History of the Emblem, Chapter 5: Eirika

The mountains of Renais were usually peaceful. However, their calmness was interrupted by a horse rushing through the trees. A proud but wounded knight rode upon it. A princess clutched the knight's waist. In the distance the burning castle of Renais was getting smaller and smaller. Exhausted, the knight Seth stopped and to dress his … Continue reading History of the Emblem, Chapter 5: Eirika

History of the Emblem, Chapter 4: Roy & Lyn

Roy's our boy! Roy's our boy! This is what the audience chants when Roy, a mysterious red-haired swordsman, is winning a match in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It was a memorable cheer; any Melee player could chant it even today. But back in 2002, Melee fans had little explanation about who this character was or … Continue reading History of the Emblem, Chapter 4: Roy & Lyn

History of the Emblem, Chapter 3: Sigurd & Leif

I often wonder how the Western video game market would've been different if we had Japan-exclusive games like Mother 3 released here. As infamous as that game is, its actual audience will forever remain limited to diehard fans. Only the fans willing to find the fan translation and emulate it will actually experience the game. … Continue reading History of the Emblem, Chapter 3: Sigurd & Leif

History of the Emblem, Chapter 2: Celica

Sunlight fills the cathedral windows, causing Celica's red hair to glow. She bows her head. Her hands are clasped together: "Mila, our Mother Goddess, please hear my prayer. Our crops are dying. Abominations are rising from their graves. Rigel has invaded our homeland. I can no longer stand idly by. What must I do?" Celica … Continue reading History of the Emblem, Chapter 2: Celica

History of the Emblem, Chapter 1: Marth

I remember feeling the heat from my desk lamp on my cheek. It was comforting, in a way, as I stayed up late into the night sketching out mountain ranges, archipelagoes, and the names of kingdoms. I had always loved fantasy, but when I was thirteen, the Lord of the Rings trilogy lit a fire … Continue reading History of the Emblem, Chapter 1: Marth

How to Prepare for Fire Emblem Engage

So you saw the trailer for Fire Emblem Engage back in September, and, after laughing at the protagonist's hair, you thought: "Why are they summoning Smash Bros. characters like Marth to fight for them?" Judging from the fact that you're reading this article, I'm assuming that you're interested in Fire Emblem Engage. Maybe you played … Continue reading How to Prepare for Fire Emblem Engage

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Review, Part 2: The Guilt of Being Alive

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a JRPG developed by Monolithsoft and published by Nintendo. It was released in July 2022 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. MSRB is $60. This is Part 2 of my review; if you haven't yet, I recommend reading Part 1. Reader Warning: I will be spoiling the game in this post, including … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Review, Part 2: The Guilt of Being Alive

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Review, Part 1: A JRPG Magnum Opus

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a JRPG developed by Monolithsoft and published by Nintendo. It was released in July 2022 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. MSRB is $60. This is part 1 of my review and will only contain minimal early-game spoilers about gameplay and basic story elements similar to what was shown in Nintendo trailers. … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Review, Part 1: A JRPG Magnum Opus

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Review – Just Shy of an S-Rank Video Game

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is an Action RPG developed by Koei Tecmo and published by Nintendo. It was released in July 2022 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. MSRB is $60. Fire Emblem: Three Houses earned its spot as my #1 Switch JRPG thanks to its robust customization, fascinating lore, and emotionally rich cast of … Continue reading Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Review – Just Shy of an S-Rank Video Game