Fire Emblem, released in Japan as Fire Emblem Rekka no Ken , is a Japanese tactical role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance,...
The first in the series to be released in the US, Fire Emblem shares many similarities with another strategy game on the GBA: Advance Wars. That's because it's been designed by the same development studio. The differences are subtle but important: where players control anonymous troops in the AW series, players command an array of different characters in Fire Emblem. If one of these characters dies during battle, he or she (or it) is gone for good, and will never be available in future missions. This added element means that players will have to really consider their strategies when attempting to complete the several dozen challenges in this lengthy storyline.
Couples a compelling, character-driven epic tale with strategic gameplay that is accessible and still manages to be challenging and satisfying.
The single player quest is incredibly challenging and fulfilling, but the decent multiplayer mode doesn't quite reach what the team did for the "Advance Wars" series. A small gripe for an otherwise outstanding, satisfying Game Boy Advance design.