Details on the new Fire Emblem for the 3DS have been scarce after Nintendo revealed it during their 3DS conference last year, but Jump finally gives us a clue as to what the game is about. Fire Emblem: Kakusei, or Fire Emblem: Awakening, like many Fire Emblem games before it puts a huge emphasis on dragons in it’s synopsis.
“Two sleeping dragons — one a sacred ally of mankind, the other its sworn destroyer. Two heroes marked with symbols of the dragons. Their meeting heralds the dragons’ awakening — and the world’s ending.”
The two dragons are a mystery, but I assume the two heroes are the two main characters of the game. The first main character is Krom, the prince of the Kingdom of Iris. Like all the main characters in the series he is a Lord with a fitting patch of blue hair like many other before him. The other main character is the player’s nameless, customizable warrior. New to the series, Awakening lets you create your own unit who’s gender, face, and other features are decided by the player.
Two more interesting additions are the free map and Dual system. The free map system from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones returns and allows the player to travel on a world map that includes shops, armories, towns, and the occasional turn based battles. The Dual system forces two adjacent party members into a battle to gang up on a single foe. It is currently unknown whether enemies can do the same or how many adjacent party members can join in on a fight.
The Fire Emblem series has been pretty quiet since Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon‘s release in 2008, so news of a new entry sounds promising. After Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~, a sequel to Shadow Dragon, was left unlocalized I began to think the Strategy RPG series was losing ground in the US. I’d hate to see the popularity it gained after the inclusion of Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros Melee go to waste. Right now Fire Emblem Awakening is set to release in Japan on April 19, but there is no news of US release so all we can do is remain hopeful.