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Kotaku lists best Fire Emblem games

The official logo for Fire Emblem Engage

Various video gaming outlets have been releasing a lot of Nintendo-related lists lately. In just the past week alone, Digital Trends did a list of Pokemon games, and IGN and Polygon took a moment to rank Zelda games. Now, it’s Kotaku’s turn to rank some Nintendo games.

This time, however, it’s Fire Emblem. Kotaku decided to rank the best Fire Emblem games from worst to best. That said, their list comes with a catch. There are no spinoffs or mobile titles, and there are even some main series games not included because they were never released outside of Japan. Nevertheless, 10 games were included in the list.

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, which had a limited-time release on the Nintendo Switch a few years ago, made it to #10. Kotaku’s best Fire Emblem game, according to them, is Fire Emblem Awakening on the Nintendo 3DS. The most recent game, Fire Emblem Engage, is at #6. You can see their list in full down below.

  1. Fire Emblem: Awakening
  2. Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  3. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  4. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  5. Fire Emblem Fates
  6. Fire Emblem Engage
  7. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  8. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  9. Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  10. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light


16 thoughts on “Kotaku lists best Fire Emblem games”

    1. I’m ok with it. Radiant Dawn was a mess imo.

      I’m curious about Fates though because it’s kind of like 3 separate games, right? I only played one of them.

      1. Yes and no.

        Birthright and Conquest are 2 branching story paths that were released as 2 separate games. These could be bought physically and digitally. A third path, Revelations, was later released as DLC. However, there was a limited-edition version of Fates that was released, and that had a physical version of the game with all 3 paths included.

        1. Speaking of, once the 3DS eshop closes, FE Fates: Revelations will be completely impossible to obtain legitimately aside from tracking down one of those game cards with all three paths on it. If you’re curious enough to play Fates, now would be a good time to pick it up.

      2. Yeah there’s basically three different games that differ based on the choice you make in chapter 6 (all three are the exact same up to that point).
        Birthright is the easiest and gives you Awakening-esque freedom in how you raise your army.
        Conquest is the most difficult and plays more like a classic FE games in that there’s no free grinding and limited resources.
        And Revelations is meant to be played after the other two as it answers questions and basically wraps up the plot as a whole. Its difficulty is between the other two.

        A lot of people in the FE community heavily dislike the game due to its mediocre story (which isn’t helped by the fact that’s it’s split in three) and that it doubled down on a lot of the social sim aspects of Awakening.

        Personally I quite enjoy Fates, despite its flaws. I was just expecting people to be up in arms about it ranking above a Tellius game given how beloved those two are by certain parts of the FE community.

        1. I thought the story was actually okay, until they explained how child units worked (pocket dimensions with time dilation). First time pairing my units and seeing that cutscene explaining it had me thinking out loud “are you f**king kidding me?”

  1. I’m surprised to see Three Houses beat Engage. Awakening doesn’t surprise me at all, but I would have thought Three Houses would be close to the bottom of the list.

  2. I have only played Awakening (my personal favorite), Fates, Sacred Stones, Three Houses, the DS remake of Shadow Dragon, and I’m sporadically playing Echoes: Shadows of Valentia every once in a while. I would agree with Awakening and Three Houses being 1 and 2 respectively, but Fates above Sacred Stones?


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