Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (1994)

by Christopher
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Combines strategic gameplay with an engaging narrative in a fantasy setting.


‘Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem’ is a seminal entry in the tactical RPG genre, developed by Intelligent Systems.


The game is divided into two parts, or “Books”. “Book 1” is a retelling of the original “Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light”, while “Book 2” is a continuation of events.

Book 1

In “Book 1”, Marth, the prince of Altea, is forced into exile when his homeland is attacked by the neighboring kingdom of Dolhr. During his journey, Marth learns of Medeus’s connection to the ancient Manakete tribe (a group that can transform into dragons using special stones) and that Medeus is the king of the last remaining dragon tribe. With the help of Altean knight and mentor Jagen, Princess Caeda of Talys, and others, Marth embarks on a quest to find the divine sword Falchion. Only then will he be able to confront Gharnef, the evil priest, and the resurrected Medeus, reclaim the kingdom of Altea, and rescue his sister Elice.

Book 2

“Book 2” is set roughly two years after the events of “Book 1” and follows the events of “Fire Emblem Gaiden” that took place on the neighboring continent of Valentia. After defeating Gharnef and the Dark Dragon Medeus, peace is restored to Archanea and Marth restores his kingdom. His ally Hardin ascends to the throne of Archanea, but begins hostile military expansion across the continent, forcing Marth to confront his old friend and the force driving him.


“Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem” is a tactical role-playing game where players take control of Marth’s army and Marth himself. Gameplay follows the traditional Fire Emblem system of tactical battles taking place on grid-based maps. The game features a unique “dismount” feature, where units on horses had to get off of them for indoor chapters, and was the first Fire Emblem game to show movement ranges when a unit is selected.

Expansion and DLCs

A full remake for the Nintendo DS, “Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem”, was released in 2010. In 2017, it was re-released in Japan as part of the Japanese retailer versions of Classic SNES Edition.


Marth, Caeda, Medeus


Turn-based battles on grid maps with strategic unit movement.


A beloved classic that influenced the tactical RPG genre.

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