Today marks a milestone anniversary for Capcom's very first traditional RPG series. Breath of Fire launched on the Super Famicom on 3rd April 1993, kickstarting what would become a beloved franchise for many turn-based RPG fans.
While North America would have to wait until the following summer to get their hands on Capcom's first foray into the genre (with Europe waiting until the GBA remake), Breath of Fire quickly established a cult fanbase thanks to its solid turn-based combat, the many anthropomorphic creatures found throughout the world, and fantastic music and art.
The first game follows Ryu, a descendant of the Light Dragons who was raised by his sister Sara, a powerful priestess. After being attacked by the Dark Dragon, Sara draws them away, only to be captured by Zog, the Dark Dragon Emperor. Ryu must then go on a quest to collect the six Goddess Keys to prevent Zog from reviving a great evil.
Squaresoft helped Capcom with the localisation of the game as the developer was also working on bringing the sequel, Breath of Fire II, over to the west in good time. And while many found love with the adventures of Ryu and Nina on PlayStation platforms with the highly-regarded Breath of Fire III and IV, the series' Nintendo roots set in place all of the series' most recognisable traits.
One of the key aspects of combat is that Ryu can turn into a dragon. Initially, he can only turn a small, infant-like creature, but as he gains more control of his abilities, he becomes a hugely powerful creature. Otherwise, it's a typical turn-based affair that relies on agility stats to determine the turn order.
Sadly, the Breath of Fire series hasn't had a new game since 2014 — Breath of Fire 6 on mobile, and many disregard it because of its heavy amount of microtransactions (the servers were shut down around 18 months after it launched). And Capcom, despite being on a critical and commercial roll recently, hasn't yet gone back to its beloved RPG series. And we miss it!
You can play the original Breath of Fire and Breath of Fire II on Nintendo Switch Online at least, or pick up the GBA remakes of both games, but as far as Ryu and Nina go for Capcom, it seems like the series has been left in the ashes. Which is a real shame.
Have you played the original Breath of Fire? Do you want to see the series make a return on Switch? Let us know in the comments.
I'm more of a "Sneeze of Water" fan myself.
Definitely hoping for a collection.
as mentioned it would be nice being able to own 1 and 2 on switch and having 3 and 4 would be fantastic, im even open for including dragon quarter since i really enjoyed that game despite not really feeling like a typical "breath of fire"
Please bring the franchise back Capcom. The GBA ports with their quality of life features were fantastic helping get me into "proper" RPGs and though I was never able to try the original Playstation pair I did manage to get my hands on Dragon Quarter. The soundtrack always makes a killing and I'm forever sad I was never able to afford it though I did manage to get the artbook on launch.
I have a lot of love for BoF IV on the PS1.
Not so much for the rest of the series.
I'd take a collection but to be honest, it's not very high up on my rpg series rankings.
Would love 3 and 4 on switch.
I've only ever had the pleasure of playing the first two; beat 1, get about 10 hours or so into 2 before giving up or being distracted.
I've always heard great things about 3 and 4, but at this point even if a collection does drop, I wouldn't have enough interest to buy in. The original game holds a lot of nostalgic charm for me because it's such a simple RPG adventure, but unfortunately I didn't grow up with the games.
I made it a decent ways into BoF2. I ended up dropping it though, I just can't handle random battles in RPGs, they drive me a little crazy after awhile.
I have the cart for BOF on SNES, but never really played it much. I hear great things about III and IV on PS1, but just never got around to playing them back in the day and they are kinda expensive now. An HD collection might fix that. Sure I can probably find a way to play them in a legally questionable way, but I’m lazy…
I need 1-4 on a cart or disc, tyvm.
If they released 1 - 4, I would immediately buy them. Heck, I might even purchase a re-release if the PS2 game.
1 I couldn't get into at first, 2 was a lot more compelling to me from the get-go... but man, is the translation pretty rough in spots
Are any of these straight-up good?
I played and beat one on SNES when It first came out, and replayed it a few years later on the GBA. I recently started a playthrough on NSO. It's has always been one of my favorite RPGs.
I never got around to playing 2 but I did play a bit of 3 as a friend of mine owned it. Never played 4 or 5 but I heard that those ones is when the series started going down hill.
Still I would be interested in a Remaster of them. If Konami is remastering Suikoden 1 and 2 surely Capcom can do the same for Breath of Fire.
Never played them but curious about them since the first 2 are on NSO. Can someone give me 1-2 reasons to play them if I have played dozens of other RPGs? Do they do anything unique?
I put down 2 for a little bit and tried getting back in from where I left off.
There's no direction and I couldn't even figure out where I was from a guide.
They don't make like that anymore.
As capcom seems to be in a growth sprout as of late thanks first to its huge success with Monster Hunter and now with the fantastic Resident Evil entries, I would like to see them expand back into its legacy IPs, Breath of Fire included.
I think I would not like to see a sequel as much as a full new reboot, although not sure how much of a chronology there was in the original games.
