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Fire Emblem (universe)
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Developer(s) Nintendo
Intelligent Systems
Koei Tecmo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Shouzou Kaga
Genre(s) Tactical role-playing
Console of origin Famicom
First installment Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (1990) Japan
Latest installment Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019)
Article on Fire Emblem Wiki Fire Emblem (universe)

The Fire Emblem universe (ファイアーエムブレム, Fire Emblem) refers to the Super Smash Bros. series' collection of characters, stages, and properties hailing from Nintendo and Intelligent Systems' Fire Emblem series of fantasy tactical role-playing games. This long-running series had only seen releases in Japan, with Nintendo declining to localize abroad until two of the series' stars, Marth and Roy, appeared as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Their appearance in the game sparked enough global interest for the series to begin international distribution. Since then, Fire Emblem as a franchise began to grow and expand beyond its foundations, with the protagonist of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Ike, appearing in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Super Smash Bros. 4, they were joined by Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem Awakening at launch and Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates as DLC. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, they were joined by Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening.

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Franchise description[edit]

During the early years of Nintendo as a game developer, a small team was assembled to develop games that were far different from the company's usual titles. This team became known as Intelligent Systems and they would almost immediately become a second-party developer for Nintendo. Their first game in their transition to simulation-based games was Famicom Wars, a turn-based strategy game set in modern military times. Following that title's success, Intelligent Systems sought to make a new game that was like Famicom Wars but with a unique spin on the setting. The first title in what would become their long-running strategy RPG franchise was Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi (official translation "Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light"), released on the Famicom in Japan in 1990. It was both one of the earliest games in the turn-based strategy genre and one of the first such games to incorporate JRPG elements, but held flat initial sales. This, taken together with how the original Final Fantasy did not sell well in Western markets at the time, prompted Nintendo to decide not to release the game to Western markets. It took at least two months for Japanese sales to improve strictly from the spreading of word of mouth, leading Intelligent Systems to release what became a large number of follow-up installments under the Fire Emblem name, all of them consistently Japan-exclusive: Fire Emblem Gaiden for the Famicom in 1992; Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem for Super Famicom in 1994; Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War for Super Famicom in 1996; and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 for Super Famicom in 1999.

While Super Smash Bros. Melee was under development for the GameCube, HAL Laboratory answered Japanese fan requests to include the main character from the first Fire Emblem continuity, the swordsman and hero-prince Marth, as a playable character. At the time, Intelligent Systems was developing the sixth Fire Emblem title, The Binding Blade, for the Game Boy Advance, and HAL Laboratory took the Fire Emblem representation a step further by including its main character, Roy, as another playable character in Melee to help promote the then-upcoming game. Nintendo of America was initially apprehensive about keeping these two then-unfamiliar fantasy swordsmen as playable combatants in the North American release, but enough Western players previewing the game during debug testing expressed interest in them that it was decided to keep them in, while only leaving their voices in Japanese.

The decision revolutionized the series's global presence. Marth and Roy were among the most popular characters in Melee worldwide, and this popularity, in tandem with the unprecedented western success of Advance Wars, were the driving forces behind Nintendo's decision to localize and release nearly every subsequent Fire Emblem title worldwide. This began with the 2003 Game Boy Advance prequel to The Binding Blade, simply entitled Fire Emblem outside of Japan (and given the subtitle Rekka no Ken in its Japanese version, officially translated as "The Blazing Blade"). Internationally released entries since then include Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones for Game Boy Advance in early 2005, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance for GameCube in late 2005, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn for Wii in 2007, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon for Nintendo DS in 2009. The only Fire Emblem title not released internationally since The Binding Blade was New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow for the DS in 2010.

After what amounted to a four-year hiatus from a Western perspective, a new entry was released worldwide as Fire Emblem Awakening on Nintendo 3DS in 2012 in Japan and 2013 overseas. Due to the waning interest and dwindling commercial sales of Fire Emblem titles, Awakening was intended to be the last game in the franchise if it did not perform well. In response, the developers sought to make this title a culmination of the series up to that point, incorporating elements and mechanics from throughout the series's history such as marriage and children, online battles, the Weapon Triangle, a player avatar, and Casual Mode. Contrary to expectations the game was released to widespread success, selling over 250,000 copies within its first week and over a million copies worldwide, subsequently revitalizing interest in the Fire Emblem franchise more than ever before. This resulted in subsequent titles riding the wave of success that Awakening started. Almost immediately, Nintendo requested a sequel to be developed for the 3DS due to Awakening's unprecedented success. Fire Emblem Fates was revealed for the Nintendo 3DS in January 2015 and released in Japan on June 25th of the same year, with the game receiving overseas releases the following year. Unlike any previous installment, the game was released in three versions — Birthright, Conquest and Revelation — with each version focusing on a different facet of the conflict between the royal families of Hoshido and Nohr. All three versions retain the same world and cast of characters, but had different recruitable units and approaches to difficulty: Birthright being the easiest, Conquest being the hardest, and Revelation serving as a middle ground between the two. Both this and the previous installment were also known for heavily incorporating downloadable content, which consisted of additional maps, story scenarios, and recruitable units to further replayability. Fates went on to see as much commercial success as its predecessor across all three versions, even going so far as for Nintendo to declare the series a "major IP" for the company.[1]

In January 2017, four additional Fire Emblem games were announced: Fire Emblem Heroes, a mobile title bringing together characters from all corners of the series's history; Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS (and additionally the final mainline title for the system); Fire Emblem Warriors, a hack-and-slash spinoff in the vein of the Zelda spinoff Hyrule Warriors for the Nintendo Switch and New Nintendo 3DS systems; and a new core series installment due for release on the Nintendo Switch, later revealed to be Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which would release on July 26th, 2019. The last title marks the series's first return to home consoles since Radiant Dawn over a decade prior and would be the series's first appearance on an HD platform.

As a series of strategy RPGs set in pseudo-medieval, sword-and-sorcery fantasy settings, the many Fire Emblem games share a variety of distinctive series trademarks; there is less emphasis on complex field effects and unique class ability sets and more of an emphasis on effectively positioning stronger and weaker units relative to each other so that they have the best chances to survive waves of weaker enemy units thrown at them. Leveling up from experience points tends to award incremental statistical boosts based on chance, and units are often able to reliably kill certain types of enemy units one at a time depending on the types and properties of the multiple weapons they can equip (weapons that often interact in rock-paper-scissors relationships and have their own durability meters). Units that fight near each other are often granted the opportunity to deepen their emotional bonds, which sometimes bloom into romantic relationships and affect their personal endings at the end of the main story. And what is easily noted as the most oft-noted convention of the series is that when one of the player's units has fallen in battle, that character and unit is well and truly dead for the rest of the game, which can have potentially serious effects on the player's capacity to complete the rest of the game (and in some cases may affect the story itself). Starting with the twelfth entry, the series began to offer an alternative "Casual" mode that breaks away from this norm, so that characters do not permanently die from falling in battle and are allowed to fight again in future battles.

Fire Emblem narratives are often broad, sweeping epics, filled with particularly high amounts of character interaction in later games, that typically focus on a young warrior and noble finding his place in a self-contained continent where countries and nations engage in war and competitions of political intrigue. This main character, often assigned the "Lord" class in-game, gathers literally dozens of distinctive characters into a growing, personalized "army" that fights alongside him in skirmishes during his journeys across the continent. Over a dozen games have been released, and they take place within at least five separate timelines and continuities—"sub-universes" that have nothing to do with each other—typically defined by the main, isolated continent the game takes place on. And unless otherwise indicated, each subsequent installment introduces a new cast of characters to recruit to one’s party much like Pokémon. One of the common elements between these separate stories is how they often involve an important plot device named the "Fire Emblem", which differs in form and relevance between each continuity.

