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==Untitled Fire Emblem remake (lost build of cancelled Nintendo 3DS tactical role-playing game; existence unconfirmed; late 2010s)==
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==Fire Emblem (partially lost early 4-koma manga anthologies based on tactical role-playing game franchise, 1994-2002)==
 
{{InfoboxLost
 
{{InfoboxLost
 
|title=<center>Fire Emblem Nintendo 3DS remake</center>
 
|title=<center>Fire Emblem Nintendo 3DS remake</center>
|image=FE_logo_3DS.png
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|image=FireEmblem4komamangatheatergagbook1.jpg
|imagecaption=The current English logo of the franchise.
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|imagecaption=Cover of the first volume of ''Fire Emblem 4-koma Manga Theatre'', released in 1994.
|status=<span style="color:grey;">'''Existence Unconfirmed'''</span>
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|status=<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Lost'''</span>
 
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Two years after the release of ''Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'', which served as a remake to the original ''Fire Emblem Gaiden'', '''rumors of an unknown fourth 3DS title of the''' '''''Fire Emblem''''' '''series''' '''were brought up''' in an episode of ''Kinda Funny Games Daily''. Information about this game is scarce at best, but a rumor said that it was supposed to be released in the late 2010's, only to be cancelled sometime later. Said game was also supposed to remake one of the older games in the series, though which game it was supposed to remake is unknown.
 
  
== Potential candidates of the remake ==
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Since it's inception, the ''Fire Emblem'' franchise has received a number of manga adaptations, most of which have been 4-komas. The first series of 4-komas, ''Fire Emblem 4-koma Manga Theatre'', was released between 1994 and 1997, with it's first four volumes covering the Archanea Saga, and the last two covering the fourth game, ''Genealogy of the Holy War''. The franchise would continue to receive manga adaptations, until 2005, when ''Fire Emblem: Champion's Sword'' ended it's run. However, it started receiving manga adaptations again in 2012, with the release of a short manga adaptation of the then-newly released ''Fire Emblem Awakening''.  Meanwhile, after the release of ''The Binding Blade'' 4-komas in 2002, production of the 4-koma manga came into an abrupt halt for 13 years, until 2015, when ''Fire Emblem Awakening 4koma KINGS'' was released, though five years prior, there were also an additional two 4-komas made for the ''Memorial Book Archanea Chronicle''.<ref>[https://imgur.com/t6dJlee The Memorial Book Archanea Chronicle 4-komas on Imgur, which were posted on Reddit in 2016.] 7 Dec '21</ref>
The mysterious title is speculated to be a remake of an older game in the franchise, but there is no mention as to what that game was supposed to be. Firstly, there has been fan speculation that ''Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War'' was the potential candidate. On the other hand, however, ''Shadows of Valentia'' director Kenta Nakanishi was more interested in doing one base on ''Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade'', mostly due to Roy's popularity, and the game never receiving an international release despite this.<ref>[https://nintendowire.com/news/2017/05/22/fire-emblem-echoes-director-like-remake-binding-blade/ Nintendo Wire article about Nakanishi considering about taking on ''The Binding Blade''] Retrieved July 7th, 2021</ref> Though other old games, such as ''Path of Radiance'', were also brought up, the aforementioned two games are the most notable remake candidates.
 
  
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The majority of the 4-koma anthologies are known to have a sillier and light-hearted tone than the usual dark tone seen throughout most of the ''Fire Emblem'' games, though some of the ones are known to have mildly sexual material included, mostly seen in ''4-koma Manga Theatre'', such as Lena attempting to undress herself in one of them, and Caeda stunning enemy soldiers by exposing her underwear in another. Games released after ''Binding Blade'' and before ''New Mystery of the Emblem'', as well as ''Three Houses'', never got any official 4-koma adaptations whatsoever.
FE4_Boxart.png|Boxart of ''Genealogy of the Holy War'', one of the potential candidates of the unknown remake
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FE6_Boxart.png|Boxart of ''The Binding Blade'', one of the potential candidates of the unknown remake
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</gallery>
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== Availability ==
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Though 4-koma adaptations of games released during the 2010's are well accounted for, and ''A Day in the Life'' is currently ongoing as of 2017,<ref>[https://fire-emblem-heroes.com/en/manga/ Official website of ''Fire Emblem Heroes: A Day in the Life''.] Retrieved Dec 1 '21</ref> '''the early ones based on the''' '''''Archanea and Judgral Sagas,''''' '''as well as''' '''''The Binding Blade''''' '''have been long out of print, with a vast majority having yet to be uploaded on the internet in their entirety;''' the main reason being that all of the 4-Koma adaptations released at the time were doujins made by fans of the series. Due to their obscurity, not much information is currently known for either of them. However, used copies of the early 4-koma mangas are still being sold online via various Japanese sites. There is currently no estimate as to how many 4-komas have been made between 1994 and 2002.
  
