Awakening Could Have Been The Last Fire Emblem Game

The Fire Emblem franchise hasn’t had a huge following here in North America, but it’s been sort of a big thing in Japan. It’s one of those Nintendo franchises you just expect to come around every few years, but apparently that almost wasn’t the case. The franchise has been seeing declining numbers over the years, with each release selling fewer and fewer copies, according to … Continue reading Awakening Could Have Been The Last Fire Emblem Game

Fire Emblem Sells Well In Its First Month

While the numbers themselves aren’t actually huge, compared to other big name releases, Fire Emblem: Awakening did have the best first month of sales the franchise has ever seen. According to Nintendo, the strategy RPG sold 180,000 in its first month of availability in North America. 63,000 of those sales came courtesy of the Nintendo 3DS eShop. To put that into perspective, the most recent … Continue reading Fire Emblem Sells Well In Its First Month

Fire Emblem: Awakening Review (3DS)

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I “grew up” playing games like Warhammer, its sci-fi equivalent 40K, Piquet and more recently Flames of War. Those games are all essentially turn-based-strategy games where you and an opponent face off on opposite sides of a tabletop battlefield with hordes of painted soldiers at your command. Much like chess, those games require strategy, the ability to react quickly to opponents and a little bit of luck.

Intelligent Systems are the developers behind the Fire Emblem series that has been around for more than 20 years now, mostly in Japan. The game is basically the video game version of a tabletop strategy game. It’s known for its punishing difficulty, relationship building and most importantly the dreaded “permadeath.” Until now the series has been mostly unknown in the United States, but could Awakening truly live up to its name?

What You Need to Know

Fire Emblem: Awakening is a strategy-role-playing game where you take groups of fighters on a quest to save the world. You, as the Avatar, awaken to find you have no memory of yourself, but you do know the people who find you. It’ll be you and your party’s job to rid the world of Risen, save the kingdom and maybe get married along the way. Battles take place on a grid and turns bounce back and forth between your party and the enemy. Actions are chosen from menus, multiple weapons will be available to many characters and the battles play out in real time on the 3DS top screen.

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10 Tips For Surviving Fire Emblem

If you’ve downloaded or bought a physical copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS then you may not know exactly what to expect when you first play the game. If you’re a veteran of the franchise you know that things are going to be difficulty and there are some strategies to keep you alive. If you’re new to the series then you probably have no idea what to expect and need a little help giving yourself the edge in battle.

This game is definitely one of the more hard core strategy games available to players. It utilizes a permadeath form of play, meaning that if a character dies in battle then they’re no longer available to you. If you’re worried about the time you invest in those fighters and you don’t want to lose them the developers, Intelligent Systems, have given you the option to play in a more casual mode that will bring all fighters back after the battle. I like to play with permadeath on as it makes you more aware of what you’re doing and forces you to come up with some really solid strategies that you can take into battle.

With that in mind I’ve come up with a few tips that I use on the battlefield. Continue reading “10 Tips For Surviving Fire Emblem”

Fire Emblem February

That’s what I’m officially labeling the month that features Valentine’s Day. During their most recent Nintendo Direct video, which aired yesterday, Nintendo announced the release date for Fire Emblem: Awakening. February 4th is the date you can mark on your calendar for when I’ll be hanging out with Lord Chrom and the Shepards. The game will feature many elements of past games like the tactical, … Continue reading Fire Emblem February