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The Legend of Zelda has its “Adventures of Link,” Mario has its “Super Mario Bros 2” (at least in North America), and Fire Emblem has its “Fire Emblem Gaiden.”

A side story to the original Fire Emblem, Gaiden introduces new concepts and plays around with unique ideas that the rest of the series would opt to ignore. Among these are a world map, a two party system, enemy monsters, and even RPG-style town exploration. Although this was a departure from the original system, Intelligent Systems would eventually pay homage to the game by releasing Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones which recycles some of Gaiden‘s gameplay elements.