Fire Emblem: Every Spin-Off Game, Ranked

The Fire Emblem series began in 1990 and has since slowly become one of Nintendo’s most popular and consistent IPs. Although it took a while to reach an international audience, the series finally entered its prime after 2012’s Fire Emblem: Awakening revamped the combat and social systems while retaining the turn-based strategy elements that made it unique.


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Fire Emblem never seemed popular enough to warrant a spin-off or adaptation until Awakening. Since that game helped make the series a success, there have been several side adventures and non-canon games featuring iconic characters and locations from the past.

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5 Fire Emblem: Archanea Saga

The Knight and the Pegasus are traveling through a grassy field with some houses

The first chapter of Fire Emblem is technically a prequel to the first game in the series – Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Archanea Saga was one of many ambitiously flawed titles for the Satellaview, a device that allowed Super Famicom-exclusive games to be transmitted via satellite.

Fire Emblem: Archanea Saga was split into four episodes, each featuring a different character to control until time ran out. The original version is no longer available, but all four episodes were eventually remastered for the DS remake Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.

Each episode is short and sweet, but doesn’t stray too far from the core concepts of the main series to be considered a side-series entirely.

4 Fire Emblem Warriors

Rowan and Lianna talk in front of Xander, Ryoma, Corrin and Caeda

After The Legend of Zelda received a Musou-inspired spin-off known as Hyrule Warriors, it began to seem inevitable that Fire Emblem would eventually receive the same treatment. While the concept of teaming up iconic characters from different games to fight multiple enemies in Fire Emblem Warriors is interesting, some of the decisions made in the game result in a lackluster and forgettable experience.

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There are two major problems with Fire Emblem Warriors; the first is that it was developed for 3DS and Nintendo Switch at the same time. It’s an odd decision that probably narrowed the scope of the title and led to its silly gameplay loop.

Another issue is the cast – you can play as one of two original characters, which doesn’t stand out compared to the rest of the cast, which only features characters from a few Fire Emblem games rather than representing the entire series.

3 Fire Emblem Heroes

A group of Fire Emblem protagonists rush towards Veronica

In mid-2010, Nintendo began experimenting with the mobile market by creating new versions of its most popular series, including Super Mario Bros., Animal Crossing and others. Fire Emblem finally received a mobile spin-off known as Fire Emblem Heroes in 2017, and it has become one of the company’s most successful apps to date.

While Nintendo has largely abandoned the mobile scene and focused on Switch software, Fire Emblem Heroes is still thriving and adding new content. Some gacha-like mechanics dictate which heroes you get, but other than that, the turn-based strategy gameplay in Heroes is just as good as you’d expect from a Fire Emblem game.

2 Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

Claude and Dimitri fight together on the battlefield

The original Fire Emblem Warriors was a fairly forgettable experience that failed to live up to its premise, but Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes more than makes up for it with an improved story, combat system, and cast of characters. Instead of weaving together multiple elements from previous installments, Three Hopes focuses solely on the world of Fire Emblem: Three Houses to create a more grounded and familiar experience.

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Set in an alternate timeline where Byleth is more of a threat than an ally, you play as an original character named Shez as they bond with Claude, Edelgarde, Dimitri and the rest of Garre Mach’s disciples. Three Hopes is better than its predecessor in every possible way, and if you enjoyed Fire Emblem: Three Houses, this hack-and-slash action title lets you spend even more time interacting with your favorite characters from the base game and its great DLC. .

1 Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

Kiria holds a concert on the streets of Shibuya

2016’s Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE was the first Fire Emblem spin-off since Archanea Saga was released on Satellaview in 1997, and remains one of the most ambitious and unique titles in the series. The former Wii U-exclusive – which was ported to the Nintendo Switch in 2020 – is actually a crossover game that features elements and characters from Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei.

Developed by Atlus, Tokyo Mirage Sessions is a robust RPG that ditches the tactical elements of the Fire Emblem series and replaces them with turn-based combat like in Persona or Pokemon. While certain concepts like the weapon triangle and bits of lore occasionally creep into the dialogue, Tokyo Mirage Sessions is essentially a new IP built around both series.

While there isn’t much Fire Emblem DNA in the game, each member of your team will be paired with iconic characters like Chrom, Caeda, and Tharja that you can interact with to strengthen bonds and make them stronger. There are references to Fire Emblem’s past scattered throughout the fifty-hour campaign, but Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE manages to create its own identity despite being a crossover between two popular series.

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