Okay so for reccomendations for the FE series I always have these 3
Shadow Dragon, remake of the original, is for the DS.
Awakening, the first of the 3DS games, one of the easier Fire Emblem games and has a casual mode as well.
Sacred Stones, second Fire Emblem to be ported to the west, is for the GBA. Self-contained story and imo the the easiest game in the series.
You could also do Blazing Blade or Binding Blade.
Though if you strictly want to just play the new series, eh. Awakening is the best to go still. Fates isn't worth playing ever, and Echoes is good, but it's a remake of an older game that had a lot of different mechanics and such, so it's not really an entry point since it's a bit of an oddball.
Unless you have like a WiiU or whatever and don't want to emulate - I'd say Awakening or one of the Fates.
Writer is right about Shadows of Valentia being weird, and any other game is either unreleased in English or so horrendously hard to come buy that getting them legit is a pain. Shadow Dragon /looks/ like it has a lot of stock, but don't be fooled, it has a LOT of counterfeits in circulation.
WiiU gives you virtual console so you can pick just about any available from that as well if you want to,
Also, Fates has amazing gameplay, art, and music. Writer is a salty boi, but I reccommend it as it's my personal favorite in the franchise.
Eh, imo it was boring gameplay wise, garbage story and rather unlikeable characters on the most part. That and it's a total cashgrab since you have to pay an additional 30$ just to unlock the full base game.
Am I somewhat salty? Eh, I'd say yes, since I felt the game pushed the waifu thing to the limits of genuine gameplay. That and the garbage of Fire Emblem Warriors (seriously, the only non Marth/3DS game representation was Lyn!)
EDIT: Buuuuut, I could see others I guess like it. Yet I cannot advice it since it's just not worth the price.
How do you recommend Shadow Dragon but not Fates? Like, really? Shadow Dragon was what almost killed the franchise for a reason! You want him to think FE fans like mediocre quality like that game?
But yeah, SS is the only game in the series with a self-contained story, not interacting with any other (it’s very much an odd duck in that way). Though, with few exceptions, it’s all pretty much fully understandable without knowledge of other games in the series.
I, too, recommend any GBA title to start with. Just note that the recent games have easier difficulties available while those do not. Awakening is a good one to start with, as well. I would only not recommend Fates or Valentia to start with as they are somewhat of a departure from the rest of the series. Feel free to play either as like, the second game or something. Just skip Shadow Dragon. You won’t have any fun. If Nintendo could actually make Ike’s games available to play, that would be nice.
And yes, Warriors was heavy on the waifu pandering. It was super annoying. I still fail to see how Ike and Roy can represent FE in Smash and yet not be in a major FE crossover game.
EDIT: Fates has the closeups of the characters that had petting taken out for the west.
Story wise most games are seperate from each other some of the games do connect to each other. Like Awakening is in the same setting as Shadow Dragon (though hundreds of years in the future)
The waifu petting game is fates
I don't think Shadow Dragon is very good, but it's an entry point game imo. On its own it's a bit eh, but as baby's first Fire Emblem? It's a good choice. Also god I wish I could play any of Ike's games. BUT THEY ARE SO RIDICILOUS IN PRICE
I got the games when they came out. They’re good. Though, when I revisited PoR years later, the graphics were definitely dated, but nothing that can’t be adjusted to. Honestly, I’m sad I sold off RD because I had expected it to come to the VC soon enough. Nintendo is honestly begging people to pirate those games at this point. Ike is literally the most popular FE character. Full stop.
Also, while on some level I agree that SD is a good entry point due to being a remake of the very first game, it’s still easily the worst English game by far. I’d rather he enjoy himself. That’s the game one plays when curious about Marth, I feel.
Gonna need to go to emulators for 9 and 10 (they are not worth the prices on secondhand markets). It’s a good order. Just do keep in mind that 13 onward has easier difficulties available if you wish to dip your toes in that way (trust me, many did that).
Also, Valentia is a good game. Harshest criticism I have is that the maps are often too big and the major postgame dungeon is a huge difficulty spike. It’s a remake of the black sheep of the series, but it’s fun and the characters are charming. Plus, it’s kind of neat that every line is voiced. It’s the only game in the series with that distinction. You are gonna see a good deal of parallels with SS.
Told you they need to pop those up on VC. Ike is super popular, those games didn’t sell well initially, and renwed interest have all caused those high prices. Kind of really weird Switch isn’t doing VC yet. Are they waiting for their new online service to be awesome or something? I mean, I know that online play for old NES games is available through that, but these aren’t related to those.
Honestly, just emulate them. It’s even morally fine because you aren’t depriving Nintendo of profit, anyways. It isn’t like it’s on VC or being sold directly by them. A game designer at Nintendo is still going to afford her rent if you emulate them. You can also just skip them. It’s sad to, as honestly, I feel the stories in those games are the best in the series (though apparently Japan wasn’t a fan of all the racial tension from what I heard), but this is on Nintendo. They need a clue.
There's always the option of watching Youtube vids.
Not as enganging, but if the proper people pay it, can be fun.
Speaking of Nintend'oh, they recently started nuking all websites that host SNES games (demaing 150k $ per game hosted, but that's a scare tactic), so either they want their classic consoles to sell, or they have a plan.
Unlikely that they plan to please the fans (even though they proved they can please them with cardboard), but one can hope.