Fire Emblem Awakening
|Fire Emblem Awakening|
Packaging artwork used internationally (with some regional variations)
|Composer(s)||Hiroki Morishita |
Fire Emblem Awakening[a] is a tactical role-playing video game, developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS handheld video game console in April 2012 in Japan, and 2013 outside Japan. It is the thirteenth entry in the Fire Emblem series,[b] and the first to be developed for the Nintendo 3DS. The gameplay, like previous Fire Emblem games, focuses on tactical movement of characters across a battlefield fighting enemy units. Other features include the ability to build relationships between the characters to improve their abilities, adjustable difficulty levels, a mode that disables the permanent death of characters, and multiple camera perspectives in battle.
The story of Awakening takes place 2000 years after the events of the original Fire Emblem and Fire Emblem Gaiden, focusing on Chrom, the prince of Ylisse, and his personal army, the "Shepherds". They rescue Robin (an Avatar whose name, gender, and appearance are customizable by the player), who is suffering from amnesia. Over the course of the story, Robin aids Chrom's army in defending Ylisse from undead monsters - the Risen - and attacks from the hostile nation of Plegia.
Development of Fire Emblem Awakening began in 2010, with multiple veterans of the Fire Emblem series filling key development roles. Development was handled by Intelligent Systems with supervision from Nintendo. As the series had seen declining sales with previous installments, Awakening was designed as the possible last entry in the series, with elements from all previous Fire Emblem games incorporated. Due to the 3DS still being fine-tuned by developers, the team's decisions for content and graphics were made based on what they thought was feasible for what they had available to them. However, some gameplay options and proposals were met with mixed feelings, such as the option to disable permanent character death, often known as 'permadeath', a staple of the Fire Emblem franchise.
Upon release, the game received critical acclaim and achieved strong sales worldwide, with many critics praising the new additions to the traditional gameplay and accessibility to newcomers of the series. After release, the game was nominated for multiple awards from video game publications, often being cited as one of the best games on the 3DS platform, is credited with boosting sales for the 3DS and is considered one of the best role-playing video games of all time. Awakening's commercial success ensured the continuation of the series. The successor of Awakening, Fire Emblem Fates, was released in Japan in June 2015, and in Western territories in February 2016.
In Fire Emblem Awakening, the player begins the game as one of the central characters, a customizable Tactician Avatar: the Avatar's gender, hair color, feature types, and voice can all be customized. There are two modes of play: Casual Mode and Classic Mode. In Classic mode, characters defeated in battle are permanently dead, unable to be used for the rest of the game. Casual Mode enables the player to disable permanent character deaths. With permanent death disabled, fallen units are restored after the completion of the battle. When Chrom or the Avatar character dies in battle in any mode, the player receives a "Game Over" message and must restart the battle. The game has multiple difficulty levels: the three standard modes are Normal, Hard and Lunatic. A fourth difficulty level, Lunatic+, is unlocked after completing the game on Lunatic mode. The playing mode and difficulty level are selected at the beginning of a new game.
After the player is given access to a party of characters, they can travel across a world map both to new locations and revisit old locations. The time of day on the world map is synced to the player's time zone and time of day. New locations can contain main story missions as well as side stories where new characters can be recruited. Previously visited locations have shops where the player can acquire new weapons. They also can contain random enemy skirmishes. Between missions, players can go to a customizable central base called the Barracks, where the player can watch scenes between characters and perform other activities. The player can recruit approximately forty characters, not including characters included in downloadable content. The game features multiple uses of the Nintendo 3DS-exclusive SpotPass and StreetPass functions via the world map. During navigation, the player can encounter other players and interact via StreetPass. The player can do battle with a party of up to ten characters from another player's world. Whichever player wins the battle gains access to the party. Avatars can also be either befriended or defeated in battle, and loaned out to other players using this function.
Awakening uses a turn-based tactical role-playing battle system. The terrain is displayed on the top screen of the 3DS, while unit information is displayed on the bottom screen. Before each battle, the player selects a limited number of characters from their roster for use in battle. The player can either control each unit manually or activate an auto-battle option. Character movement is dictated by a tile-based movement system. During combat, player-controlled sprite characters and enemy units controlled by the game's artificial intelligence (AI) each get one turn where they position their units. An additional turn is added when unaffiliated AI-controlled units are in the field. Playable characters positioned next to each other in the field will support one-another, granting buffs, and performing actions such as blocking attacks. Two characters can also pair up as a single mobile unit, enabling both units to attack at once. As the relationship between characters strengthens, they gain greater bonuses to their strength and effectiveness when paired up in battle. During combat, the perspective switches to a 3D scene between combatants. Optional camera angles, including a first-person view through the eyes of playable characters, can be activated using the 3DS stylus.
During battles, characters earn experience points (XP) through successful actions during battle. When the character has reached 100 XP, their level is raised by one, increasing various stats including health and attack power. New skills are also learned by each character. The game includes a character class system, with approximately forty classes available. Each character, including the Avatar, has a starting class. When a unit reaches Level 10, they can either upgrade or change their classes using special items called Master Seals and Second Seals. A Master Seal promotes the character's class, improving character stats and giving access to new ability sets or weapons. A Second Seal allows a character to change class, or "reclass", when they are either at Level 10 or have reached their current Advanced Class. Upon reclassing, a character's experience level is reset to Level 1 while their stats and abilities are retained. The classes that most characters can reclass into are limited. The exception to this is the Avatar, who is able to reclass into any class available to their gender. Regardless of future changes, characters retain learned skills from earlier classes. A character's class affects both their attack capabilities and their mobility on the battlefield: for example, mages and archers can attack at greater ranges than melee units, mounted units have more powerful attacks than foot units, while flying units have greater mobility and range.
