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[SUPER NINTENDO GAME REVIEW] Fire Emblem: Monshou no Nazo [Part 1]
by Hikaru "Jayden" Morinaga-Jaye (sailorvfan10)
at August 24th, 2008 (09:01 pm)
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Name of the Game: Fire Emblem: Monshou no Nazo [Mystery of the Emblem]
Platform: Super Famicom [Super Nintendo/SNES]
Publisher: Intelligent Systems/Nintendo
Year It Was Published: 1993
ESRB Rating: None; CERO Rating was All Ages
Rating: *****
Review by: Jayden und Verwelkt/sailorvfan10

[This game is long, as are the chapters, so I shall be doing this in installments.]


Fire Emblem is a game many people in North America - as well as Europe and other places like Australia - are familiar with. First released here in 2003 with Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword (or simply Fire Emblem here), it's made a little niche in our video game playing hearts as a favourite SRPG - strategy role playing game.

However, one common misconception I've seen - and still see - is that people insist that Blazing Sword (Japanese subtitle: Rekka no Ken) is the first Fire Emblem game ever released. This is, of course, false. As of this writing, there are eleven Fire Emblem games released, and the game they insist is number one is really Fire Emblem 7.

So what game is Fire Emblem 1? For that, we'll have to go to Japan, since FEs 1 thru 6 were Japan-only releases. Fire Emblem 1 is actually Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, which means "Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light" in English. It was released for the Famicom (Japanese version of the Nintendo) back in 1990. Yeah, that was a looong time ago, and the graphics are understandably antiquated and it's not in English and blah blah blah.

This review, however, is looking at Fire Emblem 3, the sequel to Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, which includes a "remake" of the first FE, called "Book 1" with Book 2 being the sequel, Monshou no Nazo.

I figured it would be easiest to do Monshou since it's essentially killing two birds with the proverbial one stone.

For those not in the know (and I'm sure there's quite a few of you out there), Monshou no Nazo features Prince Marth of Altea - the same one you know, most likely, from Super Smash Brothers Melee and Brawl - in his quest to save his accosted sister, reclaim Altea, and defeat Medeus, a Dark Dragon resurrected by the dark priest Garnef. Like any other Fire Emblem game, you can recruit various people to help you in your quest, and some are (unfortunately) less useful than others. All in all, the game packs quite a challenge and is definitely immersing - if you can get passed the 8- and 16-bit graphics, of course.

To depart from my usual reviewing template, I have decided that, since the chapters are long, I'll do a chapter-by-chapter "first impressions" review. I figure this'll be an easier method, so we'll see how this goes, eh?

[ Part II ]