22nd March 2013 – Coming this spring is the eagerly awaited Nintendo 3DS instalment of Intelligent Systems’ tactical role-playing series, Fire Emblem: Awakening. Join the adventure in Europe on 19th April when packaged and download versions are released, or pick up the Nintendo 3DS XL Limited Edition Pack with Fire Emblem: Awakening pre-installed, which includes an exclusive Blue + Black Nintendo 3DS XL console with Fire Emblem art emblazoned on the console. Nintendo of Europe also announces that a demo will be available from Nintendo eShop on 28th March to give players a taste of the action.
From today, you can build a foundation to the saga with detailed information on gameplay, characters and the classes systems from the official Fire Emblem: Awakening website. In addition, you can also read the Iwata Asks: Fire Emblem: Awakening interview with Intelligent Systems, and even catch up with the heroes and villains character profiles on the official Nintendo 3DS Facebook page.
In Fire Emblem: Awakening, you can create your own character and take him or her on a role-playing adventure. Join Prince Chrom and the Shepherds, and calm the animosity between the kingdoms of Ylisse and Plegia which threaten to turn into war, whilst hordes of undead rise to endanger the world. As commander of your army, devise a plan to rout and crush your enemies in turn-based battles utilising the unique skills of your units. Battles between units are shown as cinematic scenes where you can choose the camera position, for instance to see your finishing blow from a first-person perspective.
Build a formidable army of heroes through bonds with the many characters you encounter who not only become stronger and more effective from your commands, but also form friendships and marriages to bear children who can fight alongside their parents. So you can choose to play as a matchmaker to bring lovers together, or as a strategist to create the strongest army yet. The progression through your heroes’ relationships makes every player’s game unique. The classic Fire Emblem feature of characters being permanently eliminated if they are defeated in combat is back, while Newcomer Mode allows fallen heroes to return to fight in the next battle for new players who want to get into the series.
There are also other radically new features in Fire Emblem: Awakening: you can enjoy lush 3D cutscenes which are fully voiced in English or Japanese, employ a new tactic where strategically placed characters on the battlefield can use Support to increase their abilities, and take on the new co-op challenges where you and a friend can play together locally and take turns in defeating extraordinary enemies.
For the first time in the saga, you will be able to download additional content to expand your adventure via SpotPass and paid-for Add-on Content available at launch. Via SpotPass, you will encounter legendary teams from other Fire Emblem titles in the series and receive special items, new maps and co-op challenges for free. Via Add-on Content you can broaden your core campaign with new battle scenarios that delve deeper into characters’ stories, gain new members in your party and carry over all experience points, items and gold you’ve collected to your main quest. In addition, the first Add-on Content map will be free to download for a limited time at launch, where you will be able to recruit a special legacy character to your main game!
Fire Emblem fans have keenly awaited the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening in Europe, with US reviewers bestowing glowing reviews, including:
The Escapist, 10 out of 10 – “A game worth buying a 3DS for.”
IGN, 9.6 out of 10 – “The most fluid and stunning strategy RPG experience available on a portable.”
Metro, 9 out of 10 – “Elevates the series to classic status and in the process creates one of the most engrossing and accessible strategy games ever.”
Gamespot, 8.5 out of 10 – “A gaming gem."
Own this next chapter in the legend as Fire Emblem: Awakening launches across Europe on 19th April, as a packaged copy at retail, a download version from Nintendo eShop or in your collection as the Nintendo 3DS XL Limited Edition Pack with Fire Emblem: Awakening pre-installed.