Relationships between characters are built up through Support conversations between chapters. The normal rankings of relationships are C to A, with A standing for a close friendship. For characters of opposing genders, an additional S ranking is available, in which the characters fall in love, marry and have children. Relationships also have a direct impact during battles, with certain character pairings granting positive effects such as increased mobility or an automatic guarding action. A couple's children can be found and recruited in optional chapters made available by the parent characters' marriage, with their appearance and in-game abilities varying depending on who their parents were. Most characters have a specific list of units which they can have Support conversations with; the Avatar can build a relationship with all characters, and (depending on their chosen gender) marry any unit from any generation as long as they are not a direct descendant.
Setting and characters
The game takes place approximately 2000 years after the events of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. In ancient times, the Fell Dragon Grima attempted to destroy the world. To stop Grima, the Divine Dragon Naga (voiced by Mela Lee) chose the ruler of the Halidom of Ylisse (known as the First Exalt) and granted them power through two magical objects: Falchion, a sword with the power to slay dragons; and the Fire Emblem, a magical shield. Using these, the Exalt struck down Grima, sending it into a long slumber. In the intervening period, the continents of Archanea and Valentia became known as Ylisse and Valm.
By the present time, the land of Ylisse is divided between Halidom of Ylisse, which continues to worship Naga, and is ruled by Exalt Emmeryn (voiced by Erin Fitzgerald) and defended by the Shepherds, her brother Chrom's (voiced by Matthew Mercer) militia force; the kingdom of Plegia, which worships Grima; and Regna Ferox, a country whose rulers periodically compete for dominance. Fifteen years prior to Awakening, the last Exalt of Ylisse, Emmeryn's father, waged a religious war against Plegia, which greatly damaged both countries and left bitterness on both sides. Ylisse has slowly recovered from the war thanks to Emmeryn's peaceful actions.
After dreaming of killing Chrom, an amnesiac Robin wakes up in a field and is found by Chrom and members of his personal army, the Shepherds. Robin joins the Shepherds, after exhibiting the qualities of a tactician when they defend a nearby town from Plegian bandits. After gaining an alliance with Regna Ferox, the Shepherds move to fight both Plegia's forces and revenant monsters called the Risen; they are helped by a masked man calling himself "Marth". After a confrontation between Plegia and the Shepherds, Emmeryn is almost killed by Validar and his minions. The assassination plot is foiled with aid from "Marth", who has prior knowledge of the event, and is also revealed to be a woman. Soon after, Plegian forces capture Emmeryn as she goes to parley with King Gangrel, Plegia's ruler, and prevent another war. Gangrel demands the Fire Emblem in exchange for Emmeryn's life. Though Chrom almost accepts Gangrel's terms, Emmeryn stops him by throwing herself over a cliff, becoming a martyr to both Ylisse and Plegia. Eventually, the Shepherds triumph over Plegia, defeating Gangrel and restoring peace to the continent.
Two years after Gangrel's defeat, Chrom inherits the throne of Ylisse, marries, and fathers a newborn daughter named Lucina. Chrom leads the Shepherds again when Emperor Walhart of Valm threatens to invade Ylisse. During the campaign, "Marth" returns, and reveals that she is a Lucina from an alternate timeline from more than 10 years in the future where Grima has been resurrected, and used a time traveling spell devised by Naga to return to the past in order to prevent the events leading to her future. To combat Grima, Chrom must perform the "Awakening", a ritual that grants him Naga's power, by combining the Fire Emblem with five magical gems divided among the nations. During and after the war in Valm, the Shepherds manage to retrieve four of the gemstones. They are then ambushed by Validar, the new king of Plegia and Robin's father, after he offers them the last gemstone. Validar takes control of Robin and steals the Fire Emblem from Chrom. He also reveals that Robin was born as the ideal vessel for Grima. Lucina realizes that Grima used Robin to kill Chrom in her timeline, and attempts to execute them; Chrom forces her to stand down, remaining confident the Avatar can overcome Grima's control. Alternatively, if Robin is Lucina's husband or mother, Lucina is unable to go through with it and stands down on her own. The Shepherds manage to track down Validar, who uses Robin to attack Chrom, mirroring the events of their nightmare. However, Robin uses their foreknowledge to prevent Chrom's death, allowing the Shepherds to kill Validar and recover the Fire Emblem.