The different sub-universes explored thus far are explained below (excluding spin-off titles):

  • Archanea and Valentia: The original Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light introduces the continent of Archanea and depicts the noble Prince Marth's quest to defeat the dark mage Gharnef and his plot to resurrect the Shadow Dragon Medeus. The first half of the third game, Mystery of the Emblem, is a remake of this story segment, and so is the eleventh game as a whole, Shadow Dragon. The second half of Mystery of the Emblem, taking place years later, pits Marth against Gharnef and Medeus once again after one of his previous allies gets corrupted, and the twelfth game as a whole, New Mystery of the Emblem, is a remake of this story segment. Separately, the continent Valentia is the setting of the second game, Gaiden, due west of Archanea across the sea; two lifelong friends, Alm and Celica, discover the truths of their heritages amidst a war between Valentia's two countries. The fifteenth mainline entry of the series, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of Gaiden. The thirteenth game, Fire Emblem Awakening, depicts this same world millennia after Marth's adventures on Archanea, where Archanea has since been renamed Ylisse and Valentia has since been renamed Valm. A distant descendant to the legendary hero Marth, Prince Chrom, regularly leads a peacekeeping force for his halidom called the Shepherds, but two companions he comes across on separate occasions—a masked individual named directly after Marth and a tactician representing the player himself/herself—accompany him into a quest against the world's destiny. Regardless of the game set in this Fire Emblem world, the eponymous "Fire Emblem" is a legendary shield, inlaid with five gemstones. This is a complement to the revered blade of light, Falchion.
  • Jugdral: The fourth game, Genealogy of the Holy War, is technically a distant prequel set thousands of years before the first three games on a continent in the same world, but Jugdral is far removed from anything to do with the continents listed above—in fact, Jugdral has its own "Fire Emblem", which is the crest of one particular duchy. Therefore, this is for most intents and purposes counted as its own continuity. The first half of the game deals with Lord Sigurd of Chalphy's affairs during his campaigns on the behalf of Grannvale in a war that has divided the continent, but his story is cut short as he is betrayed and murdered by Lord Arvis of Velthomer. In the second half of the game, taking place seventeen years later, it falls to his son, Seliph, to liberate the continent from the grasp of Grannvale, which is now ruled in all but name by Arvis's son Prince Julius, a puppet of the dark god Loptous. Meanwhile, the fifth game, Thracia 776, is an interquel taking place during the previous game's "second generation", during the in-universe year 776, focusing on Prince Leif's personal quest to take back his homeland from the invading nation of Thracia.
  • Elibe: The first continent introduced that has no canonical ties with the world or continents listed above. The seventh game, Fire Emblem (The Blazing Blade), depicts the son of a marquess, Eliwood, and his two companions Lyn and Hector, going on a journey along the lower half of Elibe to find his missing father and take the battle against the dark conspiracy he discovers. Twenty years later in the sixth game, The Binding Blade, Eliwood's fifteen-year-old son, Roy, embarks on his own campaign across the continent to battle the now-twisted king of the militant nation of Bern, Zephiel, whose campaign to dominate all the nations of Elibe bears down on Roy's nation. The "Fire Emblem" in this continuity is a royal seal required to assume Bern's throne.
  • Magvel: The eighth game, The Sacred Stones, tells the story of the twin nobles Ephraim and Eirika, who lose their father when eight hundred years of peace between the five primary nations on Magvel is shattered by one of them, Grado, launching a sudden war against the rest in an effort to destroy each nation's guarded Sacred Stone. The twins go on simultaneous quests to defeat Grado and get to the bottom of its mysterious motives. Grado's own Sacred Stone is the "Fire Emblem" in this continuity.
  • Tellius: The ninth game, Path of Radiance, is set on a continent populated not only by separate beorc (human) nations, but by multiple nations of separate species of form-shifting laguz (demi-humans) as well. When the mad king Ashnard of Daein invades Crimea, the low-birth mercenary Ike and his group are hired by the Crimean princess Elincia to avenge her country and bring Ashnard down, and it is up to Ike to forge important bonds between nations in order to do so. The tenth game, Radiant Dawn, continues and concludes the saga two years later, at first from the perspective of a Daein girl named Micaiah, who assists in a Daein brigade's efforts to liberate the country from harsh imperial rule that had been imposed over it following Ashnard's defeat. Following this, a new war between beorc and laguz breaks out that pits Ike and his current companions against some of his former allies, as well as against Micaiah's side. The "Fire Emblem" of this universe is a medallion containing the spirit of a dark god that may risk being awakened by the miasma of war.
  • Fates: The fourteenth installment, Fire Emblem Fates, is set on an unnamed continent. Before the events of the game, the main protagonist (an Avatar of the player) is born to the Kingdom of Hoshido but kidnapped by the Kingdom of Nohr at a young age and raised there. Several years later, as Nohr declares war on its neighboring kingdom of Hoshido, the Avatar is forced to choose between siding with Nohr and the family that raised them, siding with Hoshido and the family that he/she never knew, or siding with neither family, not wishing to hurt either and constantly struggle to unite the two kingdoms. If the Avatar sides with Hoshido, he/she will fend off Nohrian invaders to defend his/her homeland and defeat the Nohrian king, Garon. If the Avatar sides with Nohr, he/she will assist in the invasion of Hoshido as well as attempt to revolutionize the unruly Nohrian kingdom from within. If the Avatar sides with neither kingdom, he/she will attempt to unite both kingdoms once he/she learns of a larger looming threat among many other previously unknown secrets. The "Fire Emblem" of this continuity is the Omega Yato, the final form of the legendary Yato blade wielded by the Avatar during the events of the third campaign, Revelation.
  • Fódlan: The sixteenth game, Three Houses, is set on a continent overseen by the Church of Seiros, a divine entity that exercises great control over the land and people below. The land is shared amongst three ruling powers: the millennium-old Adrestian Empire, the holy Kingdom of Faerghus, and an oligarchy called the Leicester Alliance. The player avatar, defaulted as Byleth, assumes the role of a teacher to students of one of these three houses at the Officer’s Academy at Garreg Mach Monestary. The "Fire Emblem" of this continuity is the Crest of Flames, one of twenty-two hereditary birthmarks that serves as a blessing and manifestation of the goddess Seiros's power.

List of games in the Fire Emblem franchise[edit]

  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (1990, Famicom)
  • Fire Emblem Gaiden (1992, Famicom)
  • Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (1994, Super Famicom)
  • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War (1996, Super Famicom)
  • Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (1999, Super Famicom)
  • Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade (2002, Game Boy Advance)
  • Fire Emblem (The Blazing Blade) (2003, Game Boy Advance)
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (2004, Game Boy Advance)
  • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005, GameCube)
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007, Wii)
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (2008, Nintendo DS)
  • Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, Heroes of Light and Shadow (2010, Nintendo DS)
  • Fire Emblem Awakening (2012, Nintendo 3DS)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (2015, Nintendo 3DS)
  • Fire Emblem Heroes (2017, iOS)
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (2017, Nintendo 3DS)
  • Fire Emblem Warriors (2017, Nintendo Switch, New Nintendo 3DS)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019, Nintendo Switch)

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

While there wasn’t any Fire Emblem content in the first Smash game, according to an interview from Making of Fire Emblem: 25 Years of Development Secrets, Masahiro Sakurai wanted to include Marth as a playable character, but was unable to do so due to time constraints.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Fire Emblem is featured in Super Smash Bros. Melee by two playable characters, their respective game trophy sets, appropriate musical and sound selections in the sound test; this stands in contrast to other franchises which additionally have stages, items and more trophies as well. There is evidence that a Fire Emblem stage was planned, however; hidden in the game's debug menu is a stage entitled AKANEIA, named after the fictional continent where Marth's story takes place, but it was apparently never designed or removed completely, as attempting to access it from the debug menu will only crash the game. Additionally, at the time of Melee's release, no Fire Emblem title had been released outside of Japan, making Marth and Roy the first Japan-only characters to appear in the Super Smash Bros. series, both coincidentally as secret characters.

