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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.
Nine of the fifteen Fire Emblem series games have been released through Virtual Console so far, six of which remain 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 and the Blade of Light||JP||JP||JP||Japan only. Included as a Masterpiece demo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii UJP.|
|Fire Emblem Gaiden||JP||JP||JP||Japan only.|
|Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem||JP||JP||JP||Japan only. Included as a Masterpiece demo in Super Smash Bros. BrawlJP. Nintendo 3DS release is exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS systems.|
|Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War||JP||JP||JP||Japan only. Nintendo 3DS release is exclusive to New Nintendo 3DS systems.|
|Fire Emblem: Thracia 776||JP||JP||JP||Japan only. 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 currently 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 emulation.|
|Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance||--|
|Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn||--|
|Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon||--|
|Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem||--|
|Fire Emblem Awakening||--|
|Fire Emblem Fates||--|
|Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia||--|
|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)