The Fire Emblem series has been around for decades at this point, and while North American fans may have only become aware of the series thanks to Super Smash Bros. Melee, it’s been around much longer than that. The tactical games require expert thinking to keep all your valued units alive in nail-biting wars.
The Nintendo Switch is host to more than a few Fire Emblem games of varying styles. Some may be more famous and easier to access than others, but Switch players are at no shortage of Fire Emblem games to play whether on the go or right at home.
9 Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon And The Blade Of Light
While certainly a fun entry in the series, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light was a limited-time release. Believe it or not, this game was the one that kicked off the entire Fire Emblem series, and it’s as tough to play as it’s ever been.
Despite being the first game in the series, this game solidified many series staple mechanics and introduced one of its most famous characters, Marth. It also tells a classic story of Marth building his forces to take on great evil, making it a must-play for fans of the series if possible.
8 Fire Emblem: Mystery Of The Emblem
Sadly, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem is only available to Fire Emblem fans in Japan through their online Super Famicon app. While Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is fun, Mystery of the Emblem is a remake of that game with an original second section to play through.
Both games let you take control of Marth as he sets out to defend the world against great evils like Gharnef, Medeus, and friend-turned-foe, Hardin. Those looking to experience Marth’s story in full would surely love this game — if only it were fully localized and launched for the rest of the world.
7 Fire Emblem: Genealogy Of The Holy War
Another Japan-only game on the list, Fire Emblem: Genealogy Of The Holy War is one of the most legendary games from the series to not get a worldwide launch. This game’s story and major twist set it apart from games at the time and is still listed as a must-play by fans of the series.
This might just be the most requested in the series for a remake, and it’s not hard to see why. This is one of the most personal stories in the series, and those who’ve experienced the twist part way through the game will know why, instantly connecting you to every one of your units in a way unlike in any other game from the series.
6 Fire Emblem Warriors
An excellent game that simply does something entirely different from the core gameplay, Fire Emblem Warriors is still a lot of hack-and-slash fun. Those who’ve played through the Musou-style Dynasty Warriors games will feel right at home here with the added twist of getting to control Fire Emblem characters.
The story isn’t necessarily the biggest draw, but the fact that you could actively and personally take part in what you likely imagined as major wars for the first time certainly is. You are in the thick of it, controlling your characters as they decimate waves of enemies to reach their goals.
5 Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
If you loved playing through Fire Emblem Three Houses and wished you could have experienced full-scale war and ever-changing battlefields, you might end up preferring this title instead. A major departure from the core series gameplay, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes throws you right into the heat of battle.
There are still tactical elements you’ll have to think about throughout the game, but it does act much more as an action game. The story is also a kind of companion piece to the Three Houses story, allowing you to spend more time with some of your favorite characters.
4 Fire Emblem Engage
Fire Emblem Engage made a few new choices for the series that might not have meshed with everyone, but the game is still a ton of fun. As long as you enjoy the gameplay of the core series, you’re going to have a fun time with Fire Emblem Engage and its tough maps, even if you don’t love the story.
You spend the game building Alear’s army while also summoning major heroes from the series’ past to battle against Sombron. Long-time fans of the series will surely love the appearances of classic characters in 3D form.
3 Fire Emblem The Binding Blade
If you’ve ever wondered where Roy’s official leading role is from the Fire Emblem series, this Japan-only game is it. Playing most similarly to Fire Emblem for Game Boy Advance, this game will be familiar to fans of the series.
Since this game is set before the first North American Fire Emblem, those who find a way to play this game can explore a familiar world, and even meet up with familiar characters, as Roy battles against the forces of Bern.
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This game may just be a port of the Game Boy Advance title of the same name, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the finest Fire Emblem games ever made. Being an older title, you don’t get as much choice as the modern games, but it still can pose a steep challenge while acting as a great introduction to the series.
This game allows you to come to grips with the core mechanics of the series while controlling the key lords of Lyn, Hector, and Eliwood as they journey to defeat Nergal’s schemes. This sequel to The Binding Blade is even better when paired together, but it’s still one of the best in the series on its own.
1 Fire Emblem Three Houses
There is a reason that, in North America at least, Fire Emblem Three Houses could easily be considered the best game. Mixing the classic gameplay with a few modern tweaks and a life-sim element, this game lets you connect with every one of your units.
The friction between the three armies featured throughout the game is so good that playing through the game a minimum of three times is practically a must. The game is nearly infinitely replayable and throws different challenges and story moments at you depending on your chosen route.
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