Characters[edit]

  • MarthIcon(SSBM).png
    Marth: The young, noble prince of the kingdom of Altea, Marth is forced to become an exile in the neighboring nation of Talys when the kingdom of Dolhr attacks Altea, killing his father Cornelius and taking his sister hostage. He embarks on a quest with help of his various allies to find the sacred blade of light known as the Falchion and the Fire Emblem shield, as well as restoring his war-torn kingdom and rescuing his sister. When he does find the two pieces of equipment, he takes the fight to the driving force behind the Dolhr invasion, the evil priest Gharnef and his resurrection of the dark dragon, Medeus. He slays them and rescues both his sister and the continent of Archanea. As a Melee fighter, Marth is widely considered top-tier for his effective blend of speedy and powerful swordsmanship, with an effective "sweetspot" at the tip of his Falchion. He is the fan-favorite character among many top players. His effectiveness as a fighter as well as his decidedly bishounen character design have contributed to his status as one of Melee's most popular characters.
  • RoyIcon(SSBM).png
    Roy: The star of the sixth Fire Emblem game, The Binding Blade, Roy is the 15-year-old son of Eliwood, one of the stars of the game's prequel, living and studying in a kingdom far from his homeland, Pherae. He is an upstanding, idealistic, and ever-curious individual like other Fire Emblem protagonists and is also rather perceptive and cunning for his age. When the militant nation of Bern wages war on the alliance of nations called the League of Lycia, of which Roy's Pherae is a part of and when Eliwood falls ill, he is called in to lead Pherae's armies in his ailing father's stead. He ends up going on a grand journey across the continent of Elibe and learning of the Fire Emblem crest, which is necessary for unlocking the Binding Blade. He goes to obtain the two artifacts and takes the conflict to Bern's King Zephiel to stop his mysterious thirst for world domination, an effort that would eventually avert a catastrophic war between humans and dragons. As a Melee fighter, Roy is a slower clone of Marth, but his forward smash is more powerful at the center of his blade. He is made to be a good character to use against opponents in one-on-one matchups, but he remains lower on the tier list than Marth because he lacks Marth's vital advantages. Even though Roy is considered low-tier by many competitive players, his fanbase is still quite large.

Music[edit]

  • 33: Fire Emblem: A medley of two Fire Emblem tracks, the first of which is the "character recruitment" music in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Mystery of the Emblem, and after some piano-based music, the second tune is the official Fire Emblem series theme. This is heard as a secondary track on Temple and is often heard accompanying Marth and Roy in the single-player modes.
  • 48: Fire Emblem Series Victory: The victory fanfare for Marth and Roy is the last line from the aforementioned "character recruitment" theme and can be heard as the last line in "33: Fire Emblem", before the music loops back to the beginning.

Full Trophy List[edit]

  • Marth's three game trophies
  • Roy's three game trophies

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Perhaps in response to Fire Emblem garnering popularity worldwide, the series continues to be represented in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Marth returns, with newcomer Ike unofficially replacing Roy as the second playable Fire Emblem character, although Roy does cameo as a sticker. The Fire Emblem content has been greatly expanded from Melee, now featuring the first fully playable Fire Emblem stage and many new music tracks and collectables that span from the very first game up to the then-most recent installment, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Characters[edit]

  • MarthIcon(SSBB).png
    Marth: The original Fire Emblem lord returns in Brawl, once again as a secret fighter. His design is slightly modified and he has a few new voice clips, though most are reprises from Melee. While his moveset is mostly unchanged, his Shield Breaker has been altered from a slashing maneuver to a stabbing move and also has a faster charge-up time. Marth's Final Smash, Critical Hit, is the most powerful Final Smash in the game, inflicting 60% damage and OHKOing opponents.
  • IkeIcon(SSBB).png
    Ike: The main character of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and its sequel, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Ike is shown in his Ranger outfit from the beginning of his first game. He comes armed with his two-handed Regalia blade, Ragnell, with which due to his sheer strength he needs only one hand to wield efficiently. His strength is present in his optimal playstyle, as unlike most swordfighters in the Super Smash Bros. series, he focuses less on speed and more on power and a fierce punish game. Ike is able to use his Aether skill as his up special move, which involves him throwing his sword into the air, jumping up and catching it, then bringing the sword crashing down on his opponent. His Final Smash, Great Aether, is an enhanced version of Aether.

On the final character select screen (after all characters are unlocked), the Fire Emblem characters occupy the eighth column alongside the EarthBound characters (both of these series were originally Japan-only RPG franchises that later saw at least one entry released in the West).

Assist Trophy[edit]

  • Lyn: A major character from Fire Emblem (The Blazing Blade). She charges her blade, then vanishes and reappears while precisely slashing the opponent that is closest to her. Requires a well-timed roll or airdodge to avoid the precise slash.

Stage[edit]

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    Castle Siege: Contrary to much speculation when the stage was first shown in trailers, this stage does not represent any specific Fire Emblem title or moment, but rather the series as a whole by a composition of themes and motifs from throughout the series. The stage takes place on top of a castle under attack. As time passes, the roof will collapse and fighters will be able to battle in the castle's interior throne room, which features destructible statues. After yet more time passes, the ground will give way and players will fall into the underground, which consists of a dark cavern filled with lava. After some time in the underground, the locale will reset to the top of the castle again and the cycle begins anew.

Music[edit]

See List of SSBB Music (Fire Emblem series)

  • Fire Emblem Theme - An orchestrated version of the Fire Emblem theme incorporating Latin lyrics performed by the same group behind the main theme of Brawl. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
  • With Mila's Divine Protection (Celica Map 1) - Taken and remixed from Fire Emblem Gaiden. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
  • Attack - A medley and remix of two battle themes taken from Fire Emblem (The Blazing Blade), the first title in the series to be localized. It is the theme of the Castle Siege stage.
  • Preparing to Advance - A pre-battle scene track remixed from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
  • Winning Road - Roy's Hope - A remixed song taken from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
  • Shadow Dragon Medley - A remixed medley of various tracks from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
  • Ike's Theme - The track "Eternal Bond", taken directly from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
  • Against the Dark Knight - The battle theme when facing the Black Knight, taken directly from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
  • Crimean Army Sortie - Music played in later maps, taken from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
  • Power-Hungry Fool - Oliver's theme, taken from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
  • Victory Is Near - The near victory battle map music, taken from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is used on the Castle Siege stage. This track also plays during Ike's Classic Mode credits.
  • Fire Emblem (Melee) - Taken directly from Melee. It is used on the Castle Siege stage. This track also plays during Marth's Classic Mode credits.
  • Fire Emblem Series Victory - Derived from the main Fire Emblem theme heard in all the games.

