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Review | Fire Emblem Awakening

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Fire Emblem Awakening is the newest addition to one of Nintendo’s oldest franchises, despite some earlier fears that it might not come to North America at all. While the oldest Fire Emblem games never made it outside of Japan themselves, the Game Boy Advance releases of Fire Emblem and Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones showed the franchise to be commercially viable in the West. These releases, while successful, came with an almost immediate reputation. Fire Emblem quickly became known for its unforgiving difficulty, with permanent character death, constant enemy reinforcements, and bosses who could wipe away characters with one blow. But it also became highly respected for its interesting storylines, huge casts of characters, highly strategic battles, and sense of reward upon completion of challenging levels. Fire Emblem Awakening contains all of these elements, with a casual mode for new players, making it a worthwhile experience for any strategy-minded 3DS owner.

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First introduced to gaming with Wolfenstein 3D, Daniel has never looked back. He still returns to the old classics while enjoying the current generation, and beats every game he can get his hands on. In addition, he loves to read and write and is an avid follower of sports and martial arts.
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