At this point, a possessed Robin from Lucina's future appears, revealing that the present timeline Robin's amnesia was caused by Grima's unsuccessful attempt to possess them. The future Robin then uses the power gathered for Grima's resurrection to restore its dragon form. In a race against time, Chrom performs the Awakening and summons Naga. Although Chrom now has the power to stop Grima, Naga reveals that she only has enough power to put Grima to sleep for another thousand years. Naga explains that the only way to truly destroy Grima is to have him destroy himself through Robin, which could come at cost of Robin's life. Naga tells them that Robin will only survive if their bonds with Chrom and the Shepherds are strong enough. In the final battle, the Shepherds manage to weaken Grima. Chrom, already set against the sacrifice of Robin, offers to deliver the final blow to the fell dragon. Depending on the player's final choice, the game will reach one of two different endings. If Chrom deals the final blow, Grima is put back to sleep for another thousand years, though Robin is left with regrets. If the Avatar deals the final blow, both them and Grima permanently die. Chrom and the Shepherds refuse to believe that Robin is dead, and vow to find them and bring them home. In a post-credits scene, Robin wakes up in a field similar to the beginning of the game, where Chrom and Lissa find them and welcome them home.
The original planning for Fire Emblem Awakening began in 2010, when Nintendo SPD director Genki Yokota was finishing his work on Xenoblade Chronicles. The game was co-developed by Nintendo and regular Fire Emblem developer Intelligent Systems. Among the staff members were veterans of the Fire Emblem series, including project manager Masahiro Higuchi, who had first worked on Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, and Intelligent Systems producer Kouhei Maeda, who first worked as a scenario writer for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. The first proposals were made after the completion of Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, a remake for the Nintendo DS of the third game. Development was very slow for the first year, during which time producer Hitoshi Yamagami organized the game's development structure. Once this was completed, he handed the main production duties over to co-director Genki Yokota. The art director was Toshiyuki Kusakihara. Character designs were done by Kusakihara and Yūsuke Kozaki. Kusakihara was brought on board to offer a fresh perspective on the Fire Emblem series and new ideas for the team, while Kozaki was brought in to help create a distinctive art style that would be well received overseas, as had his previous work for the Wii title No More Heroes. During development, Kusakihara and Kozaki had lengthy meetings about various aspects of the game. These meetings became so time-consuming that Kusakihara compared his situation to the legend of Urashima Tarō.
Due to declining sales for the series, the developers were told by Nintendo that Awakening would be the last Fire Emblem game if it failed to sell above 250,000 units. This caused panic for the team, with them considering including a high number of elements new to the game. Among the concepts were a modern-day setting or using the planet Mars as a setting. Eventually, the team decided that these elements would alienate rather than attract players and stuck to the medieval setting and style of previous Fire Emblem titles. As a compromise, the team decided to make it the "culmination" of all the games in Fire Emblem series to that point, incorporating gameplay elements from multiple titles. This approach was approved by the team and the proposal was completed within a month, though the decision also created difficulties with choosing which elements to include, and how to balance them so they did not clash with one another. The game's final title, "Awakening", was born from this concept of an ultimate Fire Emblem game. It was initially just casually suggested by Yamagami when discussing ideas for a title with Yokota, and Yokota liked it. As development progressed, the team continued to come up with ideas that increased workload, but they maintained a positive attitude and pushed forward in spite of the consequent pressures. Internally, the game was known as Fire Emblem Fin: The Children from the Brink.
Maeda was mainly responsible for the original scenario, thinking out the rough outline before the team created the events of each chapter in detail. Some plot points, such as the true identity of "Marth", were planned from an early stage, while many of the other plot twists came about during its development. Many of them were added at the suggestion of team members from both Intelligent Systems and Nintendo. Two key story themes while developing the game were the love for the characters, and the bonds characters developed over the course of the story. The latter theme was expressed in gameplay through the cooperative behavior of adjacent characters. While voice acting was included, it was limited to snappy lines meant to evoke a certain feeling. This was because the team had concerns about the amount of content in the game, which would increase a great deal with full voice acting, and its effect on the pacing. The team also used multiple well-known Japanese voice actors for the characters. Special voice overs and visuals were created for the character "confession" sequences. All the main characters had a personalized back story, and appropriate personalities were chosen for them. The first one to be finalized was the child character Inigo, who was created by character planner Nami Kumoru. A large team of writers were employed to create the character dialogue, and a story bible containing the characters' personality traits was created for the writers to work from. While developing the playable and enemy characters, the team used feedback from fans saying they should name all the characters, including foot soldiers. Wanting to give the impression of every character having their own lives, they created full artwork for all characters. Creating the characters proved to be one of the hardest parts of development. While designing the characters, Kozaki took their backstories into account: for example, the thief character Gaius was drawn with a sack of sweets, as he had a love for them. Kozaki was also responsible for creating the 2D artwork which represented the characters during conversations.
Once Nintendo gave the go-ahead for development, Intelligent Systems formed a small internal development team to handle the project. Awakening was the first Fire Emblem game for the Nintendo 3DS. The platform was as yet unreleased and still undergoing final development. Because of this, the team had a large number of ideas for features to include, but they also only had a limited idea of what the system was capable of. Consequently, they had difficulties deciding how the 2D sprites and 3D environments would interact with each other, and ensuring they did not clip through objects. One notable feature missing from in-game character models was their feet. The original idea was to add a unique and uniform deformation to characters. As the team did not have much knowledge of the platform's CPU strength, the number of character bones they could include were intentionally limited. This meant that the bones needed for the operation of ankles and feet were omitted. Later, it was discovered that ankles and feet could be included, but the team decided to leave that for a future game if it came to pass. A different explanation was that the team wanted players to focus on the top half of characters, so made their heads the largest part of their character models while shrinking their feet.
