Fire Emblem: Awakening Gets Tactical on February 4

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Fire Emblem: Awakening Gets Tactical on February 4

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The first 3DS entry in the Fire Emblem series allows your characters to marry and have children for the first time.

It's been over five years since the last original game in the Fire Emblem series was released, which is a long time for tactical RPG fans to have to wait. Luckily for them, the wait is almost over: Nintendo has announced that Fire Emblem: Awakening will be released in North America in February 4. European gamers will have a little longer to wait; Awakening is scheduled for an April 2013 in Europe.

Awakening was (kind of accidentally) announced at E3 earlier this year; the game has been out in Japan since April 2012. Though this is the first entry for the 3DS, the series is no stranger to portable systems. The first Fire Emblem to be released outside of Japan hit the Game Boy Advance in 2003, with Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones hitting the handheld two years later.

Fans of the Fire Emblem games can expect new features in the next entry in the medieval fantasy franchise, like being able to perform team-up attacks, marry, and have children with other characters. Awakening will offer additional characters via DLC once the game is released, including some familiar faces from other Fire Emblem games.

Source: Polygon

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Fire Emblem GBA and Sacred Stones were so damn good! There's few sensations more crushing quite like getting through the entire level with all your troops alive only to get cocky and have your favorite get killed right at the finish.

This stuff makes me wish Nintendo would get into the App business. I'd gladly pay 30 bucks to play this on my tablet or phone, but I don't love the series enough to shell out 200 for a 3DS.

STOP IT DAMNIT!

I have enough shit to buy Q1 of 2013, stop giving me more!

Damn, this is the first title that makes me want to get a 3DS.

This has been one of the most consistently high-quality franchises that I've played, with never a single subpar entry. I'll be buying this for sure.

P.S. Thanks

Wrong. This game isn't the first one that allows you to marry and have children. Fire Emblem Thracia 776 was the first game that allowed characters to fall in love and have children. They removed the feature in later games and instead opted for simply allowing characters to fall in love, having some of them marry at the end.

Yay! Now my 3ds won't have to be a paperweight anymore. I'm so excited:D its been forever since I last played a fire emblem game

Covarr:
This has been one of the most consistently high-quality franchises that I've played, with never a single subpar entry. I'll be buying this for sure.

P.S. Thanks

While I'd agree that most of the FE line has been great, I really disliked Radiant Dawn, which is sad because it's a direct sequel to Path of Radiance which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I haven't bought a new DS game in a couple of years now. I still have my old clunky original DS, does anyone know if this will run on it? Or will I have to shell out for a sparkly new overpriced 3DS?

Either way, take all my money. Love Fire Emblem to bits.

A Smooth Criminal:
Wrong. This game isn't the first one that allows you to marry and have children. Fire Emblem Thracia 776 was the first game that allowed characters to fall in love and have children. They removed the feature in later games and instead opted for simply allowing characters to fall in love, having some of them marry at the end.

Also wrong. It was Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu that had it.

Thracia 776 was a "mid"quel that took place during Seisen no Keifu to show Leaf Faris Claus' side of the story, up until the start of Seisen no Keifu's chapter 9.

But Sarah LeBoeuf does need to get her facts straight. The "generation" system has been done before in the series.

Also, if Nintendo's announcing a special edition Fire Emblem 3DS like they did in Japan, I'm preordering it.
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Here's an unboxing video:


Here's the supposed American boxart for the game itself:
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And here's what the GameFaqs boards say is arguably the best song from the game:

This might actually be a system seller for me, I'll have to keep an eye on the 3DS prices.

Grenge Di Origin:

A Smooth Criminal:
Wrong. This game isn't the first one that allows you to marry and have children. Fire Emblem Thracia 776 was the first game that allowed characters to fall in love and have children. They removed the feature in later games and instead opted for simply allowing characters to fall in love, having some of them marry at the end.

Also wrong. It was Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu that had it.

Thracia 776 was a "mid"quel that took place during Seisen no Keifu to show Leaf Faris Claus' side of the story, up until the start of Seisen no Keifu's chapter 9.

I thought I was wrong. I never played either, I knew at least one of them had a generation system. I never heard of any generation system in Shin Monsho no Nazo though, so I assumed there was none in Seisen no Keifu

AldUK:
I haven't bought a new DS game in a couple of years now. I still have my old clunky original DS, does anyone know if this will run on it? Or will I have to shell out for a sparkly new overpriced 3DS?

Either way, take all my money. Love Fire Emblem to bits.

I just looked this up myself. You'll need to buy a 3DS to play the game, no backwards compatability cause well. The old system can't handle the 3D. Question answred.

