Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Fire Emblem series!
For this occasion, I’d like to discuss something that many Fire Emblem fans know and take for granted: the Fire Emblem games’ numbering system.
I imagine most of you reading this probably know the numbers like the back of your hand. But just for reference, this is how we usually number the Fire Emblem games:
||Shadow Dragon and Blade of Light
||Mystery of the Emblem
||Genealogy of the Holy War
||The Sacred Stones
||Path of Radiance
||New Mystery of the Emblem
||Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Note: Only the mainline Fire Emblem games are numbered. Spin-offs like Heroes and Warriors are not given numbers.
For us fans, referring to each game using numbers is very natural. Eg. if I said “FE6”, you probably know that I’m talking about Binding Blade. Yet for those observing from afar, or those new to the series, this system can seem a bit strange.
The main reason for this is of course because, officially, none of the Fire Emblem games are numbered. Unlike, say, Final Fantasy, where the latest Final Fantasy is explicitly titled “Final Fantasy XV ”. The numbering system is purely something we fans created.
Birth of the Numbering System
Some may ask: why exactly do Fire Emblem fans refer to the games by number?
The short answer, it seems, is because of a combination of tradition and convenience.
As for the long answer, we’ll need to travel back in time towards the early days of the Fire Emblem series and its then-developing fan community.
Here’s something a little different. Last month, Fire Emblem Cipher Festival 2018 took place in Japan. Among the various activities, there was a quiz area for fans to test their Fire Emblem knowledge.
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For those unable to attend, we’ve recreated the quiz for your amusement! The answers to each question can be placed in the crossword above. Please refer to the icon(s) in the top-left corner for where the answers should go.
After filling in the crossword (or most of it anyway), the boxes in grey should spell out a 6-letter word.
This is a small heads up for those who don’t frequent the forums or the Fire Emblem side of Reddit or Youtube.
Recently I’ve been working on a short video series related to Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, dubbed Valentia Out-of-Bounds.
In the videos, I visit several locations from the game–from Ram Village all the way to Rigel Castle–but beyond the imposed boundaries of the game. Hence the “out-of-bounds”.
If you’re interested in seeing these in-game locations from an entirely different perspective, you’re welcome to take a gander!
For some of the later videos, I’ve even swapped the lead character to shake things up. Like Emperor Rudolf featured in the picture above.
We’re pleased to announce that Serenes Forest Scribbles 2016 has entered the final and very exciting phase: the voting phase!
From late 2016, we’ve been encouraging talented members of the Fire Emblem community to share their best creative works, whether they’re drawings, writings, crafts or anything that can be considered art.
Now is the time for fans to vote for their favourite pieces, so we can dish out prizes for the top-ranking entries! If you haven’t yet seen the entries, we’ve gathered them all in one place, in our prestigious Hall of Fame.
Unlike last year, we have three separate voting categories and you may vote in all three:
Voting closes on 15th April 2017, which is in a week’s time. Rules for voting can be found within the respective categories. Note: A forum account is required to vote, but creation is free and easy!