Fire Emblem: Awakening Domain Name Heats Hopes Up For North American Release

By Spencer . April 25, 2012 . 12:05am

imageNintendo of Europe quickly confirmed Fire Emblem: Awakening, a brand new entry in Intelligent System’s strategy RPG series for 3DS, will be localized for PAL territories. Meanwhile, Nintendo of America haven’t said anything about a North American release. Perhaps, they’re saving the announcement for E3?

 

A domain name registration for fireemblemawakening.com with Nintendo of America as the registrant is a sign that they aren’t going to skip over the title. Plus, considering Fire Emblem is one of Nintendo’s major franchises and they gave out Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones as a 3DS ambassador game to whet appetites – I’d say Fire Emblem: Awakening has more than a fair shot of coming over.

 

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  • http://chronotwist.deviantart.com/ JustThisOne

    SO PSYCHED ALREADY.

    If the special 3DS bundle comes over, I’m getting it so hard.

    • Enma_Kozato

      Same, I’d be killing two birds with one stone if the bundle comes over.

  • boundries_san

    NoA: Are u all happy now? U guys should prepare ur gold for buying the game now!!!

    Reggie: Prepare ur Body Fans!!!

    Myself: I came…. i should prepare my body firstT_T

    • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

      My body is ready :D

  • boundries_san

    With this, i hope all those people who keep on claiming that this game is not coming will now stop complaining and just buy this game, the moment the game come here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joachim-Varne/1640586412 Joachim Varne

    Wow, perfect timing. Uploaded right after I saw this game on Amazon.co.jp

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Ruiz/100000640263916 Christopher Ruiz

    Although I’m a huge SRPG fan (I love anything NIS, and I loved Final Fantasy Tactics), the Fire Emblem series never interested me.

    On the other hand, I’m always looking for something to put in my 3DS, I feel like my library is so limited still. (Zelda: OoT, Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Tales of the Abyss, Street Fighter IV, and Theatrhythm has been reserved)

    I juuuuuust might pick it up, we’ll see.

    • ShadowWolf

       Kingdoms Hearts 3DS has a release date for the states (July 31st i think), and Kid Icarus Uprising looks pretty cool.

    • Yesshua

      Fire Emblem really is a kind of unique beast in the SRPG scene.  It’s a little bit more S and a little bit less RPG than genre competitors.  The numbers game for character growth really isn’t too complicated, and there isn’t much that a player can do to influence it.  They keep equipment and combat mechanics pretty simple too.

      The reason I say this is I thought your comment was really interesting ’cause I’m on the opposite side of the fence.  I’m a big fan of Turn Based Strategy like Advance Wars or Civilization and I totally dig Fire Emblem, but Disgaea is toxic to me.  I think Fire Emblem might not be a great game for RPG players, but a better one for strategy nerds.

    • Herok

      Shinobi, RE:R, SMT:DSO, and DOAD are pretty good.

    • SetzerGabbiani

      Resident Evil: Revelations should be in every 3DS owner’s collection imo.  I think Raid Mode is about the most addictive thing in gaming at the moment.

  • ShadowWolf

    when is E3?

    • RmanX1000

      June 17th-19th i think

    • Phlo

      The correct answer would be June 5-7. Although it looks like conferences really start on the 4th…

  • RmanX1000

    Guna pick this up! Didnt get into FE til Path of Radiance. And even then i was only interested because of Ike’s inclusion in Brawl :P

  • laoni

    Not to mention, Nintendo Power will be featuring it this month as Fire Emblem Awakening too.

    http://www.nintendopower.com/images/NP278_TOC.pdf

    It’s on the second page, Fire Emblem: Awakening, on page 12

    • Herok

       but its in the news from Japan section so it doesn’t confirm anything.

      • thebanditking

         But they can’t spoil the E3 surprise announcement right? Journalists do this all the time they show off or preview the Japanese release of a game to make their readers aware of it so when it get announced it has more impact.

