The Attack Themes of Fire Emblem (Player), Part I

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So ok, it’s time I go and cover the attack themes of Fire Emblem. It’s evolved a lot since it started in 1990. That might be an understatement. Anyways, instead of having it posted in one post, I shall break it down into three parts: Fire Emblem 1 to 6, Fire Emblem 7 to 13, and then the Arena music themes. These will all be the player music themes for now. Sometime in the future I shall get to enemy themes. So let me get started.

Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon and The Blade of Light
Title: Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari No Tsurugi
System: Famicom
Track: Player Attack
Composer: Yuka Tsujiyoko

What is there to say about a battle theme that originated in the 8-bit era? Well, I think what it comes down to is what you one thinks they’ll feel when they hear this theme. It’s a war out there, you’re fighting to help Marth reclaim his kingdom, and what’s that? You get a feeling of “Man, this is too simple!” And it really feels that way; it stays on a consistent track for the whole thing, and when it changes at the end, it lacks a bit of a rush or a sense that a unit is attacking. It could stand to be a bit more polished.

Fire Emblem 2

Title: Fire Emblem: Gaiden
System: Famicom
Track: Player Attack
Composer: Yuka Tsujiyoko

For this one, this feels like a slight upgrade, or more like, “Let’s go and fight!” Which is about how it should be when it comes to Celica and Alm. This music feels like we’re taking the challenge to you, and you have to stop us! There also feels like there’s variety here, as opposed to what we got in the first Fire Emblem.

Fire Emblem: Mystery of The New EmblemFire Emblem: Monshou No Nazo Book 1 Attack Theme (Sorry, couldn’t find a single video of it!) Link to part of the track here

Title: Fire Emblem: Monshou No Nazo
System: Super Famicom
Track: Attack (Book 1)
Composer: Yuka Tsujiyoko

Now we get into remake territory, and well, they definitely attempted to remake the 8-bit version! It’s obviously still the same one, but unlike the first one, this sounds impactful, with a sense of purpose, and like it’s time to deliver some justice. Now, would I still think this would be a song suited to reclaim a kingdom? Not entirely sure for me. I just know that this is a nice track.

Title: Fire Emblem: Monshou No Nazo
System: Super Famicom
Track: Attack (Book 2)
Composer: Yuka Tsujiyoko

Book 2 however, steps things up. In this one, Marth and his comrades know they need to hurry as fast as they can to accomplish their goal, but along their way they’ll have to overcome numerous challenges, whether it be from betrayals, loss of close friends, or trying to save the people from their destruction. So when hearing this track, keep all of those themes I mentioned in mind. With a variety of tones to this theme, this is something that works well.

Fire Emblem Seisen No Keifu

Title: Fire Emblem: Genealogy of The Holy War
System: Super Famicom
Track: Ally Attack
Composer: Yuka Tsujiyoko

When I initially heard Genealogy of The Holy War’s battle track, I liked it a bit. It starts off as a near challenge like mode, with a creative use of beats to start things off then switches things up a bit. I think it’s more varied than the prior FE battle themes above. But for me, it then gets repetitive. And considering this is the entire theme of Genealogy of The Holy War, I’m not certain how much I would be able to listen to it without soon switching to Battle Animation OFF.

Fire Emblem Thracia 776

Title: Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
System: Super Famicom
Track: Start The Justice – Attack
Composer: Yuka Tsujiyoko

This track however, sounds exactly as titled: Leif, the main character in Thracia 776, is tired of running away from the people out to get him, so along with his allies he sets out to save his friends and take on his pursuers. It’s fitting that for this one, it’s hurried, it feels imposing, and it definitely feels like justice is about to be served.

Fire Emblem The Binding Blade

Title: Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
System: Game Boy Advance
Track: Attack!
Composer: Yuka Tsujiyoko

Out of all of the FE this point, this track has more variety. You get started out with what sounds like could be a prelude to the battle upcoming, then the music after that is a well timed strum of different sounds that come with the actual attack from your units. And of course, you can say it also sounds heroic too.

Anyways, what battle track’s your favorite on this list? Feel free to share below. Look out for Part 2 of this sometime this week (probably Thursday)

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About Walters

Lonely Fire Emblem fan. Almost a FE apologist.

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