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The Virtual Console (Japanese: バーチャルコンソール Virtual Console) is a brand name used by Nintendo's online eShop under which old games from Nintendo's earlier consoles and those of other former console manufacturers are sold. The service is aimed to provide an alternative to video game emulation by opening up the vast back catalogues of Nintendo and its partners in the service for legal purchase in the modern market. Games sold through Virtual Console are released through digital downloads directly in the console in question itself, which are emulated by the system and thus play near-identically to their original release.
The service is currently available for the Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS consoles; however, Virtual Console titles can no longer be purchased on the Wii due to the closure of the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo Switch console forwent Virtual Console and instead gives the player access to select NES and Super NES games through its Nintendo Switch Online subscription service.
Nine Fire Emblem series games have been released through Virtual Console, six of which are exclusively available in Japan.
Fire Emblem series games available via Virtual Console
|Game||Virtual Console availability||Notes|
|Wii||Wii U||Nintendo 3DS|
|Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light||JP||JP||JP||Included as a Masterpiece demo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii UJP. Also included in Family Computer - Nintendo Switch OnlineJP.|
|Fire Emblem Gaiden||JP||JP||JP||--|
|Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem||JP||JP||JP||Nintendo 3DS release is exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS systems. Included as a Masterpiece demo in Super Smash Bros. BrawlJP. Also included in Nintendo Classic Mini: Super FamicomJP and Super Famicom - Nintendo Switch OnlineJP.|
|Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War||JP||JP||JP||Nintendo 3DS release is exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS systems.|
|Fire Emblem: Thracia 776||JP||JP||JP||Nintendo 3DS release is exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS systems.|
|Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade||JP||--|
|Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade||--|
|Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones||The Nintendo 3DS version is exclusive to the Ambassador Program and is not intended for general release for other owners of the system. Like all Ambassador GBA titles on the 3DS, it runs natively through the hardware rather than through emulation.|
|Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon||--|
|A means that the game is available via the Virtual Console service on this console, while a indicates the contrary.|
- Wii Official Site - Enhance Your Wii (North America, Wii)
- Wii U - Official Site at Nintendo (North America, Wii U)
- Nintendo eShop Official Site - Games (North America, Nintendo 3DS)