Or, The One Without a Colon.

Fire Emblem Gaiden

Today: We begin Fire Emblem Gaiden.

First off, we’re taking a brief pit stop to put the game in the context of its publication, or at least what little we know of it. And then I bet you’re just dying to know what a gaiden is, too.

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At least our throwing axes fit right back through their arrow slits.

Vengeance in Gra

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Chs. 13–14.

With two nations seized, Marth’s army is about to go in for the hat trick. The welcome wagon on the shores of Gra is filled with ballisticians, units that I think are well worth a discussion. I’d also like to follow up on the last post’s experience point analysis, and—wait, have I not talked about music at all yet? At all? What have I been doing for fourteen chapters?

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Our attack strategy: mush everyone through the front door together.

The Fire Emblem

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Ch. 6.

We’re at a moment of huge importance in the story, so it’s time to remember that, oh yeah, this game has a story. First, let’s consider the importance of story to early games. Once I’ve established why it is that SD&BoL‘s isn’t necessarily up to today’s standards, I’ll take a look at what it does give us storywise. And I can’t leave chapter 6 without mentioning the most important thing in it: the first thematic element that I think comes to define the narrative thrust of any Fire Emblem.

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No, my strategy is brilliant. Please disregard the rider attacking Castor.

The March on Aurelis

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Chs. 4–5.

Continuing down my list of topics I’m obligated to talk about in the first Fire Emblem: permadeath. Or more specifically, why permadeath contributes to making Fire Emblem feel like a whole game. Before we move on, we’ll also take a pit stop at the battle prep screen and get pedantically weirded out by translated names.

Well, I’ll get pedantically weirded out by translated names. You’ll just sit at your computer and laugh at me.

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All our base are belong to them.

Marth Embarks

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Ch. 1.

As I arrive on the eastern coast of Talys, I’m struck by how well I already know my way around a fantasy army. This is our first view of the effects of what will become a pattern of Fire Emblem conservatism. It’s also our first glimpse of the vagaries of translation, and the chapter closes out with the first of many scenes across the series that make me all misty-eyed. Yup, it’s going to be a long journey. Forward!

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