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Max Factory’s “Marth” figma figure
Dannnnggggg. That’s a lot classier than the Tharja figure, for sure.
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Max Factory’s “Marth” figma figure

Dannnnggggg. That’s a lot classier than the Tharja figure, for sure.

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Answers to your Fire Emblem & SMT IV promotion questions
We already announced this $30 eShop credit deal yesterday, but now we can provide hard details instead of speculation:
You will need to buy both Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV to receive the $30 eShop credit
This works with both digital and retail copies — just make sure to register your Club Nintendo codes (if you bought a limited edition Fire Emblem 3DS, link your system with Club Nintendo)
It doesn’t matter if you already bought Fire Emblem: Awakening months ago; all you need to do is register both games and complete their registration surveys before August 31
You can use the credit on any eShop product (3DS or Wii U) you want, but you’ll need to retrieve your special code from the Club Nintendo site before September 31, and redeem the code on the eShop before December 31
You can get only one $30 credit per Club Nintendo account, and both game codes must be registered to the same account
North America only
I know it’s tempting to pick up a recent full-game release like Project x Zone or whatevs with the credit, but please consider grabbing some of the small but quality eShop titles out there! I’m sure a few dozen sites will release guides on fun games to blow your credit on soon.
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Answers to your Fire Emblem & SMT IV promotion questions

We already announced this $30 eShop credit deal yesterday, but now we can provide hard details instead of speculation:

  • You will need to buy both Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV to receive the $30 eShop credit
  • This works with both digital and retail copies — just make sure to register your Club Nintendo codes (if you bought a limited edition Fire Emblem 3DS, link your system with Club Nintendo)
  • It doesn’t matter if you already bought Fire Emblem: Awakening months ago; all you need to do is register both games and complete their registration surveys before August 31
  • You can use the credit on any eShop product (3DS or Wii U) you want, but you’ll need to retrieve your special code from the Club Nintendo site before September 31, and redeem the code on the eShop before December 31
  • You can get only one $30 credit per Club Nintendo account, and both game codes must be registered to the same account
  • North America only

I know it’s tempting to pick up a recent full-game release like Project x Zone or whatevs with the credit, but please consider grabbing some of the small but quality eShop titles out there! I’m sure a few dozen sites will release guides on fun games to blow your credit on soon.

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Get a $30 credit for buying Fire Emblem and SMT IV
If you caught Atlus’s Shin Megami Tensei IV unboxing — yes, publishers are posting unboxing videos of their own games now — you heard the company stress that you should register the Club Nintendo code included with each copy. Now we know why!
The full details aren’t out for this deal, but it looks like you will be able to score $30 worth of eShop credit if you register both Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV (this photo doesn’t specify that you need to buy both, but that’s what makes the most sense) with North America’s Club Nintendo. Presumably this works with both digital and physical copies, considering the shots of the retail boxes. Also, I’m guessing you’ll be eligible even if you previously registered a copy of Awakening.
The deal already makes sense because RPG fans will probably end up owning both of these anyway if they have a 3DS. And it helps to ease the pain of SMT IV costing $50 for its box set. Annnddd there’s that whole Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem project for Wii U thing — that probably helped prod Nintendo into this unconventional promotion. 
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Get a $30 credit for buying Fire Emblem and SMT IV

If you caught Atlus’s Shin Megami Tensei IV unboxing — yes, publishers are posting unboxing videos of their own games now — you heard the company stress that you should register the Club Nintendo code included with each copy. Now we know why!

The full details aren’t out for this deal, but it looks like you will be able to score $30 worth of eShop credit if you register both Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV (this photo doesn’t specify that you need to buy both, but that’s what makes the most sense) with North America’s Club Nintendo. Presumably this works with both digital and physical copies, considering the shots of the retail boxes. Also, I’m guessing you’ll be eligible even if you previously registered a copy of Awakening.

The deal already makes sense because RPG fans will probably end up owning both of these anyway if they have a 3DS. And it helps to ease the pain of SMT IV costing $50 for its box set. Annnddd there’s that whole Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem project for Wii U thing — that probably helped prod Nintendo into this unconventional promotion. 

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Hey, that Tharja figure turned out pretty nice!
This is the first time I’ve seen Max Factory’s figure for the Fire Emblem: Awakening character colored, and this looks great! The sculpting on the cape, in particular, appears masterfully done. Oh, what’s that? There are some more photos that Max Factory posted showing other less work-safe angles? Oh. OH. Nevermind.
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Hey, that Tharja figure turned out pretty nice!

