Top 10 Best Fire Emblem Games

The Top Ten
1 Fire Emblem: Awakening Fire Emblem: Awakening Product Image

Sure, Awakening wasn't as profound as Genealogy or Gaiden and the gameplay was too unbalanced but it was the best Fire Emblem to pick up and play in this generation. All these raging fanboys giving it flack just because they're too busy wanking off older games and don't know how to progress towards a newer generation of games despite the older games having stupid ideas *cough warp. Like it or not, Awakening is the FF7 of the Fire Emblem franchise and if it hadn't come out, Fire Emblem wouldn't be as popular and renowned as it is today. Deserves number 1.

I love awakening, been a fire emblem fan for a long time. People nowadays hug onto what they feel a fire emblem series should be. I must be very tactical, no waifus blah blah blah. Seriously, this game may be a copy paste but doesn't mean it can't be an amazing experience. It had the element of unit pairing, added bond system of sorts, introduced us to a perfect MC in a sense you can really relate to. It's an experience of a modern tactical game with a few side adds. That being the case, it comes where the 10000 keyboard warriors try to dispel my opinion for I really don't care. I love this game for reigniting my spirit for the series!

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.

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.

2 Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Product Image

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.

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!

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.

3 Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Product Image

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

The game play on RD is miles better than many of the FEs. The map design, reinforcement, and other game play elements really make you think about things. Customizing skills is very fun. I will say the character development is certainly not up to par, but it's building off PoR so it doesn't have to be. From a strictly game play standard, Radiant Dawn reigns supreme.

Radiant Dawn had amazing graphics and a story that brought everything together. Although some aspects of the game are a bit messed up, such as support conversations, I still find that the overall plot of the story to become quite amazing. The levels are fun and nerve-racking. I LOVE THIS GAME!

4 Fire Emblem (GBA) Fire Emblem (GBA) Product Image

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.

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).

I agree with comments I have read on this game. I started playing this game on my original Nintendo DS (2nd version) and when first played was really connected with the storyline. Once I found out that I was able to get the game back I got it in a heart beat. Now ready to play other versions :) 10/10.

Well, the first game that made it in America is MORE than worthy of a playthrough! I might feel a little bit safe in term of design and mechanics, but it's some easy, solid and really engaging Fire Emblem gameplay that this title offers!

5 Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Product Image

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.

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.

While FE7 was my first Fire emblem game, Sacred stones is just above it in my opinion. It does have some drawbacks, but it's soundtrack, map design, and enhanced game design in the form of split promotions and triple effectiveness puts it just above FE7. Plus, Ephraim.

Best game in the series, by far. The other GBA games may be longer, but on both a technical and story-telling level, SS is one of the best games Nintendo has ever published.

6 Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Product Image

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!

FE4 is one of the most influential games in the series. It introduced three of the most well-known systems found in later installments: the weapon triangle, skills, and the most bare-bones iteration of building supports within the marriage system. While not every future game included theses things, as skills didn't return until FE9 and supports leading into marriage and child units came back in FE13, it is clear that FE4 has had a long-lasting impact on the series, and mostly for the better.

The greatest story in a fire emblem and a willingness to try new things, Genealogy could use some changes to the gameplay but overall makes a very complete and unique experience. It truly feels like the game is on a massive scale compared to other games, because it is.

Most unique and interesting game mechanics so far. It has a huge overworld map with multiple objectives, realistic restrictions on trade and gold between characters, and a support system with real implications on the later half of the game.

7 Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest Product Image

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.

Between Birthright and conquest, it really wasn't that hard of a choice for me. conquest has in my opinion better characters, a better storyline, and I like the dark tone it took. BR was a bit too chipper for my taste. Conquest gave you a happy ending, but you had to work for it. Love the cast. Such a hard time choosing between Flora and Camilla, and it was harder to get the romances as you had less opportunity, but overall, a fantastic game with a great ending

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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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!

8 Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Product Image

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!

If you took almost all of echoes and used the improved maps of fates: conquest, you would probably end up with the perfect game. The characters were fleshed out so much more in this game that they felt more like actual people, which is what I felt some of the more recent games have lacked *cough* fates *cough* but that was probably to do with the ridiculous amount of characters available. Echoes is definitely one of the best fire emblem games so far and I hope the upcoming ones take a similar theme without all that unnecessary fanservice of awakening and fates. The town exploring was engaging, walking around in the dungeons for encounters was cool, having the entire thing voice acted was a nice change. The cutscenes didn't feel as fluid as awakening and fates, however that might just be me being nit-picky.

