Fire emblem very similar Pokémon: After playing one main title, you’ve more or less played them all. But some anime chess simulators are more robust experiences than others.
We do not rank all The Fire Emblem games. Some titles in Nintendo’s tactical RPG series never made it out of Japan (RIP Binding sheet and Genealogy of the Holy War). We also exclude the odd spinoffs and musou titles. Comparing wildly different gameplay styles feels unfair. And it feels a little unfair to include the free-to-play mobile game Heroes, which has had years of constant updates. We rank the main line Fire emblem games only.
And look, I would have loved for this to be an all-inclusive list of staff testimonials. It turns out that only Ethan Gach and I are masochistic enough to spend countless hours moving anime soldiers back and forth across dozens of maps. But we also have the best tactical RPG opinions on my cityso you are still in good hands.
So here’s the list, from worst to best: