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Week 9 European DLC + SpotPass (13th June 2013)

There technically isn't any new European DLC today, as this week's episodes were accidentally released last week.

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However, for those who haven't purchased the two new packs, Rogues and Redeemers 2 and The Future Past 2 can now be purchased separately.

Slightly frustratingly, it seems neither Nintendo of America or Europe's web team can spell Celica's name properly. I've even mailed them both to correct this problem, but to no avail; oh well, at least I tried!

Anyway, on the SpotPass front, players can recruit characters from Genealogy of the Holy War (Generation 2) and unlock Side Story 21.

Awakening spotted in new Super Smash Bros. (11th June 2013)

Update

Here's a better view of the Arena Ferox stage, courtesy of the press materials (click for actual size):

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Sadly, no Fire Emblem games were shown at Nintendo's E3 Nintendo Direct, nor any Fire Emblem characters in the new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.

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(Left: Super Smash Bros. / Right: Awakening)

However, sonofkorol on GameFAQs has spotted Arena Ferox, from Fire Emblem: Awakening, as one of the battle stages in Super Smash Bros. (at around the 58 second mark in the début trailer).

Here's hoping Chrom and/or Marth will be revealed as playable characters soon!

Week 8 European DLC + SpotPass (6th June 2013)

Whoops, it seems Nintendo of Europe has made a slight error, which works in our favour.

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Today marks the release of Rogues and Redeemers 1 and The Future Past 1 (plus the corresponding packs).

However if you purchase the packs, you can also access the second episode (Rogues and Redeemers 2 or The Future Past 2) right now, even though they're scheduled for next week. Then again, if you play them now, there's less to look forward to next week... Decisions, decisions...

As for SpotPass content, European players can now recruit characters from Genealogy of the Holy War (Generation 1).

European DLC schedule part 2 (3rd June 2013)

Praise Naga! Nintendo of Europe have finally released details for the next two DLC packs that are heading our way. (Source)

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On Thursday 6th June, European fans can look forward to Rogues and Redeemers 1 and The Future Past 1 (plus the respective packs).

Just like before, we'll be getting the episodes slightly out of order as The Future Past is one of the final episodes released in North America and Japan. Slightly bizarrely, it seems we'll indeed be getting the Lost Bloodlines and Smash Brethren packs afterwards; judging by the current schedule, we'll probably have to wait until at least 27th June before we see those packs...

Official Nintendo Magazine interview (30th May 2013)

Official Nintendo Magazine (UK) has posted an interview with Intelligent Systems, discussing the development of Fire Emblem: Awakening.

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The developers were quizzed again (the first time was during their interview with 8-4) on the character's lack of feet--something I'm sure many fans can relate to.

Week 7 European DLC + SpotPass (29th May 2013)

While the DLC has come to an end in North America, Europe still has a long way to go.

Today, European players can enjoy the final Scramble map: Hot-Spring Scramble.

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(Don't forget that, during this map, all Swordmasters fight in a yukata!)

At this stage, there are 9 DLC episodes (and 3 DLC packs) available in Europe, with 16 more episodes to come. I just hope Nintendo of Europe will crank up the speed a little bit... Especially when, and I hate to sound like a broken record, there's still no sign of the Lost Bloodlines pack.

Still, I suppose we're not doing too badly; North America only had one more episode than us during the same week.

Meanwhile, on the SpotPass front, players can now recruit characters from Mystery of the Emblem and unlock Side Story 20: A Hard Miracle.

Drama CD Volume 2 details revealed (24th May 2013)

Details on the next Drama CD were promised earlier and now they've arrived!

Volume 2 arrives in stores on 24th July; while the first volume featured the male Avatar, this one features the female one.

Product Info
  • Title: Fire Emblem: Awakening Drama CD Volume 2: A Dauntless Plegian Storm
  • ID number: REDS-0402
  • JAN code: 4522497001897
  • Release date: 24th July 2013
  • Publisher/distributor: Red Entertainment Corporation
  • For sale: Anime/CD retail stores, Internet mail order
  • Price: 3,000 Yen (approx. 31 USD or 20 GBP)
  • Region for sale: Japan

The description is as follows:

"We're proud to announce the 2nd instalment in the Fire Emblem: Awakening Drama CD series!