Trophies[edit]

Stickers[edit]

  • Marth (Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo)
  • Shiida (Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo)
  • Nabaaru (Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo)
  • Roy (Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade)
  • Lilina (Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade)
  • Deke (Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade)
  • Rutoga (Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade)
  • Eliwood (Fire Emblem)
  • Hector (Fire Emblem)
  • Lyn (Fire Emblem)
  • Guy (Fire Emblem)
  • Ninian (Fire Emblem)
  • Eirika (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
  • Ephraim (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
  • Myrrh (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
  • Joshua (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
  • Ike (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
  • Mist (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
  • Greil (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
  • Soren (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
  • Ashnard (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
  • Black Knight (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
  • Ike (Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn)
  • Micaiah (Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn)
  • Sothe (Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn)

Masterpiece[edit]

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem is a Japan-exclusive playable masterpiece. It stars Marth and was the first Fire Emblem game released for the Virtual Console in Japan.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

The Fire Emblem series had undergone a heavier boost in representation than ever before in the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. In total, there are the Brawl veterans with visual updates, a lost veteran returning as downloadable content, and the addition of three newcomers (the most newcomers any universe has in the game), all of them being relatively modern in the franchise's history and one of them being DLC as well. All past Smash Bros. stages from this series, the majority of soundtracks and other collectables have remained largely intact and were further expanded in the new games.

Characters[edit]

  • MarthIcon(SSB4-U).png
    Marth: Marth returns and, for the first time, is a starter character. His design derives from his appearance in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow.[2] Overall Marth was previously considered to be one of the characters to have been the most severely nerfed in the transition to Smash 4 (along with Meta Knight, King Dedede, Falco and Olimar), game updates brought useful buffs that significantly increased his effectiveness, while his key strengths remain from his previous two iterations were retained albeit to a lesser extent. While he is still nerfed from Brawl overall, the changes to the game's mechanics benefit him (despite receiving some noticeable nerfs from them) and most other returning veterans who were in Brawl's higher tiers saw a similar treatment which has lead him to being similarly effective relative to the cast and he is still be considered as a viable character in Smash 4's metagame.
  • RoyIcon(SSB4-U).png
    Roy: After an absence from Brawl, Roy returns as DLC in Smash 4, making him the third veteran to return from Melee after Dr. Mario and Mewtwo. His design now blends elements from his original appearance in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and his appearance as an Einherjar in Fire Emblem Awakening. Roy was notably buffed in his transition, now surpassing Marth in overall speed, but has received nerfs as well, especially to the range on the Binding Blade, which overall give him a more distinct play-style than his base character Marth. He also received updated voice clips and many animation changes that further negate his prior status as a clone of Marth, now appearing as a near semi-clone instead.
  • IkeIcon(SSB4-U).png
    Ike: Ike returns from Brawl as a starter character. His visual design has been updated to match his appearance in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn along with his attacks now having updated sound effects that are still primarily unique to him. Being notably buffed from Brawl, many of his moves have been given greater power, speed, or overall utility and Ike is no longer one of the slowest characters in the game. His Great Aether, however, was noticeably toned down to compensate for these buffs. His sword attacks that involve fire now have blue flames instead of red, true to Radiant Dawn.
  • LucinaIcon(SSB4-U).png
    Lucina: Lucina, Chrom's daughter and a major protagonist from Fire Emblem Awakening, arrives as an unlockable newcomer. She is a clone of Marth, but lacks his sword tipper mechanic (sans down aerial). Thus, every part of her sword deals the same amount of damage, making her overall KO ability much more consistent, if potentially weaker, than Marth's. She is slightly shorter than Marth, giving her a slightly smaller hurtbox than him but not as much reach on her sword, the Parallel Falchion. She was originally planned to be an alternate swap for Marth, similar to Alph and Olimar.
  • RobinIcon(SSB4-U).png
    Robin: the player avatar from Fire Emblem Awakening, defaulted as Robin, debuts in the Super Smash Bros. series as a starter newcomer. Robin fights using several different magical Tomes and an electrified Levin Sword, all having a durability system and the capacity to break as seen in Fire Emblem Awakening. Thus, Robin's playstyle requires management and proper usage of their limited uses in order to maximize their effects. Players can choose to use either the male or female variants of this character and Chrom makes an appearance in his Final Smash, Pair Up.
  • CorrinIcon(SSB4-U).png
    Corrin: the player avatar and protagonist of Fire Emblem Fates, defaulted as Corrin, makes their Super Smash Bros. series debut as a downloadable newcomer. As with Robin, Corrin has both male and female variants to choose from. Corrin can transform all or parts of their body into a dragon, in conjunction with attacks using the divine blade Omega Yato.

Mii Costumes[edit]

Mii Swordfighter wearing the Chrom Outfit and Wig. This Mii is available for download via QR code.

Costumes[edit]

  • MiiSwordfighterHeadSSB4-U.png Chrom Outfit (DLC): this outfit is based on Chrom, one of the protagonists in Fire Emblem Awakening. During the development of SSB4, it was widely speculated that Chrom would be included as a playable newcomer and was even included in the infamous Gematsu leak. Ultimately, Chrom only appears as a component of Robin's Final Smash, but he remains a popular Fire Emblem character.[3] The outfit was released with a corresponding blue wig as downloadable content on July 31, 2015. The Mii wields Falchion. An official Mii based on Chrom's likeness can be downloaded via QR code on the official site.
  • MiiSwordfighterHeadSSB4-U.png Black Knight's Armor (DLC): this outfit is based on the Black Knight, Ike's reoccurring rival. It was released with a corresponding helm as downloadable content on July 31, 2015. The Mii wields Alondite and the armor is based on his appearance in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Hats[edit]

Items[edit]

Assist Trophy[edit]

  • Lyn: a nomadic lord from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. In Smash, she wields her personal blade Mani Katti. When summoned, she braces herself, vanishes, and slashes the nearest opponent. She does not attack the summoner. Lyn is one of the few Assist Trophies to return from Brawl.

Smash Tour item[edit]

  • Black Knight (Red): Ike's reoccurring rival from Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn. The user's smash attacks, on occasion, turn into one-hit KOs.

Stages[edit]

All Fire Emblem stages are starter stages.

for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

  • ArenaFeroxIconSSB4-3.png
    Arena Ferox: staged on a gladiatorial combat arena in the Regna Ferox nation from Fire Emblem Awakening. Like Pokémon Stadium, Arena Ferox is a transforming stage with platforms that rise from the ground and an abyss surrounding the central arena. The stone figures from Castle Siege appear as one of the variants. It is one of the possible stages to appear in Level 7 of All-Star Mode as a home stage for Robin, Lucina, and Corrin. Its Ω form is columnar. It was the first piece of Fire Emblem content revealed for SSB4, appearing in the 1st Trailer at E3 2013. It later appears in "By Book, Blade, and Crest of Flame", the reveal trailer for Robin and Lucina. It is the only stage to derive from a specific Fire Emblem game.

for Wii U[edit]

  • ColiseumIconSSB4-U.png
    Coliseum: a spacious combat arena derived from various locations in the Fire Emblem series. Like Pokémon Stadium and Arena Ferox, it is a transforming stage with different sets of rising platforms appearing as the battle progresses. Like Wii Fit Studio, there are no abysses on the stage, just walk-off boundaries. It is one of the possible stages to appear in Level 1 of All-Star Mode as a home stage for Robin, Lucina, and Corrin. Its Ω form is columnar.
  • CastleSiegeIconSSB4-U.png
    Super Smash Bros. Brawl Castle Siege: a transitionary stage derived from various motifs in the Fire Emblem series. It consists of three phases: the first is staged on the top of the titular castle as it is under attack before transitioning to the castle's interior. The third phase is staged deep underground on a precarious platform, high above a sea of lava. It has received subtle graphical revisions in its transition from Brawl. This stage is large enough to accommodate 8-Player Smash and is one of the possible stages to appear in Level 2 of All-Star Mode as a home stage for Ike and Roy. Its Ω form is columnar.

