Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the
(Revised: 6th November 2010)
Q) What should I know about this
A) The game is a Nintendo DS remake of the third Fire Emblem game, Mystery of the Emblem. It is also
the direct sequel to Dark Dragon and
Sword of Light (and
its remake Shadow Dragon),
with Prince Marth once again in the spotlight. It was released in Japan
on 15th July 2010.
Q) Wait? Wasn't Mystery of the Emblem
a remake in the first place? Why are they remaking a remake?
A) Some people seem to get confused about this. The original Mystery of the Emblem actually
contained two games, one of which was a remake of Dark Dragon and Sword of Light, and
the other was a brand new game, which was the actual Mystery of the Emblem.
Q) When will the game be released in
A) As of 6th November 2010, nobody knows.
Q) I heard this game isn't being
localised. Please tell me this isn't so!
A) What you've heard is probably just fans jumping to conclusions.
While Nintendo hasn't said they're localising the game
yet, they haven't said they aren't going to do it. Also, don't listen
to what some people say about Shadow
Dragon hurting the series in the West - the game received strong
reviews from the gaming press (gaining a respectable score of 81 on Metacritic as of 6th November
2010) and had good sales (over half a million copies sold in North
America and Japan collectively).
Q) What's the story about?
A) Adapted from the Japanese official site:
Once, there was a great battle known as the War of Shadows. The forces
of Medeus, the Shadow Dragon who brought despair to the people, were
defeated by the combined strength of Marth, prince of the fallen
Kingdom of Altea, Duke Hardin of Aurelis and other determined
companions. One year later... A youth knocks alone on Altea castle's
door. Their aim to become a knight and fight alongside Marth, the Hero
Q) Does this game contain Book 1 of
Mystery of the Emblem (aka Shadow Dragon)?
Q) What changes/new features are there
compared to previous games?
A) The main new feature is the ability to create your own custom
character, dubbed My Unit, who appears and fights in the game's story.
For more details on My Unit, please check this
page. Meanwhile, beginners can enjoy the option to choose Casual
where allies don't permanently die when they reach 0 HP and instead
return at the beginning of the next chapter.
Q) What's new in this game compared to
A) There are several new prologue and sidequest chapters, 300+ base
conversations (this includes support conversations), a remake of the
elusive BS Fire Emblem
chapters and three new downloadable chapters. Additionally, there are
many more characters who can be recruited, including some surprising
Q) Huh? Why do people call this Fire
Emblem 12? It's not a new game...
A) The game's internal coding refers to this game as the 12th Fire
Emblem, which is also what Intelligent Systems refers to this game as.
At the end of the day, numbering games is just a convenience, so, as
long people know what a particular number signifies, it's not really
Early to mid-game
Q) What's the difference between
all the difficulty levels?
A) Normal mode is the default setting, designed for
newcomers to the series or those who don't want a hard time. Hard,
Maniac and Lunatic mode feature progressively stronger enemies and
in these modes, reinforcements appear from the beginning of the enemy
phase (as opposed
to the end). Lunatic mode also removes the use of certain items such as
the Silver Card and Warp Staff.
Q) Why can't I choose Myrmidon as a
class choice for My Unit?
A) Male My Units can't be a Myrmidon from the very beginning of the
game. To make them a Myrmidon, you need to make them a Cavalier, Archer
or Mage first. Then, from Chapter 1 and onwards, you can Reclass them
to a Myrmidon.
Q) Can My Unit seize thrones to clear
A) No, only Marth can do this.
Q) Are there any penalties for
choosing to play Casual Mode? Eg. characters who reach 0 HP return with
A) As far as I can tell, there are no penalties whatsoever. However, if
you intend on playing Reverse Lunatic mode on Classic mode, you must
beat Lunatic mode on Classic mode.
Q) What do the choices in the Prologue
A) The choices decide which version of the next chapter you will
progress to. Choosing the left option makes you go to the B map, while
the right option leads to the A map (if you're
wondering why the maps are labelled this way despite the left option
being the default one, it's how they're labelled in the game's code).
The layout of the maps is the same between versions, but the enemies
Be aware that the choice at the end of Prologue-7 serves a different
function (it affects My Unit's hairstyle).
Q) Can I recruit Katarina in the
A) No, but you do get a chance to recruit her later in the game.
Q) Do I need to kill off characters to
access the sidequest chapters like in Shadow Dragon?
A) No, the requirements are more sane this time. Although, this time
it's almost impossible to miss them without intentionally trying.
Q) Are there any disadvantages in
using the training arena in
the Battle Preparations?
A) Besides not get any gold back by winning and having to consume
weapon uses, not really. Be aware that the Level Up gains in the
training arena are fixed to an extent, which could be a disadvantage to
Q) Do dynamic growths exist in this
A) No. There's probably less reason for them to exist since
characters generally have better growth rates now.
Q) Are there any playable
Ballisticians in this game?
A) No, while the two Ballistician characters from Shadow Dragon do
return in this
game, they join as different classes.
Q) Can Xane allow units to move again
when he copies Feena?
A) I'm afraid not.
Q) Can you obtain the Swarm, Meteor or
A) Not in the main game. Eremiya has a Meteor tome in the second
downloadable chapter, but you can't transfer it to the main story.
Q) Is it possible to use the
Darksphere in a Wi-Fi team?
A) No, not without hacking anyway. The only time you can obtain the
Darksphere is when you possess
the other four spheres, otherwise Hardin will not drop it. By the time
you obtain it, it will already be fused into the Shield of Seals.
Q) Is it possible to recruit Maria
Q) What features do you unlock after completing the game?
A) Please check the bottom of the Hints and Secrets
Q) Do you obtain anything for beating
Reverse Lunatic mode?
A) Nothing, except for the usual congratulations message.