Following the tragic events surrounding Queen Emmeryn, Chrom and company desperately try to escape Plegia. However they're faced with a vicious storm and Plegian soldiers hot on their heels; their chances of escape falling with each passing moment. And as if to add insult to injury, unexpected disaster strikes... Will Chrom manage to bring all his men safely to Ylisse? Or is it time for Robin to say her final words...?

The story surrounding the Plegian escape and the untold desperate struggle in the game's Chapter 10 begins here...!"

List of episodes:

1. Retreat in the Storm
2. Abandoned Village
3. Midnight Visitor
4. Treacherous Dark Mage
5. ???
6. The Higher Up's Resolution
7. Fighting to protect bonds
8. ???
9. Now, end the chain of sorrow

Episodes 5 and 8 will be revealed on the Drama CD's official site on the day of release.

The following characters have been confirmed to feature: Chrom, Robin, Marth, Lissa, Frederick, Virion, Stahl, Gaius and Henry.

Final week of North American DLC (23rd May 2013)

Today marks the end of the paid DLC in North America, with the release of The Future Past 3 and Apotheosis.

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The Apotheosis episode sees Chrom and gang face off against waves and waves of the Outrealm's greatest warriors--fiendish men and women who laugh at maximum stats and fair Skills. Skilled players who make it to the end of a 5-round ordeal can recruit Katarina from Heroes of Light and Shadow.

However that's not all, as players can fight an alternate set of harder enemies if they trump the first wave of enemies within 2 turns. At the end of this alternate route, the merchant Anna herself will enter the fray. Completing this route nets you a Supreme Emblem, which you can place next to your 99,999 Renown Supreme Emblem for bragging rights or something.

Finally, although the paid DLC is over, there are still a few pieces of SpotPass content to be released--two legendary bows and tomes (although if you own Infinite Regalia, you'll probably have these items by now).

Week 6 European DLC + SpotPass (23rd May 2013)

Treasure-hunters in Europe can now access the DLC episode Infinite Regalia and begin their quest to loot rare and legendary weapons from other worlds.

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(Yes, I do! Give me that Book of Naga!)

Rather frustratingly, there's still no sign of the Lost Bloodlines episodes or any new DLC packs since the Golden Pack and Scramble Pack were announced for Week 2. For reference, North America received Lost Bloodlines 1 in Week 4, while Japan had it as early as Week 2.

At this point I'm beginning to wonder if we're getting Lost Bloodlines out of order... I noticed earlier that the official site has images from Rogues and Redeemers before Lost Bloodlines and Smash Brethren.

Meanwhile, on the SpotPass front, players can begin assimilating characters from the Japan-only title Fire Emblem: Gaiden.

Awakening could have been the last Fire Emblem (22nd May 2013)

It seems I'm late to the party again.

I was browsing the Spanish fan site Fire Emblem: Wars of Dragons when I noticed an interesting news article. In an interview with the Spanish magazine "Hobby Consolas", published on 22nd April, the developers remarked that Fire Emblem: Awakening could have been the last game in the Fire Emblem series if sales weren't up to scratch.

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The full quote, translated by Albafika:

Question: Fire Emblem has had a long lifetime. Do you get the feeling it gets harder to release a new episode every time?

Yamagami: No doubt. Truth be told, sales are dropping. The sales manager of Nintendo, Mr. Hatano, told us that this could be the last Fire Emblem. Due to this progressive descend on sales, they told us that if the sales of this episode stayed below 250,000 copies, we'd stop working on the saga. I remember when I came back from the meeting and told the team "My God, what are we gonna do?! The end has come!". Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put everything we always wanted to include. That's how this new project was born!

Curiously, there's a similar statement in the interview in the June 2013 issue of Nintendo Dream.

Translated by shadowofchaos:

Maeda: Yes, we can say that now, but I have to admit there was a time during development when we thought "This might be the end of the FE series if Awakening doesn't sell well".

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(It's game over for Marth, but not the series... at least not yet.)

Fortunately for us, sales of Awakening far exceeded expectations, selling around 500,000 copies in Japan and over 240,000 copies in North America. If European sales are similarly strong, the game may very well be the first Fire Emblem title to reach a million sales worldwide.

However, I think it's shocking to know that the series could have ended if things had taken a different turn. Perhaps the fact that Heroes of Light and Shadow didn't get localised was a sign that Nintendo was getting ready to pack the bags with the series...

