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Binding Blade: Chinese Prototype Surfaces Thanks to Hidden Palace

Although Western Fire Emblem fans had to painstakingly wait until the 7th installment before the series reached their shores, Chinese fans had a far rougher time. Their first officially translated game was Heroes, followed by Echoes.


The game is literally called “Emblem War Records” or “Emblem Chronicles/Saga”.

However, if fate had taken a different turn, Fire Emblem could have made its official Chinese debut with Binding Blade. Over a decade ago, Nintendo was pushing the iQue brand of consoles in China, including the iQue Game Boy Advance.

It has recently come to light via Hidden Palace that a Chinese prototype of Binding Blade for the iQue GBA was submitted for approval. Unfortunately, it–along with many other games submitted at the same time–did not pass the approval stage.

Back to the present day, Togemet2 somehow obtained this Chinese prototype and released it to the public. Because the prototype is in the form of a ROM, we can’t directly link to the page. But you can easily find it by searching the right keywords (“Hidden Palace” etc.).


The translation looks pretty straightforward.

As far as I can tell, the prototype is fully translated in Chinese. Besides the text, nothing seems to have been changed. That said, there are two additional splash screens at the start, and the copyright for the game has been extended to 2007 (presumably when it was developed).


In order: a health warning/copyright screen, iQue splash screen and load up screen.

Also, a couple of names differ very slightly to the official names used in Heroes, but that’s nothing surprising. Usually, names are translated by adapting the Japanese phonetic sounds to the Chinese equivalents. During this process, there can be multiple valid ways to adapt certain sounds.

Finally, the credits appear to be unchanged. So there’s probably no way of knowing who exactly handled the Chinese translation for the game. From the copyright screen, we do know Phoenix Publishing & Media, Inc. and Jiangsu Electron Audio And Video Publishing House were involved with the publishing at least.

Binding Blade Concept Art via Cipher

Today marks the release of Cipher Series 16 “O Courage! O Soul Aflame!”. Which means a whole lot of new cards to collect and artwork to appreciate! But that’s not why I’m here today…

As part of the marketing, the Cipher team showcased various previously unseen concept art for Binding Blade–one of the four factions featured in Series 16. This is very cool because we don’t often get to see concept art, especially not for older games.

Now, some of you may recall that the Making of Fire Emblem included some concept art from Binding Blade, but not a lot. Still, if you haven’t seen it already, please check out this article from way back.

The first time they revealed the new concept art was during the Winter 2019 special livestream. Ryota Kawade–one of the hosts from Intelligent Systems–brought along four folders containing development materials used when creating Binding Blade.


Logo design (note the placement of the sword)


Cover art, world map

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Cipher S16 Weekly Recap: Second Week of Card Reveals

Last Saturday, Fire Emblem Cipher held its Winter 2019 livestream, showcasing many new cards and products. Following the livestream, additional new cards were revealed by the official Twitter account.

All of these cards belong to Series 16 “O Courage! O Soul Aflame!“, which features characters from Binding Blade, Shadows of Valentia, Radiant Dawn, and Heroes. This series launches on 22nd March, exactly one month away.

On the Radiant Dawn side, we have cards of Tormod from the Laguz Emancipation Army–as a Mage and Archsage–on the left. Plus Kurthnaga from Goldoa–as a Dragon Tribe and Dragon Prince–on the right.

Previously, they showed off artwork of Tormod that doesn’t match either of his two featured cards. I’m guessing that’s for Tormod’s Sage card.

Binding Blade gets a fearsome triplet of cards depicting the three Ostian Knights (Barthe, Gwendolyn and Bors) triggering the Triangle Attack. All three are promoted Generals. Read more

Cipher Series 16 Introduction & Pre-Orders

Fire Emblem Cipher Series 15 has been out for a month and Comiket has come and gone. With the new year here, let’s now take a look ahead for what’s in store with Cipher Series 16!

The series is titled 「勇気よ燃ゆる魂よ」 in Japanese, which roughly translated to “Courage, Burning Soul.” It will feature cards and characters from four titles:

The set will come out in a bit over two months on 22 March. Click on the “Read More” button down below for a look at pre-release art and further details.

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