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.

The only complaint I have with the game is that the level design is even more bland and uninteresting than Awakening's level design, which was already bland to begin with.
Otherwise, great characters (other than Fae who is a pathetic excuse to recreate the deep characters like Cordelia and Tharja. No, Celica isn't that bad aside from trusting Jeddah. I don't get why people think all it takes is just one action to classify her as awful.), amazing story (thank god after the train wreck that was the plot of Awakening and Fates), and while I think the gameplay is a step back from Fates (at least Conquest. I'm not too sure on Birthright or Revelations), it's still very good.

9 Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade Product Image

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.

An incredible game he is the reason why I started to play Fire Emblem and he is the reason to the game comes to the occident, incredible history, characters, weapons. Only permadeath baby and of course it can be best if you played Fire Emblem 7 before but I love it and think that is a fundamental game to any FE fan

A very underrated game. Sure, the game is a very hard one. But that what makes a strategy game real fun. It was thanks to The Binding Blade I have better playthrough. This game is what makes a strategy game challenging.
Besides that, this games plot is very intresting, soundtrack is very awesome and the charachter were very unique in their own way.

10 Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 Product Image

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

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

Kaga I love you. Kaga I just want to give you a kiss for this. Kaga please let me kiss you. I sleep next to a picture of you every night I just want your love. Please Kaga just love me. Also Thracia is pretty good

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The Newcomers

? Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Product Image
The Contenders
11 Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation Product Image

I love the map design and all the support conversations available. And It also has so many characters that are incredible specifically Takumi, Leo, Sakura and Hinoka, (My personal favorites) and all in all is a great game and is better than conquest and birthright.

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.

The story is good

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

12 Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Fire Emblem:  Shadow Dragon Product Image

The first one I played and although I don't think it quite stacks up to games like path of radiance I felt like it was accessible and enjoyable, basic perhaps, but fun. I played through multiple times when I was younger and absolutely loved it

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)

13 Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Product Image

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

Honestly my favorite in the series.

14 Fire Emblem: Gaiden Fire Emblem: Gaiden Product Image

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!

15 Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright Product Image

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.

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.

I played through this game and I LOVED it. I wound up resorting to it after (1 CONQUEST WAS JUST THAT HARD and (2 I didn't want to pick Nohr! HOSHIDO 4 LIFE!
this game also has a set of strong characters, such as Takumi, Corrin and Kaden ( even though I found out Kaden is in both games. I love Kaden and Takumi for my personal favorites. I like Azura, but she is weak and after finding out what happened to her in the end I lost interest. But anyways, the plot is amazing and I really didn't want to beat the game due to how much I liked it.

16 Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem Product Image

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.

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.

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.

17 Fire Emblem: Three Houses Fire Emblem: Three Houses Product Image

Amazing story with world class voice acting, and excellent character development. High replayability due to the 2nd half of the game being completely different depending on which house you pick. Combat is fun and allows for creative strategies. AI can be intelligent at times but it can also be reckless and predictable which is my only criticism of the game. Overall, I give it a 10 out of 10!

This game was absolutely amazing as we get four possible story routes (not three) to chooses from. 9/10 in terms of story telling and characters. The only draw back is replaying the pre-time-skip as it seems almost identical for each path, but its needed to level up your characters and get to know the new respective house. Wish there was a way to skip the first few chapters on replays.

This game has consistent and amazing voice acting throughout the whole game. You have tons of replayability because you have the decision to choose between 3 houses. The game has very likable characters that you just don't want to lose in battle. The combat is fun and rewarding yet is still challenging

One of the darkest Fire Emblems since genealogy of a holy war and I love that, it's not afraid to take risks and whichever route you take you still have second doubts about the goal you're fighting for.

18 Fire Emblem (NES) Fire Emblem (NES) Product Image

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

19 Fire Emblem Warriors Fire Emblem Warriors Product Image

This game is underrated really. It has a good story line, and you can easily change the difficulty from easy too hard. It does provide its challenges. But it's fun for all ages really.

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.

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!

This game hasn't even come out yet.

20 Fire Emblem Heroes

Definitely the best game. Trust me, I'm an expert.

What the hell

21 Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Product Image
22 Fire Emblem: The Last Promise Fire Emblem: The Last Promise Product Image

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

23 Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Product Image
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