My first Fire Emblem game was Sacred Stones. The combination of turn based strategy along with the RPG leveling combined 2 genres that I already enjoyed. The support system also enthralled me. Being able to see these characters interact and discuss their lives, their hopes, and their dreams really breathed life into them. Which is why I always reset when someone died.
It didn’t hurt that I had the official strategy guide as well thanks to my Nintendo Power subscription. I mostly remember using it to plan out how to promote people and to make sure I found all the secret shops.
I missed out on Path of Radiance due to being a kid with no money and no one ever getting it for me for Christmas. I had that on my list for many years. My next experience with a full Fire Emblem game was Radiant Dawn and that fully cemented my love of the series.
Since then, I’ve also beaten Shadow Dragon and have in varying states of not completed yet Awakening, Fates, and Echoes. Currently Echoes has me absolutely hooked. The mechanics are simpler than some of the other games, but for me that makes it so positioning and tactics are even more important. The cantors can be tedious, but I enjoy battles of attrition so those guys are some of my favorite enemies. Also the dungeon crawling is a super fun way to break up the constant battles. The characters make it even better because they are all super fun. I love it when Est says “I could learn a thing or 3.”
I’ve also been playing Fire Emblem Heroes since it came out. It’s like a bite sized dose of Fire Emblem every day. Num num num.