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Feature: The History of Official Fire Emblem Websites

Today, 20th April, is the anniversary of the Fire Emblem series–its 29th one to be exact. To celebrate the occasion, I thought I’d dig up a slice of Fire Emblem history that’s been partially lost to the sands of times: the various official Fire Emblem websites.

Now, as you’re probably aware, the Internet is an incredibly fast-moving landscape. One year of the Internet can feel like a decade–and decades, centuries. So when you try to look back at websites from long ago, it can be extremely hard to find them again.

Thankfully, there are “time machines (or capsules)” such as the Wayback Machine, which hold archives of many old websites. For this article, I’ll be relying a lot on those archives. But even archives can be incomplete, especially for more complicated media like videos and flash files.

Our first destination on this historical tour is the website of Intelligent Systems, the developers of Fire Emblem. Presently, their website mainly links to the Fire Emblem websites hosted by Nintendo. Although they do have pages for recent merchandise, soundtracks and events.

However, long ago, between late 1996 and early 2002, Intelligent Systems hosted their own Fire Emblem hub page. The design was fairly amateur and perhaps quintessential of the time period. There was a plain repeating background, chunky navigation buttons and a nostalgic visitor counter.

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Links

Official sites

Note: All official sites are in Japanese unless stated otherwise.

Fire Emblem (English) Fire Emblem World
Intelligent Systems Dark Dragon & Sword of Light (VC)
Gaiden (VC) Mystery of the Emblem (VC)
Genealogy of the Holy War (VC) Thracia 76
Thracia 776 (VC) Binding Blade
Blazing Sword (English mirror) Blazing Sword
The Sacred Stones Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn Shadow Dragon
Shadow Dragon (European) New Mystery of the Emblem
Awakening TearRing Saga
Berwick Saga

Recommended

Fire Emblem Averages A compilation of character average stats.
FE Planet Features the largest collection of Fire Emblem sprites.
Fire Emblem Wars of Dragons (Spanish) Fan site that covers the whole series. Has a lot of useful chapter data.
Fire Emblem Wikia A large Fire Emblem online encyclopaedia.
Heroes of Shadow Home of the Heroes of Light and Shadow English translation.

Fire Emblem-related

Aquantis’ Dragon and Anime Homepage Contains many interesting Fire Emblem images.
Emblème du Feu (French) A new and growing Fire Emblem fan site that covers the whole series.
Fire Emblem: Immortal Sword Fan game created using the RPG Maker XP engine.
Fire Emblem: Sanctuary of Strategy Large site and forum that covers the whole series. Discontinued.
Fire Emblem Blog Blog dedicated to Fire Emblem. Discontinued.
Fire Emblem Chronicles A Fire Emblem role-playing and discussion forum.
Fire Emblem Empire Fire Emblem fansite and forum.
Fire Emblem Games (French) Fan site that covers all the games.
Fire Emblem Shrine Fan site that covers the whole series.
Fire Emblem Universe The home of GBA FE hacking. Succeeded by Shrine of Seals.
Fire Emblem Wiki A growing Fire Emblem online encyclopaedia.
France-FE 4 (French) Fan site dedicated to Genealogy of the Holy War.
Fusion Former Fire Emblem forum.
Kilvas Reign (Italian) Fan site that covers Fire Emblem 2 to 12.
Lanzenritter A gallery of game/anime wallpapers.
Lenster.net Dedicated to the Lenster nation from Fire Emblem 4 and 5.
Path of Valour (Russian) A news and review site for tactical RPGs, new and old.
Pegasus Knight (Japanese) Comprehensive fan site with information on all the games.
Pikaroom (Japanese) Fan site that focuses on low-turn playthroughs and RNG analysis.
Shrine of Seals The new home of GBA FE hacking.
Sigurd’s Pants Fan site dedicated to Genealogy of the Holy War.
Tactician Vog’s March Diary (Japanese) A dedicated FE fan’s blog, great place to go when there’s a new game.
TearRing Saga Translation Project An open translation of TearRing Saga.
The Dragon Tier Fan site dedicated to Mystery of the Emblem.
Valhalla (Japanese) Fan site with information on all the games.
Wonder Egg (Japanese) Fan site that covers Fire Emblem 6 to 11.

