Fire Emblem Series

Year: 1990

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Intelligent Systems

Country: Japan

Genre: Tactical role-playing

Platform: Various

Fire Emblem

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Fire Emblem, a tactical role-playing video game franchise set within a Medieval time period across fictional continents, was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. It now consists of 15 games across multiple game systems. Its RPG simulation is based on the tactical movement of characters across grid-based environments while incorporating a story, characters, and decision making similar to a traditional RPG video game. Gameplay is notable for the permanent death of characters and their subsequent removal from all action. The title “Fire Emblem” refers to a recurring motif across the series represented by a weapon or shield and symbolizing the power of war and dragons.

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken (2003):  Florina and LyndisLucius and Raven

Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones (2004): Joshua and Gerik

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005): Ike and SorenJill and Mist

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007): HeatherJill and MistKyzaRanulf

Fire Emblem Awakening (2012): Same-Sex Relationship Hack

Fire Emblem Fates (2015): ForrestNinaRomance optionsSoleil

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (2017): Leon

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019-2020): Byleth Pairings and Controversy; Non-Byleth Pairings

See also QRM’s entry for this game series


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