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Fire Emblem: Awakening
News (post-release, 2012)

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Limited edition artbook + character spotlight 2 and 3 (20th December 2012)

Customers who preorder Fire Emblem Awakening at GameStop (currently United States only) can get their hands on a limited edition "character artbook" while supplies last. This can be done online (if redirected, navigate to the United States site and search for "Fire Emblem Awakening") or at stores.


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Meanwhile, Nintendo of America continues their character spotlights on their Nintendo 3DS facebook page.

Frederick:

"Frederick is a Ylissean knight who is sincere to a fault. He demands tremendous effort from the other Shepherds who fight alongside him to defend the borders of Ylisse." (Source)

Lissa:

"Chromís tomboyish little sister, Lissa, joins the Shepherds and fights alongside her brother to defend Ylisse from Plegian bandits." (Source)

English character spotlight 1 (14th December 2012)

In anticipation for Awakening's North American release, Nintendo of America has started posting details about the game's characters on the Nintendo 3DS facebook page. And where better to start off than with the main hero Chrom:

"The prince of Ylisse and descendant of the Hero-King, Chrom leads a band of soldiers called Shepherds to defend the borders of his kingdom." (Source)


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Special thanks to Hejiru206 for the heads up!

If you've been following the latest Nintendo Directs, you'll know that Chrom's home nation is no longer called "Iris" in the English version, but the exact spelling has evaded us for some time. Well, now we know and it's a, um, pretty interesting spelling. Well, at least they kept "Hero-King", which means I don't have to change anything in the Heroes of Light and Shadow translation just yet!

English official site up... maybe (13th December 2012)

With less than 2 months until Fire Emblem Awakening releases in North America, Nintendo of America has started work on the official site for the game.



As reported way back in April, the official site is located at www.FireEmblemAwakening.com. At the moment, the site has few details--with a full site being promised soon--and is apparently still being worked on; sometimes it will redirect to the main Nintendo site instead.

Special thanks to Hana for the heads up!

Miscellaneous updates (10th December 2012)

The Fire Emblem Awakening deco stickers are out in the wild! These are the 24 stickers you can expect to find:

Cover artwork, Musical Selections artwork, Chrom versus Marth, Nowi and Tiki, Chrom, Frederick, Lon'qu, Gaius, Masked Marth, Lucina, Lissa, Sumia, Sully, Miriel, Maribelle, Panne, Cordelia, Anna, Tiki, Say'ri, Tharja, Nowi, Olivia, Cherche.

That's a lot of ladies! Samples can be found at g-ig-i's blog.

Additionally, some nuggets of information from the recently released "Knights of Iris" book:

In a similar fashion to the ancient text in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, there is a set of translatable ancient glyphs in this game too. Although, chances are, you probably won't ever see them in the actual game...


(Image from Omoteura Blog and slightly edited)

According to the designers, there are carvings on the Falchion that read "sniamer llits erutuf eht tsol si esle lla nehw", which when reversed produces an English sentence (it's a bit spoilery, so I'll let you reverse it yourself).

Similarly, the Pedestal of Flames has a number of carvings, which read:

"White flame orb holy light
Black flame orb dark night
Blue flame orb starry heavens
Red flame orb lifeblood
Green flame orb mother earth"

The text is a direct reference to the five holy orbs from Marth's games, e.g. Lightsphere, which are now known as "White Flame" etc.

Knights of Iris update 5 (7th December 2012)

Today, the Fire Emblem Awakening Material Collections "Knights of Iris" book is officially out in Japan.



According to Dengeki, the first print run has pretty much sold out (to suppliers?). However, fans who haven't managed to secure a copy (like me) don't need to worry, because there will be a reprint starting 18th December (Source - spoilers).

In any case, Japanese bloggers have already started to spill the goods. You can find all the new official artwork (of Priam, Yen'fay and the children), plus various concept pages and etc., at g-ig-i's blog. You can also find a large variety of samples at Akiba Blog (warning: some NSFW ads).

Here's the general rundown of all the pages:

001: Front cover
002-007: Official Illustration Gallery- Promotional artworks (eg. Nintendo points card designs)
008-061: Character official artworks
062-075: Series 1 DLC artwork and the remaining promotional artworks
076-137: Concept Artworks- character, class and weapon designs
138-175: Event Illustration Gallery- Story cutscene artworks, confessions and movie storyboards
176-183: Player's Voice- Character rankings and etc.
184-217: Character Profile- Character profiles, illustrations from the Background site, legacy character cards, keywords and staff credits
218-319: Scenario Archives- Support conversation transcripts and etc.
320: Back cover

Nintendo Direct news (5th December 2012)


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In their latest Nintendo Direct videos, Nintendo has confirmed that Fire Emblem Awakening will be releasing on 4th February 2013 in North America (Source) and April 2013 in Europe (Source).

Marth, Ike and Ephraim were also shown as DLC characters in the European Nintendo Direct.

