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I've never played Fire Emblem, where's the best place to start?

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Video games have their share of long and storied franchises. But around the seventh or eighth sequel, it can be difficult for newcomers to know where to start. These guides will point you in the right direction. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite.

You’re expecting Fire Emblem: Awakening, the series’ 2012 breakout hit for the Nintendo DS, aren’t you? It’s true that Awakening is a fantastic game with loads of personality and a bevvy of difficulty options to tailor the game to your skill level. But if you’ve never played any Fire Emblem, starting with Awakening is sort of like kicking off Star Wars with The Force Awakens. Yeah, it’s great and all, but you’re missing out on some important context regarding what made the series so special in the first place. With that in mind, I say set Awakening aside for now and pick up 2003’s Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance.