Are you a Fire Emblem fan? Then you should be excited to hear that the newest Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem: Awakening, is getting a U.S. release!
I’ve always been a massive fire emblem fan, ever since I played Sacred Stones for the first time on my Gameboy SP. Link battling my friends in the Arena was a favorite pastime in my middle school years, and I grew attached to the many characters. As a result, when I heard that Awakening would be localized, I was overjoyed.
Awakening will feature many new characters and a few tweaks to the original Fire Emblem gameplay. Since Awakening contains DLC (Downloadable Content), gamers will be able to see some of their favorite characters come back – including Marth, Ephraim, and Roy. Other DLC consists of maps and chapters from older games.
Eirika also makes a stunning return in one of the newest classes – the Bride class. Available to any female character, the promotion item is a Bride’s Bouquet, and is only obtainable through DLC. Other new classes include the Strategist and the Gamemaster, classes available to the Player’s character, aptly named “My Unit”. The Battle Cleric promotes from either Troubadour or Cleric who can wield both axes and staves, and the Battle Monk is her male equivalent. Tricksters offer a second option for a Thief’s possible promotion – with higher resistance and magic than the Assassin, they are more capable of withstanding magical attacks. The Taguel is another class that is comparable to the Manakete of Sacred Stones – however, instead of transforming into dragons, they transform into rabbits. The Dark Pegasus Knight allows Pegasus Knights to ride astride a black Pegasus, and grants them the ability to wield magic. Similarly, the Dark Knight can also use spells. And finally, the Griffon Knight, promoted from the Wyvern Knight, mounts a legendary griffon.
In Japan, Awakening, also known as Fire Emblem: Kakusei, could be bought bundled along with the Cobalt Blue 3DS, a beautiful deep blue 3DS engraved with a sword and two dragons. However, it’s not as likely that the Cobalt Blue 3DS will be offered overseas, as the Ice White was never granted a chance to claim overseas markets.
Though there is no release date yet for Fire Emblem: Awakening in the United States, it’s expected to arrive sometime in 2013.
For those who have yet to play the series, if you’re a fan of strategy and turn-based play, you should definitely pick up one of the games and try it out!