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Platform 3DS Publisher Nintendo Developer Intelligent Systems Release Date 2013-02-04

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Fire Emblem: Awakening review: higher ground

Developing relationships add a layer of humanity and warmth to a game of military tactics Awakening's story focuses on a player-created Tactician character and Prince Chrom, heir to the throne. His country of Ylisse faces imminent invasion from a neighboring nation and an outbreak of attacking undead soldiers. As Prince Chrom's new tactician, you lead his ragtag army of assorted job classes into battle against the warring nation. The plot of Awakening is linear, but there are enough extra missions and unpredictable plot twists to hold attention. Picking up optional fighters via sidequests adds narrative depth — especially when these characters have connections to others currently in your party. The relationships between characters develop and strengthen through cutscenes...

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Fire Emblem's Ike joins the Super Smash Bros. roster on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Ike, a reoccurring character in Intelligent Systems' Fire Emblem role-playing game series, will join the cast of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, according to an update on the series' official website.  Ike served as the protagonist in the 2005 GameCube installment Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and as one of two main characters in the 2007 Wii game Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He also appeared as a downloadable character in the most recent game, Fire Emblem: Awakening, which was released in 2013 outside of Japan.  Ike's Super Smash Bros. incarnation will be based on his Radiant Dawn manifestation. He'll join a cast of characters that includes Princess Zelda, Punch-Out's Little Mac and Sonic the Hedgehog. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is scheduled for a summer 2014...

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Nintendo showcasing Pokémon X and Y, 2DS and more at EB Expo 2013

Nintendo Australia plan to offer EB Expo 2013 attendees the opportunity to get hands-on with the Nintendo 2DS, as well as several upcoming titles for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, the company announced today. At the event, fans will be able to play The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Sonic Lost World, Professor Layton, Azran Legacy and Pokémon X and Y. Playable Wii U titles include The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Super Mario 3D World, Wii Party U and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The Nintendo booth will offer StreetPass and multiplayer support for Nintendo 3DS users. Attendees are also invited to bring their copy of Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2 for the opportunity to get Legendary Pokémon, Giratina. EB Games Expo 2013 will be...

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Buy Fire Emblem: Awakening, Shin Megami Tensei 4, get $30 credit

Nintendo 3DS owners who pick up both Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei 4 will be able to register the games on Club Nintendo and get a $30 credit in the eShop on 3DS or Wii U, Nintendo and Atlus announced today. The promotion runs from Shin Megami Tensei 4's North American release date, July 16, through Aug. 31. It applies in the U.S. and Canada for retail and digital copies of both games; they just have to be registered to the same account by the end of August. After registration is complete, customers will be required to complete registration surveys — also by the Aug. 31 deadline — in order to receive the credit. Club Nintendo members will be able to use the credit for any purchases in the eShop. Fire Emblem: Awakening launched to critical acclaim in North America this...

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Nintendo's PAX East 2013 lineup includes Pikmin 3, Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Nintendo is bringing a handful of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles to PAX East 2013, including major upcoming games such as Pikmin 3 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the company announced today. Nintendo's PAX East slate features seven Wii U titles and nine 3DS games, as well as the Wii Street U app. The lineup contains a mix of unreleased titles and games that are already available. Here's the full list: Wii U: Pikmin 3 The Wonderful 101 Lego City Undercover Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Need for Speed Most Wanted U New Super Mario Bros. U Nintendo Land Wii Street U 3DS: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Animal Crossing: New Leaf (guided demonstration) Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity HarmoKnight Kersploosh! Monster Hunter 3...

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Fire Emblem Awakening sells more than 180K in first month, one-third of those digitally

Nintendo 3DS role-playing game Fire Emblem Awakening had the "best first month sales in franchise history," according to Nintendo of America, selling more than 180,000 units in its first four weeks on sale. More than a third of those sales — roughly 63,000, Nintendo says — were digital units sold through the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Nintendo says the previous entry in the series, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon for Nintendo DS, has sold "a little more than 250,000 units" since launching in the U.S. in February 2009. Developed by Intelligent Systems, Fire Emblem Awakening was released on Feb. 4, 2013, and will be available in Europe on April 19. Read Polygon's review of the game for more information.