Music[edit]

Original tracks[edit]

Arrangements and remixes unique to SSB4.

  • Coliseum Series Medley: a medley of arena battle themes from Genealogy of the Holy War and The Binding Blade. It plays on Coliseum.
  • Fight 1 (Fire Emblem Gaiden): an arrangement of "Battle 1 (Player Side)" from Fire Emblem Gaiden. It plays on Coliseum. It is featured on Disc 2 of A Smashing Soundtrack.
  • Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Medley: a medley of pieces from Mystery of the Emblem, including "Advance", "Attack", "Defense", and "Fire Emblem Theme". It plays on Coliseum.
  • Meeting Theme Series Medley: a medley of recruitment themes from multiple Fire Emblem titles. It includes "Meeting Theme" from Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light interlaced with "Comrades" from The Sacred Stones and "Recruitment / Join Us!", the recruitment theme from Genealogy of the Holy War and The Binding Blade. It plays on Coliseum.
  • Lost in Thoughts All Alone (DLC): an instrumental remix of "Lost in Thoughts All Alone", the main theme of Fire Emblem Fates. It is bundled with Corrin and cannot be acquired individually. It plays on Smash Run, Castle Siege, and Coliseum. This song was featured in the trailer "Corrin Chooses to Smash!"

Returning tracks[edit]

Arrangements and remixes from previous Smash titles.

  • Super Smash Bros. MeleeFire Emblem: an arrangement containing "Meeting Theme" and "Fire Emblem Theme" from Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. It plays on Arena Ferox and Castle Siege. This song was featured in the trailer "By Book, Blade, and Crest of Flame".
  • Super Smash Bros. BrawlFire Emblem Theme: an arrangement of "Fire Emblem Theme" from Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, but it is attributed to the entire series as a reoccurring piece. It includes Latin vocals, similar to the televised Japanese commercial for Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. They are provided by Oriko Takahashi and Ken Nishikiori. It plays on Castle Siege.
  • Super Smash Bros. BrawlShadow Dragon Medley: a medley of pieces from Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, including "Battle Map 2: CP Side's Attack", "Story 2: The Beginning of Each Map", and "Battle Map 1: Player Side's Attack". It plays on Castle Siege.
  • Super Smash Bros. BrawlWith Mila's Divine Protection (Celica Map 1): an arrangement of "Battle Map 3: Battle Map 2-1 (Celica 1)" from Gaiden. It plays on Smash Run and Castle Siege.
  • Super Smash Bros. BrawlWinning Road - Roy's Hope: an arrangement of "Winning Road" from The Binding Blade. It plays on Castle Siege. The first few bars are included in "Roy seals the deal!"
  • Super Smash Bros. BrawlAttack (Fire Emblem): an arrangement containing "Strike" and "Rise to the Challenge" from The Blazing Blade. It plays on Castle Siege and was featured in the trailer "Roy seals the deal!"
  • Super Smash Bros. BrawlPreparing to Advance: an arrangement of "Combat Preparation" from The Sacred Stones. It plays on Castle Siege.

Source tracks[edit]

Compositions and arrangements directly sourced from the Fire Emblem series with no alterations.

  • Crimean Army Sortie: "Crimea Attacks" from Path of Radiance. It plays on Castle Siege.
  • Against the Dark Knight: "Against the Black Knight" from Path of Radiance. It plays on Castle Siege.
  • Power-Hungry Fool: from Path of Radiance. It plays on Castle Siege.
  • Victory Is Near: from Path of Radiance. It plays on Castle Siege.
  • Ike's Theme: "Eternal Bond" from Radiant Dawn. It plays on Castle Siege.
  • Time of Action: from Radiant Dawn. It plays on Castle Siege.
  • The Devoted: from Radiant Dawn. It plays on Coliseum.
  • Duty (Ablaze): from Fire Emblem Awakening. It plays on Coliseum.
  • Conquest (Ablaze): from Awakening. It plays on Coliseum.
  • Id (Purpose): an abridged version of "Id (Purpose)" from Awakening. It plays on Arena Ferox and Coliseum. It is featured on Disc 1 of A Smashing Soundtrack.
  • Lost in Thoughts All Alone (DLC): the main theme of Fire Emblem Fates. It includes vocals provided by Rena Strober as Azura in English releases and Renka in Japanese releases. It plays on Castle Siege and Coliseum.

Victory fanfare[edit]

  • Victory! Fire Emblem Series: an orchestration of the first few bars of the "Fire Emblem Theme".

Other[edit]

"Omen / Main Theme" from Fire Emblem Awakening was used in "By Book, Blade, and Crest of Flame", the reveal trailer for Robin and Lucina. It is not in either of the final games.

Trophies[edit]

Collectible trophies that appear in both the 3DS version and the Wii U version.

  • Marth
  • Marth (Alt.)
  • Ike
  • Ike (Alt.)
  • Lucina
  • Lucina (Alt.)
  • Robin
  • Robin (Alt.)
  • Roy
  • Roy (Alt.)
  • Corrin
  • Corrin (Alt.)
  • Chrom
  • Lyn

for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Photos of the Tharja trophy in the 3DS version from the ESRB leak.

A trophy of Tharja was planned and was seen in-game during the ESRB review period, but was scrapped for the final release.

  • Lissa
  • Anna
  • Lon'qu
  • Gaius
  • Cordelia
  • Owain
  • Inigo
  • Tiki
  • Validar
  • Ryoma
  • Xander

for Wii U[edit]

Only one Trophy Box appears in the Wii U version. It is titled "Heroes of the Emblem".

  • Critical Hit (Marth)
  • Great Aether
  • Critical Hit (Lucina)
  • Pair Up
  • Critical Hit (Roy)
  • Torrential Roar
  • Black Knight
  • Sothe
  • Elincia

Masterpiece[edit]

Main article: Masterpieces

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is a Japan-exclusive masterpiece.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The series has seen a slight boost in representation, incorporating elements from the post-Fire Emblem Fates titles. This is the first title since Melee where all Fire Emblem characters must be unlocked. For the first time, the series has an item represented in the game in the form of the Killing Edge. All past stages and music tracks return plus a deluge of remixes, as well as the introduction of one new Echo Fighter, two new Assist Trophies, and Spirits from across the series. Lastly, all of the fighters now speak English in overseas versions.