The concept for character graphics on the map underwent changes. Initially, some of the team felt that accurately displaying a character's equipment and class would be enough, but later it was decided to give them all individual characteristics. They were also able to add more unique character expressions than previous Fire Emblem games, enabling a greater emotional range during scenes of drama. A different element was the environmental effects the team incorporated, such as dust clouds when characters performed actions in battle. For the full-motion cutscenes, the team wanted to create a sense of grandeur and spectacle, using the openings of Taiga drama series as inspiration. Japanese animation company Kamikaze Douga was in charge of supervising the production and art assets of the game's cutscenes. Cutscene animation was handled by Studio Anima. According to team members, their request to Studio Anima was to make the world "come alive" during the full-motion sequences, which were included at crucial moments in the plot.
The first part of the game to receive full attention from the team was the gameplay. As a test map, the team used the opening map for Mystery of the Emblem. One of the early options was switching between 16x16 and 24x24 pixel characters depending on the camera's overhead distance. In the end, the team used a hardware-based scaling system instead of switching between graphics types so as to keep the frame rate consistent in battle. While designing the levels, the team created both maps with a plot-driven structure and maps that allowed for player freedom. An aspect of the battle system new to the series was the inclusion of an optional first-person viewpoint during battles. This was done with western players in mind, as developers wanted to both give players an option on their perspective in battle and demonstrate the platform's 3D effects. The difficulty levels proved a point of debate amongst the team, ranging from the naming of difficulties to whether to include the ability to adjust it on the fly, which some felt was contrary to Fire Emblem traditions. There was also debate about both the inclusion and mechanics of the marriage system. While some aspects went smoothly, there was contention about the ability to marry any of the characters, and Kusakihara's suggestion of having characters kissing at the conclusion of each romance was vetoed by the team. An effort was made to make the interface and graphics easy for players to understand. An example of this was the cursor, which in previous games had been a triangular shape and for Awakening was changed to a pointing hand. One of the more controversial ideas that made it into the final game was the "Casual Mode", first introduced in New Mystery of the Emblem. Initially opposed by staff members at Nintendo and Intelligent Systems, Yamagami and others successfully defended the feature. Yamagami's stance was that modern gamers would not be pleased with needing to invest extra time because a character had died. In another interview, team members said that Awakening was the first time the team conformed to the popular image of Nintendo games being easy to play and user-friendly.
The game was first announced in September 2011 as part of Nintendo's 2012 lineup for the 3DS, alongside titles such as Monster Hunter 4 and Bravely Default. As part of its release, Nintendo created a limited edition Nintendo 3DS bundle with Awakening pre-installed. The game's localization and western release was planned from an early stage, hence the inclusion of multiple aesthetic and gameplay elements meant to appeal to a western audience. The localization process was handled collaboratively by independent video game localization company 8-4 and Nintendo of America. The localization process took approximately one year. The game was first announced for release in Europe in February 2012, with the stated release period being that year. In April of the same year, Nintendo of America registered a web domain for Fire Emblem Awakening. Its North American release was confirmed in June through Nintendo's Twitter account. The release windows for western regions were announced in December. For its western release, the game included both the English and Japanese voice tracks. Like in Japan, a limited 3DS bundle with Awakening pre-installed was created for North America and Europe, with Europe also receiving the 3DS XL model as part of the bundle. There was some confusion upon its release in North America: on the day of release, while it was available through Nintendo's online store, multiple online retailers did not have it stocked. While Nintendo was fairly non-committal on the incident, they did state that due to variabilities in shipping, retailers could received stocks on different days.
Fire Emblem Awakening was the first packaged title released by Nintendo to receive downloadable content (DLC) after launch, taking the form of additional maps and characters from previous entries in the Fire Emblem series. The idea for DLC content came up when the game was close to completion. Due to this, the team could not do anything that would invalidate the main story. For the additional playable characters, the team focused on the main cast, picked out the most suitable, and left the final choice to Maeda. Starting from the game's release, over twenty different playable maps were released over several months at the rate of one map per week. Nintendo decided to release downloadable content for the game in all available regions. After it becomes available, the DLC can be accessed using the game's SpotPass system: within the context of the game's world, after a certain point in the game, the characters can access an area called the Outrealm Gate, being transported to the DLC maps. Various artists have contributed illustrations for the downloadable characters, including those who have worked on previous titles, such as Senri Kita, and newcomers, such as Kimihiko Fujisaka. One of the DLC maps received censorship upon release in North America and Europe, with a shot of a female playable character altered to hide her underwear.
|Metacritic||92/100 (72 reviews)|
|Nintendo World Report||9.5/10|
Fire Emblem Awakening has received widespread critical acclaim, holding an aggregate score of 92/100 on Metacritic, based on 72 reviews. After its release, Awakening was placed on GameSpot's list of the best games on the 3DS, and reached second place on a similar list by GameTrailers. IGN included the game on two different lists: it reached #2 on their list of the top 25 Nintendo 3DS games, and #21 on their list of the top 125 Nintendo games of all time. Slant Magazine's staff ranked it the eleventh best video game of 2013.