== Existence ==
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So far, all of the known ''Thracia 776'' 4-koma manga were scanned in their entirety by FlareHabanero, and were later uploaded to the Internet Archive by various users between March 4th and September 24th, 2019. A Twitter user, @BindingManga, also scanned, translated, and uploaded several 4-komas from ''Binding Blade Gag Battle'',<ref>[https://twitter.com/BindingManga Twitter profile for @BindingManga, which consisted of some of the scanlated 4-komas from ''Binding Blade Gag Battle''.] Retrieved Dec 1 '21</ref> with the most recent being uploaded on June 1st, 2020.<ref>[https://twitter.com/BindingManga/status/1267546764577394688 @BindingManga's most recent 4-koma translation.] Retrieved Dec 3 '21</ref>Also, a little-known Twitter bot, @ninten4koma,<ref>[https://twitter.com/ninten4koma Twitter profile for @ninten4koma, where some of the early Fire Emblem 4-komas are posted in.] Retrieved Dec 1 '21</ref> has continuously been posting scans of several early ''Fire Emblem'' 4-komas in rotation, but all it posts are the same several 4-komas, as the bot itself hasn't been updated for a very long time. Acenoctali, a possibly inactive ''Genealogy of the Holy War'' fansite, also hosts translations of several 4-komas, consisting of those from one of the ''Genealogy of the Holy War Gag Battle'' volumes and ''Genealogy of the Holy War'' Gag Paradise, though the actual page amount for both of them are unknown.<ref>[http://acenoctali.free.fr/f-fe4/mangas.htm Acenoctali's page, where the ''Genealogy'' 4-komas are found in.] Retrieved Dec 3 '21</ref> The rest are scattered across the internet, most notably on Twitter. A huge chunk of the available 4-komas are currently preserved in a MEGA folder, divided in three different folders.
The first time the elusive ''Fire Emblem'' game was ever mentioned was in a Halloween 2019 episode of ''Kinda Funny Games Daily'', during a discussion between Greg Miller and ex-Game Informer editor Imran Khan. When they discussed about the game, Khan claimed that the game was in development at some point, but it was cancelled later. He also brought up that the project would soon be revived for the Nintendo Switch, but nothing new has been brought up about the game since. The exact reason as to why the mysterious ''Fire Emblem'' title was shelved is unknown, but poor sales of another Nintendo RPG ''Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey'' and the then-recent bankruptcy of its developer AlphaDream, combined with the Nintendo 3DS nearing the end of its life, is what probably led to its cancellation. <ref>[https://www.nintendoenthusiast.com/fire-emblem-3ds-canceled/ Nintendo Enthusiast article about the rumored cancelled game] Retrieved July 7th, 2021</ref>
 
  
In an article on the Fire Emblem fansite Serenes Forest, published a few days after the aforementioned episode, longtime fan VincentASM also claimed that the game began development around the same time as ''Fire Emblem: Three Houses''.<ref>[https://serenesforest.net/2019/11/04/rumour-cancelled-fire-emblem-remake-3ds-live-switch/ Serenes Forest Article detailing the rumored game.] Retrieved July 7th, 2021</ref>
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One 4-koma manga, ''Yaruze! Fire Emblem''<ref>[https://manga-republic.com/product/product_page_940860.html?ref=mfc&type=jan Manga Republic listing for ''Yaruze! Fire Emblem''.] Retrieved Dec 1 '21</ref>, which is centered around ''Genealogy of the Holy War'' 4-komas, was most likely not been scanned and uploaded online at all, and surviving copies are extremely hard to come by. A My Figure Collection user fcrtune is known to have one copy of the manga in his possession. However, he was last active on that site around June 2021, and his Carrd website link is defunct, so it is unknown if he would make the entire manga available to the public, if he still owns said copy.<ref>[https://myfigurecollection.net/profile/fcrtune fcrtune's My Figure Collection profile, where ''Yaruze! Fire Emblem'' is listed in.] Retrieved Dec 1 '21</ref>
  