I'll have to show my little brother this, he loves the series. He'll buy it, and a 3DS. And once he's done I'll play it.
: D

Time to cancel my plans for February 4th. And 5th, and 6th, and... let's just write-off the whole week's worth of free time while we're here.

Besides from being damn fun I play Fire Emblem for the shipping, call me a sappy prick but this children thing made me squee.

Covarr:
This has been one of the most consistently high-quality franchises that I've played, with never a single subpar entry. I'll be buying this for sure.
P.S. Thanks

-Dragmire-:

While I'd agree that most of the FE line has been great, I really disliked Radiant Dawn, which is sad because it's a direct sequel to Path of Radiance which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I have to say that Shadow Dragon for the DS was pretty poor as well. I know it was a HD remake, but after having played those two amazing GBA Fire Emblems, Shadow Dragon felt incredibly disappointing. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it.
Otherwise, the FE series is pretty damn excellent.

I'm a huge FE fan, and I can barely wait for it to come to Europe. I've had my eyes on this for a very long time.

SpaceBat:

I have to say that Shadow Dragon for the DS was pretty poor as well. I know it was a HD remake, but after having played those two amazing GBA Fire Emblems, Shadow Dragon felt incredibly disappointing. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it.
Otherwise, the FE series is pretty damn excellent.

Yeah, I guess it was just too faithful to the original, as it lacked some crucial features that are in the present games, like thieves not being able to do things you expect them to do and no rescue feature and what new things they did add from the original were fairly shoddy, such as the underwhelmingly(?) basic support system and how new units added for the remake were implemented and obtained.

Oh, and this is unrelated but Naoto FTW.

Tiger Sora:

AldUK:
I haven't bought a new DS game in a couple of years now. I still have my old clunky original DS, does anyone know if this will run on it? Or will I have to shell out for a sparkly new overpriced 3DS?

Either way, take all my money. Love Fire Emblem to bits.

I just looked this up myself. You'll need to buy a 3DS to play the game, no backwards compatability cause well. The old system can't handle the 3D. Question answred.

I'll have to show my little brother this, he loves the series. He'll buy it, and a 3DS. And once he's done I'll play it.
: D

Thanks for answering my question! But boohoo to having to buy a 3DS :(

Ah well, that limited edition special model looked so good! It's so sad of me that if I had that, I'd keep it as a memento to show my grandchildren...

I am beyond pleased about this. I'm pretty certain this was the most well received Fire Emblem to date too. I now must get a 3DS and this game. There is no other option.

Good times; what'll be really fun are the DLC characters like Ike, Eirika, Ephraim, and Celice

Fire Emblem is one of those franchises that I always appreciate they exist, but I'm never able to finish.

Good for 3DS owners.

Well crap, now I'm actually tempted to buy a 3DS.

Maybe the price will drop before it comes out.

...I can dream, can't I?

Wow. Nary a negative Nintendo post in sight! How rare and unexpected escapist community. Gold star. And yes fire emblem is king.

"Edit" Now if nintendo has only 3 franchises (mario, metroid, and zelda) that they milk to death, maybe this can shut them up! Everyone forgets fire emblem when they bitch about nintendos milking machines.

Well god fucking dammit.

I guess I've gotta buy a 3DS now. Thanks a lot, Obama.

The Legend Will Never Die.

Breed all the adventurers!

A Smooth Criminal:

Grenge Di Origin:

A Smooth Criminal:
Wrong. This game isn't the first one that allows you to marry and have children. Fire Emblem Thracia 776 was the first game that allowed characters to fall in love and have children. They removed the feature in later games and instead opted for simply allowing characters to fall in love, having some of them marry at the end.

Also wrong. It was Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu that had it.

Thracia 776 was a "mid"quel that took place during Seisen no Keifu to show Leaf Faris Claus' side of the story, up until the start of Seisen no Keifu's chapter 9.

I thought I was wrong. I never played either, I knew at least one of them had a generation system. I never heard of any generation system in Shin Monsho no Nazo though, so I assumed there was none in Seisen no Keifu

I don't blame you for playing either; Thracia 776 is extremely unforgiving on the first run, and Seisen no Keifu's an incredibly slow game with a poorly optimized engine that takes forever to do anything. Also its big maps don't help when more than 10 turns can be taken to go from one end of the map to another.

Oh, and Seisen's difficulty is laughable. Arenas that don't kill off your characters if they die in them, a highly exploitable generation system where some combinations can make the children become neigh unstoppable, the Elite Ring that you can "sell" between units for double EXP, Levin/Sety who have the tome Holsety, which totally breaks the game (+20 speed. I've had their avoid rates go to 90 fucking percent) and you can save every turn.