Like previously, there are a couple of name changes from the Japanese version.

SF/Japanese name NOA name SF/Japanese name NOA name
Liz
Lissa
Eliwood's Steeslword
Eliwood's Blade
Callum
Kellam
Arum's Supremeblade
Alm's Blade
Ronku/Ronkuu
Lon'qu
Healing Sword
Soothing Sword
Flavia
Flavia Felia
Ferox
Double
Pair Up
Holy King/Queen
Holy Ruler *
Sealed Falchion
Falchion
Krom's Vigilantes
Shepherds

* According to the promotional materials; Exalt in the actual game.

Additionally, the first boss also seems to have had a name change, in the European version at least, from Grendel (in the last North American video) to Garrick. I'm not sure if this means the European version will have slightly different names, ala Shadow Dragon, or his name was changed in both versions. Judging by the rest of the familiar names in today's European Nintendo Direct, I'm assuming the latter.

Knights of Iris update 4 (1st December 2012)

With but a few days until it hits the shelves, Dengeki has published further details of the "Knights of Iris" material collections book that will be releasing on 7th December.



Main features:

You can also view four double page samples (which contains spoilers), but you'll need to download a slightly bothersome plug-in. Or... you could make do with my slightly lower resolution samples below.


Olivia and Libra


Anna and Donnel


Avatar and Lucina


Storyboard


Yikes, I still haven't ordered a copy yet.

The Lost Tactician (22nd November 2012)

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Like the other "Ultimate Training" episodes before it, the The Strongest One's Name DLC nets you a bonus character upon completion. Earlier, I made a rather ridiculous guess that the next character would be Kris, the Avatar from Heroes of Light and Shadow, but it seems I wasn't completely off the mark, because it's actually his/her "love interest" Katarina! Bizarrely, there's already a free, SpotPass version of Katarina out, so I'm not sure what they were thinking.

Still, I can't complain, especially not when the artist is Yusuke Kozaki--the official artist for the game. This is also very nice timing, because the Heroes of Light and Shadow English translation patch was released yesterday. Hmm, I wonder if Nintendo knew we were going to release the patch around this time? I'm too scared to think!

Secret Spa follow up (16th November 2012)

Yesterday, the Secret Spa of Bonds DLC episode was released.


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Like the Summer of Bonds episode before it, this episode focuses on character interactions and fan service. The 2 most popular male and female children characters--Lucina, Severa (above), Owain and Inigo--each have special scenes (spoilers) where they don a yukata (a traditional Japanese bath robe). Curiously, the children dye their hair blue in the scenes, so no weird and wacky hair colours for you. Other characters can share some of the yukata love if they're of the Swordmaster class; all Swordmasters on this map have a yukata fitted to their battle model.

Meanwhile, there are 72 new conversations mainly between the children characters. The biggest surprise is that story characters recruited from SpotPass paralogues, such as Gangrel, finally have new conversations, after being shafted in the previous two "Other-world Resort" episodes. For reference, the total "Other-world Resort" conversation count comes to 236, which is a little bit above the promised 200. Anyway, that's it for the "Other-world Resort"; I hope you had fun!

DLC update 19 (15th November 2012)

The end is nigh. Next week, the DLC series 2 finale--and possibly final DLC episode period--will be released. It looks like a tough one too...

screenshot Another Story: The Strongest One's Name (22nd Nov~)
Herein lies the castle of the strong. Heroes who have become too strong are said to eventually arrive at this castle in their search for worthy opponents.

Difficulty: MAX, Price: 300 Yen
Category: Ultimate Training
This map pits you against five consecutive battles. Routing the enemy does not guarantee victory, but instead triggers the arrival of the next enemy force. The enemies are the strongest ever: powerful beyond limit. The path to victory against such exceedingly strong foes will become clear to the ones who surpass even them. Your strongest soldiers and your ultimate stratagem: this map will require both.

Knights of Iris update 3.5 (14th November 2012)



Following from yesterday's update, Amazon Japan has updated their product listing for the Knights of Iris book. Now, you can find the front cover in high resolution (spoilers). Lovely isn't it?

Knights of Iris update 3 (13th November 2012)

Dengeki has posted the front cover (spoilers) of the upcoming Knights of Iris book on their Twitter account. Sadly the release date has been delayed to the 7th of December, a day before the Wii U is released in Japan.

DLC update 18 (8th November 2012)

The third and possibly final "Other-world Resort" DLC episode will be released next week.

screenshot Another Story: Secret Spa of Bonds (15th November~)
This time, the merchant Anna invites Chrom and his gang to a secret spa. But, surprise surprise, they're met with risen soldiers in the hot spring.

Difficulty: 2 star, Price: 200 Yen
Category: Other-world Resort
This map features many conversations between the children characters. In addition, Owain, Inigo, Lucina and Severa each have scenes where they don a yukata, plus special conversations with your Avatar. This map is recommended for those who love dialogue between characters.

