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Choosing Your Fate – Which Fire Emblem Game?

Which side will you choose?

Your blood family and adopted family love to give you judgmental looks.

Over the years, Nintendo has forced us to make some big decisions. From picking a character for Mario Kart to struggling to choose a starter in Pokemon, Nintendo offers gamers a chance to control their journey. However, when it comes to the newest 3DS Fire Emblem titles, that choice becomes much more challenging. 

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright will bring you joy and exhilaration, and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest will sort of make you want to die. But in a really good way, I promise. Birthright and Conquest were released on February 19th for Nintendo 3DS, and have both received great scores among critics. whether you are a Fire Emblem Novice or a Master Tactician, either of the games are worth picking up. But which game is right for you?

The game you end up choosing all comes down to what kind of experience you want to have. One game will keep you up into the late hours of night, trying to make your characters marry each other. The other game will challenge you to the point where you may regret your decision. 

Test: Which of these guys looks cooler?

If your knowledge of Fire Emblem is rudimentary and mostly gleaned from  Super Smash Bros, or if you enjoyed Fire Emblem: Awakening then Birthright is the game for you. 

Birthright is significantly easier on your thumbs and brain than Conquest is, though equally enjoyable. It features a kinder story with simpler mission objectives  (defeating enemies, fighting the leader, etc.) The player is able to grind and gain experience in between missions in order to prepare for what lies ahead. The design of the principal characters, the Hoshido nation, is heavily influenced by Japanese culture and history, and many of the units feature fast and heavy hitting soldiers that resemble samurai and other Japanese warriors.


If you’re up for a challenge that may or mayYou even have to decide your gender, hair style, and hair color! Too many decisions! not make you want to pull out your hair out, I’d suggest you go with Conquest. Featuring a much harsher tone, the game will punish you in a challenging way that makes for a big sense of accomplishment upon completing it. Missions are more difficult and complicated, with more complicated  objectives like breaking through enemy lines or surviving brutal waves of adversaries. Not only are they more difficult, but you are awarded with less money and experience, making each and every decision on the battlefield more important.

In more of a Roman Empire-esque style, Conquest aligns more closely with the previous Fire Emblem games, using classes such as knights and mounted soldiers.. The Nohr kingdom, for which you are fighting, is full of darker characters and sinister plots. The King of Nohr adopts you in to his family as a Prince of the Kingdom, yet they still don’t fully trust you. Yet for some reason they obey to your every command on the battlefield (in my case, you end up getting everyone killed so I guess they do have a reason to not trust me.)

The top down strategy style is nothing new for Fire Emblem.Fire Emblem combat scenes look clean on the 3Ds

If you’re looking for a happy medium between Birthright and Conquest, there is a third option: Revelations. In Revelations (available only as DLC for Birthright and Conquest, ) you do not side with the Hoshido or Nohr kingdoms. You act as your own nation, attempting to create a peace between the other two. t This game is full-length campaign available for only $20 as DLC. It’s more similar to the style and experience of Birthright, while posing a greater challenge than Conquest.

If you are still struggling, checkout this chart that Nintendo made.

Birthright and Conquest are both available separately, with Revelations as DLC. In both entries, you are given the opportunity to purchase the other game for 50% retail price, giving you the opportunity to try it out. I suggest starting with Birthright, making your way to Conquest, and then after anger management classes, finish off with Revelations.

To recap, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright features a pleasurable RPG experience that focuses on making sure the player is enjoying the game. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest takes a darker, hardcore RPG route, focusing on strategy and decision making. Fire Emblem: Revelations balances the two out in a DLC that’s worth the money.

Still struggling? Check out this handy chart that Nintendo made to help with your decision.
Choose your fate wisely, my friends.

Written by Michael Lanoie

Michael is a handheld gamer kid who evolved into a console player, the best of both worlds. He attends Chapman University and hopes to achieve his Masters in Creative Writing.

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