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  • Cash Cow Franchise: In Japan the series has been this since Mystery of the Emblem, but Invisible Advertising resulted in the series being lesser known out of Japan until Awakening debuted on the 3DS in 2012/3, with extensive advertising, thus putting the series on the road to being one of Nintendo's biggest IPs out of Japan too. 2017 was the year the dam really broke, with Shadows of Valentia, Heroes and Warriors all landing that year (SoV having the shortest mainline turnaround time to export in franchise history prior to Three Houses), with both packaged games selling very well and Heroes turning into a legitimate global phenomenon that could crack the top 5 grossing charts in America and contribute to Nintendo's bottom line so heavily that they discuss it at length in investor reports.
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  • Colbert Bump: Big time. Marth and Roy were included as hidden characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and once western fans found out about them, demand for their series to be exported to the west increased greatly. Today, it's a moneymaker for Nintendo, and each game receives lots of promotion upon release, cementing its place in Nintendo history alongside their other franchises.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The official term used when a unit becomes a different class, on both sides of the Pacific, is Class Change. Since units get a boost in stats, weapon proficiency, and/or a level reset, (Western) fans always say they promote.
    • From the remake of Shadow Dragon onward, the term "reclassing" is also used in some cases: "promotion" means going from a first-tier class to its more advanced second-tier form, while "reclassing" means changing to a class on an entirely different path. (For instance, with a Second Seal in Awakening.)
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    • Some games are referred with (something prominent in the game) Emblem. For instance, Genealogy of Holy War is referred as "Mounted Emblem" due to how huge the maps are that makes having a mount (horse/pegasus/wyvern) a good boon. Awakening is referred as "Waifu Emblem" due to its extensive and... very personal feelings of the Marriage system.
    • "Asshole Reinforcements", for when reinforcements appear where you started the map and then start flanking you.
    • People have been making fun of Caeda because of her diplomatic skills in smoothly persuading recruitable characters to join Marth's Army. The general consensus is that Caeda is the original thot of Fire Emblem.
  • Fan Translation: Given that all the Fire Emblem games from Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light to Binding Blade were never released outside of Japan... They vary somewhat in quality and level of completion; however nearly all of the games have been translated over 90%, and are certainly playable to western audiences.
  • No Export for You: The first six games of the series, New Mystery of the Emblem (the remake of the third game, Mystery of Emblem), and most of the manga adaptations have never left Japan.
    • It appears that Nintendo is looking to bring some of these games to non-Japanese audiences. The Japan only second game in the series Fire Emblem Gaiden was released in 2017 as Shadows of Valentia.
    • The director of Shadows of Valentia has stated that he would enjoy bringing Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade to English audiences because Roy, while being a prominent character in general Fire Emblem media, has never had his story told outside of Japan.
  • Reclusive Artist: Shouzou Kaga is quite the enigma. He directed and designed every game through Thracia 776, then abruptly splintered off from Nintendo to start up his own studio and create Tear Ring Saga (which got him and the game's publisher sued for being a little too much like Fire Emblem).
  • Sequel First: An extremely egregious offender. No games in the series made it to the West until The Blazing Blade, which was not only the 7th installment, but a prequel to the 6th game. Nintendo also lopped the The Blazing Blade subtitle off to call it just Fire Emblem - understandable from a marketing standpoint, but in the long-term, it's created a tangled heap of confusion for new players over which game is what. Essentially, it's the saga of the "missing" Final Fantasy sequels all over again, but with more games missing, and Nintendo thus far not interested in clearing it up for westerners.
    • However, Fire Emblem Heroes has finally given it its proper subtitle for Western countries, that being "The Blazing Blade", likely to try and begin fixing the confusion mentioned above.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There was going to be a title for the for the Nintendo 64 — called Fire Emblem: Maiden of Darkness — which would have been the third game to take place on Archanea. Due to a number of factors, it was heavily reworked and eventually became the Game Boy Advance game Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
    • Another Wii game after Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn was planned, and even entered development; it was going to be a Real-Time Strategy with some exploration elements. It was scrapped due to RTS not meshing well with Fire Emblem's design philosophy.
  • The Wiki Rule: Two of them: the NIWA wiki right here and the FANDOM wiki here.


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