Famitsu said in its review that the game could be enjoyed by hardcore fans and newcomers alike, as it made accommodations for both, and particularly praised the new gameplay features. IGN's Audrey Drake called Awakening "the most fluid and stunning strategy RPG experience available on a portable, and features the best storytelling and production value of any 3DS game to date." Jeremy Parish, writing for 1UP.com, said that though the Fire Emblem series had changed little over the years while holding a place of respect within the genre, the changes Intelligent Systems implemented made Awakening "an engrossing title that should enjoy impressive shelf life." His main criticism was against the enemy AI, which occasionally unbalanced the gameplay. Ray Carsillo of Electronic Gaming Monthly, while sharing Parish's opinion on the lack of a restart option, called Awakening "probably the best Fire Emblem to come to the States yet." While Eurogamer's Rich Stanton, giving the game a perfect score, called it "a special game", praising its story themes and how it made him care about his characters.
GameTrailers said that the game "takes positive strides forward with new additions like enhancements to the social system and battle mechanics, and the series’ established formula is all the better for it." Despite feeling mixed about the interface and multiplayer, GameSpot's Heidi Kemps called Awakening the best installment in the series for some time. Alexa Ray Corriea, writing for Polygon, said that the development team had "added just enough to the time-tested Fire Emblem formula to bolster its challenges without cutting away its roots." Game Informer's Kimberley Wallace said that "[Awakening] made me scratch and claw for victory, and I savored every moment." Chris Carter of Destructoid, similar to Famitsu, recommended it to old and new players, saying: "If you've been itching to get into a Fire Emblem game, this is a great place to start. If you've been playing them all along, you'll feel right at home."
Awakening was nominated for multiple awards after release. At the 2012 Famitsu Awards 2012, Awakening was among the games awarded the magazine's Excellence Award. In the west, it was nominated in the "Best RPG" category at the Spike Video Game Awards 2013. It was nominated in multiple categories in Destructoid's 2013 Game of the Year awards, including Game of the Year, Best Role-Playing Game, Best Story, and Best Soundtrack. It was also nominated for GameSpot's Game of the Year 2013 in the Nintendo 3DS category. In IGN's Best of 2013 awards, it won in both the Best 3DS Strategy Game and Best 3DS Story categories. At the Game Developers Choice Awards 2014, it was nominated in the Best Handheld/Mobile Game category.
The game's Japanese version sold exceptionally well, with it being the fastest selling entry in the series since detailed weekly tallies began. During its opening week, the game managed to sell 242,600 units, reaching the top of the sales charts and beating the debut sales of the previous two Fire Emblem releases. It sold through 81.63% of its initial shipment, causing sell-outs in some stores. Japanese sales tracker Media Create attributed the initial high sales to Nintendo's promotional campaign and a five-year wait between releases. Demand for the limited Japanese bundle also exceeded Nintendo's expectations, as the pre-order website crashed from the number of people trying to buy it. As marketing the game as any product other than a limited edition would have violated a Japanese commercial law, Nintendo were unable to reopen the pre-orders after the initial sales period despite complaints. By the beginning of 2013, the game had sold 455,268 units, placing it among the top 30 high-selling titles for 2012. In addition to the main game, Nintendo reported that 1.2 million units of downloadable content had been sold by September 2012, bringing in an additional 380 million yen (about $4.8 million).
Sales in the west were equally good. During its first month on sale in North America, the game sold 180,000 units, with 63,000 units of the total sales being eShop downloads. These figures gave Awakening the best ever first month sales for the franchise in North America. Sales of the title continued to rise in the coming months, with the total figure reaching 240,000 units by April, including a further 20,000 digital sales. By September, total sales in North America had reached 390,000 units. In the UK, Awakening debuted in third place on the charts behind Injustice: Gods Among Us and BioShock Infinite. The game and the hardware bundle collectively boosted sales of the 3DS and 3DS XL by nearly 50% over the previous week. As of March 2017, the game has sold-through just over 1.9 million copies worldwide (includes both physical and digital units).
The game's strong sales, well exceeding the figures set by Nintendo during production, ensured the Fire Emblem series would not be cancelled. In January 2015, a new Fire Emblem title created for the Nintendo 3DS by the same core team as Awakening, Fire Emblem Fates, was announced for a worldwide release. The success of Awakening has been credited with popularizing the platform among other Japanese RPG publishers, such as Square Enix and Atlus.
Awakening's success has also resulted in characters making appearances in other Nintendo games. Lucina and Robin (the latter of which uses their default male and female appearances), were featured in the crossover fighting video game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Chrom was considered for the game, but was deemed too similar to other Fire Emblem characters in the roster at the time, so his appearance was relegated to small non-playable cameos. However, he was finally made playable in the franchise's next entry Super Smash Bros. Ultimate by popular request, particularly from within Japan. Lucina and Robin were also made available as playable characters in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Fire Emblem Fates, and (albeit temporarily) Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for those who scanned their Amiibo figures. Costumes based on Chrom and Lucina are also available in Capcom's Monster Hunter: Frontier G video game, in a cross-promotion done with Nintendo. A free downloadable content mission allowed the characters in Fates to visit the setting of Awakening, mere moments before the latter's campaign began in earnest. During promotion for Fates, a Fire Emblem-themed trading card game was released. A set themed after Awakening includes a code to download Lucina as a playable character in Fates. Chrom and Lucina are both playable units in Project X Zone 2, and multiple characters from Awakening feature in Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, a crossover with Atlus's Megami Tensei megafranchise. Characters from Awakening prominently appear as playable units in the spinoff titles Fire Emblem Heroes and Fire Emblem Warriors, with the latter launching alongside the first Chrom Amiibo figure. A second Chrom Amiibo figure for the Super Smash Bros. lineup was released on November 15, 2019.