        • Barrylocke89

          But Nintendo doesn’t own Nintendo Power anymore, so I don’t think they could do that much influencing like that. That said, it always seemed at least somewhat likely that America was getting this game, and now we have the domain name thing.

  • http://twitter.com/TheRyusui Ryusui

    You know this isn’t actually happening, right? This is Nintendo of Europe. Nintendo of America is just going to hem-haw over this until the end of the 3DS’s lifetime.

    • Phlo

      The domain was specifically registered by NoA.

    • pockystix

       I’d believe this if it were sometime after the middle of the 3DS’ life. But this is still pretty early, so we can say it’s a safer bet than FE12, which was destined to be a Japan-only title.

    • Hraesvelgr

      OK.

    • thebanditking

      I heavily doubt that, I think Nintendo is going to be expanding their ideas of what they think “work” for Western audiences. I think they have realized that they need to reintroduce their older franchises and strengthen the smaller ones (like Fire Emblem) in the West so they don’t have to always rely on Mario and Zelda to move hardware. Also does not hurt to have as many exclusive IP’s in the forefront as possible. Look at Kid Icarus, heavy marketing helped reinvigorate a series thats been dead for over 2 decades and its working nicely, I am guessing they want to do the same with Fire Emblem.

  • LunarKnite

    Always knew NoA wouldn’t let us down!

  • pockystix

    While I miss the Soldiers, and the I find the lack of yuri disturbing, I am so excited to actually play this game, I don’t even care about those two things~

    If we’re lucky, we’ll get this some time after the European launch, which wouldn’t be too bad. If not, NoA will just dick around til they have a good NoA translation lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KCYU2ME2ZYP2BOSCJHM5WTDTRI Eric

    Even though I did love FE:SD.  I am looking forward to another game like Sacred Stones where I can level every single character up to max!  FE is so addicting I hate it when I can’t max everyone.

  • SteveEdwards

    yaaaaaaay

  • Darkrise

    XDDDDDD!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-David-Gill/100000056200320 Justin David Gill

    Yes, yes, yes, yes!! I love Fire Emblem! Oh man, if that bundle comes over… my wallet and I might die from too much happiness.

  • http://twitter.com/GameGodZER0 Ben Sylvia

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
    *gasp*
     EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
    There is a god!

    • neetyneety

      You took the squees right out of my mouth. I’ll just go ahead and keep on staining my pants then…

  • thebanditking

    Not sure why this surprises anyone. This seemed like a no brainer release since they showed it off, I was in New York just last week and the Nintendo World Store has a massive Fire Emblem glass case with the games, OST’s, plush toys and a full size sword replica. Clearly its a series they want to be popular in the west, now what I want to know is if we are going to get that smexy LE 3DS Japan got.

    • doubleO7

      Nintendo confirmed that the items on diaplay at that event were no indication of release plans of those games, and that most of those items were employee-donated. Case in point: Mother (aka Earthbound) which had a very nice display at the event.

      While the new Fire Emblem was likely to happen, I wouldn’t say it was a given. They’ve skipped afew FE games over the years, and their attitude towards most of their Japanese games as of late has not been very positive (See: Hotel Dusk and Trace Memory sequels, Fatal Frame, Pandora’s Tower…)

  • http://twitter.com/nikochanr3 niko

    Are people just pessimistic or is it anti nintendo people trying to troll?  Of course Fire Emblem is coming.  Plus the 3DS is selling very well and the software (especially first party) is moving nicely.  These are all things that contribute to games coming over.

    • Muffum

      I’d assume it’s just a bit of paranoia, since they waited so long to do so in comparison to Nintendo of Europe (technically, they still haven’t even announced it), and since the game before it never came over. At least, that’s what it was on my part.

