Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is a Japanese tactical role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. It was released on October 7, 2004 in Japan, and was later localized and released on May 23, 2005 in North America. Though it received positive reviews, The Sacred Stones was criticized for making only superficial improvements over the previous game. Reviews also stated that the new “World Map” feature made the game too easy. Despite these comments, the game received an average rating of 85 percent on Game Rankings and has sold over 300,000 copies in Japan.
The Sacred Stones was represented in Super Smash Bros. Development of The Sacred Stones began at some point after Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. The game was designed as a tribute to Fire Emblem Gaiden and thus shares many features from its predecessor, such as a traversable world map, dual Lords, split route, multiple promotion options, and optional battles outside of the main story. Reviewers have praised the level of attention that the game gives to the storyline and each individual unit, but have commented on the frustration that can be caused by some gameplay features inherent to the series, such as the fact that character death is permanent. The Sacred Stones takes place on the continent of Magvel. Renais: The kingdom of Renais is ruled by Fado, the peerless Warrior King. It is the home of the twin lords Ephraim and Eirika.
Frelia: The kingdom of Frelia is ruled by Hayden, the venerable Sage King and the father of the pegasus knight Tana and the sniper Innes. Frelia is also home to pegasi which are trained for military purposes. Jehanna: The kingdom of Jehanna is ruled by Ismaire, the Queen of the White Dunes. Her son is Joshua, the myrmidon. Since the nation exists mostly out of desert, there seem to be a heavy focus on being a mercenary in order to earn your daily bread. Rausten: The theocracy of Rausten is ruled by Mansel, the Divine Emperor, where in he claims to be a descendant of the saintly Latona. His heir is his niece L’Arachel, the troubadour.
It was founded by the saintly Latona, one of the Five Heroes. Grado: The Grado Empire is ruled by Vigarde, the Silent Emperor. His son, the necromancer Lyon, is a good friend of Ephraim and Eirika, who are appalled and confused by Grado’s sudden betrayal. Carcino: The emerging mercantile republic of Carcino is governed by a council of elders, and, unlike the other nations of Magvel, is more of a democratic-republic nation than a monarchy or theocracy. It was established more recently than the other nations and is the only nation not founded by one of the Five Heroes. In the Year of the Stone 803, the Grado Empire, a long-standing ally of Renais, launched a surprise attack on Renais, ordered by Emperor Vigarde.
Renais is unable to mount resistance against such a swift and forceful attack. Prince Ephraim of Renais is nowhere to be found as Grado sweeps through territory after territory. King Hayden of Frelia helps Eirika and suggests that she remain until Prince Ephraim returns, however she is determined to find him and goes to Grado. Aided by several of Hayden’s retainers, Eirika travels towards Grado where her brother was last seen.
Passing through Renais once again, they see first-hand the devastation caused by the war. Even more troubling is the appearance of foul undead creatures throughout the world. Meanwhile, Prince Ephraim has been causing havoc in Grado territory. As part of his guerrilla campaign to disrupt Grado’s military efficiency, he decides to capture the strategic Fort Renvall. However, after a brilliant tactical victory, he is forced to flee by Grado’s army. Ephraim’s bracelet, they open the secret door to Renais’s Sacred Stone.