- "The Music In Fire Emblem Awakening Is So. Hot". Kotaku. January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- Fletcher, JC (December 5, 2012). "Fire Emblem Awakening launches Feb. 4 in North America". Joystiq. Archived from the original on February 2, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
- Brian (February 14, 2013). "Europe's Fire Emblem: Awakening bundle includes blue 3DS XL". Nintendo Everything. Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- "NINTENDO AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE DATE FOR SEVERAL HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NINTENDO 3DS GAMES". Nintendo Australia. February 25, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- Minotti, Mike (January 30, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening is one of the deepest and best 3DS games (review)". VentureBeat. Archived from the original on February 7, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
- Crabtree, Dan (January 30, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening Review (3DS)". Paste. Archived from the original on September 2, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
- East, Thomas (April 13, 2013). "Fire Emblem through the ages". Official Nintendo Magazine. Archived from the original on April 16, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
- 8–4 Inc. "Fire Emblem Awakening Developer Interview". Fire Emblem Official Website. Archived from the original on February 10, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- "Iwata Asks "Fire Emblem Fates"". Nintendo UK. 2015. Archived from the original on July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
- Sahdev, Ishaan (March 22, 2012). "A Look At Fire Emblem: Awakening's Dual System And Class Change Features". Siliconera. Archived from the original on August 18, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- "Fire Emblem Awakening European instruction manual" (PDF). Nintendo. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- Gantayat, Anoop (February 15, 2012). "Fire Emblem 3DS Includes Permadeath Option". Andriasang.com. Archived from the original on April 21, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- Parish, Jeremy (January 10, 2013). "Fire Emblem Awakening: Killing for Keeps". 1UP.com. Archived from the original on March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- Drake, Audrey (January 10, 2013). "The Incredible Depth of Fire Emblem Awakening". IGN. Archived from the original on March 27, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- Totilo, Stephan (February 4, 2013). "Tips for Playing Fire Emblem: Awakening". Kotaku. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- Petit, Carolyn (January 11, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening Aims to Keep the Series' Flames Burning". GameSpot. Archived from the original on February 15, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- Hou, Laura (February 2, 2013). "How You Change Classes In Fire Emblem: Awakening And Why Its Useful". Siliconera. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- Concepcion, Miguel (February 13, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening character guide". GamesRadar. Archived from the original on December 24, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- Hou, Laura (January 25, 2013). "The Benefits Of Getting Married In Fire Emblem: Awakening". Siliconera. Archived from the original on August 31, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Scene: Tiki Support Conversation B – Male Avatar.
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Level/area: Chapter 1: Unwelcome Change.
Frederick: The exalt is a symbol of peace—Ylisse's most prized quality. Long ago, at the dawn of our age, the fell dragon tried to destroy the world. But the first exalt joined forces with the divine dragon and laid the beast low. Exalt Emmeryn reminds us all of the peace we fought for then.
- Matthew Mercer (July 21, 2013). "Ninterview: Meet Matthew Mercer - Voice Actor For Chrom". Nintendo Life (Interview). Interviewed by Orla Madden.
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Level/area: Chapter 6: Forseer.
Chrom: …Not everything Gangrel said was a lie. The last exalt, my father, waged war on Plegia for many years. The violence… It was a brutal campaign, ending only with his death 15 years ago. Plegia rightfully remembers their suffering, but his [Chrom's father's] war was no kinder to his own people. As the fighting dragged on, out army became more and more diminished. Farmers who could barely wield a pitchfork were conscripted and sent to their deaths. Soon there was no food at all, and the kingdom began to collapse. I was young, but I remember those dark times. ...I know how they affected Emmeryn. / Avatar: Such an experience would change anyone. / Chrom: Indeed. When our father died before her 10th year, he left her quite the legacy… Plegia's desire for vengeance… Our own people's unbridled rage… My sister became a target for blame on all sides. Her own subjects began to hurl insults—and stones. She still bears the scar from one… But she never let them see her pain. Only Lissa and I understood.
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Scene: Fated Clash II. Level/area: Premonition: Invisible Ties.
Chrom: [after Validar uses the Avatar to fatally wound Chrom] This is not your—your fault… Promise me you'll escape from this place… Please, go… [Chrom collapses, as evil laughter resounds.]
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Level/area: Prologue: The Verge of History.
Chrom: [to the Avatar] You all right? / Avatar: Y-Yes… Thank you, Chrom. / Chrom: Ah, then you know who I am? / Avatar: No, actually. I... It's strange... Your name, it just...came to me... / Chrom: ...Hmm, how curious. Tell me, what's your name? What brings you here? / Avatar: My name is... It's... Hmm? / Chrom: ...You don't remember your own name? / Avatar: I'm not sure if... I'm sorry, but where am I, exactly? / Lissa: Hey, I've heard of this! It's called amnesia! / Frederick: [unconvinced] It's called a load of pegasus dung. [to the Avatar] We're to believe you remember milord's name, but not your own? / Avatar: B-But it's the truth! / Chrom: …What if it is true, Frederick? We can't just leave him, alone and confused. What sort of Shepherds would we be then? / Frederick: Just the same, milord. I must emphasize caution. 'Twould not do to let a wolf into our flock. / Chrom: Right then—we'll take him back to town and sort this out there. / Avatar: Wait just one moment. Do I have a say in this? / Chrom: Peace, friend—I promise we'll hear all you have to say back in town. Now come.
