In the U.S. alone, Fire Emblem Awakening sold more than 240,000 copies. If the game’s sales were meager, it could have been the very last entry in the Fire Emblem series, according to one of the game’s producers, Hitoshi Yamagami. Fortunately, for fans of the series, Nintendo isn’t retiring Fire Emblem just yet, as Intelligent Systems and Atlus are currently working on a Wii U crossover role-playing game between the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei worlds.
Hitoshi Yamagami: No doubt. Truth be told, sales are dropping. The sales manager of Nintendo, Mr. Hatano, told us that this could be the last Fire Emblem. Due to this progressive descend on sales, they told us that if the sales of this episode stayed below 250,000 copies, we’d stop working on the saga. I remember when I came back from the meeting and told the team “My God, what are we gonna do?! The end has come!”. Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put everything we always wanted to include. That’s how this new project was born!
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 the 19th April when packaged and Nintendo eShop versions are launched, or pick up the Nintendo 3DS XL Limited Edition Pack with Fire Emblem: Awakening pre-installed, which includes an exclusive blue Nintendo 3DS XL console with Fire Emblem art emblazoned on the console. Nintendo of Europe also announces that the demo will be available from Nintendo eShop on 28th March to give Nintendo 3DS players a taste of the action.
Nintendo has revealed in a statement to IGN that the company sold 180,000 copies of Fire Emblem: Awakening in the United States during February. 117,000 copies of the game were sold at various retail outlets and 63,000 digital copies of Fire Emblem: Awakening were sold on the eShop. Nintendo also added that the previous Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, has sold a little more than 250,000 units life to date in the United States.
Fire Emblem Awakening launched on Feb. 4, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, but bonus content keeps the game play going strong. Fans will continue to look forward to and receive free game content via SpotPass all the way through spring. This new SpotPass content is different from the downloadable content that is currently available through the game’s Outrealm Gate. The free SpotPass map available today is called “A Hard Miracle,” and follows the story of Fire Emblem Awakening main character Chrom as he encounters a mysterious woman and sets off on a journey with her to rescue a group of kidnapped villagers.
During the next few weeks, more maps will become available through the SpotPass feature. These include “Ghost of Blade” on March 28, a haunted tale about a ghost and the ultimate sacrifice; “The Wellspring of Trust” on April 11, a map full of challenging enemies; and “The Radiant Hero” on April 25, which takes place on an isolated island as Chrom and his allies search for a legendary hero. Players can also look forward to other special items that will be distributed for free via SpotPass, such as special weapons, additional playable characters and bonus challengers for the game’s Double Duel multiplayer mode.
The coming months are an exciting time for all fans of Nintendo hardware, with the announcement of black and white editions for Nintendo 3DS™ XL as well as new bundle releases for both Nintendo 3DS XL and Wii U™. The various bundles on offer incorporate highly-anticipated titles such as Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate or Fire Emblem™: Awakening. In addition, the launch of the new Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro for Nintendo 3DS XL completes the bumper line-up.
On 22nd March, limited edition bundles featuring Capcom®’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be coming to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS XL. The Wii U Limited Edition Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Premium Pack not only features a black Wii U console with 32GB of storage*, but also a black Wii U Pro Controller and a copy of the game. The Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Limited Edition Pack comes with the game pre-installed on a black Nintendo 3DS XL – a brand new hardware colour for the handheld system.
The world of Monster Hunter™ can be experienced alone or in local multiplayer for up to four players on Nintendo 3DS, while Wii U players will be able to form hunting parties of up to four players online – or enjoy the hunt with Nintendo 3DS players via a local wireless connection. A demo will be available for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions on 21st February via Nintendo eShop.
The Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro for Nintendo 3DS XL, which offers an alternative control method for players of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and other selected Nintendo 3DS titles, will be also be launching in Europe on 22nd March.