Nintendo Dream June 2013 issue (21st May 2013)

The issue's been out for a month, but if anyone's interested and doesn't already know, the June 2013 issue of Nintendo Dream includes all 11 chapters of the Fire Emblem: Awakening official comic (plus some extras, like design sketches and comments) in one booklet and an interview with the development team.

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You may have seen an image of younger Emmeryn, Chrom and Lissa, with their respective ages, floating around--that image is from the booklet.

Of particular interest to me, the staff interview includes an image of the Series 2 DLC promotional artwork, featuring Lucina in a bikini (see above), which hasn't appeared outside of the Series 2 launch trailer.

Surprisingly, the staff actually mention the censoring of Tharja's CG in Summer Scramble (in North America); apparently it was edited to comply with ratings. The June issue came out on 20th April, while Summer Scramble was released on 2nd May, so it's amusing to know some Japanese fans knew about the censored CG before us!


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The Exalt siblings

Series 2 DLC poster


Week 16 DLC: The Future Past continues (16th May 2013)

Chrom's quest in the alternate future continues today for North American fans with the release of The Future Past 2.

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With this episode's release, there are only two more DLC episodes left: The Future Past 3 and the DLC finale--known as "The Strongest One's Name" in Japan and something to do with "Apotheosis" here.

Depending on what Nintendo's planned out, next week will either be the last week or the penultimate week of DLC.

Week 5 European DLC + SpotPass (16th May 2013)

European fans can rejoice: Summer Scramble, the second episode in the Scramble Pack, is now out!


(Don't forget that all Sorcerers fight in their swimsuit!)

Surprisingly, Tharja's swimsuit CG is not censored like in the North American version. However I've heard that at least one suggestive(?) line has been changed. So it would seem Nintendo of Europe is more bothered about suggestive text than imagery.

Meanwhile, on the SpotPass front, players can now recruit characters from Shadow Dragon and unlock Side Story 19: Irreconcilable Paths.

Now the only thing we're missing is Lost Bloodlines...

Week 15 DLC: The Future Past (9th May 2013)

As anticipated, today North American fans can enjoy a DLC double bill, with the release of Hot-Springs Scramble and The Future Past 1.

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The Future Past 1 follows Chrom's gang in an alternate future where their children struggle hopelessly against Grima's minions. Of note, the Future Past episodes are heavy in story content and offer a glimpse of the children's future past lives (does that even make sense?). The new episode costs $3.00 separately or you could purchase all three Future Past maps for $6.50.

Week 4 European DLC + SpotPass (8th May 2013)

Today's European DLC is out a day earlier than usual; some fans speculate it's because this Thursday is a public holiday in Germany, where Nintendo of Europe is based.

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In any case, fans can now access the DLC episode Champions of Yore 3, as well as start recruiting SpotPass characters from the Radiant Dawn category.

Next week, we'll be getting Summer Scramble, which has been a centre of controversy lately. It'd be nice if we got the Lost Bloodlines Pack too... I honestly can't wait to grab the Dread Scroll and the Paragon Skill!

Next drama CD instalment announced (5th May 2013)

According to Inside, Red Entertainment, the producers of the Fire Emblem: Awakening Drama CD, announced the next instalment in the drama CD series at the Japanese anime event "Machi Asobi Vol. 10". Apparently, details will be revealed online at a later date.

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Of note, the voice actresses for Tharja/Cherche, Maribelle and Olivia/Nah were present as guest speakers at the Fire Emblem: Awakening event. The latter two weren't involved in the first drama CD, but I wonder if they'll be in the next one?

High resolution assets (3rd May 2013)

If you've been around the Fire Emblem community or certain gaming sites the past couple of days, you'll probably have noticed tons of comments relating to the censoring of Tharja's assets.

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Well, today, thanks to m|m from Path of Valour, I bring you assets of a completely different yet still wonderful nature.

Just pop over to the Fire Emblem: Awakening image gallery and you can find just under 50 pieces of super high-resolution artwork. People with slow internet beware: some of the pieces are downright massive!

Week 14 DLC + SpotPass (2nd May 2013)

Today, North American fans can bask in the glory of Summer Scramble.

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(Image courtesy of shadowofchaos)

Rather amusingly, Tharja's swimsuit CG was edited slightly to make it less risque (or perhaps more?)... So it's not just Nintendo of Europe who are willing to make changes.

Meanwhile, European fans can now access Champions of Yore 2 and EXPonential Growth, as well as the first SpotPass bonus map, Side Story 18: The Dead King's Lament.

Nintendo of Europe edits naughty conversation (28th April 2013)

Some observant fans have noticed that Nowi and Tharja's conversations in the latest DLC episode Harvest Scramble have been changed slightly in the European (English) version.

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(Images from the North American version; courtesy of shadowofchaos)

Originally, in the North American and Japanese versions, Nowi pesters Tharja about her "boingy bits", which are apparently the talk of the town.

However in the European version, Tharja's most desired assets are her sleek and silky hair instead.

European Letter Box stationary (27th April 2013)

Awakening players in Europe were sent a special Fire Emblem: Awakening-themed letter via Letter Box on 25th April.

Like in Japan and North America, the letter contains a message from the series producer, Tohru Narihiro


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The stationary design is the same as the Japanese one and the second North American one, but with the logo swapped for the European version.

Week 13 DLC + SpotPass (25th April 2013)

The North American DLC has really come a long way; today, fans can enjoy the last Challenge map (not counting the Apotheosis map), Roster Rescue, and the first Scramble map, Harvest Scramble.

On the other hand, the European DLC has only just entered its 2nd week, although European fans were able to play Harvest Scramble ahead of their American cousins (only by a few hours though). We also get The Golden Gaffe too.

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As for SpotPass content, North American players can access the final sidequest, Paralogue 23, which features the mysterious warrior, Priam.

Meanwhile, European players can recruit characters from The Sacred Stones, as well as obtain their first bonus legendary weapon--the Tyrfing from Genealogy of the Holy War.

European DLC schedule (22nd April 2013)

Yesterday I was pondering whether Europe would be receiving a different DLC schedule compared to North America; it seems that is indeed happening.


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This Thursday (25th April), European fans won't be getting Champions of Yore 2 (scheduled for next Thursday), but instead they'll be receiving the first map in the Golden Pack (The Golden Gaffe) and the first map in the Scramble Pack (Harvest Scramble).

In particular, Harvest Scramble is one of the first Series 2 DLC episodes released in Japan and hasn't been released in North America yet (although it'll likely be released this Thursday alongside Roster Rescue). Personally I think it makes a lot of sense to release Harvest Scramble now, seeing as it's a 1-star difficulty map. The map's also packed full of content, featuring dozens of conversations between the story characters.

You can purchase the new maps in the Golden/Scramble Pack for €2.49/£2.29 individually or as a pack for €5.99/£5.39.

European DLC and ramblings (21th April 2013)

The European official site has added details for the 2nd and 3rd maps in the Champions Pack.


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Curiously, Champions of Yore 2 is apparently scheduled for 2nd May, which is roughly 2 weeks away. Does this mean European fans will get a different map next Thursday?

Another oddity, Champions of Yore 3 is listed for release on 8th May, which is a Wednesday and not a Thursday (the day the eShop generally updates).

In other European news, the Japanese voice glitch appears to have been fixed for the European release. In the North American version, resetting the game caused the character voices to automatically revert to English whenever Japanese voices are selected.

Sadly, the StreetPass legacy glitch still seems to be present. For those not informed about the glitch, if you include legacy characters from DLC or SpotPass in your StreetPass Team, Awakening players who tag you will receive a randomly generated team instead of your StreetPass Team. Well, there goes my plan of having a StreetPass Team full of mage girls from various games...

Finally, you may have noticed I was pushing a UK-based Nintendo "Multiplayer Madness" activity recently. If you're interested, I wrote a brief report about the event here.

Awakening out now in Europe! (19th April 2013)

It's the moment European fans have been waiting for! Fire Emblem: Awakening is now officially out (on the eShop at least)!



Some people (myself included) received the game slightly early, but now everybody can get their hands on the game : )

Week 12 DLC + SpotPass (18th April 2013)

For a change, Nintendo of America didn't announce beforehand what DLC would be coming this week.

However, as many probably expected, the second Challenge DLC Five-Anna Firefight is now available.



This map sees Chrom engage in a rescue mission when five Anna-sisters get trapped in a fiery cavern. Upon full completion of the mission, players can recruit Catria from Shadow Dragon.

On the SpotPass front, the final Bonus Team "Other" is now live; this team features a variety of villains from across the series.

