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Fire Emblem: Awakening V-day cards

Now that we’ve all calmed down from today’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf news (nope, not really, all lies), let’s enjoy these Valentine’s Day cards posted by Nintendo of America on its 3DS Facebook page. The Emmeryn card is my favorite, despite the missing comma breaking my heart.

Even though Fire Emblem: Awakening is the perfect game to play for the holiday (if you’ve no sweetheart and don’t mind the companionship of Old Hubba), please make some time to try out Fangamer’s new and free Windows/Mac release Sweet 33. It’s a Mother/Earthbound-inspired love sim, and it’s amazing! 

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Fire Emblem: Awakening's most pitiful character

I rarely call up Kellam from my bench (forgot he was even available, to be honest), but the knight has some super morose lines when you do select him for anything.

It’s hilarious that the jokes about Kellam always going unnoticed carried over to the game’s packaging and promotional art — he’s the only character with his face covered in the crowd. Maybe the artist didn’t even know he was back there?

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New round of Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC out
Fire Emblem: Awakening's first paid downloadable content is now available at your local Outrealm Gate, dubbed Champions of Yore 2 and featuring series favorite Roy.
You can pay $2.50 for the map, or spend $4 to buy the Champions Pack. The latter contains the first and currently free map, Champions of Yore 2, and the third not-yet released chapter with Micaiah.
The fantastic artwork above of “Marth,” by the way, comes from Poiv.
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New round of Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC out

Fire Emblem: Awakening's first paid downloadable content is now available at your local Outrealm Gate, dubbed Champions of Yore 2 and featuring series favorite Roy.

You can pay $2.50 for the map, or spend $4 to buy the Champions Pack. The latter contains the first and currently free map, Champions of Yore 2, and the third not-yet released chapter with Micaiah.

The fantastic artwork above of “Marth,” by the way, comes from Poiv.

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You might have heard there are shipping issues with Fire Emblem: Awakening
Some retailers haven’t received their copies yet, and a number of people are upset about having to wait a day or two to get their hands on it. I guess a lot of fans were anticipating this release? Who knew.
While you tortured souls wait your turn to play Awakening, here’s a collection of links old and new that you can pass the time with:
Sully ranks up to her advanced class
Our Tiny Review for Fire Emblem: Awakening
The Sully Saga continues
Why you might want to get a physical copy
The Calvin & Hobbes comic comes from Turnip Fritters
Jenninaitsu sketched Frederick (see her rad “Marth” art)
The Wire x Fire Emblem: Awakening
And I’m dumping more Fire Emblem: Awakening links on our Twitter too, so follow us!
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You might have heard there are shipping issues with Fire Emblem: Awakening

Some retailers haven’t received their copies yet, and a number of people are upset about having to wait a day or two to get their hands on it. I guess a lot of fans were anticipating this release? Who knew.

While you tortured souls wait your turn to play Awakening, here’s a collection of links old and new that you can pass the time with:

And I’m dumping more Fire Emblem: Awakening links on our Twitter too, so follow us!

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Why you should buy a Fire Emblem: Awakening cart

Having a digital version of Fire Emblem: Awakening that you can always have and load on your 3DS is super convenient, but here are two reasons why you might want to get a physical copy:

  1. It has the same cute cartridge pixelart as the Japanese edition, as shown in the top photos taken by fatboymuzik and patrickthehedgehog
  2. You can get inside cover art of the game’s characters thanks to the eco-friendly boxes

On that second point, like the Japanese release, Fire Emblem: Awakening doesn’t actually come with inside cover art in the U.S. — but you can download and print the sheet that Mitsukootsuki made for her copy, and slip it into your box.

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This frickin’ guy

I’m trying to chill with Marth and all the other Fire Emblem heroes of yore in Awakening's free DLC map, but the Hubba Tester dude is drawing me into unnecessary battles thanks to him being a creeper.

If you need Fire Emblem: Awakening reading material to prepare yourself for the release in 2 days — and if you haven’t yet read our review — the translated Iwata Asks roundtable discussion with the TWRPG’s developer Intelligent Systems is now online.

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Tiny Review - Fire Emblem: Awakening
Fire Emblem: Awakening is the best SRPG on the 3DS — that might not seem like much considering the limited competition, but the previous holder of that title, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, was fresh to death. I guess that would make Fire Emblem: Awakening fresh to permadeath.
If you demanded a more authoritative statement from me, a summary review to better communicate this title’s quality than comparisons to a 3DS launch game few played, I’d tell you that Fire Emblem: Awakening could be the finest TWRPG of all time. Yes, the combat and systems are as great as any entry from the series, but where this game soars, like the fragile, love-sick pegasus riders in your party’s employ, is in its Tactical Waifu RPG elements.
(The above GIF, by the way, comes from Cece.) 
Three things that are fab:

1. Casual Mode - This is probably the most accessible Fire Emblem yet, and a big part of that is thanks to its Casual setting. Not everyone wants the tension of knowing that a wrong move could permanently kill their favorite characters. With this mode, your characters defeated in combat return to fight/ship another day.

