the situation of Jugdral after the Lopto empire took over from Leaf's perspective instead of Seliph's like Genealogy gen 2 did
Great game overall easily one of if not the best in the franchise

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The Newcomers

? Fire Emblem: Battle Royale

Its fortnite and fire emblems non existent child

? Fire Emblem: The Last Promise

Takes you on a deep and emotional journey unseen in Fire Emblem before.

9/10 better than fates

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

Brings in Nohrian and Hoshidan units together making the game even more fun

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12 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.

13 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.

14 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.

A fine game. The level grinding was easy and overall made the rest of the game easy. It’s the “easy” option so I don’t know what else you would expect. The characters are kinda like wet cardboard. They’re all super one note like “I’m Takumi and I’m jealous (and possessed)” or “I’m Ryoma and I’m a stoic leader”. Another complaint is how Anime-y the game is. But the gameplay is good and the maps are good so it gets a pass.

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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

The true underdog of the series. It's nice to see some maps and most of the characters return from Shadow Dragon. Unlike its previous installment however, this is a remake done right in every aspect. Support conversations, the addition of your own avatar for whom you even get to decide his own class! Not even Awakening got that right! The only flaw is that it was only released in Japan. Yet that didn't prevent it from being the most enjoyable Fire Emblem game (subjectively speaking).

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.

With Wrys this time! Play New Mystery, and you'll be very glad you did!

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17 Fire Emblem Heroes

What the hell

Man I love collecting jpegs of various anime girls

If your a fan of the series and wanna play fire emblem warriors without the 40 dollar price tag, and also play on your phone get this. Its free anyway

FE Cameo isn't bad at all!

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18 Fire Emblem (NES)

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

19 Fire Emblem Warriors

This game hasn't even come out yet.

Spinoff. No point in buying it unless you're gonna like a Fire Emblem version of Hyrule Warriors.
Otherwise, don't waste you're money! - Spoodermin

Ehh. The main characters (Liana and Rowan) were pretty annoying. Let me rephrase that: VERY annoying. And the story wasn't very good either. However, you can't expect perfection from this type of game. - Transformers234

I loved it so much

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20 Fire Emblem (Switch)

This has to be the best fire emblem game in existence! (Except the fact that it doesn't exist yet.)

Isn't this Three Houses? - Spoodermin

Honestly the best FE game, better than any of them that are publicly available as of now. (Why is this on the the list)

21 Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Not one house, not two, but three

This one isn't out yet. I hope I like the game! - Transformers234

Can't wait to see what it is going to be like! So far, I've only played Awakening, but that was enough to get me obsessed with the series! (RICKEN + NOWI 4 LIFE! ) Despite the name being lame compared to previous games, I think this will be a great game. YAY!

Actually the title is Fire Emblem: Three Heroes for the 3DS

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22 Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
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