North American sales update + Swapnote stationary 2 (17th April 2013)

According to Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, Fire Emblem: Awakening has currently sold 240,000 copies in North America, with a third of those being digital sales. (Source)

For reference, Awakening sold 180,000 copies in its first month in North America, while it's thought to have sold almost 500,000 copies in Japan. At this rate, providing European sales are similarly strong, Awakening could very well be the first Fire Emblem title to reach 1 million sales worldwide.

In other news, another Awakening Swapnote stationary has been sent to North American fans. It also comes with a message from Tohru Narihiro, the series producer.


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The design is the same as the Japanese stationary, but with the Japanese logo swapped out for the North American one.

If you're a North American gamer who got the Japanese stationary beforehand, the North American version will automatically overwrite its Japanese counterpart when saved. Although, if you downloaded the recent Swapnote update, you can simply delete the North American stationary and view a note with the Japanese stationary to get it back.

European gamers, however, won't be able to save the North American stationary if they already have the Japanese version (or at least I can't!). Perhaps you can save it if you don't have the Japanese version?

European DLC pricing (17th April 2013)

In their latest Nintendo Direct, Nintendo of Europe announced the prices of the upcoming DLC episodes.



Each of the three Champions of Yore maps will cost €1.99/£1.79 individually or €4.99/£4.49 as a pack.

Like in Japan and North America, Champions of Yore 1 will be free for a limited period of time; during this time, the Champions Pack will be reduced to €3.49/£2.99 to compensate.

Drama CD update (16th April 2013)

The official site for the Fire Emblem: Awakening drama CD updated a couple of days ago with cast comments and some track samples.


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Unfortunately, my Japanese knowledge is nowhere near good enough to tell you what's going on in the update.

However, when the voice cast were asked what they'd like to see in relation to future Awakening developments, there were all kinds of answers, such as an anime, browser game, social game, dating game, MMO, etc. I believe somebody even wanted a real life attraction where you can fight with the weapons...

European puzzle panel (12th April 2013)

Japanese and North American gamers have had it for a while, but the Fire Emblem: Awakening puzzle panel is now available in Europe (and Australia too).


(Image from the North American version; credits to shadowofchaos)

You can access the panel by receiving a SpotPass update for StreetPass Mii Plaza; doing this also gives you a new piece to start off with. Sadly I only got a blue piece : (

Week 11 DLC + SpotPass (11th April 2013)

Joining Rogues and Redeemers 3, the first Series 2 DLC episode Death's Embrace is now out!



Death's Embrace is the first of three maps in the tough-as-nails "Challenge Pack", which also includes "Five-Anna Firefight" and "Roster Rescue". You can buy the episode separately for $3.00 or as a pack for $6.50.

The episode itself sees Chrom and gang battle a demented sorcerer in a dungeon filled with spikes that send your characters to 1 HP at the beginning of each turn. Upon full completion of the mission, players can recruit Est from Shadow Dragon.

On the SpotPass front, players can now recruit characters from Binding Blade and access the hotly-anticipated Paralogue 22: Wellspring of Truth.

For reference, I will be referring to the sixth game as "Binding Blade" within the Awakening section, but I will continue to use its old name "Sword of Seals" elsewhere (until the game or a remake of it is released in English).

Rogues and Redeemers 3 (8th April 2013)

DLC episode Rogues and Redeemers 3 has been confirmed for 11th April 2013. (Source)



This episode marks the end of the first series of DLC and sees Chrom challenge the mightiest warriors of light and darkness. Upon completion of the mission, players can recruit Ike from Path of Radiance and obtain the Limit Breaker Skill, which raises a character's maximum stats by 10 points.

UK bonus artbook + wallet + adverts (8th April 2013)

Nintendo UK has posted about the limited edition artbook on their Nintendo 3DS Facebook.


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Apparently GAME (Spain) already mentioned this, but it appears the artbook will be hardcover unlike the North American version.

Furthermore, according to the preview images, it seems the European artbook may contain different art, such as the art of Tiki and Nowi lying in the fields.

On a related note, Grainger Games is offering a Fire Emblem: Awakening themed wallet with pre-orders, while stocks last.


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Oh man, time to cancel my pre-order for the second time...

Finally, I've noticed some web adverts for Awakening popping up recently. I attempted to save one of the adverts, but totally failed, so I did the next best thing and recorded it as a video, which you can watch here.