Since then, no new evidence regarding the existence of the game has resurfaced online, and, till this day, remains a mystery if this game was ever developed.
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== Known 4-koma manga anthologies ==
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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|+Gag Battle Series
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|-
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! style="background-color:lightblue" | Title
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! style="background-color:lightblue" | Year
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! style="background-color:lightblue" | Status
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| Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War 4-koma Gag Battle || 1996-1998 || <span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Found'''</span>
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| Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 Gag Battle 1 || 1999 || [https://archive.org/details/fireemblemthracia7764koma2 <span style="color:green;">''' Found'''</span>]
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|-
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| Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 Gag Battle 2 || 2000 || [https://archive.org/details/FireEmblemThracia7764KomaManga <span style="color:green;">'''Found'''</span>]
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|-
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| Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade 4-koma Gag Battle || 2002 || <span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Lost'''</span>
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|}
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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|+Other
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|-
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! style="background-color:lightblue" | Title
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! style="background-color:lightblue" | Year
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! style="background-color:lightblue" | Status
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| Fire Emblem 4-koma Manga Theatre || 1994-1997 || <span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Found'''</span>
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|-
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| Yaruze! Fire Emblem || 1997 || <span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''</span>
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| Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Gag Paradise || Unknown, possibly late 1990's || <span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Found'''</span>
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| Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 4koma Manga Theater || 2000 || [https://archive.org/details/FireEmblemThracia7764KomaVol1/mode/2up <span style="color:green;">'''Found'''</span>]
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| Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade 4-koma Manga Kingdom || 2002|| <span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Found'''</span>
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== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
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4KomaCollectionFront.jpg|Front cover of all six volumes of ''Fire Emblem 4-koma Manga Theatre''.
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4KomaCollectionBack.jpg|Back cover of all six volumes of ''Fire Emblem 4-koma Manga Theatre''.
  |description1 =The Halloween 2019 episode of ''Kinda Funny Games Daily'', where the elusive ''Fire Emblem'' title was brought up. (Starts at 45:19)
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4KomaCollectionSide.jpg|Side view of all six volumes of the ''Fire Emblem 4-koma Manga Theatre''.
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FE4_GagBattle.jpg|Front covers of the ''Genealogy of the Holy War Gag Battle'' manga volumes.
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YaruzeFE_Front_Cover.jpg|Front cover of ''Yaruze! Fire Emblem''.
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FE4_GagParadise.jpg|Front cover of ''Genealogy of the Holy War Gag Paradise''.
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Thracia776_GagBattle1.jpg|Front cover of ''Thracia 776 Gag Battle 1''
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Thracia776_GagBattle2.jpg|Front cover of ''Thracia 776 Gag Battle 2''
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Fire_Emblem-_Thracia_776_4koma_Manga_Theater_front_cover.jpg|Front Cover of ''Thracia 776 4koma Manga Theater''.
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FE6_4koma.jpeg|Front covers of ''Binding Blade 4-Koma Gag Battle'' (Left) and ''Binding Blade 4-Koma Manga Kingdom'' (Right).
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</gallery>
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
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* [[Fire Emblem: Three Houses (partially found original Cristina Vee audio from English dub of Nintendo Switch tactical role-playing game; 2018-2019)]]
 
* [[Fire Emblem: Three Houses (partially found original Cristina Vee audio from English dub of Nintendo Switch tactical role-playing game; 2018-2019)]]
 
* [[Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade promotional trial maps (lost promotional DLC of Game Boy Advance tactical role-playing game; 2002)]]
 
* [[Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade promotional trial maps (lost promotional DLC of Game Boy Advance tactical role-playing game; 2002)]]
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== External Links ==
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* [https://mega.nz/fm/1sE22ZAZ MEGA archive folder consisting of the early 4-komas currently available online (Except those of ''Thracia 776'').]
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* [https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/Fire_Emblem:_4-koma_Manga FANDOM Fire Emblem Wiki article for ''Fire Emblem 4-koma Manga Theatre''.]
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
 
{{reflist}}
 
{{reflist}}

Revision as of 16:12, 8 December 2021

Fire Emblem (partially lost early 4-koma manga anthologies based on tactical role-playing game franchise, 1994-2002)[edit | edit source]

FireEmblem4komamangatheatergagbook1.jpg

Cover of the first volume of Fire Emblem 4-koma Manga Theatre, released in 1994.