Calendar update (6th November 2012)



If you remember, there was an Awakening calendar being released in Japan some time in October. I was kind of too lazy and low on funds to order it, but some person at Inside did and has now received it. Here's what each sheet contains:

Not a half bad selection really ^^

Also, a little bit of wisdom: apparently the Awakening deco stickers (see news entry below) are targeted towards female adults and male children.

Miscellaneous updates (1st November 2012)

The Summer of Bonds DLC episode was released today. Usually I don't report on the episodes when they're out, but this episode is kind of, um, "special".


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As previously advertised, there are some pretty cool swimsuit scenes for Chrom, Gaius, Cordelia and Tharja (who were the top 2 male and female parent characters in the official poll). Chrom's scene is shown above and you can find the others here (spoilers). Additionally, for some reason I'm currently unsure of, all characters of the Sorcerer class have their battle model changed into a swimsuit version (like Cordelia above) for the duration of this map. There are also 72 new conversations between characters who don't have support relations (including Chrom and Cordelia!).


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Meanwhile, Amazon Japan has updated their listing (spoilers)  for the Awakening deco sticker and gum boxes. Personally I think the stickers look rather neat. Is there anyone out there who could get some for me?

Swapnote stationary (31st October 2012)

Around the 29th of this month, an exclusive Fire Emblem: Awakening themed stationary was released for the Nintendo 3DS's Swapnote/Letter Box application.


(Image credits to @YamiHoshi.nl)

The stationary was sent with a greeting message from Tohru Narihiro, the series producer, which begins with: "Hello, this is Narihiro, producer of Fire Emblem: Awakening".

DLC update 17 and other updates (25th October 2012)

Update:


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The latest North American Nintendo Direct features a trailer (at around the 20 minute mark) for the English version of Fire Emblem: Awakening. As suspected, the final title is "Fire Emblem: Awakening" and a bunch of characters and stuff have new names.

SF/Japanese name NOA name SF/Japanese name NOA name
Krom/Chrom
Chrom
Miriel/Myriel
Miriel
Emelina/Emerina
Emmeryn
Soiree
Sully
Perezia
Plegia
Viole/Viaur
Virion
Frederick/Frederik
Frederick
Corpse Soldier
Risen
Sumia/Smia
Sumia
My Unit
Avatar
Donny/Denis
Donnel
Geriba
Grendel
Vake/Wyck
Vaike
-
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It was kind of quiet last week, but things are looking bright again!

screenshot Another Story: Summer of Bonds (1st November~)
The merchant Anna invites Chrom and his gang to a beach retreat to thank them for saving several Outrealms. However, they didn't expect plunderers to appear...

Difficulty: 2 star, Price: 200 Yen
Category: Other-world Resort
This map features many conversations between the parent characters. In addition, Chrom, Gaius, Tharja and Cordelia each have scenes where they don a swimsuit, plus special conversations with your Avatar. This map is recommended for those who love dialogue between characters.

Also, the official Fire Emblem World site has gone through renovation. You can find a new character illustration gallery (check the "World and Story" section) and the character popularity results (spoilers) in the Awakening Background section. Needless to say, there sure isn't a shortage of new character artwork!


Basilio



Kellam

Donnel

Henry
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Libra
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Miriel
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Ricken

Owain and Inigo



Severa and Lucina




Awakening assorted merchandise (16th October 2012)

I was hoping Awakening--the best-selling Fire Emblem since the SNES era--would have more merchandise than currently and fortunately Ensky is ready to deliver.



In mid-November, two Fire Emblem: Awakening themed jigsaw puzzle sets will be releasing. The first, based off the cover artwork, contains 300 pieces and measures 26 x 38 cm. The second, a collage of most of the recently-revealed character artworks (but missing Olivia, Cherche and of course Anna), contains 352 pieces and measures 18.2 x 51.5 cm. The jigsaws cost 1,575 and 1,890 Yen (about 20 and 24 USD) respectively. (Source)

Some time in December, Ensky is also releasing Fire Emblem: Awakening themed sticker and gum boxes. Each box contains 20 packets, each packet containing 2 stickers and 2 gums. If I'm reading it right there are 24 stickers to collect and be wary--one box may not contain all 24 different stickers (those money-grabbers!). One box will cost you 3,150 Yen (or about 40 USD). (Source)

Also, in case you missed it, Ensky is publishing the 2013 calendar too.

Personally I could do without the slightly uninspiring jigsaws, but Fire Emblem stickers? Hell yeah!

Knights of Iris update 2 (13th October 2012)



Dengeki has added a mini-site for the upcoming "Knights of Iris" material collections book here (contains spoilers). There aren't any new details from what was revealed earlier, but you can get a sneak peak of some of the content and/or pre-production materials.

DLC update 16 (11th October 2012)

The third and possibly final Future of Despair DLC episode will be releasing next week.

screenshot Another Story: Future of Despair 3 (18th October~)
The war in the future of despair has reached its final battle. Can the future of the children really be changed?

