Release Date: September 1st, 1999 (JP), N/A (Everywhere else)
A long, long time ago... in a continent far, far away...
Console: Super Famicom
Developer: Intelligent Systems
And here it is. My first Let's Play ever. And it's on one of my favorite games ever that sadly, never saw the light of day out of Japan. This is the fifth entry on the Fire Emblem series, and Nintendo didn't start localizing the series until the seventh. Although this game probably wouldn't have been localized anyway if the series would have been localized before. It's an SNES game released in 1999, a time where Nintendo was fully dedicated to the N64. However, this game has the honor of being the swan song for the Super Famicom, as it was the last Nintendo-published title on the console.
It is interesting to note that this game introduces a lot of things that became staples on the series, such as Rescuing, Side maps (aka Gaiden maps), Fog of War (and it's a torture in this game) and Defend maps. It is also notorious for its high level of difficulty, being the hardest in the series, at least until FE12 came out with its ultra-broken Lunatic Reverse mode.
As you may have guessed by the intro, the main character of this game is Leaf, who was an important character in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. This game is a sidequel to that game, telling us the story of Leaf before he joined Celice's army. For more info on that, you can check Frosteey's FE4 run
. This game is, however, very self-centered in its own story, so playing FE4 is not a requirement.
Conditions of this playthrough:
- Every possible character will be recruited. There are several "this or this character" instances in the game, but I will go for the highest possible number of units.
- All Gaiden maps will be played.
- There's a point in which the game divides in two routes. I've already chosen the route to take, but I might play the other route to show you the maps. Haven't decided on this just yet.
- This is not a ranked run. I will try to show you guys as much as possible on every map, although there will be a few instances where I take the easy way out (aka Warpskip, which is nearly required in this game).
- It's purely a screenshot LP. Main reason is that I suck at video editing and commentary, and I feel much comfortable doing text comments. Also, while I will be providing commentary and answering questions in this thread, the meat of the LP (aka the pictures and the comments that go with them) will be hosted at and linked to my own site. This is mainly because it gives me more freedom for editing and I can work at a format I'm more used to.
How does this game (aka FE5) connect with Genealogy of the Holy War (aka FE4)?
This game is a midquel to that game. Specifically, it starts around FE4 chapter 6, and ends halfway through chapter 8. This game also reveals a few things left unexplained in FE4, but don't expect an answer for EVERYTHING. Several FE4 characters also make cameos.
You said the game was released in 1999. How come the Copyright says 2000?
Two versions of this game were released. The first was a Nintendo Power (not connected to the American magazine) exclusive that allowed people to legally download a copy into a flashcart. The game was later released as a Super Famicom cart in 2000, which is the version I'm playing here. The second version fixes a few lines and glitches, and has a different ranking system.
Is there an English patch for this game? Why aren't you playing that version?
There is, but it glitches at several parts to the point it ruins the commentary, most notably wrong character sprites showing up. The translator also wanted to be clever and added some out-of-place jokes in certain spots. Don't worry, I will be explaining all the important plot points.
1.- The Warrior of Fiana
2.- The Village of Iss
2x.- The Pirate Isles
3.- The Gate of Kelves
(Other stuff to be added here soon.)
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