Fighters[edit]

  • 21.
    MarthIcon(SSBU).png
    Marth: The original Lord returns as an unlockable fighter after being a starter in Smash 4. Overall Marth is generally agreed to be inferior to all three of his derivatives by top-level players, with Lucina being generally regarded as vastly superior to Marth overall. Due to Lucina's dominance and Marth's almost non-existent results, he is almost viewed as an "invalidated" character with many top players ranking him noticeably lower than Lucina on their tier list; often ranking him as a high or mid tier character. Much like Meta Knight and Villager, Marth's tools that helped him do fairly well in tournaments have been either removed or made worse. He is now fully voiced in English by Yuri Lowenthal.
  • 25.
    RoyIcon(SSBU).png
    Roy: The Young Lion returns as an unlockable fighter after being DLC in Smash 4. Roy was infamous for being the lowest-ranked DLC character in Smash 4, due to his poor, committal approach, unsafe aerials, along with his hilt sweetspot attribute hindering his spacing abilities, which has collectively resulted in his lower-mid tier placement in said game and having very little tournament representation, similarly to his appearance in Melee. As a result, Roy has been significantly buffed in his transition to Ultimate. Overall, Roy is considered to be more viable and much less polarizing than he was in any of his previous playable appearances, due to him now having enough raw power, range, and speed to play aggressively up close. Because of these changes, he commands a sizable playerbase and strong tournament results. He is now fully voiced in English by Ray Chase.
  • 32.
    IkeIcon(SSBU).png
    Ike: The Radiant Hero returns as an unlockable fighter after being a starter in Smash 4. Both his Radiant Dawn Hero design and his Path of Radiance Mercenary design return, with the latter being the default. Both versions are now voiced in English by Greg Chun with their own exclusive voice clips.
  • 21ε.
    LucinaIcon(SSBU).png
    Lucina: The future princess returns once again being an unlockable character, now branded as an Echo Fighter of Marth. Like Marth, Lucina received a mixture of buffs and nerfs, but unlike him, she was buffed overall. Lucina highly benefits from the universal changes in Ultimate, particularly in terms of her tilts and aerials. In addition, the new engine is also a benefit to Lucina's balanced blade, to an extent far greater than Marth's more polarized blade, as the faster pace of the game allows her greater close-combat capabilities to be an advantage in certain situations. Overall, Lucina has been a very high-placing character in Ultimate's early metagame, with impressive results and excellent representation. As such, she is generally considered to be significantly superior to Marth, who has had lackluster results and representation, and is also generally regarded as the best swordfighter in the game, akin to her ancestor in Melee, Meta Knight in Brawl and Cloud in Smash 4.
  • 56.
    RobinIcon(SSBU).png
    Robin: The tactician returns as an unlockable fighter after being a starter in Smash 4. As before, both male and female versions can be selected. One fundamental change is that Robin now does not immediately have the Levin Sword and must wait a short while before it becomes active. Finally a new meter has been added to more clearly show how much Robin can use the Levin Sword and Tomes, with one meter for each.
  • 62.
    CorrinIcon(SSBU).png
    Corrin: The heir of two families returns as an unlockable fighter after being DLC in Smash 4. A handful of moves such as jab, pummel, and Dragon Lunge have been slightly reworked, but Corrin otherwise performs similarly to Smash 4. As before, both male and female versions can be selected.
  • 25ε.
    ChromIcon(SSBU).png
    Chrom: The main protagonist of Fire Emblem Awakening debuts as an unlockable Echo Fighter of Roy. Despite this, he still appears in Robin’s Final Smash and victory screens, and does not have the exact same moveset as Roy, instead taking cues from the other Fire Emblem fighters; his sword lacks a sweetspot like Lucina's, his up special is adapted from Ike’s, his sword attacks lack fire effects, and his Final Smash, Awakening Aether, is functionally different from Roy’s.

Items[edit]

  • Killing Edge: A new battering item, this sword will occasionally glow bright purple. When it does, any successful hits will be extra powerful.

Assist Trophies[edit]

  • Lyn: Returning functionally unchanged from past titles, she performs Quick Draw on a random opponent. Her design has been updated to fit with the rest of the Fire Emblem cast, whose designs tend to draw from more recent Fire Emblem titles.
  • Tiki: A new Assist Trophy and based on her appearance from Awakening; she uses a Dragonstone to transform into a dragon and breath fire across a wide area. Can be damaged and KO’d.
  • Black Knight: A new Assist Trophy; he moves slowly but can take up a large amount of damage while dealing massive damage with single close-range sword swings. Can be damaged and KO’d.

Stages[edit]

Every Fire Emblem stage from past titles return.

  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    SSBU-Castle Siege.png
    Castle Siege: returning from Smash Wii U as a retro stage with a considerable graphical overhaul.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
    SSBU-Arena Ferox.png
    Arena Ferox: returning from Smash 3DS as a retro stage with a major graphical overhaul.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
    SSBU-Coliseum.png
    Coliseum: returning from Smash Wii U as a retro stage with a minor graphical overhaul.

Mii Costumes[edit]

Costumes[edit]

Hats[edit]

Music[edit]

Original Tracks[edit]

Fire Emblem received 10 new tracks for Ultimate.

Returning Tracks[edit]

Arrangements and remixes from previous Smash games.

  • Super Smash Bros. Melee"Story 5 Meeting": A medley of "Story 5 - Meeting" and the Fire Emblem Theme from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Returns from Melee, renamed from simply "Fire Emblem".
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl"Fire Emblem Theme": An orchestral remix of the Fire Emblem Theme, with Latin lyrics. Returns from Brawl.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl"Shadow Dragon Medley": A medley of themes from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, including "Battle Map 2: CP Side's Attack", "Story 2: The Beginning of Each Map", and "Battle Map 1: Player Side's Attack". Returns from Brawl.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl"With Mila's Divine Protection (Celica Map 1)": A Latin-style arrangement of Celica's army's player-phase map theme from Fire Emblem Gaiden, and the Fire Emblem Theme from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Returns from Brawl.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl"Winning Road (Roy's Hope)": An arrangement of the theme that plays if three or less enemies are left on the field in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. Returns from Brawl.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl"Attack - Fire Emblem": A rock medley of "Strike" and "Rise to the Challenge" from Fire Emblem. Returns from Brawl.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl"Preparing To Advance": An arrangement of "Combat Preparations" from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. Returns from Brawl.
  • Super Smash Bros. 4"Lost in Thoughts All Alone (For 3DS / Wii U)": A instrumental remix of "Lost in Thoughts all Alone" from Fire Emblem Fates. Returns from Smash 4.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U"Coliseum Series Medley": A medley of two arena themes, including "Arena (Match)" from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, and "Arena - Battle" from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. Returns from Smash for Wii U.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U"Fight 1 - Fire Emblem Gaiden": A remix of the player phase battle theme from Fire Emblem Gaiden. Returns from Smash for Wii U.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U"Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Medley": A medley of themes from Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, including "Advance", "Attack", "Defence", and the Fire Emblem Theme. Returns from Smash for Wii U.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U"Meeting Theme Series Medley": A medley of various recruitment themes from the series, including "Story 5 - Meeting" from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, "Comrades" from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, "Recruitment" from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, and "In the Chapter ~ Joining a Group" from Fire Emblem: Tharcia 776. Returns from Smash for Wii U.

Source Tracks[edit]

Tracks taken directly from their home games.