North American Top 10 characters (7th April 2013)

Slightly later than promised, the Top 10 cover photo, which celebrates the results of the recent character poll, is now up.


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For reference, Nintendo of America stealthily added a Top 10 wallpaper to their website a few days ago.

Bizarrely, Nintendo of Europe has the same cover photo on their site too...

Fire Emblem: Awakening Drama CD (5th April 2013)

A year after the game was released in Japan, Awakening is receiving the drama CD treatment on 24th April 2013.

Product Info
  • Title: Fire Emblem: Awakening Drama CD Volume 1: A Volatile Ylissean Romance
  • ID number: REDS-0401
  • JAN code: 4522497001842
  • Release date: 24th April 2013
  • Publisher/distributor: Red Entertainment Corporation
  • For sale: Anime/CD retail stores, Internet mail order
  • Price: 3,000 Yen (approx. 31 USD or 20 GBP)
  • Region for sale: Japan
The description is as follows:

"It's been a year since the game was released in Japan. We're proud to announce the Fire Emblem: Awakening Drama CD! Days after Prince Chrom's wedding, a battle of love over Robin breaks out! What final words did Queen Emmeryn leave behind? Just when peace has seemingly returned to Ylisse, the shadows of the Risen spring anew... The game's story, which recounts the fate and bonds that intertwine Chrom, Robin and their companions, will at last be told in Drama CD form!"

List of episodes:

1. The Prince's Wedding
2. Dark Clouds
3. Friends' Return
4. Girl Talk
5. Frederick's Omen, Anna's Conception
6. Top Secret Mission
7. The Star Player's Sweetheart!?
8. The Exalt's Letter
9. Battle of Ylisse
10. What I want to tell my true self

The characters that feature in this volume include Chrom, Robin, Lissa, Emmeryn, Frederick, Lon'qu, Gaius, Cordelia, Nowi, Tharja and Anna.

By the way, Red Entertainment also provided scenarios and illustrations for the actual game, as well as scenarios for Harvest/Summer/Hot-Springs Scramble and The Future Past 1-3.

Week 10 DLC + SpotPass (4th April 2013)

Today, North American fans can purchase the penultimate Series 1 DLC episode, Rogues and Redeemers 2.



Celica, the poster girl of this episode, can't seem to catch a break though. First her name was misspelled as Cecilia (a completely different character from Binding Blade) in the official DLC trailer and a second time in the Facebook announcement for this episode (although this was later corrected).

Now it seems this mistake's even carried onto the actual game, although luckily she has her correct name as a character.

Meanwhile, on the SpotPass front, players can now recruit characters from Thracia 776.

UK bonus artbook + Top 10 wallpaper (4th April 2013)

GAME (UK) have at last acknowledged the limited edition artbook as a pre-order bonus when purchasing Fire Emblem: Awakening; the offer applies to both the game and the 3DS XL bundle.

The offer was secretly outed by Nintendo earlier and could also be found on GAME's website in other European territories, but there you go!


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On another note, the North American official site has added a wallpaper of the Top 10 characters from the recent character poll to the Downloads section (filed under "Heroes").

Rogues and Redeemers 2 + HD Opening Movie (2nd April 2013)

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone following the DLC, but the Rogues and Redeemers 2 episode has been confirmed for 4th April 2013. (Source)



This episode sees Chrom aid the forces of darkness in their eternal battle with the forces of light. Upon completion of the map, players can add Celica from Fire Emblem: Gaiden to their ever-growing party. Like the previous episode, it costs $3.00 by itself or $6.50 for all three Rogue maps.

On a different note, you can now watch Awakening's opening movie in glorious HD here (credits to TheRealLinkmstr). The HD version was included with the Fire Emblem: Awakening Original Soundtrack, which came out a couple of days ago.

I was kind of bored, so I grabbed a few stills (special thanks to Matt).

















8-4's developer interview (2nd April 2013)

The North American official site has added a new developer interview, conducted by 8-4, the guys behind the English localisation of Fire Emblem: Awakening.


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In comparison to the Iwata Asks interview, this one is more fan-focused.

Here are my picks:

(An interesting fact about Paralogue 18)

Higuchi: [...] We started experimenting with just a single map in order to see how practical all our different ideas were... [...]

8-4: Did that test map end up in Awakening in any form?