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Level/area: Prologue: The Verge of History.
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Level/area: Chapter 6: Forseer.
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Level/area: Chapter 9: Emmeryn.
Emmeryn: Plegians! I ask that you hear the truth of my words! War will win you nothing but sadness and pain, both inside your borders and out. Free yourselves from this hatred! From this cycle of pain and vengeance. Do what you must… As I will do. See now that one selfless act has the power to change the world! / Chrom: [realizing] Emm, no! No!
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Scene: Emmeryn. Level/area: Chapter 9: Emmeryn.
Emmeryn: [thinking] No reaction… Was I wrong[,] then? Chrom… This is some torch I'm passing you. [out loud] Hmph… So be it. […] / Emmeryn: [after jumping off the cliff; thinking] Chrom…Lissa…[a]nd all my people. Know…that I loved you. […] / Chrom: [seeing Emmeryn's body before him; falls to his knees] …Emm…
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo.
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Level/area: Chapter 23: Invisible Ties.
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Level/area: Chapter 25: To Slay a God.
- Intelligent Systems/Nintendo SPD (February 4, 2013). Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo 3DS). Nintendo. Level/area: Endgame: Grima.
Avatar: [to a distraught Chrom] May we meet again…in a better life.
- "Iwata asks "Fire Emblem Awakening"". Nintendo UK. March 21, 2012. Archived from the original on March 27, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- Laura (May 25, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening Was Almost The Last Game In The Series". Siliconera. Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- メイキング オブ ファイアーエムブレム 開発秘話で綴る25周年、覚醒そしてif (in Japanese). Tokuma Shoten. November 28, 2015. pp. 60–61. ISBN 978-4198640569.
- East, Thomas (May 30, 2013). "The making of Fire Emblem Awakening". Official Nintendo Magazine. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
- "神風動画 / Works / ファイアーエムブレム 覚醒" (in Japanese). Kamikaze Douga. 2012. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- "ニンテンドー3DS™用ソフト「ファイアーエムブレム 覚醒」" (in Japanese). Anima Studios. Archived from the original on August 24, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- Romano, Sal (September 13, 2012). "Monster Hunter 4, Bravely Default, more announced at Nintendo 3DS showcase". Gematsu. Archived from the original on August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Romano, Sal (February 29, 2012). "Cobalt Blue and Fire Emblem 3DS, new bundles coming to Japan". Gematsu. Archived from the original on October 16, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Sahdev, Ishaan (February 22, 2012). "Fire Emblem: Awakening Will Awaken In Europe This Year". Siliconera. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Romano, Sal (April 24, 2012). "Nintendo of America registers Fire Emblem: Awakening domain". Gematsu. Archived from the original on January 28, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Parker, Laura (June 12, 2012). "Fire Emblem 3DS headed to US". GameSpot. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Romano, Sal (December 5, 2012). "Nintendo Direct news: Pikmin 3 release window, Fire Emblem: Awakening release date, more". Gematsu. Archived from the original on April 2, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Sahdev, Ishaan (January 15, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening Has Dual Audio Voice Tracks". Siliconera. Archived from the original on January 1, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Romano, Sal (January 11, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS bundle announced for U.S." Gematsu. Archived from the original on June 2, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Sahdev, Ishaan (February 14, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening Dated For Europe; Etrian Odyssey IV Coming In Spring". Siliconera. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- George, Richard (February 4, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening Mission from Store Shelves". IGN. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Sahdev, Ishaan (October 25, 2012). "Fire Emblem Awakening English Trailer And Screenshots Are Here". Siliconera. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- Romano, Sal (January 10, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC and StreetPass features detailed". Gematsu. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Yip, Spencer (April 20, 2012). "Drakengard Artist Helps Bring Roy Into Fire Emblem: Awakening". Siliconera. Archived from the original on January 15, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Drake, Audrey (May 2, 2013). "Fire Emblem DLC Censored in North America". IGN. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- "Fire Emblem: Awakening for Nintendo 3DS". Metacritic. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
- Parish, Jeremy (February 3, 2012). "Fire Emblem Awakening Review: A Treatise on the Ephemerality of Life". 1UP.com. Archived from the original on March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- Carter, Chris (January 30, 2013). "Review: Fire Emblem: Awakening". Destructoid. Archived from the original on March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Carsillo, Ray (January 30, 2013). "EGM Review: Fire Emblem: Awakening". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Archived from the original on August 1, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Stanton, Richard (April 15, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening review". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on March 26, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
- ニンテンドー3DS – ファイアーエムブレム 覚醒. Famitsu Weekly (in Japanese). Enterbrain (1219). April 12, 2012.
