The 16 'Best Fire Emblem' Games, Ranked

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The Fire Emblem series has become one of Nintendo's most beloved franchises, with engaging strategic gameplay and gripping stories that have captured the hearts of gamers for over 30 years. Though the fantasy tactical role-playing series has its origins on the Famicom (NES) in Japan, many gamers outside of Japan were first introduced to the world of Fire Emblem through Marth and Roy's appearance in 2001's Super Smash Bros. Melee. This sparked interest that led to the release of several Fire Emblem games internationally in the following years, with continued releases in the series moving over to every major Nintendo console. With such a long lineage, there is quite a substantial number of the best Fire Emblem games to enjoy.

However, while the Fire Emblem series has amassed quite an impressive catalog of tactical role-playing games, not all entries in developer Intelligent Systems' medieval fantasy wargame franchise are created equal; some are all-time classics while others have faded into obscurity as forgettable missteps. Whether you're a seasoned armchair general or a fresh-faced recruit, see if you agree with our list of best Fire Emblem games as we break down the defining qualities of each title in Nintendo's incredible turn-based strategy series.

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Best Fire Emblem Games

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16. ‘Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon’

Available on: Nintendo DS

Buy Now, $149.91

15. ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’

Available on: iOS, Android

Download Now, Free-to-Play

14. ‘Fire Emblem Warriors’

Available on: Nintendo Switch, New Nintendo 3DS

Buy Now, $36.98

13. ‘Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes’

Available on: Nintendo Switch

12. ‘Fire Emblem Fates’

Available on: Nintendo 3DS

Buy Now, $43.45

11. ‘Fire Emblem: Thracia 776’

Available on: Nintendo Power (Japan), Super Famicom (Japan)

Buy Now, $188

10. ‘Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War’

Available on: Super Famicom (Japan)

Buy Now, $29

9. ‘Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade’

Available on: Game Boy Advance (Japan)

Buy Now, $16.99

8. ‘Fire Emblem Engage’

Available on: Nintendo Switch

Download Now, $89.98

7. ‘Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones’

Available on: Game Boy Advance

Buy Now, $134.85

6. ‘Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia’

Available on: Nintendo 3DS

Buy Now, $39.99

5. ‘Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade’

Available on: Nintendo Switch, Game Boy Advance

Buy Now, $114.99

4. ‘Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn’

Available on: Wii

Buy Now, $269.91

3. ‘Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance’

Available on: GameCube

Buy Now, $429.99

2. ‘Fire Emblem: Awakening’

Available on: Nintendo 3DS

Buy Now, $49.99

1. ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’

Available on: Nintendo Switch

Buy Now, $49.99
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