Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Published by Nintendo, Developed by Intelligent Sys.

Genres: RPG (1 players)

US release date: Nov 5th, 2007 | EU release date: Mar 14th, 2008

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Three years have passed since the great war that ended in the death of Mad King Ashnard. His country of Daein suffers under the rule of the war's victors. Now, a small band of freedom fighters struggle to end the long, dark night of Daein's oppression. Micaiah, Sothe and a host of others - the infamous "Dawn Brigade" - rally under the banner of Daein's long-lost prince to bring a new day to this ravaged land.

  • Command the Dawn Brigade and learn the story of their struggle. Then, gain a new perspective by joining Ike and the Greil Mercenaries as they watch Daein's battles spread throughout all of Tellius.
  • Players can shape their armies to suit their strategy by choosing from dozens of unique characters. Should they use close-range attacks, like the brash Edward's sword, or attack from afar using Leonardo's bow or Ilyana's lightning magic?
  • Players can build support relationships between their characters - as their relationships grow, so do their strengths as they fight together on the battlefield. Players should guide their armies wisely, because if a character falls on the battlefield, he or she is lost forever.
  • The best-selling strategy title makes its Wii debut, with 16:9 widescreen support, newly added for the North American version, bringing a truly epic experience.

Game storyline: Three years have passed since King Ashnard of Daein invaded neighboring Crimea and, in doing so, almost doomed the world by awakening the slumbering goddess of chaos. Now, the fires of war burn bright once again, and a band of freedom fighters unites to break the foreign chains that bind their homeland. As this new war spreads, Ike and the Greil Mercenaries find themselves caught up once again in events that threaten to awaken powers that will judge the world - and find it wanting. A goddess' judgment could threaten once again to bring ruin to all of Tellius.

How to progress through the game: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is a turn-based strategy game with a fantasy setting. Players alternate turns with the computer opponent, moving pieces (units) and attacking enemy units on the battlefield. There are dozens of units and different weapons and magic spells, each with its own strategic benefits: armored knights wield swords, fast-moving mounted cavaliers can use swords and lances, unarmed monks use healing staves, and so on. As units grow closer together in the story, players can initiate support conversations to enhance their effectiveness together.

Characters: Two groups dominate the storyline: the Dawn Brigade, made up of Micaiah, Sothe and other new characters, and the Greil Mercenaries: Ike, Mist, Shinon, Rolf and other familiar faces from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. Additionally, the laguz characters from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance return. Ranulf, of the beast tribe, is joined by the new Skrimir. The leadership of the other tribes also appear in critical roles. Zelgius, who (as the Black Knight) killed Ike's father, returns in his true identity as one of the primary antagonists.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: In addition to the traditional game play seen in previous Fire Emblem games, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn introduces new strategic elements. For example, the magic system from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance now includes elemental magic that follows the "trinity of magic" from earlier Fire Emblem games. Players familiar with the series remember that healing units and untransformed laguz were unable to counterattack when struck by foes. Now, these units have a special move that can be used only when attacked. These units can defend themselves, even if they cannot initiate an attack.

New skills customize units with special abilities that allow them to attack multiple times, move through foes (who typically block the path) and much more. Skills can be assigned to any unit, but because each unit can have a limited number, players will need to be careful in how they assign them. Additionally, the game now includes a terrain-height system that allows characters to move from low ground to high (on certain levels). High ground features special advantages against foes below.

Several other new features enhance the Wii version: The game now supports 16:9 widescreen (newly added for North America), giving players a better view of the battlefield. Trailer cinemas have been added in key sequences to help add to the cinematic and epic feel of the game. A new "Battle Save" function allows novice players to create a permanent save mid-battle. This feature is new to the Fire Emblem series and is designed to make the game more accessible to new gamers. Additionally, players have a number of controller options, from using the Wii Remote on its own (vertically or horizontally) to using a Classic Controller or even a Nintendo GameCube controller (for fans who were familiar with the controls from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance).