Just take the concept of a protagonist that can turn into a dragon, turn based battles, and make a modern graphical showcase RPG that challenges the visuals of Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy XVI, just keep it turn based.
I think by skipping the DS/3DS with ports of 3 and 4 did damage to the brand that can’t be recovered from.
Breath of Fire 2 is one of my "starter" games and as such it is a particularly important one for me and 3 was a superb JRPG also. I did also play Dragon Quarter last year and while it's very different from other BoF games I did find it surprisingly excellent also.
Yeah, I'd be up for a new BoF.
just give me breath of fire 3&4 in one collection i will buy it!!
this is why I keep coming back to this site: sometimes it really understands my pain
I do not know this game. Never seen it before. Yess a new game is possible everything is better than nothing but only on Nintendo Switch. Yess.
I’ve actually been playing this again this last weekend. I didn’t realize it was its 30th! I will play more today!
A true Sequel would be great.
Love Breath of Fire 4.
BoF4 was one of my best JRPG experiences. That game felt magical and still looks amazing.
Capcom needs a breath of fresh air to develop a new Breath of Fire 6…
Happy 30th anniversary Breath of Fire!
What I wouldn't give for a 'real' BoF6...
I do not miss them. So many good choices that two life’s are not enough already
Miss them? I thought these games are pretty readily available, right? They're not expensive either, so...yeah lol
Capcom tossing them into the Nintendo Online service tells me they aren't interested in cashing-in on Breath of Fire any time soon.
I only ever played Breath of Fire 2 for SNES. There are some good things about it, but it had a laughably archaic design for a JRPG released in the U. S. in 1995. I mean, this game was released in the U. S. after Chrono Trigger and FFVI, yet it almost feels like something that should have been a launch title.
“Yes, I was a true Breath of Fire 6!”
I almost picked that option, just because I want to have been an honest Breath of Fire 6 at some point in my life. 😉
I don't understand why they don't just port the PSP version of Breath of Fire III to the eShop, it's already widescreen and everything.
I'd rather Capcom not waste time on re-doing old series. Either make new ones or focus on doing what they are doing. Capcom has been hitting it out of the park these last few years I don't want them to regress to 15 years ago.
I kinda see Dragon's Dogma as the spiritual successor to the series.
Lmao at the amount of people wanting an "HD" version..smh video gaming is dead when people just want to play the same games recycled to death.
Also "HD pixels"...you wot mate?
I can already play all the older games just fine using emulators, and there are romhacks which make them a gazillion times better. I'd much rather see BoF6, than another remake/port.
Breath of Fire 3 was one of my personal favorites on PS1. I played it obsessively, but it really shows it's age today. I don't want some remaster, I want a remake, like what Square is doing with Final Fantasy 7. Or just give us an actual sequel.
C'mon Capcom, we need a Breath of Fire Legacy Collection for Switch please.
A collection would be great, as well as a real BoF6. Actually, I hadn't played the series after beating BoFIII on PSOne. I considered emulating IV and Dragon Quarter but I'd buy them if they were somehow made available commercially.
Currently doing breath of Fire for the switch online on my youtube channel.
I feel the first two could use an update. Good games but they're a little bit dated now.
i want 3 and 4 port
Definitely at least a port of the games not already on Switch in any way, even better if such a collection includes also I and II for those who want to buy them!
Why not just a continuation instead of HD Collections?
As much as I loved BoF 3 and 4 I would rather have a new game. The last new one I had to play was that terrible dragon quarter (FF13 copied the worst aspect of that game). Need to see Ryu and Nina in a new adventure before I get back to the old ones.
@MeloMan 2 needs a rebalance of its unmercifully high enemy encounter rate.
@Magician you liked 4 but not 3 ? 3 is far superior and the best of the franchise IMO
@jmsalal AGREED! That, or make enemies visible, add a visual update, and I'm all set.
I loved Breath of Fire 1. I remember drawing artwork for a ton of sequels during class, haha. I had like 8 or 9 sequels ready!
It was a difficult game though, and pretty weak on storyline. I have fond memories of it, but it hasn't aged well.
I never got into Breath of Fire 2. I guess it's because I was ticked off it wasn't a real sequel. I also had to wait too long for it to release.
I did get Breath of Fire 3 when it released, and I do remember the beginning part very fondly. It had a very homely atmosphere which I really liked. But the difficulty was still too high and the random encounter formula was a bit stale, so I never did finish it. It wasn't a very good game from what I remember.
I bought Breath of Fire 4 for PC, but as with every other PC game at the time, my computer would just freak out and I wasn't able to play it past the first few minutes. The slightly more sci-fi-esque approach didn't appeal to me anyways.
Never did get 5, though I heard it was interesting, at the very least. But nahh... Breath of Fire could've been a great series but it hasn't aged well. The only thing they could do is reboot it, possibly in 2D-HD, and somehow tie the series toegether storywise (or maybe that's just a me thing).
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