Currently Playing: Fire Emblem Blazing Sword

Double Jump Kris MiiOur attempt to get a Nintendo Switch this past weekend did not work out… Cross your fingers for us that we somehow get one this week!

In the meantime, Rachel and I are keeping ourselves busy so we don’t end up wallowing in self-pity that we still don’t have the latest console.

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While we don’t have the Switch just yet, we do still have the Wii U and the lovely Virtual Console with plenty of games to explore. One of the first games that I remember downloading on the Virtual Console was Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword.

I have the actual GameBoy Advance cartridge of the game, generously gifted to me from my parents for one Christmas or birthday years ago. It was probably fairly soon after I had just gotten into the franchise after Sacred Stones, eager to dive further into the Fire Emblem series.

It had been a little difficult for my parents to find the game, but they eventually found a used one, which was more than okay with me. I burned through the first section of the game, Lyn’s story, on that day. However, when I picked it up again the next day, none of my progress was saved. I was a little disappointed and confused, sure I had saved it, but I figured the only thing to do would be to play it again.

The same thing happened.

Apparently the game was so used that the saving mechanic no longer worked. My young-self’s brilliant solution was to keep the GameBoy SP on 24/7, plugged in when necessary, so I could experience the game. I believe I had beaten the next section of the game, Eliwood’s story, before finally giving my GameBoy SP a rest. I never played the game again until I downloaded it on the Virtual Console.

Over the weekend, I started a new game on it, enjoying the nostalgic feelings as the GameBoy graphics popped up on the Wii U’s Gamepad. I don’t remember too much of Eliwood’s story, so I’m looking forward to playing through it while waiting to get a Switch.

What have you been playing lately (I mean, besides Breath of the Wild, haha)?

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Friday Favorites: Fire Emblem Games

Double Jump Kris Mii Thank God it’s Friday! How was everyone’s week?

Joining in on Miketendo’s #FireEmblemWeek, I’m still riding high on the Fire Emblem hype that’s come with the announcement of all the new games. Did anyone else get Fire Emblem Heroes for mobile devices yet? Or do some of you prefer the full games, like in my list down below? Please note that I have not played every Fire Emblem game to date and that the below list is just my personal favorites.

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5. Sacred Stones

The Sacred Stones was my first foray into the Fire Emblem world, and I’ve never regretted it. I remember picking this up from Toys R Us ages ago and, while I was a little apprehensive of the perma-death aspect of the game, I still decided to give it a go. It was a fantastic challenge, especially when I made myself restart battles whenever one of my soldiers died or I hadn’t managed to recruit a character to my army. I’ll always be thankful to this little game for introducing me to one of my favorite game series!

4. Path of Radiance

Path of Radiance is the Fire Emblem game that sticks out the most in my mind. It was one of the stories that I really dived into and I found myself being completely invested in the characters and the war of races and kingdoms that was a pivotal point in the story line. The various character classes, especially the laguz, were my favorite part of this game.

3. The Blazing Sword

The first Fire Emblem game to make its way west, The Blazing Sword introduced the franchise to this side of the world. While it wasn’t the first Fire Emblem game I’ve played, it was still one of my first experiences with Fire Emblem, and it was a delight to learn all about some of the most famous characters in the franchise, like Lyn, Hector, and Eliwood. Having the characters occasionally talk to you, the avatar, was awesome too!

2. Conquest

Conquest is ahead of Birthright mostly due to the added challenge that it brought to the Fates trio of Fire Emblem games. The battle maps had a plethora of different clear challenges aside from the usual rout all the enemy, such as escape with all your units and survive for a certain number of turns. I enjoyed this side of the story a bit more as well, as well the character classes and weapons.

1. Awakening

Awakening’s story line really captured my attention. Zombies (okay, so they’re called Risen), time travel, heroes from the past and future, and the avatar having an active role in everything going on. There wasn’t a character I didn’t enjoy raising in my army, including the children units, who had a role in the plot itself as well. It also had my favorite version of my favorite character class, thief and assassin! The customization of the avatar and reclassing ability for the units in the game give Awakening one of the best replay values of the franchise.

What are some of your favorite Fire Emblem games?

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