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Fire Emblem. For lovers of strategy games and Nintendo, this name brings joy to the ears with good reason. There aren't many games in it's genre that can come close. In general, it plays as a tactical RPG in which you move your characters from place to place, depending on a...read full review

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SSBB Master said:

I wonder when this game will come out because Fire Emblem is so cool.

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Narnia Wii said:

I absolutely loved Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and I am sure that Intelligent Sys. and Nintendo will deliver an amazing experience on the Wii--can't wait! XD

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wii man said:

Isn't this the game with Roy and Marth off Super Smash Bros Melee?

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DEMON5007 said:

Roy and Marth are from two different FE games, Wii man. Marth is from the first two FE games, released only in Japan, and Roy is the son of Eliwood from the first FE released in the US. Regardless, I LOVE this series! (as you could tell). Not only does the storyline completely drag you in, but the game play is just as enthralling. I can't wait.

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SSBB Master said:

I have just seen this game's trailer. Although it was short it looked very nice. I thought the graphics were smooth too. Now this game is on my list.

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some random stranger said:

I can't wait to see how this game will work on the wii, but I know it will rock. Fire Emblem is the best.

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Noah of Nintendo Bunker said:

I'm not big on the whole Fire Emblem scene.

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Ling Ling said:

Maybe they will make it so you actually have to sword fight by swinging the controller instead of a tactics, or they just might put the two together.

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Awesomeo said:

God someone needs to slap Noah right in his big grouchy head.

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gimp said:

The kid with the scarf looks like Sothe from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance for the Gamecube. Maybe this is a sequel?

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ganondorfrules said:

Yeh I loved the Fire Emblem game and I also agree with ling ling because the turn based thing won't attract attention to buyers as much as the first path of radiance did. It's a new generation of consoles so it has to provide more than turn based. But yeh demon5007 you're right about the storyline dragging you in, it's like a vortex that makes you wanna find out more. But there are more storylines than 1, there's the main storyline about how the war started but there are stories you have to uncover and understand to really know the game. Like finding more about Commander Griel and the medallion. Also the laguz especially the herons and their past and powers but ike n boyd are so cool, so is the black knight n king ashnard. I reckon the creators put a lot of work into those characters because boyd is funny and he n ike are my strongest characters in my best file. I also think soren is hilarious because he is also so blunt and insensitive like he doesn't care about anyone or anything. So yea I agree with all of you except for Noah of the nintendo bunker.

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That One Guy said:

Hurray! Fire Emblem for the Wii! I can't wait for it to come out!

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Hey said:

They should make a 3D FE game for DS. That would be cool.

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wii thing said:

I don't want to play a strategy game where the main character is a blue haired freak.

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Hey said:

But blue is the new blonde! (kidding)

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wii king said:

I love fire emblem but I think they should have Smackdown vs Raw 2007 for wii.

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Darunia106 said:

I must admit Fire Emblem is a very excellent series, although the only thing I don't like is the permanent death of a character. I'm one of those obsessive-compulsive types that likes to have all of the characters alive. So trying the same level about 5 times without losing someone can be a bit of a turn-off for me. I still haven't beaten the first Fire Emblem and Path of Radiance. I'll probably still get this game though because I'm a sucker for fantasy and permanent death thing aside, Fire Emblem is my 3rd favorite gaming series!

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tinyboy said:

Totaly agree with wii king there should be a wwe game on wii bring on fire emblem.

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ganondorfrules said:

Darunia I agree completely with the losing the character when he dies thing, because when I first played it I thought it was just for the battle when I lost Boyd in my very first file. But now I've been through the game 7 times without losing a single character out of the 20 times I've finished it, but it's really hard to do.

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ganondorfrules said:

What I hope to see here in Australia and other countries that the game didn't get released in are the Roy and Marth Fire Emblem games. I hope Intelligent Sys and Nintendo decide to bring those 2 games out worldwide on the Wii. Maybe this fire emblem could be played online, like get your strongest character and fight online. That would be cool, or get your army and fight online that would be sweetness.

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tinyboy said:

Now I've never played a Fire Emblem game. Is it as good as people say?

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Uforia77 said:

Cool, best strategy RPG game ever strikes again!