Difficulty: 5 star, Price: 250 Yen
Category: Future of Despair
Note: Does not require Future of Despair 1 or 2
This map requires you to fight alongside Lucina, Gerome, Severa and Laurent in the battlefield. To prevent powerful enemy reinforcements from appearing, the children fight encamped by the stairs. If you don't co-operate well, the children will be defeated and reinforcements will swarm. If the mothers and fathers move next to the  children of this world, special conversations can be viewed. This map is a must for those who are interested in another future where only the children survived.

Knights of Iris update (6th October 2012)

Dengeki has posted a news entry about the upcoming "Knights of Iris" material collections book, first mentioned in September.

Fire Emblem Awakening Material Collection
Knights of Iris

Price: 3990 Yen (includes tax)
Size/pages: A4, 320
Release date: 30th November

Features:
  • Character popularity poll results
  • Full support conversation directory
  • Full cover illustration by Yusuke Kozaki
  • Series 1 DLC character artwork collection

Plus many more exclusives, such as storyboards, rough sketches and character official artworks, including many yet to be revealed (the Anna artwork to the left is presumably one such artwork).


European release & DLC update 15 (4th October 2012)

In an European-exclusive Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo of Europe slightly narrow down the "1st half of 2013" release date to "2nd quarter of 2013" (Source).

I assumed the worst, and it turns out it will be quite some time before Awakening reaches English shores. It's hardly surprising, giving that Awakening is quite possibly the most text-heavy Fire Emblem title to date, thanks to the massive amount of content, such as the character supports, not to mention the DLC.


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SpotPass content seems to be over, but on the bright side, the next DLC episode has been announced.

screenshot Another Story: Future of Despair 2 (11th October~)
In the future of despair, the children's misery knows no end. The children act as decoys, prepared to lose their lives, to allow their companions to escape.
Difficulty: 4 star, Price: 250 Yen
Category: Future of Despair
Note: Does not require Future of Despair 1
This map requires you to rescue four characters--Brady and Yarne making a hurried escape and Inigo and Owain fighting as decoys--from a large pursuing army. Powerful enemies are approaching both the escapees and the decoys. So if you don't assist them in time, they're destined to face defeat at the enemy's hands. If the mothers and fathers move next to the  children of this world, special conversations can be viewed. This map is a must for those who are interested in another future where only the children survived.

Fire Emblem Awakening Material Collection (30th September 2012)

Amazon Japan has added a listing for a book tentatively titled "Fire Emblem Awakening Material Collection: Knights of Iris", which will be releasing on 2nd November for the rather princely sum of 3990 Yen (around 51 US Dollars or 31 British Pounds). Besides the ISBN number(s) and publisher (ASCII Media Works), no other information is known. With this in mind, it's likely this is the same book as the (again) tentatively titled "Fire Emblem Awakening Premium Guide" first mentioned in July.

DLC update 14 (27th September 2012)

The future doesn't look bright. There wasn't a DLC announcement or release last week, but Nintendo didn't fail to deliver this week, announcing the first episode in the "Future of Despair" category.

screenshot Another Story: Future of Despair 1 (4th October~)
In a future different to ours, the world has fallen into despair and the children's lives are endangered.


Difficulty: 4 star, Price: 250 Yen
Category: Future of Despair
This map requires you to rescue Cynthia, Kjelle, Noire and Nah, who are trapped in a prison and attacked by enemies. Each girl is trapped in an individual prison, so you'll need to formulate a strategy to rescue everyone quick. If the mothers and fathers move next to the children of this world, special conversations can be viewed. This map is a must for those who are interested in another future where only the children survived.

On the SpotPass side, Nintendo is distributing what is likely the final piece of SpotPass content--the Book of Naga. Afterwards, there will probably be no more new content, but at least everyone can complete their SpotPass collection at last!

DLC statistics and etc. (20th September 2012)

There isn't a DLC announcement today, however the CESA (Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association) president revealed some key statistics regarding the Nintendo 3DS and Fire Emblem: Awakening download sales at a presentation during the Tokyo Game Show.


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The Fire Emblem: Awakening paid DLC has been downloaded 1.2 million times, amounting to digital sales of approximately 380 million Yen, which equates to just under 5 million US dollars. In comparison, the game itself is thought to have surpassed 500K sales and plugging in the R.R.P. of 4800 Yen, puts the DLC sales at around 15% compared to the game.

Source: 4Gamer


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Additionally, Ensky is publishing a Fire Emblem: Awakening 2013 calendar, which will be released during October 2012. It contains 7 sheets with dimensions of 59.4 x 42 cm and is selling for around 1600 Yen (or around 20 USD).

Source: Amazon Japan

Finally, on the SpotPass side, Nintendo is now distributing teams featuring "Other" (i.e villain or rival) characters.