- Kemps, Heidi (February 1, 2013). "Fire Emblem: Awakening Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Wallace, Kimberley (January 30, 2013). "Lighting Your Brain With Brilliance – Fire Emblem: Awakening – 3DS". Game Informer. Archived from the original on August 1, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Fire Emblem: Awakening Review". GameTrailers. January 30, 2013. Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Fire Emblem Awakening review". GamesRadar+. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- Drake, Audrey (January 30, 2013). "Fire Emblem Awakening". IGN. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- Corriea, Alexa Ray (January 30, 2013). "Fire Emblem Awakening Review: Higher Ground". Polygon. Archived from the original on January 15, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
- "Fire Emblem Awakening review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- "Fire Emblem Awakening for Nintendo 3DS review". Nintendo Life. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- Ramsay, Randolph (April 17, 2014). "The Best 3DS Games". GameSpot. Archived from the original on August 6, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- "GT Countdown Video – Top 3DS Games". GameTrailers. April 18, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Otero, Jose (February 26, 2015). "The Top 25 Nintendo 3DS Games". IGN. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- IGN Nintendo Nostalgia Crew (September 24, 2014). "The Top 125 Nintendo Games of All Time". IGN. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- "The 25 Best Video Games of 2013". Slant Magazine. December 9, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
- "ファミ通アワード2012授賞式が開催 ゲーム・オブ・ザ・イヤーは『とびだせ どうぶつの森』". Famitsu. April 17, 2013. Archived from the original on March 21, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- McWhertor, Michael (November 13, 2013). "Spike VGX 2013 award nominees announced". Polygon. Archived from the original on June 27, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
- Hansen, Steven (December 24, 2013). "The winner of Destructoid's 2013 Game of the Year". Destructoid. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
- Hansen, Steven (December 24, 2013). "The winner of Destructoid's 2013 Best Role-Playing Game". Destructoid. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
- Hansen, Steven (December 24, 2013). "The winner of Destructoid's 2013 Best Story". Destructoid. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
- Nakamura, Darren (December 24, 2013). "The winner of Destructoid's 2013 Best Soundtrack". Destructoid. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
- "3DS Game of the Year 2013 Winner". GameSpot. December 13, 2013. Archived from the original on August 15, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
- "IGN's Best of 2013: Best 3DS Strategy Game". IGN. December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
- "IGN's Best of 2013: Best 3DS Story". IGN. December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
- "Game Developers Choice Awards 2014 Archive". Game Developers Choice Awards. January 9, 2014. Archived from the original on March 14, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- Drake, Audrey (April 25, 2012). "Fire Emblem 3DS Sweeps Japan, PS Vita Sales Down". IGN. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- Gantayat, Anoop (April 27, 2012). "High Sell-Through For Fire Emblem Awakening". Andriasang.com. Archived from the original on December 25, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Sahdev, Ishaan (July 3, 2012). "Nintendo "Completely Failed To Anticipate" Demand For Fire Emblem 3DS Bundle". Siliconera. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Sahdev, Ishaan (January 25, 2013). "The Top-30 Best-Selling Games In Japan In 2012 Were..." Siliconera. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Ishaan (September 22, 2012). "Fire Emblem Awakening DLC Sales In Japan Are Doing Well". Siliconera. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- Kubba, Sinan (March 15, 2013). "Fire Emblem Awakening posts 180K first month sales, 63K downloads". Joystiq. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- Morris, Chris (April 17, 2013). "Nintendo: Our Digital Sales Are Sooaring". GamesIndustry. Archived from the original on April 19, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- Makuch, Eddie (September 12, 2013). "Pikmin 3 US sales reach 115,000 units". GameSpot. Archived from the original on March 2, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
- Ukie admin (April 22, 2013). "Ukie Week 16 2013 UK Video Games Charts". Chart-Track. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- "Nine Months Financial Results Briefing for Fiscal Year Ending March 2017 (Page 13)" (PDF).
- Gaston, Martin (May 23, 2013). "Strong Fire Emblem: Awakening sales saved the series' cancellation". GameSpot. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Romano, Sal (January 14, 2015). "New Fire Emblem announced for 3DS". Gematsu. Archived from the original on January 15, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Pitcher, Jenna (June 16, 2015). "E3 2015: Fire Emblem: Fates coming 2016". IGN. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
- Clouse, Justin (February 17, 2016). "Fire Emblem Fates Review – Big Shoes To Fill". The Escapist. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "Fire Emblem Awakening's Lucina, Robin Join Super Smash Brothers". Anime News Network. July 14, 2014. Archived from the original on October 23, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- McFerran, Damien (July 14, 2014). "Sakurai Explains Why Chrom Didn't Make It Into Super Smash Bros. For Wii U And 3DS". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on February 5, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Fahey, Mike (January 15, 2015). "How Amiibo Work In Nintendo's New Games, And At What Cost". Kotaku. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
- Sahdev, Ishaan (February 5, 2013). "First Look At Fire Emblem: Awakening Costumes In Monster Hunter Frontier G". Siliconera. Archived from the original on August 20, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Sato (April 14, 2015). "Marth And Lucina Are Fire Emblem If DLC Characters". Siliconera. Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- Haywald, Justine (September 19, 2015). "Nintendo Characters Coming to Strategy RPG Project X Zone 2". GameSpot. Archived from the original on October 3, 2015. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
- 幻影異聞録♯FE. Famitsu Weekly (in Japanese). Enterbrain (1400): 60–63. October 1, 2015.
|Wikiquote has quotations related to: Fire Emblem|