Confession: I don’t like the Nintendo 3DS. Heck, I’d go as far as saying I never liked the Nintendo 3DS. Hot off the heels of the phenomenal DS Lite, it failed to capture my interest like its predecessor due to a 3D gimmick that proved pointless and a software library that was sorely underwhelming. Even before the release of the Nintendo Switch, I had largely abandoned the platform.
While Nintendo may say that the Nintendo 3DS will carry on in spite of the upcoming release of the Nintendo Switch Lite, I think that now is a great time for me to close my book on this era of handheld gaming. I may not have liked the hardware or the catalogue as a whole, but there were some incredible games that blessed the Nintendo 3DS with their presence. In no particular order, here are my favourite Nintendo 3DS games!
Fire Emblem may be a modern phenomenon to many, but the franchise’s history goes way back. Even excluding the Japan-only releases that make up roughly half of the catalogue, you’re still left with 10 mainline games and multiple spin-offs. Those alone might make Fire Emblem one of Nintendo’s deepest franchises in terms of quality and volume.
Though I don’t think there’s a bad game in the series per se, there are certainly titles that stand out from the rest. It’s always been a goal of mine to rank them, but it’s been a long time since I’ve played some of these games, and I don’t want to do the legwork required to confidently place them on a numerical list.
Instead, I’m going with a tier list. Unless stated otherwise, there’s no particular rankings within each tier. As of right now, here’s how I’d rank the mainline games in the Fire Emblem series!
Are you curious about the Fire Emblem franchise but too intimidated to dive in? I don’t blame you. Spanning across multiple consoles – along with roughly half of the games in the series never making it outside of Japan – it can be confusing to know where to start.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start at all. With just a little nudge, you could join us on the Fire Emblem hype train! Hopefully this guide can clear up some questions you may have with regards to starting your journey into the series.
The Fire Emblem Fates series of games puts you at the heart of a conflict between two rival armies. On one side is the medieval-style Nohr army. On the other is the samurai-style Hoshido. If you buy Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright first, you’ll play most of the game from the side of the Hoshido clan.
With Fates essentially being three different Fire Emblem games launching at about the same time, this is easily the most ambitious effort. Based on my time with the Birthright edition, it’s also one of the best.
Lost amidst all of my Street Fighter V hoopla is the fact that Fire Emblem: Fates is out today. This time, we’re getting two different games at once; one covering each side of the conflict. As part of Amazon Canada’s E3 sale last year, I’m getting 30% off the Birthright edition. However, you better believe I’ll eventually have Conquest and the 3rd DLC campaign as well. Between this and Street Fighter V, it’s been a wonderful week as a gamer!
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