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ganondorfrules said:

Yes it is. I think it's the best RPG ever, though it's only tactical work but yea it's really good. I've finished it like over 30 times.

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WhiteMage said:

I am very new to the Fire Emblem thing. Sounds super cool - high on my wish list, but all I really know about the series is the battle lance-sword-axe triad and Roy is hot.

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ganondorfrules said:

The weapon triangle is sword beats axe, axe beats lances and lances beat swords. They are a good series but here in australia they only released fire emblem:path of radiance. I read on a website path of radiance sold more copies because of the storyline and the game seemed more fun to the gamers.

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p-nut said:

I'm not really a fan of Fire Emblem. I have ADD and turn based RPGs put me to sleep. Roy and Marth are cool on Super Smash Bros though.

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FE lover said:

I love all of the Fire Emblem games that I've played. I can't wait for the Wii and the FE for it to come out. I love RTS's and RPG's a lot, and fire emblem must be my favorite strategy game ever. To all of those people who haven't played an FE yet, I suggest that you go out there and play it. It's really worthwhile.

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ganondorfrules said:

I prefer the games than just Roy and Marth, more fun. I've also spent nearly just as much time on Fire Emblem as I have on SSBM so I like them equally.

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wii-mote dude said:

Stupid ps3 doesn't stand a chance against the wii now. Die Sony!

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ganondorfrules said:

Wow that pic is awesome. I just hope it's a new game completely and not like Conker's Bad Fur Day where they remake the game with the same story and just change the characters. I don't mind if they keep the same characters from Path of Radiance but as long as the game has a different story to it.

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ganondorfrules said:

The fights are the exact same as the first one, what a bummer.

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TinyBoy said:

It looks like Advanced Wars with people, or is there a difference.

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ladeda said:

Maybe there will be a lot more to it in this version.

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ganondorfrules said:

I sure hope so. I want to be able to control the character when he's fighting and I want to be able to wander around the world, not do a tactical strategy map thing.

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DarkVic said:

This looks like a good game, but personally I'm not into role playing games.

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Waiting for Wii said:

GO ROY! GO MARTH! Welcome to wii!

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ganondorfrules said:

I don't think this one is about Roy and Marth, I think it's more about Ike and co. Again because it has King Caineghis in the screenshot.

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waiting for wii said:

Oh yeah. Good point ganondorfrules. Roy is still my fave though. But still Ike and co are sweet too.

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Neurotic said:

I am also an excessive compulsive player. The fact that they die forever is really annoying because I'll play the same level 3-7 times. But it got me so good at the game I never lost again.

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Neurotic said:

I like the tactical strategy thing, it's more enjoyable to play since there are few games that take that approach any more. The only 2 I can think of are FE and Advanced Wars.

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Sonic Fan said:

The Fire Emblem series looks like an advanced version of chess.

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Omniferous said:

I am happy with the permanent death. It challenges you to think your hardest and work your best in battle. It is also something realistic and something other games can't boast. I always replay levels until I complete it without losing characters. I admit it is frustrating, even for me at times. The best strategy is to take a break and play something else for a bit, then pick it up fresh. Sometimes a new take is all you need for a winning combination.

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random said:

Nope fire emblem will be classic turn-based strategy without the motion sensitive controllers, just classic controllers.

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i need a wii...eww said:

This is the first time I've ever heard of fire emblem.

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lalala idiot (RS2) said:

My friend has this on Gameboy and it looked like a strategy. Maybe it'll have that tossed in?

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Joeyseses said:

FE games are amazing; probably the best GBA game I've ever played. And it will just be a turn based game, just as it should be. FE works that way.

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ganondorfrules said:

I've started to play fire emblem path of radiance again and it's still really fun.

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Sonic Fan said:

Path of Radiance was the best ever! I can't wait to play this one. And I wonder if there is a new title to this game.

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ganondorfrules said:

I want it to come out soon and yea I'm guessing there will be a new title to it.

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Unknown said:

It is called fire emblem the goodness of dawn.

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ganondorfrules said:

Really? That name strikes me as odd, wonder what it's about this time besides the obvious guess of everyone saying it has something to do with the dawn part.

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