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Fire Emblem

by Nintendo
Game Boy Advance
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews) 88 / 100

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  • A young woman named Lin has discovered she is heir to the throne of Rikea. You are her guardian and advisor, as she fights across hostile lands to build an army and battle for her rightful ascension.
  • Make plans and defend young Lin's life against the assassins being sent to kill her
  • Dominate the battlefield - control dozens of soldiers, as well as powerful wizards
  • Control magic and collect items & equipment that will help you defeat the opposing army
  • Incredible fantasy elements are at your disposal, from pegasus-riding knights to deadly dragons

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00009WAUL
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches ; 1.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,797 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Hone your skills as a military strategist as you battle your way through encounters with wizards and dragons.

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137 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic strategy title for GBA November 15, 2003
Format:Video Game
I'm a big fan of Nintendo's Intelligent Systems; who wouldn't be after Paper Mario, Mario Kart Super Circuit, Advance Wars 1 & 2, and Metroid Fusion? Their latest game is Fire Emblem, a long running series in Japan making its first English debut.
Comparisons to Advance Wars are inevitable - turn-based strategy game, grid map, and little groups of units battling it out. At the first play, it may feel too similar to some gamers, but differences emerge making Fire Emblem a completely separate interpretation of how to make a tactical strategy game. The RPG elements included in Fire Emblem provide depth and character without sacrificing simplicity. Characters only use one type of weapon and no armor. When characters reach a certain skill level, they can advance to a new class (i.e. knights to paladins) which allows the character to use another type of weapons, further extending their usefulness. The weapon types follow a rock-paper-scissors approach, or in this case, swords-lances-axes. There's three types of magic that interlock in a similar manner. While the outlying mechanics are simple, when facing down various enemies in the battlefield, maneuvering your squad to get the right match-ups is a challenging and ultimately pleasing puzzle.
One of the notable features of Fire Emblem is frail mortality of the characters. When characters die in a level, they cannot be brought back to life and do not return for subsequent battles. Exit stage left, thank you for playing. Fire Emblem tries hard to keep the player as honest as possible by transparently saving after every menu selection. If you try to cheese the game by turning off the GBA right as a character dies, when you turn your system back on, you'll be treated to the same death scene each time you load your game.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish This Had Been Brought to NA Earlier! July 8, 2004
Format:Video Game
I try to be honest in all of my reviews, and this will be no different. I wanted not to like Fire Emblem. I assumed that there had to be a really good reason that a strong-selling title from a beloved Japanese series would not have made it to North America. As you can tell from my score, this was not the case. I absolutely LOVED every minute I played this game, and continue to play it at least once a week.
To discuss the story in great depth would certainly lead to spoilers. I do not want to ruin the intricate attention to detail that the authors have so lovingly crafted into this title.
Without going into great story-ruining detail (beyond the ''Tutorial'' chapters), you are placed in the role of a Tactician. As such, you are responsible for assisting Lyn, a woman who is attempting to rid her locale of invading hordes. Along the way, you meet up with several like-minded characters who wish to help you with your quest. Some first appear as enemies, however. If you choose to attack them rather than talk to them (which are different menu commands), you will find yourself possibly missing out on their contribution to the storyline.
As your cabal increases in number, you have a choice as to which characters to choose from. There is an ''old woman'' who can do a reading for you where she occasionally recommends that you take someone along (usually because they will be needed to talk to another character). This ''Augury'' costs you money, but is very helpful to the newbie turn-based strategist.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game, DON'T PASS THIS ONE UP! March 10, 2004
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Format:Video Game
This is a great game, period.
Storyline: The story is immersive. Great characters, dialog, everything! The opening tutorial (not really a tutorial) has a story of its own that just leads to the main story later on. Overall, I had a hard time putting this game down.
Graphics: Personally I enjoy the anime-style graphics of this game more than some 3-D titles on other systems. Battles are colorful and all of the character designs are great (well one character, a monk named Lucius, looks like a girl, but it is no big deal).
Gameplay: The strategy system in the game is very similar to the Advance Wars titles, but in my opinion even better (played both Advance Wars games, there good but FE is better). You play on a grid-based map where you direct your characters in battle. The addition of rpg elements (leveling up) is a great feature. Gameplay is easy enough and challenging enough for everyone.
All I have left to say is BUY THIS GAME! I promise you won't regret it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL GAME OF THE YEAR November 8, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Only a fool would own a game boy advance and not own Fire Emblem.
My initial impression is that nothing can stop this from being GOTY aside from the fact that game boy games are usually snubbed and fire emblem will be snubbed too.
The localization for this game is much better than the localization for Intelligent System's other popular strategy series advance wars. According to a review I read, Fire Emblem is better than Advance Wars as a single player game, and so far I have to agree with that comment.
I haven't been this immersed in a game since Chrono Trigger for the super nintendo. After several hours of playing the game I feel that the character development and dialogue is probably the best in any game boy game ever made or at least any game boy game I have ever played.
Presentation 10 out of 10
Flawless presentation. All the menus are top-notch and the game is designed to near perfection.
Graphics 10 out of 10
Beautiful hand-drawn backgrounds and excellent character design. The graphics are technically and artistically wonderful.
Sound 9 out of 10
I was amazed at what I heard coming from my gba speakers.
Gameplay 10 out of 10
Flawless turn based strategy.
Lasting Appeal 9/10
The multiplayer is only bested by Advance Wars.
Intelligent Systems is now my favorite game development company.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best GBA games, hands down
This is an extremely fun, addictive, and challenging game that never gets old.

Very simple breakdown: You take control of 3 different lords- Lyn, Elliwood, and Hector-... Read more
Published 6 days ago by D. Fillion
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son can't stop playing.
Published 12 days ago by Ileana Velez
3.0 out of 5 stars Picky
If this trpg had a queue system then it would be perfect.
Published 1 month ago by Egret
2.0 out of 5 stars not good
It freezes and it and I cant play it. Not happy with results
Published 2 months ago by Realdiehl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service!
Great service! There is nothing that needs to be improved at all. Will buy from again sometime in the near future.
Published 9 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted!
I couldn't get enough of Fire Emblem Awakening so I wanted to go back and play the ones that started it all. I can't put this game down. Read more
Published 14 months ago by 16mermaids
1.0 out of 5 stars Fake not real
Does not work doesn't let u save game at all not worth the money at all I will never buy a game of this guy again
Published 15 months ago by Jose Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess
This is like chess on steroids and is my favoritest of all the fire emblem for gameboy so far. It makes you think a lot.
Published 16 months ago by Loren
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off
One of my favorite games of all time. Too bad I couldn't play it because THE SAVE BATTERY WAS DEAD. Every time I turned off my Gameboy it would erase all of my save data. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Joe Carmassi
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Game
It's a fun adventure game that is enjoyed by all the siblings and it is easy to understand and play.
Published 18 months ago by Bobbi Haworth
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