Background update (14th September 2012)

Nintendo has updated the Awakening background with the next parts of the World View & Story, Anna's Strategy Corner and Wallpapers. Of note, there are new artworks for Olivia and Serge.

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Olivia
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Virion
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Cherche

Avatar and Tharja



Olivia in the Rain

Aversa and Gangrel

Avatar's Fate

Havetti and Anna

With this update, Anna's Strategy Corner comes to an end, while the World View & Story still has a mysterious "Archive" to be added.

Whitewings complete (13th September 2012)

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As expected, the latest "Ultimate Training" DLC episode "Labyrinth Pursuit" includes Palla--the third and last member of the pegasus sister trio--as an unlockable character. Like Est, she has no SpotPass counterpart, which makes her a slightly more unique character.

Now the big mystery is who's going to appear in the fourth and final "Ultimate Training" episode, which will probably be the toughest yet, featuring 5 waves of enemies with craaaazy high stats? With Palla's arrival, the Whitewing trio is now complete, although that still leaves their leader Minerva. However, Minerva has already been released as a SpotPass character and Nintendo has never released a paid, DLC character who has a free, SpotPass version already out. My money's on Kris, the other main character of Heroes of Light and Shadow, but it could be anyone really.

DLC update 13 (6th September 2012)

Are you ready for some more training? The third "Ultimate Training" DLC episode has been announced for release next week.

screenshot Another Story: Labyrinth Pursuit (13th September~)
Top secret military information has been stolen. To recover the information, Chrom chases after the perpetrator.


Difficulty: 5 star, Price: 250 Yen
Category: Ultimate Training
This map requires you to chase after targets, as special walls automatically open and close each turn. Because there are several Revenant targets, you'll have to divide your pursuit force wisely. Humongous Revenants exclusive to this map are your enemies and, with their excellent mobility and durability, will no doubt make it a difficult chase.

On the SpotPass side, Nintendo is now distributing teams featuring (New) Mystery of the Emblem characters. Which reminds me, I've been busy working on the fan translation...

Whitewinged Parley (30th August 2012)

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Following Est's debut in the "Border between Life and Death" DLC episode, Catria--the second member of the pegasus sister trio, which includes herself, Est and Palla--can be recruited in the newly-released "The Five Annas" DLC episode. Unlike Est, Catria also appears as a free (although currently unreleased) SpotPass character.

At this rate, it seems we can expect to see Palla in the third "Ultimate Training" episode and a fourth character for the fourth and final episode in the category.

DLC update 12 (23rd August 2012)

It's been a bit quiet on the DLC front lately, but Nintendo has finally announced another new DLC episode.

screenshot Another Story: Five Annas (30th August~)
Five Anna sisters are mining ore in a lava cave when they are surrounded by enemies and end up falling into a life-threatening predicament.

Difficulty: 5 star, Price: 250 Yen
Category: Ultimate Training
This map requires you to protect five Annas separated from you by a distance. The Annas are weak and cannot withstand many enemy attacks. So you'll need to plan well to prevent the Annas from being attacked by the enemy. However it won't be easy, as the enemy has many flying units at their disposal and formidable reinforcements will appear over time.

On the SpotPass side, Nintendo is now distributing teams featuring Radiant Dawn characters

Nintendo Dream illustration booklet (22nd August 2012)

The latest issue of Nintendo Dream (Volume 222, October) includes a bonus "illustration fan book", which includes a couple of new character artworks.

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Tharja

Gaius
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Virion


Credits to 2ch members and g-ig-i for the images.

Additionally, the booklet contains the results (spoilers) of the character popularity poll held by Nintendo Dream in an earlier issue (note that this isn't the same poll as the one held by Nintendo). Which characters made up the top 10?
  1. Chrom (184 votes)
  2. Marth (159 votes)
  3. Gaius (127 votes)
  4. Lucina (127 votes)
  5. Avatar (93 votes)
  6. Tiki (79 votes)
  7. Lissa (77 votes)
  8. Inigo (71 votes)
  9. Henry (71 votes)
  10. Nowi (67 votes)

The top 5 characters aren't too surprising, except for Gaius who seems to be popular amongst Japanese fans. Sadly, Tharja and Olivia just failed to make the top 10 : (

Another redesigned character (9th August 2012)

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Despite not being advertised initially, Nintendo has revealed that Est can be recruited by completing the just-released "Border between Life and Death" DLC episode. In a similar fashion to Eldigan, who can be obtained in the "Infinite Divine Weapons" episode, Est does not appear as a SpotPass character can only be recruited via the DLC. However, unlike Eldigan, Est has been blessed with a redesign, this time by Kinu Nishimura of Street Fighter and Code of Princess fame.

If we're lucky, perhaps the remaining 3 episodes in the "Ultimate Training" category will have more unique characters for grabs...