2. 2 Become 1 - Support conversations, or chats between characters when they’re positioned next to each other on the field, have been a critical part of the series for some time now, but Fire Emblem: Awakening encourages them even more with its new “Dual” system, allowing nearby characters to actually join each other in combat. The new “Pair Up” system enables two to move and fight as one, so a slower character can get around faster by attaching him/herself to someone on horseback.

3. The return of Gunpei Yokoi’s Love Tester - Some of the most fun you’ll have in this game will come from seeing characters build up their relationships with support conversations, marry each other, and have children. While you wait for all that to happen, you can see how your characters are getting along with the built-in Hubba Tester, which often produces random results but is a nice (possibly unintentional) nod to Yokoi’s toy that performed a similar function.
Two things that are butt:

1. Getting to the main screen - Perhaps a side effect of the series discouraging players from hitting reset when a battle turns against their favor, it can be a pain to return to the main screen to reload a save, even in Casual Mode. If there’s a way to do this without resetting the game, I didn’t find it.
[Update: John Ricciardi of 8-4, which handled the game’s great localization, points out that you can quick reset by holding L+R and Start]

2. Full voice acting - The voice acting in this game is superb (dual language support with the original Japanese voices!) — the production quality here is almost at Kid Icarus: Uprising levels — but the support conversations aren’t fully voiced. I would have loved to hear the above exchange with the badass Lon’qu.
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Tiny Review - Fire Emblem: Awakening

Fire Emblem: Awakening is the best SRPG on the 3DS — that might not seem like much considering the limited competition, but the previous holder of that title, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, was fresh to death. I guess that would make Fire Emblem: Awakening fresh to permadeath.

If you demanded a more authoritative statement from me, a summary review to better communicate this title’s quality than comparisons to a 3DS launch game few played, I’d tell you that Fire Emblem: Awakening could be the finest TWRPG of all time. Yes, the combat and systems are as great as any entry from the series, but where this game soars, like the fragile, love-sick pegasus riders in your party’s employ, is in its Tactical Waifu RPG elements.

(The above GIF, by the way, comes from Cece.)

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Fire Emblem: Awakening's character progression

Here’s an informative video to watch if you’ve little experience with the strategy RPG series and are only buying this after seeing all our posts/tweets shipping characters. I had no idea how those Master/Second Seal items and Advanced Classes worked until I played with them a bit in the game.

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"Marth" pencils/watercolor piece by Jenninaitsu

There is a lot of Fire Emblem: Awakening fanart I’ve found and wanted to share with you lately, but most of it is filled with spoilers. :o/ You’ll have to settle with my shipping updates from the game’s support convos on our Twitter in the meantime.

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Frederick describes his Chrom fanart
Frederick, swept up in his love for Chrom, created posters of the scene he explained above, and displayed them around camp. I meant to take a shot of this support convo myself but forgot to in my rush to capture more Sully photos, so shout outs to Nadia Oxford for posting this one.
And while you never get to see the Chrom portrait (I’m sure someone will make it and share it online), you can check out some fun art on this Fire Emblem: Awakening Coundtown Tumblr.
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Frederick describes his Chrom fanart

Frederick, swept up in his love for Chrom, created posters of the scene he explained above, and displayed them around camp. I meant to take a shot of this support convo myself but forgot to in my rush to capture more Sully photos, so shout outs to Nadia Oxford for posting this one.

And while you never get to see the Chrom portrait (I’m sure someone will make it and share it online), you can check out some fun art on this Fire Emblem: Awakening Coundtown Tumblr.

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Attempts to woo Sully aren’t going so well…

It pleases me to no end that while other sites are posting informative videos and impressions of the gameplay/combat, I’m focused on documenting all the drama in Awakening's matchmaking.

But I realize not everyone wants to read my latest shipping adventures here, so for future updates on who is hooking up with whom, as well as the rest of the Sully saga, follow us on Twitter!

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Keeping it PG in Fire Emblem: Awakening

I had no idea "dastard" was a word until today! This rated-T-for-Teen game isn’t completely without obscenity, as I’ve noticed some “damns” and “arses” while playing a review copy, as well as innuendos about one-night stands.

Other things I noticed when I wasn’t conducting decency checks or shipping unlikely couples:

  • Digital copies will take up 8,579 blocks on your SD card
  • If you buy a digital copy or the limited edition 3DS bundle, you’ll miss out on the really cute cartridge art (presuming the U.S. editions keep the same art as the Japanese carts)
  • You can switch between Japanese and English voices from the opening menu, no matter your progress in the game
  • Marth-y is badass

It’s also super fun! Make sure to get that free eShop demo on Thursday.

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