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Fire Emblem: Gaiden


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Original Thread: You got Final Fantasy in my Fire Emblem! (Let's Play Fire Emblem Gaiden)



Fire Emblem: Gaiden

Called 'Gaiden' since it is considered a side-story rather than a sequel to the first Fire Emblem, this game is the second in the Fire Emblem series and was released only in Japan in 1991. Like many NES sequels of the time, Gaiden is a bit...different, from the original, and the series immediately returned to a more direct sequel of the original for the third game. However many of the innovations in Gaiden inspired Fire Emblem 8: The Sacred Stones, as we'll come to see.

The Fire Emblem series is a strategy/RPG hybrid with turn-based setpiece battles and character growth via experience gain. The twist is that any unit that dies is lost forever. With some exceptions.

The series has had 13 games thus far, though a couple of those entries (11 and 12) are merely remakes of 1 and 3, respectively. Gaiden wasn't considered particularly worthy of a remake, alas. It meets the basic description of a Fire Emblem game, but almost everything else is different. It'll become more clear as we go along, but the most immediate differences are that there are two independent armies to control and a world map to conquer. There's even random battles!

This LP will be pretty free-form, but there are a couple ground rules:
  1. Some battles can be repeated infinitely to 'grind' extra experience. That's boring so we won't be doing that, aside from unavoidable random battles.
  2. Participation pending, pretty much everything will be up for a vote - lineups, class choices, inventory management, whatever you want. One poster makes a motion to vote upon, another poster seconds it, followed by a voting period. A lack of voting basically just means I do whatever I want.
  3. I'll be showing off everything I can find, but definitely call me out if I skip over something you want to see.
  4. There's another LP of Gaiden already completed by Hafl a couple years ago - follow along there as well if you want, but I'll be going into much more detail.
  5. I'm using Artemis's translation patch, which can be found pretty easily with a simple search.
  6. There's not much plot to begin with, so please don't spoil anything.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5


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