This is the first time I’ve seen Max Factory’s figure for the Fire Emblem: Awakening character colored, and this looks great! The sculpting on the cape, in particular, appears masterfully done. Oh, what’s that? There are some more photos that Max Factory posted showing other less work-safe angles? Oh. OH. Nevermind.

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Oh. My. God. This Chrom butt mousepad.
Toonikun made two of these squishy mousepads and will give one away to a lucky person who reblogs this post. It’s an amazing answer to the skeezy licensed Tharja stuff people are putting out.
Happy belated birthday to Google Chrom, by the way. You’ll find lots of great tributes to the Fire Emblem: Awakening hero from yesterday around the internet, including the infamous artwork Frederick commissioned for the prince. This is all NSFW, of course.
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Oh. My. God. This Chrom butt mousepad.

Toonikun made two of these squishy mousepads and will give one away to a lucky person who reblogs this post. It’s an amazing answer to the skeezy licensed Tharja stuff people are putting out.

Happy belated birthday to Google Chrom, by the way. You’ll find lots of great tributes to the Fire Emblem: Awakening hero from yesterday around the internet, including the infamous artwork Frederick commissioned for the prince. This is all NSFW, of course.

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Touching Fire Emblem: Awakening art by GraphiteDoll

You should definitely follow GraphiteDoll — she has a lot of fantastic Fire Emblem: Awakening pieces on her Tumblr.

By the way, Fire Emblem: Awakening — along with several other first-party 3DS games — are still on sale at Amazon for $29.99 each.

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$5 off Fire Emblem: Awakening on Amazon
I haven’t seen many (if any) discounts for this game since it released three months ago, so a $5-off sale seems like a big deal! I doubt there are many people who own a 3DS but don’t have this yet, though…
Also a big deal: someone actually managed to make a non-lewd statue of Tharja — as opposed to this thing. Great job, Anna!
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$5 off Fire Emblem: Awakening on Amazon

I haven’t seen many (if any) discounts for this game since it released three months ago, so a $5-off sale seems like a big deal! I doubt there are many people who own a 3DS but don’t have this yet, though…

Also a big deal: someone actually managed to make a non-lewd statue of Tharja — as opposed to this thing. Great job, Anna!

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Dat censorship

Fire Emblem: Awakening's latest DLC release Summer Scramble lets players see a selection of characters in their swimwear, but in the case of Tharja, Nintendo of America decided it didn’t want to show too much of the Dark Mage.

Meanwhile in Japan, Nintendo has no problems with allowing licensees to create these lewd Tharja figures. At least the company didn’t edit this out, which is what everyone really wanted from the Summer Scramble DLC:

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Donnel, you overpowered idiot

Fire Emblem: Awakening is out in Europe this week! Celebrate with links:

If you are in Europe, I suggest picking up Fire Emblem: Awakening. It is pretty decent if you are into Japanese video games and Japanimation.

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The idea was to add a unique sort of deformation to the characters. As for why it ended up like this… At the start of the project, we weren’t entirely sure how many bones and joints we’d be able to use in each character model. As it is now, there’s a joint at the knees, and then there’s nothing below that for the ankles and the feet. This makes it a bit easier to apply animation to models as well. We found out afterward that, with the 3DS, we had more than enough CPU strength available to flesh out the models a bit, add real ankles and so on. We were like “Well, if there’s a next time, maybe there’ll be more ankles…” (laughs)

Fire Emblem: Awakening art director Toshiyuki Kusakihara explains why nobody has feet, in 8-4’s developer interview.

This totally destroys my theory about the ending, in which Chrom and My Unit discover a plot to magically steal everyone’s feet to sacrifice them to the fell dragon Grima.

"You’re too late, Prince," the final boss laughs cruelly atop a mountain of feet. "I’ve had your feet all along!" Chrom looks down, then looks back up resolutely, pointing his sword.

"Unhand my feet," he growls, then the climactic battle begins.

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Sketches of Fire Emblem: Awakening promo/packaging art

Two related things to read during your lunch break today:

The latter item has a lot of great stuff, like the images we’ve shared above!

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Fantastic Lucina pencils/watercolor art by Jenninaitsu

Is it okay to talk about/identify this character yet? Everyone’s already played the game, right? And it’s not like we all weren’t spoiled about her whole deal forever ago.

Anyway, this is a great companion piece to the last amazing Jenninaitsu piece we featured.

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