DLC: It's not over yet (6th August 2012)

Just when fans predicted the end of the Awakening DLC, Nintendo has announced on the official site that there will be a second series of DLC entitled "Path of a Grandmaster", which succeeds the original "Spirit Talismans" series of DLC. This new series is further divided into three category of episodes.


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The "Ultimate Training" episodes pit your characters against special scenarios, such as a map filled with spiky floors that reduce units' HP to 1 each turn, a lava-filled merchant rescue mission, a chase against Revenants in a ruin with opening/closing doors and a survival battle against 5 rounds of enemies. To top it off, the enemies have been spotted with higher stats than previously possible and lots of terrifying Skills at their arsenal. There will be 4 of these episodes (and I think I've described all of them) and the first one to be released is "Border between Life and Death", which features the spiky floor traps and promises a "special" range of tough undead enemies.

The "Other-world Resort" episodes seem to offer a relaxing change of pace compared to the gruelling ultimate training, featuring over 200 new conversations between characters and new musical arrangements as well. Scenarios include a festival (featuring Lissa with a party hat), a beach (presumably where the bikini scenes occur) and a hot spring (!!!). There will be 3 of these episodes and the first one to be released is "Harvest of Bonds", which lets players view conversations between same-gendered characters. Until 30th September, "Harvest of Bonds" will also be available at a discounted price.

The "Future of Despair" episodes are currently under development and there are few details on them, but they seem to follow the gang's adventures in the future timeline invaded by Fell Dragon Grima.

For a teaser of the new DLC, make sure to check the new trailer on the official site (but be warned of major spoilers!).

Screen captures

Image from the "Other-world Resort" episodes
Image from the "Future of Despair" despairs
Some of the tough enemies you'll face in the "Ultimate Training" episodes
The spectacular Other-world Resort
Various conversations can be triggered during the festival episode
Map from the festival episode "Harvest of Bonds"
Map from the beach episode
Map from the hot springs episode
Some scenes from the "Future of Despair" episodes
The children characters in the "Future of Despair" episodes

In other news, Nintendo is also preparing a new pre-paid points card with a Tiki and Nowi design and are holding a character popularity poll (link expired).

Fire Emblem: Awakening Premium Guide (29th July 2012)

According to a questionnaire on Dengeki's online site, Dengeki will be publishing a "Fire Emblem: Awakening Premium Guide" (tentative title) during Autumn 2012. At the moment, there are no further details about the book, but chances are it's a fan book of some kind (please have all the character artwork!). For reference, Dengeki also published the "Fire Emblem Memorial Book: Archanea Chronicle" (link) in 2010.



The closing date for the questionnaire is 17th August, so presumably the book won't be out before that date. Meanwhile, the questionnaire itself asks fans questions on their favourite characters, chapters, skills, cosplay models and etc, and the results will be published in a special corner in the book. (Source, contains spoilers)

DLC round 10 (19th July 2012)

The potentially final DLC episode will be released next week.

With this episode's release, the current pattern of DLC episodes will be complete and the episode's description suggests there won't be any more episodes, at least not against returning characters (so it's still possibly there might be a 5 star map against generic enemies, for instance, like the "Army of Shadow" Double Duel team).

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screenshot Another Story: Light versus Dark (Decisive Battle) (26th July~)
Light and Darkness--these two conflicting forces join together as one to create a massive and overwhelming force... Chrom challenges the Einherjar in a final decisive battle.
Reward: Radiant Hero Ike's Card (allows players to recruit "Ike from another world"), Limit Breaker (teaches the Limit Breaker Skill, which raises the character's maximum stats by 10)
Difficulty: 5 star, Price: 400 Yen
Artist: Eiji Kaneda

Mystery of Priam revealed (12th July 2012)

The possibly final SpotPass paralogue has been released, which allows players to recruit the burly Priam.



Priam, to the left, does not appear at all during the main storyline, unlike previous characters recruited through paralogues. He claims to be the descendant of the Radiant Hero and possesses the Ragnell, so in other words, he's a descendant of Ike. At the moment, it's unknown what his significance is, but perhaps he's hinting at a future Fire Emblem game set after Ike's adventures? Well, that's just my (very) wishful thinking anyway!

Fire Emblem World (5th July 2012)

In a follow up to last April's update, Nintendo has updated the Awakening background with the next parts of the World View & Story, Anna's Strategy Corner and Wallpapers. Of note, there are new artworks for Flavia, Nowi, Gregor, Lon'qu, Sully and Stahl.


DLC and SpotPass round 9 (28th June 2012)

Another new DLC episode to be released next week.

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screenshot Another Story: Red versus Blue (Decisive Battle) (5th July~)
The red-haired lion, Roy--Elibe's young hero. The Radiant Hero, Ike--Tellius's infamous mercenary. These two heroes' armies are locked in a never-ending war in the Outrealm. In order to seal away the Einherjar, Chrom challenges them to an all-out war.
Reward: Noblewoman of Sacae Lyn's Card (allows players to recruit "Lyn from another world"), Iote's Shield (teaches the Iote's Shield Skill, which removes a character's flying weakness)
Difficulty: 4 star, Price: 400 Yen
Artist: Shirou Miwa

On the SpotPass side, Nintendo is now distributing teams featuring Fire Emblem: Gaiden characters and Paralogue 22, which allows player to recruit the lovely Aversa.

