Fire Emblem: Awakening Communications (Updated:
10th April 2012)
Credits: TheEnd (translations)
The game features a host of communication functions to keep players
busy with the game.
Using a local connection, players can team up with a second player
to fight computer-controlled opponents in a 2 vs 1 knock-out
competition. Players choose 3 characters each and face off against a
string of foes, one foe at a time. Each player takes turns as the
main attacker and support character, with the support character
providing assistance in the form of Dual Attacks or Dual Guards (see
the Dual System for further
details on this subject). Only 1 character per player participates
in the battle, with the other characters remaining in standby until
they're switched in.
Players can select which enemy
groups to fight, with the game handily informing you of the
group's difficulty level, leader and the item you can obtain
upon defeating this group. The enemies in Dual Tag also include
characters from the story, like Callum or Frederick. Additional
enemy groups can be downloaded via SpotPass. In the above
screenshot, Liz and Sairi are fighting an Other-worlder
together. Sairi is being controlled by "you" and is acting as
the support character. It seems this is the second opponent in
the competition--the first enemy has been defeated and the third
opponent is Frederick.
In the StreetPass mode, players can form special squads dubbed "My
Team", which contain a maximum of 10 units including My Unit. These
squads can be sent to other players via StreetPass communication and
it appears you can set up a greeting message and card for other
players who encounter your squad. After passing another Awakening player, the other
player's squad may appear on the world map as a green unit. Players
can purchase goods from this squad, recruit the other player's My
Unit to their squad or even challenge the squad in an optional
battle. After meeting up with the squad, it will disappear from the
map, but may reappear later.
The image above shows the available commands when meeting up with
another My Unit: View Abilities, Scout, Battle, Buy Goods, Dismiss
"Scout" allows you to hire the other player's My Unit, the cost
dependant on their stats. If you've lost many units in Classic mode,
you may be able to make up for lost strength by scouting for other
My Units. "Battle" obviously enters you into a battle with the other
player's squad, which is likely controlled by the computer.
According to the help message in the game, the enemy's squad is
stronger on higher difficulty levels, so there could be some
interesting matches to be had. If you manage to defeat the squad,
you will be able to recruit the other player's My Unit without
paying any gold, as well as gain valuable experience for your
Additionally, you can buy goods from this passing My Unit, including
useful items such as the Levin Sword and not-so-useful ones like the
Through SpotPass, new sidequest maps, items, teams and Dual Tag
opponents can be received. After receiving SpotPass data, a
"Download Box" will appear within the game, containing options to
download the new data. The downloaded teams will include characters
from previous Fire Emblem
games such as Ira from Genealogy
of the Holy War, Innes from The Sacred Stones and Clea from Gaiden. According to Nintendo,
a total of 120 teams (so 120 returning characters) will be made
available, at a rate of around one a day.
The SpotPass teams appear on the world map in a similar manner to
the passing My Unit. In fact, the available commands when meeting up
with a returning character are exactly the same as for another My
Unit, so you can recruit returning characters by hiring them or
defeating them in battle (Ira, you're going down!). The goods
they're selling also include rare items like the Rexcalibur tome.
With so much going on, you'd better not forget to take your 3DS and
copy of the game out on the streets!
When connected to the Internet, players will be able to purchase and
access the paid downloadable content (DLC), which includes new maps
and new episodes, featuring characters from previous games in the
series. According to Nintendo, the DLC is not required to complete
the game, but is geared towards players who want a deeper
experience. Generously, Nintendo is making the first batch of DLC
available free to download for a limited time, between 19th April to
31st May (in Japan).
To access these features, it seems players must venture to a
mysterious island to the far south of the world map, where an even
more mysterious gate is located. Beyond this gate lies Anna, the
keeper of this Other-world Gate and the player's connection to
other-worldly adventures. The available commands in the Other-world
Gate are: Play (content), Buy DLC Maps and Stop.
Below is a list of the available DLC scenarios:
Another Story: Spirit
Talisman 1 (19th April 2012)
Krom finds himself lost in another world, where he meets
an ageing fortune teller who can use talismans to summon
lost spirits. When a battle breaks out, the fortune teller
aids Krom by summoning...?
Reward: Hero King Marth's Talisman (allows players to
recruit "Marth from Another World")
Difficulty: 1 star
By the time you've reached the end of this page, you've probably
noticed that there's no mention of any multiplayer battles, like in
the recent DS titles, involving two player squads fighting on battle
maps. Currently Nintendo has not mentioned details of such a mode,
if it even exists.