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Fire Emblem: Awakening – Support Your Troops!

Fresh wartime propaganda from Nintendo as a new trailer’s unleashed, showcasing support battle mechanics and more!

Egad! The world of videogames is a fast-moving one. No sooner had we finished our report on Fire Emblem: Awakening and its stunning first-person combat option than Nintendo has lifted the lid on an official deep-dive trailer of their own.

Commander! You have been drafted by the highest authority by the mysterious geniuses of the mighty kingdom of Nintendo, and your briefing has arrived! Feed your wise and tactically ingenious eyes on the newest battleplan, as laid out by Nintendo of America themselves.

There’s plenty to take in. Forming strong bonds among your troops increases morale, and whilst longtime readers or followers of the game are under no illusion as to the title’s double-battle mechanic, it’s still refreshing to see it in action.

There’s also footage of a mysterious gelatinous goo guy who slinks up to attack by taking liquid form. Creepy. Either way, the blocking and dual-striking mechanics add a deeper layer of strategy to the game for your consideration.

Pairing up units beefs up the lead unit and makes for a really strong offensive strategy. But it’s also crucial for defensive maneuvres too; notice how, in the trailer, the ordinarily fragile wizard character can be amply defended by a swordsman. Placing units wisely who are weaker in physical combat has always been the prime concern of many a Fire Emblem player, especially with the game’s long-established tradition of permadeath. Now, we’ll have the option to keep those vital priests, archers and mages clustered with strong melee support.

It’s also noted that units who battle together often will gain friendships forged in the flames of warfare. The more two characters like each other, the bigger the benefits of them banding together on the battlefield, as amply demonstrated by a lady in a bikini landing an epic critical hit alongside her buddy.

You know what this means? We should all hang out with women in bikinis!

Y’know… for the good of the war effort. Obviously.

By on 16 January 2013
Salubriously silly indie-novelist Tony likes Nintendo, doodling cartoons and various rambunctious shenanigans. His handheld of choice is the Cosmo Black 3DS, he tweets nonsense over on @HeyTonyOfficial, and a Norwich coffee shop has named a sandwich after him.

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  1. RC says:


  2. Golbez says:

    I’m surprised to see the amount of attention NoA is giving this game. They haven’t really payed much attention to the series in the past on hyping up an FE. If anyone remembered what happened to Dorcas…

  3. Green Link says:

    Oh so that’s why some games don’t make it here; they get lost along the way. 😛 (referring to the caption on the picture)

    Besides part Sacred Stones (a 3DS ambassador game that I have yet to finish), I haven’t played a game in this series and am intrigued.

  4. Zackery_Faelan says:

    Man, I really should just check your 3DS page more frequently! I so cannot wait until this game is released! I was seriously considering buying the bundle just for the darker blue 3DS but then I got to thinking, that’s crazy! Pink and Red are rad colors. 😀 Thanks for keeping us informed Tony!

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