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Fire Emblem started off as one of Nintendo’s niche tactical RPG franchises. However, thanks to the renaissance that occurred because of some of its characters included in their beloved crossover game Super Smash Bros., the franchise managed to wow fans worldwide. Each game is riddled with wonderful gameplay, well-rounded characters, and an astounding OST.

If you’ve finished playing Fire Emblem and are looking for alternatives – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top 8 picks.

Of course, for all the games we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that and see if it’s something you want to invest your time in.

So without further ado, we present 8 games to check out if you’re looking for a game like Fire Emblem.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked

This title takes place in a modern setting, though. The game also features humans combatting monstrosities as opposed to other human enemies. At the same time, these creatures exhibit supernatural power like the magicians you’d find in the Fire Emblem titles. The atmosphere in both games is also eerily similar as you’ll find yourself in many gloomy scenarios that’ll tug at your heartstrings.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked is set in modern Tokyo, where the government has fully locked down its borders from other territories because of a surprise invasion. As the player character, you must stop more demons from entering the city by closing various interdimensional rifts. Trying to survive and stop the current demon army from doing more harm is your other mission.
Like Fire Emblem, Overclocked offers full voice acting which allows fans to connect with its characters on a whole new level. Furthermore, many of its visuals from its sprites to its combat have received a visual upgrade. The combat in this game will require you to ponder your moves carefully, as a few mistakes, can cost you severely.

Advance Wars

Advance Wars is a turn-based strategy game with a cartoon-like art style and militaristic themes. This game was developed by Intelligent Systems, the same team responsible for the Fire Emblem franchise’s development. On that note, this game features wonderful strategic gameplay wrapped up in a compelling and memorable narrative.

Unlike Fire Emblem, Advance Wars isn’t one of Nintendo’s front-runner franchises. However, there’s hope for Advance Wars’ future concerning the anticipated remake titled Advance Wars: Reboot Camp set to be released in the Nintendo Switch’s future. With a vast amount of attention, maybe Nintendo will consider it a staple franchise as with Fire Emblem in the prior decade.

For those unaware, Advance Wars has you play as the tactical adviser for the Orange Star Army, who must move land, air, and naval units across different battlefields. Your mission is to defeat enemies and capture towns and bases to maintain peace. This game follows a slew of commanding officers, each with their own powers and traits for you to utilize in combat.

Pokémon Conquest

Pokémon is a worldwide phenomenon that has garnered an immense amount of revenue for its company. Regardless if the company produces a grand or meaningless title, the brand remains dominant over others desiring to replicate the same success.

While the mainline games have been a hit or miss with fans, many adore when The Pokémon Company delivers a refreshing and engaging spin-off title. Enter Pokémon Conquest, a game that strips away Pokémon’s typical formula and replaces it with tactical-based gameplay.

Like Fire Emblem, this title offers a-more adult-focused storyline with historical influences. This is because this game is a fusion between the Nobunaga’s Ambition series and the Pokémon franchise. The former’s grid-based gameplay meshes with Pokémon’s “rock-paper-scissors” styled approach wonderfully, allowing for more emphasis on strategy than sheer luck.

If you’re looking for a Pokémon spin-off title that’s rich in story and gameplay like Fire Emblem, I’d recommend scouting for a copy of Pokémon Conquest.

Digimon Survive

As with its more-popular monster-taming counterpart, Digimon has experimented with and explored different gameplay genres over the years. Although many fans adore its Digimon World and Digimon Story-based games, its developers adore tackling newer territory with the franchise.

Enter Digimon Survive, a visual novel with tactical and strategy gameplay elements. Like Fire Emblem, this game features thrilling and chilling scenarios concerning grief, death, and despair. The relationships between the characters in both titles also serve as the game’s most attractive element.

Digimon Survive favors storytelling a bit more than Fire Emblem, though. It doesn’t feature an even split between tactical grid-based gameplay and visual storytelling either. However, if you’re someone that adores playing the Fire Emblem franchise for its rich narratives and plot twists, you’ll enjoy your time with Digimon Survive.

Project X Zone 2: Brave New World

Project X Zone 2 is a stellar tactical RPG title. It not only offers an engaging storyline and addictive battle system, but it features a slew of heroes and villains from across the gaming industry. You can expect characters from Capcom’s Mega-Man to interact with real individuals like Segata Sanshiro.

The dialogue in this game is fun, humorous, and emotional. You’ll find yourself rooting for your favorite characters and finding a character that appeals to you from a franchise you’ve never heard about. The protagonists Reiji Arisu and Xiaomu have wonderful chemistry amongst themselves and the entire cast.

Like Fire Emblem, you’ll control a unit of characters and move them across a grid-like map to engage in combat. The combat itself is more action-packed and hands-on than Fire Emblem, though. You’ll find yourself pressing different buttons to utilize different combos. While the combos for each character are the same, they all have two distinct super moves that you can use against foes.

Shining Force II

The combat itself works similarly to Fire Emblem. You’ll find yourself moving characters into position and placing them in spots adjacent to your adversaries. Your units will engage in combat and hopefully wipe out your enemies. However, misplacing a unit in a tight spot could lead to its demise, so it’s best for players to think carefully about whom they choose to fight and where is the best place to put them.
Shining Force 2 improves over its original with better graphics and leveling system. Characters receive better models in this game, and the user interface feels a lot smoother to navigate through. The leveling system in Shining Force 2 receives a grand overhaul, allowing players to promote their units to the more powerful fighting classes beyond level 20.

Final Fantasy Tactics

Like Fire Emblem, this title features a grid system for you to move and position your characters on. Placing them near a foe will allow your character to strike at them with brute force. With each battle, your character will level up and earn job points. These points will allow you to unlock numerous techniques regarding spells, defensive manoeuvres, and counterattacks.

If you’re looking for a stellar strategy game with retro visuals and addictive gameplay, I’d recommend checking out the Final Fantasy Tactics series of games.

Triangle Strategy

Like Fire Emblem, Triangle Strategy’s turn-based battles take place over a grid. You can move and position units in select areas of the map. Once finished, you can choose to engage your foe or simply end your turn. This game also features a neat follow-up attack system, whereby placing a unit on each side of a foe’s path will allow them to perform a combined attack on that unit.

The game’s difficulty is on par with what you expect from the Fire Emblem franchise. However, this game offers a few pointers and tips to those who are inexperienced with these tactical and strategy games. It gives you time to breathe and test out the skills and weaknesses of your units.

Fire Emblem fans looking for a game that blends retro visuals with modern gameplay elements should give Triangle Strategy a chance.

So there we have it, our 8 video game picks to keep you busy after playing some Fire Emblem.

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