Additionally, the captivating world of Fire Emblem: Awakening for Nintendo 3DS is about to open up for European fans. In celebration, the Nintendo 3DS XL Limited Edition Pack with Fire Emblem: Awakening pre-installed, which includes an exclusive blue Nintendo 3DS XL console with Fire Emblem art imprinted on the console itself, will be arriving in shops alongside the release of the standalone game from 19th April.
In the game, players will command and fight alongside an army of spirited heroes standing against an enemy with the power to destroy empires. Plan your attack, customise your forces, and guide your heroes as you forge alliances that strengthen your resolve in battle and shape the course of history. A demo will be available from Nintendo eShop in early April.
Nintendo of Europe has just announced a Euro-exclusive: Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS XL which includes Fire Emblem: Awakening. The bundle will be available from the 19th of April.
Nintendo 3DS-exclusive Fire Emblem Awakening launched today in the U.S. and Canada. Consumers can purchase the physical copy of the game from retailers, or they can download the digital version straight from the Nintendo eShop. Either way, it costs $39.99 to get your hands on this exceptional tactical role-playing game, which introduces multiple new features to the Fire Emblem series. For example, characters can pair up to perform dual strikes or protect each other from the enemy’s attack. When characters pair up on the battlefield, they develop relationships with each other, can eventually get married and have children.
Numerous retailers in North America are stating that Fire Emblem: Awakening has been delayed a couple of days due to an unforeseen shipping error. Best Buy claims that they are not expecting stock of the well-received game until Wednesday, GameStop said the game may not be available until Friday, February 8. Amazon has notified consumers that stock of the game has been delayed due to a shipping error. We posted our Fire Emblem: Awakening review yesterday. You can read it here.
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To help raise money for Child’s Play, Cody Thomson, 36, is planning to walk across several states in the U.S., including N.C., Tenn., Miss., Ark., Okla., Texas, N.M., Ariz. and Calif. Thomson, a self-proclaimed avid gamer, said to IGN that he is packing his Nintendo 3DS and plans to play Paper Mario, Professor Layton and Fire Emblem at the end of each day. It’s going to take roughly eight months for Thomson to traverse the country, and he will have walked about 3,000 miles once he’s done. Thomson’s lengthy journey begins on March 10th.
“I’ve spent months on the planning. Now I’m a few weeks out from setting off, so it’s a good time to start talking about this and raising some funds for Child’s Play. I’m seeking about $8,000 to fund the costs of the journey and everything else is for the kids. The sky’s the limit. But however much I get, I’m doing this.”
“When I was a kid I had an eye disease and the doctor actually advised that I get a games machine to strengthen my eye muscles. My parents bought me an Atari 2600. I wasn’t hospitalized, but games helped me. They had a beneficial impact. They helped me to see and I think that Child’s Play is wonderful, what they do. Kids in hospital need escapism as much as anybody.”
“I’ve been saving up games. I have Paper Mario, Professor Layton and Fire Emblem planned, so that’s something to look forward to at the end of every day.”
Nintendo has just published the latest English Iwata Asks segment which is focussed solely on Fire Emblem Awakening. One of the interesting excerpts from the article is the development team initially starting proposing that the game should take place on Mars. This idea was obviously discarded, but it didn’t stop the developers chuckling about it. Here’s what they had to say.
Iwata: What kind of proposals were you making?
Yamagami: (laughs) A game called Fire Emblem 2011.
Higuchi: Yeah. (laughs) We made proposals that were a complete departure from the medieval worldview so far—like Fire Emblem completely in the modern world or the one which has the sense of an fairy tale. But they were too far out, so we couldn’t get started. (laughs)
Iwata: Maeda-san, do you remember what the other suggestions were like?
Maeda: One idea that came up within the team was, well, it was Mars.
Maeda: Yeah. Fighting on Mars.
Iwata: Fighting on Mars?!
Kusakihara: Now I know why Yamagami-san was like, “That’s too much!”
Everyone: (laughs loudly)