SupahGamuh:
Fire Emblem is one of those franchises that I always appreciate they exist, but I'm never able to finish.

Good for 3DS owners.

Starting from Shin Monshou no Nazo (a remake of Fire Emblem 3), Awakening will have an optional "Casual Mode", which won't kill your units if they fall in battle. If Fire Emblem was too hard because you hated restarting due to your units dying all the time, then this may be the Fire Emblem you've been waiting for.

You can also try the fan translation of Shin Monshou no Nazo patch to get a feel for casual mode: The site for their patch is here.

Sarah LeBoeuf:
The first 3DS entry in the Fire Emblem series allows your characters to marry and have children for the first time.

Probably not the first to say this, but I don't care:

Well, first time since Genealogy of the Holy War, anyway.

Grenge Di Origin:

A Smooth Criminal:
Wrong. This game isn't the first one that allows you to marry and have children. Fire Emblem Thracia 776 was the first game that allowed characters to fall in love and have children. They removed the feature in later games and instead opted for simply allowing characters to fall in love, having some of them marry at the end.

Also wrong. It was Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu that had it.

Thracia 776 was a "mid"quel that took place during Seisen no Keifu to show Leaf Faris Claus' side of the story, up until the start of Seisen no Keifu's chapter 9.

But Sarah LeBoeuf does need to get her facts straight. The "generation" system has been done before in the series.

Also, if Nintendo's announcing a special edition Fire Emblem 3DS like they did in Japan, I'm preordering it.
image
Here's an unboxing video:


Here's the supposed American boxart for the game itself:
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And here's what the GameFaqs boards say is arguably the best song from the game:

That is awesome, only 60 days left.

I never heard of those first two games though. Were they Japan only?

Great. Another game I absolutely must buy.

Why must you torment me Nintendo? Why?

While I am pleased to finally know when this game comes out so I know when need to set aside money for it, I do have to ask one question... Why in the coldest reaches of Niflheim does Europe have to wait until -APRIL- for the release?!

Makes me hate the retarded region bullshit even more than I already did.

Halyah:
While I am pleased to finally know when this game comes out so I know when need to set aside money for it, I do have to ask one question... Why in the coldest reaches of Niflheim does Europe have to wait until -APRIL- for the release?!

Makes me hate the retarded region bullshit even more than I already did.

I know that feel, bro. If you ever find yourself raging over the fact that a game gets released stateside months before the European release, just do as I do and remember the fact that Europe got Xenoblade Chronicles FIVE MONTHS before America got it. That alone makes this wait worth it. It makes ANYTHING worth it.

I'm sorry, what were we talking about?

On a related note, Xenoblade FTW.

gamerguy20097:
Wow. Nary a negative Nintendo post in sight! How rare and unexpected escapist community. Gold star. And yes fire emblem is king.

"Edit" Now if nintendo has only 3 franchises (mario, metroid, and zelda) that they milk to death, maybe this can shut them up! Everyone forgets fire emblem when they bitch about nintendos milking machines.

Metroid gets milked to death? O.o Pokemon would be a better example I think.

I'm not sure i like the idea of making characters have kids to get the stats you want, It feels.. grindy, on top of already somewhat grindy requirements. But i do like the series. ^_^

I really need to finish the one on the Wii sometime. I had a fucking load of fun with it.
Doubt I'll be getting a 3DS just for this though.

Battleaxx90:

Halyah:
While I am pleased to finally know when this game comes out so I know when need to set aside money for it, I do have to ask one question... Why in the coldest reaches of Niflheim does Europe have to wait until -APRIL- for the release?!

Makes me hate the retarded region bullshit even more than I already did.

I know that feel, bro. If you ever find yourself raging over the fact that a game gets released stateside months before the European release, just do as I do and remember the fact that Europe got Xenoblade Chronicles FIVE MONTHS before America got it. That alone makes this wait worth it. It makes ANYTHING worth it.

I'm sorry, what were we talking about?

On a related note, Xenoblade FTW.

I still feel sorry for all the stupidity that my fellow gamers in north america had go through just to force nintendo to release that and the other games to begin with. At least I got two of the three games in question myself with no issues here... though Last Story refuses to work on my console. I had the same issue with Other M(which in hindsight was a divine blessing that it didn't work properly. Spared me from wasting even more time than I ended up wasting). Sadly motion controls really marred the other game(I think it was Pandora's Tower or somesuch it was called) and made it so I couldn't really play it much(my wrists and motion controls don't get along you see...) and other things prevented be from finishing it.

Anyway on topic... I had actually heard about the bonus characters, but will they be making that stuff available to us in europe? Or have it ship with the game? I really hope it'll be available as I heard they'd let me get ahold of old favorites of mine.

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