Localisation update (22nd June 2012)

In their latest Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo of America has confirmed that Awakening (still without an official title) will be releasing in 2013 and will include downloadable content. (Source)

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Nintendo of Europe has also reconfirmed the game's release, but have pushed back the earlier (likely tentative) release date of "2012" to the 1st half of 2013. (Source)

DLC and SpotPass round 8 (14th June 2012)

Another new DLC episode to be released next week.

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screenshot Another Story: Light versus Dark (Dark Side) (21st June~)
Light--It protects people, guiding them towards peace. Darkness--It opposes light and enters conflict with it. These two forces continue their never-ending war in the Outrealm. Chrom decides to lend a hand to the agents of darkness to defeat the warriors of light.
Reward: Blessed Maiden Celica's Card (allows players to recruit "Celica from another world")
Difficulty: 4 star, Price: 350 Yen
Artist: Masatsugu Saitou

On the SpotPass side, Nintendo is now distributing teams featuring Thracia 776 characters and Paralogue 21, which allows player to recruit Sword Saint Yen'fay.

North American release confirmed (7th June 2012)

Awakening has now been confirmed to be hitting North American shores.

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Despite being completely absent from both the main E3 conference and the 3DS conference, it seems the localisation of Awakening was accidentally let slip, but in any case, Nintendo of America have formally (pre)announced it via Twitter, with further details to come. European fans need not worry, since a localisation was already announced for us months ago. (Source)

Fire Emblem World and N.O.M (1st June 2012)

Just when I thought Nintendo might slow down with their promoting of Awakening, they've decided to attack on two fronts.


Fire Emblem World, the official Japanese Fire Emblem site, has updated with a special background section dedicated to the game, which includes information on the game's world and story, Anna's walkthrough of the game chapters and wallpaper downloads. In particular, the world and story section features new artwork for Vaike and Maribelle and a host of pretty interesting takes on the English character names.

Additionally, N.O.M, Nintendo's online magazine, has a special feature on the game, which is mostly a play report, but also includes concept sketches for the in-game CG movies.

DLC and SpotPass round 7 (31st May 2012)

Previously, new DLC was released every week, but there will be no new DLC released on the week of 31st May. The next DLC will be released a week later than usual, on 7th June, and features another new class--this time, the female-only Bride (yes, that kind of bride).

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screenshot Another Story: Red versus Blue (Radiance Side) (7th June 2012~)
The red-haired lion, Roy--Elibe's young hero. The Radiant Hero, Ike--Tellius's infamous mercenary. These two heroes' armies are locked in a never-ending war in the Outrealm. Chrom decides to lend a hand to Ike to defeat Roy's army.
Reward: Restoration Queen Eirika's Card (allows players to recruit "Eirika from another world"), Wedding Bouquet (lets female units change to the Bride class)
Difficulty: 3 star, Price: 400 Yen
Artist: Daisuke Izuka (Heroes of Light and Shadow)

On the SpotPass side, Nintendo is now distributing teams featuring Genealogy of the Holy War 2nd Generation characters and Paralogue 20, which allows player to recruit the kind Queen Emmeryn.

DLC and SpotPass round 6 (17th May 2012)

More DLC chapters ready for next week.

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screenshot Another Story: Infinite Divine Weapons (24th May 2012~)
Divine Weapons--unique weapons that have received the blessing of the gods. However, deep within some ruins, twins of these divine weapons slumber. These treasures are guarded by the Deadlords and nobody has been able get past them. Is there anyone brave enough to conquer these ruins...?
Reward: Silver Card (lets the user buy items from shops for half price)
Difficulty: 4 star, Price: 300 Yen
screenshot Another Story: King versus King (Decisive Battle) (24th May 2012~)
Hero-King Marth and Seliph the Scion of Light. These two kings join forces and combine the military might of two continents. In order to seal away the Einherjar, Chrom challenges them to an all-out war.
Reward: Scion of Light Seliph's Card (allows players to recruit "Seliph from another world"), Paragon (teaches the Paragon Skill, which doubles gained experience)
Difficulty: 3 star, Price: 400 Yen
Artist: Rika Suzuki

On the SpotPass front, Nintendo is now distributing teams featuring Binding Blade characters and Paralogue 19, which allows player to recruit the mighty enemy Walhart.

DLC round 5 (11th May 2012)

A day later than usual, but Nintendo has announced two new DLC chapters, which will be released from 17th May.