  • "Code Name: F.E.": The theme that plays on the title screen when a Fire Emblem amiibo is scanned in, sourced from Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., which itself is a remix of the Fire Emblem Theme and "Winning Road - Roy's Hope".
  • "Lords-A Chance Encounter": The theme that plays when a Fire Emblem character is present in a battle, sourced from Code Name S.T.E.A.M., which itself is a remix of "Story 2: The Beginning of Each Map" from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.
  • "March To Deliverance": The player-phase map theme for Alm's army during Act 3, sourced from from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, which itself is an arrangement of "Alm Map 1" from Fire Emblem: Gaiden.
  • "Lords-Showdown": The theme that played when all four Fire Emblem characters are in a battle, sourced from Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., which itself is a medley of "Fight 1" from Fire Emblem: Gaiden, and "Together we Ride" from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.
  • "Those Who Challenge Gods": The player-phase battle theme from Act 5 onward, sourced from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, which itself is a remix of the same track from Fire Emblem: Gaiden.
  • "Victory Is Near": The track that plays when certain maps are near completion, sourced from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
  • "Crimean Army Sortie": "Crimea Attacks", the map theme that plays during Chapters 18-25, sourced from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
  • "Against The Dark Knight": "Against the Black Knight", the theme that plays when attacking the Black Knight.
  • "Power-Hungry Fool": A theme that plays during certain cutscenes featuring Oliver, sourced from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
  • "Eternal Bond": The map theme for several chapters played from the perspective of Ike and the Greil Mercenaries in Part 3, most prominently used in Chapter 4 and the Endgame, sourced from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
  • "The Devoted": The player-phase battle theme for all of Ike's Chapters until Chapter 11, sourced from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
  • "Time of Action": The battle theme for the Apostle's Army, sourced from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
  • "Duty (Ablaze)": The player-phase battle theme for the earlier Chapters, sourced from Fire Emblem Awakening.
  • "Conquest (Ablaze)": The player-phase battle theme for skirmishes outside of the main story, sourced from Fire Emblem Awakening.
  • "Id (Purpose)": The theme "Id (Purpose)", a track played throughout the endgame chapter, sourced from Fire Emblem Awakening.
  • "Lost in Thoughts All Alone (JP)": A highly edited Japanese version of the main theme, sourced from Fire Emblem Fates.
  • "Lost in Thoughts All Alone (EN)": A highly edited English version of the main theme, sourced from Fire Emblem Fates.
  • "Lord of A Dead Empire": The theme that plays during the attack on Rigel Castle, sourced from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
  • "The Scion's Dance In Purgatory": The theme that plays when attacking Berkut in his final battle in Act 5, sourced from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Victory Fanfares[edit]

  • "Victory! Fire Emblem": A cover of several bars of the Fire Emblem Theme from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. In Ultimate the tempo is faster and the ending is abridged. Used for Marth, Roy, and Ike.
  • "Victory! Awakening": A short orchestral cover of the beginning of "Id (Purpose)" from Fire Emblem Awakening. Used for Chrom, Lucina, and Robin.
  • "Victory! Fates": A remix of a small excerpt of "Lost in Thoughts All Alone" from Fire Emblem Fates. Used for Corrin.

Spirits[edit]

The kanji aruji "" denotes a Master Spirit.

610. Marth
611. Lucina
612. Roy (Fire Emblem)
613. Chrom
614. Ike (Path of Radiance)
615. Ike (Radiant Dawn)
616. Robin (Male)
617. Robin (Female)
618. Corrin (Male)
619. Corrin (Female)
620. Caeda
621. Jagen
622. Draug
623. Wrys
624. Bord, Cord & Barst
625. Navarre
626. Merric
627. Minerva
628. Linde
629. Pegasus Sisters

630. Tiki
631. Tiki (Naga's Voice)
632. Nyna
633. Camus
634. Sirus
635. Medeus
636. Gharnef
637. Alm & Celica (Young)
638. Alm & Celica
639. Sigurd
640. Deirdre
641. Seliph
642. Leif (Fire Emblem)
643. Julius
644. Lilina
645. Lyn
646. Lyn (Blade Lord)
647. Eliwood
648. Hector (Fire Emblem)
649. Raven

650. Ninian
651. Karel
652. Nino
653. Eirika
654. Ephraim
655. L'Arachel
656. Lyon
657. Titania
658. Soren
659. Mist
660. Sothe
661. Elincia
662. Queen Elincia
663. Ashnard
664. Zelgius
665. Black Knight
666. Micaiah
667. Lissa
668. Lon'qu
669. Cordelia

670. Tharja
671. Anna
672. Gangrel
673. Walhart
674. Owain
675. Severa
676. Azura
677. Jakob
678. Ryoma
679. Hinoka
680. Takumi
681. Sakura (Fire Emblem)
682. Xander
683. Camilla
684. Leo
685. Elise
686. Garon
687. Tsubasa Oribe
688. Tsubasa Oribe (Carnage Form)

Games with elements from or in the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light[edit]

Marth was included as an unlockable playable character in Melee and Brawl and later became a starter character in Smash 4. His inclusion, along with Roy's, gave the series the worldwide exposure that led to the decision to release future Fire Emblem installments globally.

A stage based on the continent of the game was originally intended to appear in Melee. It was, however, unfinished and cannot be properly accessed even with a hacking device.

Two songs from Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light can be heard on Castle Siege:

  • "Fire Emblem Theme"
  • "Shadow Dragon Medley"

A third song, "The Chosen Ones", was intended to be included in Brawl, but was removed. The "Fire Emblem" track heard in all games since Melee is a medley of the original game's character recruitment music, "Come, Join Us", and the series's overall main theme. Another arrangement of "Come, Join Us" can be heard in the Wii U version as part of the "Meeting Theme Series Medley", a My Music option for the Coliseum stage.

From Brawl onward, Marth's Final Smash is the "Critical Hit", based on a random percentage algorithm mechanic from the game that, if triggered, deals triple the usual damage inflicted.

The Falchion, Marth's primary weapon, debuted in this game, and its design in the Super Smash Bros. series matches its appearance in this game and in Mystery of the Emblem.

Fire Emblem Gaiden[edit]

The track "With Mila's Divine Protection (Celica Map 1)" is a music choice for Castle Siege in Brawl and in the Wii U version. The Wii U version also features a remix of the battle theme from this game on the Coliseum stage. Said theme is also featured in "Lords-Showdown", a remix taken from Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. that is used in Ultimate.

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem[edit]

Marth's design in Melee and Brawl is based on his design in this game.

The track "Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Medley" remixes various tracks from this game and plays on the Coliseum stage. Ultimate includes two more remixes originating from this game, "Under This Banner" and "Advance".

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War[edit]

Ike has a palette swap in SSB4 based on Sigurd, the protagonist of this game. As well, the "Meeting Theme Series Medley" track on Coliseum incorporates its character recruitment theme.

"Edge of Adversity", the song played during the end of Chapter 5 of this game, is remixed in Ultimate.

Fire Emblem: Thracia 776[edit]

In all of his appearances, Marth has had a white color swap based on the outfit of Leif, the main character of Thracia 776. Also, Robin's yellow color swap is based on a playable character in Thracia 776, Eyvel. As the game is set in the same world as Genealogy of the Holy War, it shares the same character recruitment theme heard in SSB4's "Meeting Theme Series Medley".

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade[edit]

The main hero, Roy, was included as an unlockable playable character in Melee to promote the game's then-upcoming release in Japan. His inclusion, along with Marth's, gave the series the global exposure that led to the decision to release future Fire Emblem installments worldwide.

The song "Winning Road - Roy's Hope" is one of the songs that can be heard on Castle Siege. In The Binding Blade, this song was the player phase map theme played when three or less enemies remain in a chapter. A slightly modified version of this song also appears in Fire Emblem (The Blazing Blade) with a near-identical function. Ultimate adds in a remix of "Beyond Distant Skies - Roy's Departure", the first map theme from the game.

Appearing stickers from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade are:

Fire Emblem (The Blazing Blade)[edit]

Lyn, one of the main characters of the game, appears in Brawl, Smash 4 and Ultimate as an Assist Trophy. She charges her sword the Mani Katti, then disappears and reappears near an enemy, slashing them (resembling her critical hit animation from the original game). This attack is devastatingly accurate and powerful, even against a moving or airborne foe. It can also hit someone as they are holding onto the ledge. There is no known outside range for her to hit in and she can KO at percents as low as 32%. This attack can only be avoided with a well-timed airdodge or roll.

