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Awakening: 1st Anniversary Interview from 2013

With so much going on in the Fire Emblem world lately, it’s too easy for things to be forgotten and left behind. Such as this interview with the Awakening development team from way back in 2013.

Conducted by Nintendo Dream to commemorate the game’s 1st anniversary in Japan, this interview was one of the first to touch on how Awakening helped to save the series from dire straits.

Yes, we can rest easy now, but, during development, we were faced with a rather grim situation: “If this game doesn’t sell well, the FE series is probably over.”

–Kouhei Maeda

There’s also a lot of insight into how the game’s DLC was developed, including some amusing commentary about the controversial censored swimsuit Tharja CG in the North American version.

But it actually had to do with the rating systems. So in North America, they chose to hide part of Tharja’s swimsuit.

–Toshiyuki Kusakihara

But in their efforts to conceal it, we heard it ended up being taken as even more suggestive…

–Kouhei Maeda

You can find the full translated interview over on Kantopia or on our forums.

Fire Emblem Awakening Artbook Debuts in US

If you remember preorders for The Art of Fire Emblem Awakening going up late last year, well you’re in for a treat, because after 10 long months, the artbook is finally available. Dark Horse, the publishing company behind Hyrule Historia, has finally released The Art of Fire Emblem: Awakening.


This 320 page book is filled to the brim with artwork related to character design, weapon design, storyboards, event illustrations and the game’s complete script for all possible dialogue and scenes.

This book will also be published in English, meaning that while those not proficient with Japanese may have had to pass on the Japanese version of this one, those same readers will be facing incredible temptation to pick this one up.


Preorders are currently being shipped, but if you missed your chance at a pre-order, copies are available now through your local comic shop (not confirmed in all comic shops), Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and even for Amazon Kindle. The best part? Its original asking price of $39.99 has been reduced to roughly $25.99. So quit reading this article and go snag yourself a copy!