This interview was originally published in issue #9 of Nintendo Online Magazine (May, 1999). Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 is the fifth installment in the series, the final Fire Emblem game released for the Super Famicom, and the last game released at retail for the system (in September of 1999). The story is set sometime between chapters 6 and 8 of the previous title in the series, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, and tells the story of Prince Leif, the child of two characters from the previous game who seeks to reclaim the glory of his kingdom.
This notoriously difficult strategy RPG is available through Nintendo’s Virtual Console service on the Wii and Wii U in Japan. It also got a pretty good manga adaptation. Leif got his own DLC chapter in Fire Emblem: Awakening and received an absolutely stunning makeover as part of the deal, but has otherwise been completely forgotten by humanity.
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Considered the creator of the Fire Emblem series of games, he worked as the director for the first five titles while also handling design and scenario work. After leaving Intelligent Systems in August of 1999 (one month before Thracia 776 was released), he founded his own company, Tirnanog, and went on to create the comically litigious Tear Ring Saga for the PS1.