Fire Emblem series
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Fire Emblem is a series of turn-based tactical strategy games developed by Intelligent Systems. Notably, the series was originally exclusively released in Japan until the seventh entry in the series, which was the first to be released worldwide. As of 2016, Nintendo considers Fire Emblem to be a "major IP".
Intelligent Systems began to develop Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light after the completion of Famicom Wars. The intention during development was to create a strategy game with RPG elements that would allow players to complete each stage with their own strategies. Sales of the game were slow at first but picked up over time, allowing the team to create future games in the series. The games feature numerous playable characters and allow players to
After the release of Super Smash Bros. Melee, which featured Marth and Roy of the Fire Emblem series as playable characters, Nintendo would release the seventh entry of the Fire Emblem series as the first to receive an international release, simply known as Fire Emblem. Since then, every installment of the series with the exception of one has been released in English.
During development of Fire Emblem Awakening, because of the series constantly-declining sales, the team was told by Nintendo that it would be the series' final entry if the game failed to sell over 250,000 units. Fire Emblem Awakening was developed as a culmination of the series, and both it and Fire Emblem Fates were highly praised and have sold over one million copies worldwide.
In 1996, a two-episode OVA adaptation of Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem was released. Notably, these episodes would be dubbed in English released in North America in 1997, simply titled Fire Emblem, making the OVA series the first piece of Fire Emblem media to receive an official western release, even before the game Fire Emblem. In addition to this, a number of manga adaptations of games in the series also exist, though these have only been released in Japan.
A number of merchandise based on elements of the series has also been created, namely figures and statues depicting popular characters. This also extends to two card games based on the series. The first is the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game, which ran from 2001 to 2004. The second is TCG Fire Emblem 0 ("Cipher"), which started printing in 2015, alongside Fire Emblem Fates, and is published by Intelligent Systems.
Element of the Fire Emblem series have appeared in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. Super Smash Bros. Melee would mark the debut of Marth (the protagonist of Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light) and Roy (the protagonist of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade) as playable characters; while Marth has appeared in each subsequent game, Roy has only reappeared as downloadable content for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Following this, Ike (the protagonist of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn) would debut in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Robin (the avatar character in Fire Emblem Awakening) and Lucina (a protagonist in the same game) appear as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Finally, Corrin (the avatar and central character of Fire Emblem Fates) was released as a downloadable character. In addition to characters, stages based on Fire Emblem have also appeared; while no Fire Emblem stages, exist in Super Smash Bros. Melee (though one based on the Kingdom of Archanea was scrapped), a stage called Castle Seige (based on the castles of the series) appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, while Arena Ferox (a location in Fire Emblem Awakening) appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and Coliseum (based on the series' arenas) appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
The Fire Emblem characters in the Super Smash Bros. series have been given amiibo figurines, which have compatibility in other titles. In Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., another Intelligent Systems title, the player can have Marth, Ike, Robin, or Lucina appear as guest units in the game by scanning their respective amiibo. In Super Mario Maker, the player can scan their amiibo to automatically unlock a Costume Mario costume based on the characters (these can also be unlocked through 100 Mario Challenge), while in Yoshi's Woolly World they can be scanned to unlock Yoshi costumes.
Chrom and Lucina, the protagonists of Fire Emblem Awakening, also appear in Project X Zone 2 as pair units.
- Earnings Release for the Nine-Month Period Ended December 2019 Supplementary Information. Nintendo (January 30, 2020). Retrieved March 12, 2020.
- Fire Emblem has become a 'major IP' for Nintendo, details on move to mobile. GoNintendo (April 27, 2016). Retrieved September 18, 2016.