Status: Partially Lost


Since it's inception, the Fire Emblem franchise has received a number of manga adaptations, most of which have been 4-komas. The first series of 4-komas, Fire Emblem 4-koma Manga Theatre, was released between 1994 and 1997, with it's first four volumes covering the Archanea Saga, and the last two covering the fourth game, Genealogy of the Holy War. The franchise would continue to receive manga adaptations, until 2005, when Fire Emblem: Champion's Sword ended it's run. However, it started receiving manga adaptations again in 2012, with the release of a short manga adaptation of the then-newly released Fire Emblem Awakening. Meanwhile, after the release of The Binding Blade 4-komas in 2002, production of the 4-koma manga came into an abrupt halt for 13 years, until 2015, when Fire Emblem Awakening 4koma KINGS was released, though five years prior, there were also an additional two 4-komas made for the Memorial Book Archanea Chronicle.[1]

The majority of the 4-koma anthologies are known to have a sillier and light-hearted tone than the usual dark tone seen throughout most of the Fire Emblem games, though some of the ones are known to have mildly sexual material included, mostly seen in 4-koma Manga Theatre, such as Lena attempting to undress herself in one of them, and Caeda stunning enemy soldiers by exposing her underwear in another. Games released after Binding Blade and before New Mystery of the Emblem, as well as Three Houses, never got any official 4-koma adaptations whatsoever.


Availability[edit | edit source]

Though 4-koma adaptations of games released during the 2010's are well accounted for, and A Day in the Life is currently ongoing as of 2017,[2] the early ones based on the Archanea and Judgral Sagas, as well as The Binding Blade have been long out of print, with a vast majority having yet to be uploaded on the internet in their entirety; the main reason being that all of the 4-Koma adaptations released at the time were doujins made by fans of the series. Due to their obscurity, not much information is currently known for either of them. However, used copies of the early 4-koma mangas are still being sold online via various Japanese sites. There is currently no estimate as to how many 4-komas have been made between 1994 and 2002.

So far, all of the known Thracia 776 4-koma manga were scanned in their entirety by FlareHabanero, and were later uploaded to the Internet Archive by various users between March 4th and September 24th, 2019. A Twitter user, @BindingManga, also scanned, translated, and uploaded several 4-komas from Binding Blade Gag Battle,[3] with the most recent being uploaded on June 1st, 2020.[4]Also, a little-known Twitter bot, @ninten4koma,[5] has continuously been posting scans of several early Fire Emblem 4-komas in rotation, but all it posts are the same several 4-komas, as the bot itself hasn't been updated for a very long time. Acenoctali, a possibly inactive Genealogy of the Holy War fansite, also hosts translations of several 4-komas, consisting of those from one of the Genealogy of the Holy War Gag Battle volumes and Genealogy of the Holy War Gag Paradise, though the actual page amount for both of them are unknown.[6] The rest are scattered across the internet, most notably on Twitter. A huge chunk of the available 4-komas are currently preserved in a MEGA folder, divided in three different folders.

One 4-koma manga, Yaruze! Fire Emblem[7], which is centered around Genealogy of the Holy War 4-komas, was most likely not been scanned and uploaded online at all, and surviving copies are extremely hard to come by. A My Figure Collection user fcrtune is known to have one copy of the manga in his possession. However, he was last active on that site around June 2021, and his Carrd website link is defunct, so it is unknown if he would make the entire manga available to the public, if he still owns said copy.[8]

Known 4-koma manga anthologies[edit | edit source]

Gag Battle Series
Title Year Status
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War 4-koma Gag Battle 1996-1998 Partially Found
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 Gag Battle 1 1999 Found
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 Gag Battle 2 2000 Found
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade 4-koma Gag Battle 2002 Partially Lost
Other
Title Year Status
Fire Emblem 4-koma Manga Theatre 1994-1997 Partially Found
Yaruze! Fire Emblem 1997 Lost
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Gag Paradise Unknown, possibly late 1990's Partially Found
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 4koma Manga Theater 2000 Found
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade 4-koma Manga Kingdom 2002 Partially Found

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]