The song "Attack", heard on Castle Siege, is a composite of two songs from this game, "Strike" and "Rise to the Challenge".

Appearing stickers from Fire Emblem (The Blazing Blade) are:

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones[edit]

Brawl contains a remix of "Preparing to Advance" on the Castle Siege stage. This music originally played during the combat preparation screens in The Sacred Stones, when the player would set up their army, items, map placements, and options before each battle. In the Wii U version, the "Meeting Theme Series Medley" incorporates the character recruitment theme from this game, "Comrades".

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance[edit]

This game's main character, Ike, was included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In addition, the characters King Ashnard and the Black Knight are trophies and stickers, with the latter also eventually appearing as a Mii Swordfighter costume in SSB4, then an Assist Trophy in Ultimate. Mist and Greil, Ike's sister and father respectively, also appear as stickers. Furthermore, four music tracks that are used in the Castle Siege stage are taken directly from Path of Radiance; "Crimean Army Sortie", "Power-Hungry Fool", "Against the Dark Knight" and "Victory is Near".

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn[edit]

As with Path of Radiance, Ike is one of the main characters in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. His design in SSB4 was updated to match his Radiant Dawn appearance. Sothe, The Black Knight, Micaiah, and Queen Elincia are major characters in the game and appear as trophies. Ike in his Radiant Dawn attire, Micaiah, and Sothe are all featured as stickers in Brawl. "Ike's Theme" appears as a My Music choice in Brawl and in the Wii U version, with "The Devoted" and "Time of Action" joining in the latter game. All three tracks appear in their original arrangements, taken directly from Radiant Dawn.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow[edit]

Marth's design in SSB4 and Ultimate is based on his design from this remake.

Fire Emblem Awakening[edit]

Fire Emblem Awakening is strongly represented in the Wii U and 3DS games. It introduced the Arena Ferox stage,which appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. One of Awakening's several DLC map packs is entitled "Smash Bretheren" as an allusion to Fire Emblem's presence in the Super Smash Bros. series. The maps' story revolves around Chrom's encounter with the wandering Einherjar armies of Roy and Ike, both sporting their original respective designs. One of the rewards upon completion is the Einherjar card for Lyn, who sports a completely new design from her original appearance. Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem Awakening were revealed to be playable fighters in Super Smash Bros. 4. Chrom makes an appearance in Robin's Final Smash and Palutena's Guidance conversation, has a Mii Fighter costume based on him and finally becomes playable in Ultimate. Roy's design as a downloadable fighter is partially inspired from the DLC artwork for his appearance as a downloadable Einherjar from this game.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS uses "Id (Purpose)", Awakening's final map theme, as a track in Arena Ferox. The Wii U version adds "Conquest (Ablaze)" and "Duty (Ablaze)", two battle themes from the game, on the Coliseum stage. Ultimate also adds a remix of "Id (Purpose)", as well as remixes of "Prelude (Ablaze)" and "Destiny (Ablaze)", two other battle themes from the game.

Tiki, as she appears in Awakening, appears in Ultimate as an Assist Trophy.

Fire Emblem Fates[edit]

Corrin is the default player Avatar and main protagonist of this installment. Amiibo characters of Marth, Ike, Robin, and Lucina appear as recruitable units. As the Avatar converses with them, they will subtly allude to their appearances in Super Smash Bros. 4. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, "Lost in Thoughts All Alone" and its rearrangement play on the Castle Siege and Coliseum stages if Corrin is been downloaded. Downloading Corrin on the 3DS version also comes with bonus trophies of Ryoma and Xander, in addition to the rearrangement of "Lost in Thoughts All Alone". A new remix of the song would later be featured in Ultimate.

Fire Emblem Heroes[edit]

Two songs from this game are remixed for Ultimate: "Gear Up For ...", the main menu background song, and "Fire Emblem Theme (Heroic Origins)", which plays on the game's title screen. The Assist Trophy characters Tiki and the Black Knight reuse their voice clips from this game. This is also the first game where Roy speaks in English; thus, it marks the first time Ray Chase voiced him, a role which he would reprise in Ultimate. Notably, it is the first mobile game to be represented in any way in Super Smash Bros.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia[edit]

In Ultimate, four music tracks from this game appear: "March to Deliverance", "Those Who Challenge Gods", "Lord of a Dead Empire", and "The Scions' Dance in Purgatory". Two Spirits of Alm and Celica as pairs both young and mature. Finally, the Spirit artwork for Palla, Catria, and Est, collectively known as the Pegasus Sisters, uses art from this game.

Trivia[edit]

  • Fire Emblem is one of four series not to have a home stage for a fighter in the installment it was first included in, the other three being EarthBound, F-Zero, and R.O.B.
    • This was technically the case for Wii Fit and Duck Hunt as well, as neither series received a stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS at launch; however, the Duck Hunt stage would later become DLC for the 3DS version.
  • Fire Emblem is the only universe introduced in Melee to have multiple characters.
  • The Fire Emblem universe has the third largest amount of playable characters, with 7.
    • Because of this, the Fire Emblem universe has become somewhat controversial in the western Super Smash Bros. fandom for having more characters than better selling series like Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Sonic the Hedgehog, to the point of becoming a meme.
  • Fire Emblem is the only universe in Melee without a stage.
  • Fire Emblem is the only universe with more than one downloadable character available in SSB4.
    • It is also the only universe with more than one Echo Fighter in Ultimate.
  • Every playable character from the Fire Emblem series has a chargeable neutral special move.
  • Fire Emblem universe characters share the most move names with characters from other universes.
    • Counter, which is the name of Marth, Roy, Ike, Lucina, and Chrom's down specials, is also the name of Palutena's down special.
    • Thunder is the name of Robin's neutral special and Pikachu's down special.
    • Flame Sword is the name of Roy's up smash and Mega Man's forward aerial.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening has the most representatives from a single game in Smash, with 3. It is also the only Fire Emblem game that has more than one character represent it in Smash.
  • Fire Emblem is the only first party universe to have more characters than stages for a franchise with more than one character.
  • Fire Emblem is the first major universe in Smash Bros. history to feature content from upcoming games prior to their releases, that being Roy before appearing in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. It is also the only universe to have a playable character debut in a Super Smash Bros installment before appearing in a game of its own universe.
    • It is also one of the five major universes to have featured material from upcoming games, the other four being Mario, Wario, Yoshi and Metal Gear.
      • Counting DLC Spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda has also contained content from an upcoming game in the form of Spirits based on the Link's Awakening remake.
    • Fire Emblem and Yoshi are also the only two universes to feature content from more than one upcoming game - in this case, Roy and the English version of Lost in Thoughts All Alone.
  • Fire Emblem is one of three universes to feature a weapon as its icon. The other two are Kid Icarus and Xenoblade.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ MyNintendoNews: Fire Emblem Is Now Considered A "Major IP" For Nintendo
  2. ^ Masahiro Sakurai (2014-09-03). Director's Room. Miiverse. Retrieved on 2018-04-28. “We gave Marth a full makeover, giving him design elements from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and newer games.”
  3. ^ Nintendo (2017-02-08). Fire Emblem Heroes - Choose Your Legends Event. Nintendo / INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS. Retrieved on 2018-07-09.