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screenshot Another Story: Entombed Heaven (17th May 2012~)
The Entombed--noble risen soldiers who are extremely rare in numbers and are said to grant valuable experience to those who fight them. By Anna's request, Chrom goes to exterminate them...
Reward: Enemy Entombed (lots of experience)
Difficulty: 2 star, Price: 300 Yen
screenshot Another Story: Light versus Dark (Light Side) (17th May 2012~)
Light--It protects people, guiding them towards peace. Darkness--It opposses light and enters conflict with it. These two forces continue their never-ending war in the Outrealm. Chrom decides to lend a hand to the warriors of light to defeat the forces of darkness.
Reward: Restoration King Ephraim's Card (allows players to recruit "Ephraim from another world")
Difficulty: 4 star, Price: 350 Yen
Artist: Koutarou Yamada (Hasha no Tsurugi)

DLC round 4 and first SpotPass chapter (2nd May 2012)

A new DLC chapter will be released from 10th May.

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screenshot Another Story: Red versus Blue (Binding Side)
The red-haired lion, Roy--Elibe's young hero. The Radiant Hero, Ike--Tellius's infamous mercenary. These two heroes' armies are locked in a never-ending war in the Outrealms. Chrom decides to lend a hand to Roy to defeat Ike's army.
Reward: Devoted Queen Elincia's Card (allows players to recruit "Elincia from another world")
Difficulty: 3 star, Price: 350 Yen
Artist: Douji Shiki

On the SpotPass front, Nintendo is now distributing teams featuring Shadow Dragon characters and Paralogue 18, which allows player to recruit the wonderful enemy Gangrel.

DLC round 3 (26th April 2012)

Three more DLC chapters will be released from 2nd May, costing 300 to 400 Yen.

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screenshot Another Story: Spirit Talisman 3 (2nd May 2012~)
The old fortune-teller blunders and somehow lets his summoning cards fall into enemy hands. Twenty heroes have been summoned from ten worlds. If Chrom can win this battle, maybe he can obtain the Outrealm's ultimate treasure...?
Reward: Priestess of Dawn Micaiah's Card (allows players to recruit "Micaiah from another world"), All Stats +2 (teaches the "All Stats +2" Skill)
Difficulty: 2 star, Price: 300 Yen, Pre-requisite: "Another Story: Spirit Talisman 2" purchased
Artist: Rco Wada
screenshot Another Story: Gold and Silver (2nd May 2012~)
Gold--a fiendish brilliance that attracts people. A theft occurs in the military base and Lissa's secret savings have been snatched by risen soldiers. Although reluctant, Chrom marches into the enemy base to recover Lissa's cash...
Reward: Funds
Difficulty: 1 star, Price: 300 Yen
screenshot Another Story: King versus King (Holy War Side) (2nd May 2012~)
Hero-King Marth--the kind King of Archanea. Seliph the Scion of Light--the noble King of Jugdral. These two kings continue their battles in the Outrealm and Chrom decides to lend a hand to Seliph to defeat Marth's army.
Reward: Holy Ruler Alm's Card (allows players to recruit "Alm from another world"), Dread Scroll (lets male units change to the Dread Fighter class)
Difficulty: 2 star, Price: 400 Yen
Artist: HACCAN

Source: 4Gamer

First week sales (25th April 2012)

Awakening has sold an impressive, estimated 242,600 copies in its first week in Japan (Source).

For reference, below are the other Fire Emblem titles' lifetime sales (in Japan).

Sources: TearRing Saga lawsuit, GEIMIN.NET

Domain name registration (24th April 2012)

Observant fans have discovered that Nintendo of America has registered a few domain names recently, including FireEmblemAwakening.com. Like trademarks, domain names can be registered without being publicly used, but hopefully this is a sign of good things to come for American Fire Emblem fans.

DLC round 2 (21st April 2012)

In their latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo revealed the next sets of DLC, which will follow the previous Marth scenario. The next two chapters will be released from 26th April and will cost 250 Yen and 350 Yen.

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screenshot Another Story: Spirit Talisman 2 (26th April 2012~)
Chrom visits the Outrealm again, this time chasing a mysterious female who's stolen summoning cards from the old fortune-teller. The mysterious female uses the cards to summon forth ancient heroes and thus Chrom is forced into another battle...
Reward: Young Lion Roy's Card (allows players to recruit "Roy from another world")
Difficulty: 1 star, Price: 250 Yen, Pre-requisite: "Another Story: Spirit Talisman 1" purchased
Artist: Kimihiko Fujisaka (The Last Story)
screenshot Another Story: King versus King (Emblem Side) (26th April 2012~)
Hero-King Marth--the kind King of Archanea. Seliph the Scion of Light--the noble King of Jugdral. These two kings continue their battles in the Outrealm and Chrom decides to lend a hand to Marth to defeat Seliph's army.
Reward: Sage King Leif's Card (allows players to recruit "Leif from another world")
Difficulty: 2 star, Price: 350 Yen
Artist: Sachiko Wada (The Sacred Stones)

Source: 4Gamer

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