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Fire Emblem: Awakening will receive free DLC maps, items via SpotPass through April

Fire Emblem: Awakening will continue to receive free downloadable content via the Nintendo 3DS' SpotPass feature through April, Nintendo announced today. Beginning today, players can download the first free add-on map, "A Hard Miracle," which will ally protagonist Chrom and his band of fighters with a mysterious woman on a quest to thwart a kidnapping. The next map, "Ghost of Blade," will be available on March 28, adding a sidequest story of ghosts and sacrifices, April 11 will see the release of "The Wellspring of Trust," a higher-level challenge map, and on April 25 players can download "The Radiant Hero," an island map through which Chrom and his team will seek a hero of legend. Other bonus items will be distributed through SpotPass during this time, including new weapons,...

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Fire Emblem: Awakening adds new Bride class, add-on campaigns featuring classic series heroes

The next round of downloadable content for Fire Emblem: Awakening on Nintendo 3DS adds a new powerful class as well as two additional playable characters, Nintendo has announced. The video above begins with a quick recap of the add-on packs released earlier this month for Awakening — the Champions of Yore packs, Golden Pack and Lost Bloodlines Pack — before diving into an explanation of this new DLC. In the new Smash Pack, protagonist Chrom and his army are caught in the bitter struggle between classic franchise heroes Roy and Ike. Players must ally with Roy against Ike before turning to join with Ike against Roy, then face both legendary heroes at once in a two-on-one battle. Completing the Smash pack's mission will grant players access to legendary character Eirika, first...

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Luigi's Mansion 2, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity and Animal Crossing: New Leaf dated for Australian 3DS

Following the recent Nintendo Direct, Nintendo Australia today revealed the release dates for four Nintendo 3DS games, including Luigi's Mansion 2, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Luigi's Mansion 2 is coming on March 28. Using the Poltergeist 5000, and the Dark-Light Device, Luigi must capture ghosts from five mansions and restore the Dark Moon. The puzzle-centric game uses the Nintendo 3DS's gyroscope and accelerometer in gameplay and features multiplayer. Fire Emblem: Awakening will launch on April 20. Intelligent System's turn based strategy role playing game features 40 character classes, the ability to breed in-game characters and a multiplayer mode called Dual Tag. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is...

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Fire Emblem: Awakening launching April 19 in Europe alongside exclusive 3DS XL bundle

Fire Emblem: Awakening will be available April 19 on Nintendo 3DS in Europe, Nintendo announced today during its European Nintendo Direct presentation. The European launch will take place exactly one year after the Japanese release date. Awakening launched Feb. 4 in North America. "I sincerely apologize to you all for waiting such a long time after the Japanese and American launches," said Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata during the presentation. In an effort to make up for the delay, Nintendo will give European Fire Emblem fans will an exclusive Fire Emblem: Awakening bundle on launch day. It will feature a blue Fire Emblem-branded 3DS XL that has a copy of the game pre-installed on it; the bundle that was released in Japan and North America only included a standard 3DS. ...

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Fire Emblem: Awakening's second round of DLC adds new battle map and a classic hero

The second round of downloadable content for Fire Emblem: Awakening on 3DS is now available, and adds a new battle map and a classic series hero to players' games, Nintendo has announced. Champions of Yore 2 costs $2.50 and adds a new battle map accessible through the Outrealm Gate. The map is based on chapter one of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, the 2007 Nintendo DS remake of the original 1990 Fire Emblem. Players will be joined by three additional NPC units that are characters from previous Fire Emblem games: The Sacred Stones' Eirika, Blazing Sword's Lyn, and Celica from Fire Emblem Gaiden. For completing the DLC mission, players will have series hero Roy added to their party as a level 11 Mercenary. Awakening's first piece of DLC, Champions of Yore 1, was made available on launch...

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  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Released 02/04/2013
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Intelligent Systems
    • Score 8.5
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