Yokota: [Yes,] the map we used was actually the first stage from Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo. [...] It wasn't used in the main story of Fire Emblem Awakening but it was used in the side story.


(So where did the feet go?)

(Regarding the numbering system)

8-4: This one's super random, but, we noticed you often refer to Awakening as the 14th game in the series. But many fans consider it the 13th game. Which is it?

Yokota: Ah, that. (laughs) Well, there was a version of Fire Emblem released for Nintendo's Super NES Satellaview service in Japan in 1997. If you include that, then Awakening is the 14th Fire Emblem game.

Additionally, the interview reveals the truth behind the characters' feet (see the bottom of Page 3)...

Week 9 DLC + European demo impressions (28th March 2013)

Not long after the European demo went live, the North American DLC became available too.



North American fans can now enjoy Smash Brethren 3 and Rogues and Redeemers 1. From here, there are only 2 more DLC episodes to go before Series 1 is complete.

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot: here are the new names of the last bunch of legacy characters, collected by Shadow Stalker X.

SF/Japanese name NOA name SF/Japanese name NOA name
Narshen/Nacien
Narcian
Ishtar
Ishtar
Trabant
Travant
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Meanwhile, as I promised earlier, I've been crazily playing the European demo. Let me just say it feels really weird finally playing the game I've wrote so much about! But anyway, I won't bore you with my experience.



Instead, I'll mention that the localisation has been quite kind to us British folks. Normally, I'm used to seeing American spellings like "armor" and "specialize" appear in my Fire Emblem games, but this time I've seen nothing but British spellings; even the very squashed "Hair Color" option when creating your Avatar has been changed to "Hair Colour".

Furthermore, I noticed they changed Slide Guide 11, which I thought sounded really weird previously, to talk about "bonus damage" instead of "effect".

That said, I won't feel truly safe until I see "armour" and not "armor"...

European demo out + poll results (28th March 2013)

Almost 2 hours later than expected, the Fire Emblem: Awakening free demo is now out on the European eShop!



I'm currently in the middle of downloading the demo as I write and I'll probably post my impressions here later.

In other news, the results of Nintendo of America's character popularity poll are now up.


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According to NOA, we can expect a special cover photo, featuring the top 10 characters, come 1st April 2013.

Rogues and Redeemers 1 + Yusuke Kozaki AMA (27th March 2013)

Following on from yesterday, another DLC episode, Rogues and Redeemers 1, has been confirmed for 28th March 2013. (Source)



This episode begins a new mini-arc, which sees Chrom clash blades with the forces of good and evil (and everything in-between). The first episode lets players nab Ephraim from The Sacred Stones as a playable guest character. It costs $3.00 by itself or you could grab the Rogues Pack, which contains all 3 maps, for $6.50.

Meanwhile, the AMA session with Yusuke Kozaki ended a while ago. You can find a summary of the Awakening-related answers in this topic (special thanks to Wheels).

Here's my favourite:

YoshiRider123: In addition to the character Katarina from the DLC, were there any other legacy Fire Emblem characters that you would have liked to illustrate for Fire Emblem Awakening?

Yusuke Kozaki: Ike from Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn

Smash Brethren 3 + Soundtrack out (26th March 2013)

DLC episode Smash Brethren 3 has been confirmed for this Thursday. (Source)



The episode completes the Smash Brethren arc, pitting your units against the combined might of Ike and Roy's armies. After completing the mission, players can recruit Lyn from Fire Emblem (GBA) and obtain the Iote's Shield Skill, which removes a unit's flying weakness.

In other news, the Fire Emblem: Awakening Original Soundtrack is now out! You can find pictures at Omoteura Blog (warning: spoilers and some NSFW ads).



I'm particularly impressed by the full cover artwork of Lucina and the layout of the CDs, which is based off the spheres on the Fire Emblem.

Finally, European fans, don't forget that the Fire Emblem: Awakening free demo also comes out this Thursday. Needless to say, I'll be playing the heck out of the demo!

Ask Yusuke Kozaki anything (25th March 2013)

Got a question for Fire Emblem: Awakening's character designer and illustrator Yusuke Kozaki?

Then you may be interested to know he's holding an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit on 26th March 2013, from 9 PM (EST).



Sadly, the time's way past my bedtime and I don't really have any good questions to ask, but I'm sure plenty of you guys do!

