|Breath of Fire|
Breath of Fire (ブレスオブファイア, i.e. English "Breath of Fire" written with Japanese katakana) is a console role-playing game series developed by Capcom. It originated on the Super Nintendo in 1993 as Capcom's first foray into the turn-based role-playing genre. The series is notable for its recurring characters and ambiguous continuity; though each game is its own self-contained story, the names of the two lead characters are, invariably, Ryu and Nina. The core structure of Breath of Fire is linear and plot-focused, a typical characteristic of Japanese-style role-playing games.
The story commonly involves an adventurer named Ryu who can shapeshift into different types of dragons. Over the course of his journey, he befriends Nina, a girl with wings. At its inception, Breath of Fire took place in a medieval-style fictional world, a frequently-seen setting in western role-playing games. Starting from the 3rd title, post-apocalyptic themes and an increased emphasis on character development were introduced.
Following the mainstream success of Japanese role-playing games in the 1990s, the original box artworks were used in localized versions.
As of 2003, five Breath of Fire titles have been released, with three games being ported to handheld game consoles as well as the Wii's Virtual Console. In a June 2008 interview, the Takahashi brothers of Camelot Software Planning, famous for the Shining series, expressed their interest in reviving the series.
- Capcom's Willow (NES) pre-dates Breath of Fire by 4 years, but it is an action role-playing game.
|N.||Original title||Localized title||Year||Systems|
|1|| ブレスオブファイア Ｉ 竜の戦士
Breath of Fire I: The Dragon Warrior
|Breath of Fire||1993||SNES, GBA, Wii U|
|2|| ブレスオブファイア ＩＩ 使命の子
Breath of Fire II: The Destined Child
|Breath of Fire II||1994||SNES, GBA, Wii VC, Wii U|
|3|| ブレスオブファイア ＩＩＩ
Breath of Fire III
|Breath of Fire III||1997||PS1, PSP|
|4|| ブレスオブファイア ＩＶ うつろわざるもの
Breath of Fire IV: The Unfading Ones
|Breath of Fire IV||2000||PS1, MS-Win, PSP, PS3, PSV|
|5|| ブレスオブファイア Ｖ ドラゴンクォーター
Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter
|Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter||2002||PS2|
|6|| ブレスオブファイア 6 白竜の守護者たち
Breath of Fire 6: Guardians of the White Dragon
|-||2016||mobile phones, MS-Win|