Fans of Intelligent System’s brutal strategy/RPG series Fire Emblem can finally sigh in relief. This is one RPG Nintendo is not going to stubbornly sit on. After two months of silence since the Japanese release, Reggie finally confirmed an early 2013 release date via Nintendo Direct.
Of the twelve games in the long running series prior to Fire Emblem: Awakening, only five have been seen stateside. 50% might seem like a rather low localization rate, but only early iterations were withheld leaving it unknown to Americans for many years. Once Super Smash Bros. Melee hit the Nintendo Gamecube, Fire Emblem stars Marth and Roy became household Nintendo names, and their popularity led to the first American release with Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance in 2003. The series has been consistently released ever since.
Fire Emblem: Awakening scored a respectable 36/40 from Japan’s number one gaming magazine, Famitsu. The game retains its traditional Rock-Paper-Scissors style of combat, but adds another level of depth with combined attacks using nearby characters. Long time fans seem to be pleased, and the game debuted stronger than any other in the series at an impressive 242,600 units the first week. Reggie also confirmed DLC through the 3DS store will shortly follow after release, a first for the series.
Nintendo has yet to announce an exact release date, but rumors believe it could coincidentally be the day I finally buy a 3DS. Go figure.
[via Nintendo Direct]