Credits to GoNintendo and I Like Feet for the information.

Limited edition artbook coming to the UK (23rd March 2013)

According to Nintendo, GAME (UK) will be offering "a limited edition art book" to those who pre-order Fire Emblem: Awakening. (Source: The official site's source code)



The cover's different to the North American artbook, but presumably the contents are the same.

At the time of writing, I know GAME (Spain) is offering the artbook publicly on their site, so hopefully more European fans get to benefit from this deal!

European demo + official website (22nd March 2013)

European fans: mark down 28th March 2013 on your calendar. Because this is the date the free Fire Emblem: Awakening demo hits the eShop! (Source)


(Image from the North American version)

Furthermore, the European official site is now open. From a glance, the site is very similar to the full North American site, but sports its own unique style.

Meanwhile, Sully is the 3rd character in the European spotlight.

Week 8 DLC + SpotPass (21st March 2013)

The wait for Smash Brethren 2 is over! Players can now transform their female characters into elegant Brides. Who will be YOUR first Bride? Mine's Olivia...


(Click image to play/stop animation)

As for SpotPass content, Genealogy of the Holy War (1st Generation) characters are now available to recruit.

Smash Brethren 2 + FEW update (19th March 2013)

DLC episode Smash Brethren 2 has been confirmed for 21st March (Source).



This episode allows players to recruit Eirika from The Sacred Stones and obtain the Wedding Bouquet item, which lets any female character access the Bride class. Like the previous episode, it costs $3.00 if purchased by itself.

Additionally, the official Fire Emblem World site has updated for the first time since October last year.

The slightly-underwhelming update simply informs visitors about the upcoming Fire Emblem: Awakening Original Soundtrack. For reference, the full track list can be found here. Nintendo also stealth-updated the character gallery, adding the artworks for Gangrel and beyond.

North American character poll (18th March 2013)

Nintendo of America is hosting a Fire Emblem: Awakening character popularity poll on their Nintendo 3DS Facebook page.



You can vote for any of the characters profiled on the official site (minus the Avatar and one spoilery character) and NOA promises to create a new Facebook cover photo according to the result(s).

Meanwhile, Emmeryn is the 2nd character in the European spotlight.

NPD sales data + European information (15th March 2013)

According to the February NPD sales data (probably the only reliable source of North American sales figures), Awakening didn't manage to break into the top 10. However the game did well, selling 180,000 copies (117,000 physical and 63,000 digital). In comparison, the previous entry Shadow Dragon sold 250,000 copies in its lifetime (Source).

It's possible the shortage of physical copies might have led to lower total sales and the large proportion of digital sales.

Meanwhile, the last time we heard about Awakening from Nintendo of Europe was back in mid February and, since then, they've been rather quiet. However, it seems things are starting to change.

A few days ago, they started the character spotlights that North American fans are probably familiar with.

Additionally, Nintendo will have a Nintendo 3DS XL area at MCM Birmingham Comic Con, which takes place from 16th - 17th March 2013, and Awakening will be amongst the playable games (Source).



Finally, Nintendo of Europe wants to point our attention to the Iwata Asks interview for Awakening; the interview's the same as the North American one, but with a few changes, such as Casual Mode being replaced with Newcomer Mode.

...Actually, while I'm here, I'd like to mention that the European Awakening demo will be out in "early April" (Source). This info was posted back in February, but I was too excited about the 3DS XL bundle and totally missed it. Whoops!

Week 7 DLC + SpotPass (14th March 2013)

DLC episodes Lost Bloodlines 3 and Smash Brethren 1 are now available today.



Of note, Smash Brethren 1 marks the début of the Binding Blade legacy characters (although they can't be recruited yet). Here are the new names, collected by Shadow Stalker X.

SF/Japanese name NOA name SF/Japanese name NOA name
Ray/Lleu
Raigh
Lugh/Lou
Lugh
Sofiya
Sophia
Baldo
Baldur
Cecilia
Cecilia Saint Heim
Saint Heim
Percival/Perceval
Perceval Barhara
Belhalla
Thany
Shanna
Chalphy
Chalphy

On the SpotPass front, players can now access Paralogue 20: A Hard Miracle and recruit characters from the Japanese-only Mystery of the Emblem (well... all but three of the characters are from the two DS remakes Shadow Dragon and Heroes of Light and Shadow).

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