    • http://twitter.com/zeldana zeldana

      Pessimism wins out here, everyone knows NoA has been absurd and completely unreasonable as of late.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Thompson/100000355411389 Steve Thompson

      with fatal frame, the rainfall games(which im still in shock over actually being released from NOA’s game version of Guantanamo bay), mother 3 and fire emblem 12: Is very easy to assume the game is never coming over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derek-Sanders/100001287281906 Derek Sanders

    It’s great that they are releasing this in English but give NA the NDS Sequel to Shadow Dragon first….

  • FlameEmperor

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Oliveira/100000756451135 Diego Oliveira

    GOOD NEWS!!! 8D

    Although I still wish Fire Emblem kept the simplistic but fluid sprite animations from the GBA games… Oh well.

    • http://bmgf.bulbagarden.net/members/55321.html FinalArcadia

      I completely agree. I very much preferred the bright, colorful sprites on the GBA games in comparison to those on Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn (and especially Shadow Dragon, which looked horrible in battle).

      The sprites just made every thing more vibrant.

  • http://twitter.com/keithmaxx keithmaxx

    Oh yeah baby. Fire Emblem on the 3DS? I’mma get my wallet ready!

  • Christopher Cates

    Oh Catherine!

    Can’t wait to live out my Wurthering Heights dreams on the battlefield!

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    I’m surprised about this. After the Shadow Dragons sequel never came, I thought they’d bury their heads in the sand again.

  • DuskSharkEX

    Gonna take a page from Final Fantasy V here. “YESSS!”

  • SetzerGabbiani

    I’m convinced that NOA has quietly consolidated some of its functions to NOE.  They probably let NOE localize content, since they have to do several languages anyway, then they decide whether it’s worth further localizing and releasing certain titles in North America.  I can see the cost savings.

    Anyway, this is the first FE I’ve been excited about in a while.  From ‘The Sacred Stones’ to ‘Shadow Dragon’ even though I’ve bought and enjoyed them, they weren’t high on my purchase priority list.  This is a pre-order game.  It’s similar to how I felt about Pokemon Black/White.

  • http://bmgf.bulbagarden.net/members/55321.html FinalArcadia

    Don’t let me down, Nintendo of America. Don’t let me down…

  • Ladius

    I’m overjoyed: MC numbers are finally out, and Fire Emblem Awakening sold 242k, possibly 272k including 30k bundles sold directly by Nintendo and not charted by MC.

    It’s the best charted first week in the whole series (FE3 likely sold more, but we have no data) and overcomes all the LTD numbers of post-SFC Fire Emblem games, except for FE6.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marissa.gunawan Marissa Gunawan

    please, release it fast, then I’ll buy my 3DS.

  • VenerableSage

    Dear Nintendo (of America),

    If you’re actually *serious* about localizing Awakening, please DO SOME FUCKING ADVERTISING for the series for once.

    Signed,
    Die-hard Fire Emblem fans of North America

    P.S. We don’t want to see the series “die” over here again because of your mistakes/ineptitude. Thanks!

  • AoiKaze

    Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    …Though, I’d also like the Fire Emblem Blue 3DS that was released in Japan… X3

  • papuruka

    I’ve been meaning to get into the Fire Emblem games, but I was preoccupied with Intelligent Systems’ other (now forgotten) Advance Wars series.

    As a complete Fire Emblem newbie, which one should I start with? I want a game that has good story+character development, since, I think, the gameplay is a given in terms of how engrossing it’ll be.

    • Suicunesol

      This is my opinion of course, but I think Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword (or just Fire Emblem for short) would be a good place. If you can’t obtain that, then I guess The Sacred Stones would do. The other three localized Fire Emblem titles are Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, and Shadow Dragon, but I don’t think I can recommend the last one.

  • http://twitter.com/vamp21 Paul Rodriguez

    I can not wait to get this.I’ve been following news on Fire Emblem: Awakeningsince it was first announced. I hope we get an official North American announcement soon. I have been playing Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones and I am almost done. I need more!

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