Codex Gamicus

Fire Emblem Gaiden (ファイアーエムブレム外伝, Faiā Emuburemu Gaiden,? Fire Emblem Side-Story) is a tactical role-playing game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Famicom. Released in March 1992, it is the second installment in the Fire Emblem series, and the last to be developed for the Famicom.

It was the last Fire Emblem game on the Family Computer. It stars Alm and Celica. Alm and Celica knew each other since they were children. They each run a separate army. Alm's party is usually larger and stronger than Celica's party. Several characters, including Paola, from the original Fire Emblem made a comeback in Fire Emblem Gaiden.

The game takes place in the continent of Valencia, over a span of 5 "Chapters". As each "Chapter" unfolds more of the map is revealed, for players to traverse on. There are two kingdoms: Rigel and Sofia. Alm doesn't know at first, but he is later revealed to be the Prince of Rigel (Rudolf I's son). Celica is the Princess of Sofia, and she also appears to be a priestess of Mira, a goddess. Fire Emblem gaiden was the first Fire Emblem game where the two "Lords" or heroes could actually promote. Alm's starting class is Fighter and he promotes into a Hero. Celica is a priestess and she promotes into a Princess.

It should be noted however that some of the Gaiden gameplay mechanisms have finally made a proper comeback in the most recent Game Boy Advance video game Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.