I’ve got good news for Fire Emblem fans who are trying not to kill themselves over the month-long wait for Fire Emblem: Awakening. On January 17th, Nintendo will be offering a free demo for the newest installment in the Fire Emblem series in the Nintendo 3DS’ eShop. Presumably, the demo will remain in the eShop until the game’s official release on February 4th.In the latest installment of the Fire Emblem series, you play as Chrom, the prince of the holy kingdom of Ylisse and leader of the Shepherds, his personal squad of elite soldiers. During your adventure, you must investigate the mysterious behavior of the neighboring country of Plegia and stop the enigmatic swarm of creatures invading the land. Awakening follows the world map system as seen in Fire Emblem 8: Sacred Stones, which will allow players to progress at their own pace and access optional sidequests and downloadable content.
On the subject of FE:Awakening‘s launch, the game will feature two types of DLC: buyable packs and free packs. Packs will include downloadable maps that contain goodies like additional side stories, bonus experience, and rare items, some of which can only be obtained through DLC. Some examples include the Demon Fighter and Bride classes, missions with special objectives and character interaction, and a plethora of characters from previous Fire Emblem games that make cameos through the use of the “Outrealm Gate.” Even Anna, the faithful menu girl that’s been with us since the beginning, gets her first playable appearance! If you are a FE junkie, all of this DLC is awesome news, as you can finally make your own dream army out of your favorite characters. Here’s a list of purchasable DLC maps (with characters!) and a list of SpotPass obtained ones if you can’t wait to find out.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, because I had the same thought: “Day one DLC? WHAT THE HELL, COME ON!” Fire Emblem games have had a big root in character interactions. The DLC does not have a huge effect on the game’s main storyline and character relations; however, some of the DLC will give additional scenes and content that are optional to pick up. And that’s the main thing about the DLC, really; Fire Emblem’s DLC is completely optional. If you want to just stick with the main game, that’s fine, but if you want to add more to the experience, pick up some of the free DLC. Hell, buy a pack or two if you want. I can’t tell you what to do. I can barely tell my dog what to do. My point is that Fire Emblem: Awakening has enough content to suit casual fans and fans that want to get the most out of their game. Plus, some of the DLC is free. Why NOT grab it?
One last thing before I wrap this up. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is considered Fire Emblem 10 in both the US and Japan, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is Fire Emblem 11. Fire Emblem: Awakening is technically NOT FE12. Fire Emblem 12: Heroes of Light and Shadow is actually a remake of Fire Emblem 3: Monshou no Nazo (Mystery of the Emblem) on the SNES that was only released in Japan. Since it’s a remake, it shouldn’t technically have a number, but Intelligent Systems gave it a number anyways (Ohgod, the irony). “But what about Shadow Dragon?” Shadow Dragon is a remake of the original Fire Emblem on the NES. Intelligent did it again and gave a remake a number when it didn’t need it. With that said, Fire Emblem: Awakening comes into the series correcting the error and putting both countries back on track with FE13.
“But wait! What’s Fire Emblem on the GBA then? And Sacred Stones? What the flying fuck is wrong with the US’ numbering?”
WELP. we’re missing six games in the series, that’s why. SIX games. Why? The series is not popular enough to receive reboots of the missing six (plus one, but Fire Emblem 12 is on the DS anyways). The first Fire Emblem game released in the US was actually Fire Emblem 7: Blazing Sword, which we know as plain ol’ Fire Emblem on the Gameboy Advance. Here, I’ll open up Excel and show you what I mean.
“But your chart shows seven games, liar!”
Fire Emblem 11 is a remake of FE1, so we TECHNICALLY have FE1 under the name of FE11: Shadow Dragon. That means the US is missing half of the series, although it IS possible to emulate them all. FE2-6 and FE12 have fan made English patches, so Google translate isn’t needed to play.
Well, I hope you learned something about the series out of my ranting. Fire Emblem is one of my favorite series, and I go overboard for my favorite series. Make sure you pick up the demo on January 17th and the game itself on the 4th of February. According to Gamestop’s site, if you preorder, you’ll receive a Limited Edition Character Art Book, which adds on to the game’s overflowing amount of goodies! Support the series and pick up the biggest title yet!
Or not, whatever. ;n;
Japanese Translation and other bits of info taken from SerenesForest.net and knowing too much about Fire Emblem. Serenes is great source of info for all things Fire Emblem, but I’m good too :c