The Sacred Stones: FE4 Graphics

Created by: Celice

Preview images: Image 1 | Image 2

Instructions

Follow the procedures shown in the Instructions pages, but instead you’ll need the English (NA) ROM.

About

Some BETA patches of Celice’s graphical hacks involving icons/sprites from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.

Prototype Information

Credits: Arch, Memento Mori

(Revised: 15th January 2011)

Around July 2008, the webmaster of the Fire Emblem Universe website, Arch, managed to obtain detailed information about a number of Fire Emblem prototypes (Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776 and Binding Blade) from an online contact, Memento Mori. The information originated from a girl whose father allegedly worked as a programmer for Intelligent Systems (the series’s development team). This girl collected notes about the prototypes over the years, saved as PDFs, albeit written in poor English, with some words left untranslated in Japanese (which is entirely understandable, given that the girl was Japanese).

No screenshots were given and, to this day, it is probably impossible to verify whether the information is true or false. Still, since there remains a chance that the information could be true, it serves as a useful resource as to what the games could have been like. Initially, the intent was to keep this information a Fire Emblem Universe
exclusive, however Arch has kindly allowed the information to be hosted on this site as well. Below, you will find my interpretations of the prototype notes and you can also read Arch’s version (for all three games) here.

Warning!

(The details here have yet to be confirmed!)

Character Changes

  • Guinevere was playable and acted as a second Lord.
  • It seems Lilina and Tate were originally cousins (perhaps changed when Tate became one of the Pegasus sisters?). It was mentioned that Lilina used “Storm and Thunder first”, presumably the name of her starting spells. An early version of the game does show her wielding two tomes, one of which is indeed Thunder, but the other is Fire.
  • Gale was recruited by keeping Miredy and Zeis alive and then talking with Miredy. There are signs in the release that Gale may have been a playable character at one stage.

Plot Changes

  • Murdoch was Zephiel’s brother.
  • Igrene possessed dragon blood, just like Sofiya. Not completely surprising considering the culture of Arcadia.
  • Brunya and Zephiel were lovers. In the release, there are implications that Brunya had feelings for her liege, but there is no tangible relationship.
  • The Binding Blade was obtained from Zephiel, instead of from the Shrine of Seals. In the Hasha no Tsurugi manga, Zephiel carries the Binding Blade with him, which may have been influenced by this.
  • Jahn survived his first battle and appeared again during the Final Chapter to aid Idoun.
  • Many Dark Dragons (not Demon Dragons like Idoun) appeared in the final battle. It seems some Dark Dragonstones could have been obtained, which Fa was able to equip.

Other Changes

  • The Eckesachs had 50 uses instead of infinite. It seems that it could be obtained, presumably along with the Binding Blade after Zephiel’s death.

This screenshot is not real.

This screenshot is not real.

  • The Dragon Spear was Gale’s personal weapon. Its stats were: 12 Might, 85 Hit, 5 Crit, 12 Weight and it had the effect of doubling attacks like Brave weapons. This weapon seems to be similar to Dean’s personal weapon, the Dragon Lance, in Thracia 776.
  • The Sea Sword could only be equipped by Heroes (perhaps to counter-balance Myrmidons with the Wo Dao?). Its stats were: 9 Might, 70 Hit, 10 Crit, 9 Weight and, like the Dragon Spear, it had the Brave weapon effect. The name of the weapon suggests it may have been in Echidna’s possession.
  • Meteor was a long-ranged tome, similar to in earlier games. It had the following stats: 11 Might, 65 Hit, 5 Crit, 12 Weight. Oddly, there is unused data in the game indicating that Blizzard was planned as a long-ranged tome, but nothing about Meteor.