Fire Emblem: Awakening arrives Feb. 4

Nintendo confirms North American launch date for new 3DS game; Wii Fit U due first part of next year; Google Maps support for Wii U on the way.

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A Nintendo Direct presentation today revealed that Fire Emblem: Awakening will launch in North America on February 4. It released in Japan in April as Fire Emblem: Kakusei and was previously slated for a Western launch during the first half of 2013.

Nintendo also confirmed launch windows for several high-profile Wii U games. Wii Fit U will launch in the "first part" of 2013, with Pikmin 3 due in Q2 2013 and Lego City Undercover during "early 2013."

Luigi's Mansion fans also received news during the Nintendo Direct presentation, as it was revealed that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for 3DS will arrive during spring 2013.

The Nintendo Direct presentation also revealed new information about the Wii U Panorama application that was shown off during Nintendo's 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo presentation. The app will be available in the Wii U eShop during spring 2013 as a paid download, though it was not announced what gamers can expect to pay for it.

Lastly, Nintendo revealed that Google Maps support, including Street View, will be available through the Wii U sometime during the first quarter of 2013 (January-March 2013).

[CORRECTION] An earlier version of this story indicated Pikmin 3 was due in "early 2013." This is not the case. GameSpot regrets the error.

Discussion

103 comments
King_Dodongo
King_Dodongo

Manly tears are going to be shed when this game arrives here. ;_;

leeko_link
leeko_link

Awesome, hopefully this version of the game will come with all the DLCs in the Japanese version already in the game.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Unless random battles or their like have been reintroduced into the games, I don't want to even hear about the new one, I'm too embittered.

nikos35gr
nikos35gr

this fire emblem will be turn based or strategy?

 

 

Sokol4ever
Sokol4ever

Fire Emblem.. I might have to pick up 3DS now.. Just got PS Vita for Persona 4 Golden. 

DoomSky
DoomSky

Sounds good. Shame there's no word on a new Advance Wars though, that was my favorite strategy game on the handhelds.

Thunderstarter
Thunderstarter

Wait.

Wait. 

Wait.

New Fire Emblem?

Shut up and take my money!!!

Ovirew
Ovirew

The artwork really doesn't appeal to me much.  I know different artists did the artwork for the series before, but I feel like it's gradually gone downhill since the earlier games.  But maybe that's just the way of the times?

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

I have a love hate relationship with the old fire emblem games, they were certainly a challenge.  I may consider getting a 3DS just for this game

slayer1090
slayer1090

Aww, I miss emptycow, he's not commenting on this article :( Maybe he found something to do with his life other than bitching.

phrozac
phrozac

FEBRUARY WILL BE A GREAT MONTH. FIRE EMBLEM.

sacatash
sacatash

I can't believe that Fire Emblem and Etrian Odyssey 4 will both be released in February 2013.  Well, I am happy as a clam!!

reivax_darkmage
reivax_darkmage

sheesh! why can't it be earlier? T__T  I'm almost finished with all of my games... im now currently getting frustrated with fractured soul and don't wanna play it any longer..

CyhortI82
CyhortI82

Yay Fire Emblem! So glad I bought a 3DS. Still glad I skipped the Wii U though.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Wow thats sooner than I thought it was going to come out....hope its good...

risako9
risako9

YES!!!! effin YES!!!!! Feb is going to be the best month on 2013!!

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

GIMME GIMME GIMME! I should have money by the time this game comes out.

DJSAV_101
DJSAV_101

Going to have to buy a 3DS for Fire Emblem now.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

One of the reasons why I love my 3DS....

atopp399
atopp399

Hmm, to pre-order or not to pre-order...  If I pre-order at Gamestop I am taking the risk that it will cost $5-$10 more than SOMEWHERE ELSE.  However, this is the kind of game that usually seems to have a limited release and you can never find it.

blackace
blackace

All I want is Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon. I can wait for Pikmin 3.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Nintendo...what about the Wii U?

I used to play tons of rpg's and strategy games on snes on a TV!!!

Many of these sort of games are only to be found on the 3DS :(

Miniscreens arent my cup of tea and if Nintendo wants me byuing their console,better bring such games i (and hopefully many others) loved on snes to the Wii U.

And please bring a true 2D sequel to Super Metroid.

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

I cannot wait for Feb 4.... I wonder if they are making a WiiU Fire Emblem... I know I know is to early but it would be awesome, and continue with the story line from Radiant Dawn as well as using the data from it to affect the story line and other elements  :D ;).

supa_badman
supa_badman

Hopefully it'll be a lot better than Shadow Dragon

 

Fire Emblem is a great franchise that Nintendo never seems to use

TheEveryMan
TheEveryMan

There's no reason to make these anymore, nobody seems to buy them. The last Fire Emblem game I played was for the Gameboy Advance.

Thunderstarter
Thunderstarter

 @Ovirew Famitsu expressed disdain over the artwork, so you're not alone. That being said it was scored 9/9/9/9, so regardless the ratings were high. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @slayer1090 Oh he knows he can't cause any trouble here since the general consensus is that Fire Emblem is an amazing franchise that many of us have been yearning for. Even those who usually rag on Nintendo are excited by this news. 

 

People like him will never find anything more fulfilling than being a complete idiot online and spouting out absolute nonsense, curious to hear how he talks in real life. It'd probably hurt our brains. 

CyhortI82
CyhortI82

 @atopp399 Unless you have a mom and pop store that sells it for less than every other store, you'll be paying the same price anyway. Most places sell things new at the exact same price as GameStop. The only thing GS might do differently are used prices.

Poodger
Poodger

 @blackace Pikmin, Luigi and Fire Emblem are all good reasons to enjoy a Wii U, but not enough to push me over the edge and buy one yet. I think I will probably just wait until Smash Bros is released, and then buy all of these games at once.

astaynax
astaynax

 @sladakrobot

 I agree with you 100% so far this gen ive been replaying alot of old rpgs only a handful out for consoles and i can only play psp so long..... and again i agree with the 2d metroid too:)

Joshua2222
Joshua2222

 @hitman047m4 There's no other way I buy a Wii-U to be brutally honest. FE makes me buy Nintendo consoles for the most part....

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

 @supa_badman mmmmm maybe I could be wrong but Intelligent Systems has been bringing at least 1-3 F.E. title per console (off course if we count all those titles that were not localized as well)... with the exception of the N64 title which got cancelled.

 

Other than that I am glad to have one or two F.E. titles per console since that gives developers a chance to work around more in depth on the games. But that is just my opinion, since I am a bit more conservative when it comes the amount of games on a series per console. (note that I am not bashing other game series)

atopp399
atopp399

 @TheEveryMan Not every wants to only play call of duty or whatever other FPS gets released every other day.

Ovirew
Ovirew

 @Poodger  @blackace Actually, Luigi's Mansion 2 and this Fire Emblem game are for the 3DS and not the Wii-U.  Unless something has changed since I first heard about them.

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

 @Joshua2222 Well the WiiU is not for everyone, and I do get what your saying... it all comes down to preferences :D.

 

I do not own a WiiU at the moment, but maybe when the new batch comes around the spring I will get one, since I do see a lot of potential in it.... and hopefully developers (specially 3rd party ones) can move away from the map/inventory/etc mentality they currently have regarding the usage of the gamepad.

xdrmonkeyfishx
xdrmonkeyfishx

 @Joshua2222  @hitman047m4 No kidding. Between Pokemon and Fire Emblem you have all of my Nintendo purchases. With Pokemon being shit on consoles and having disappointing handheld releases with the new generation, Fire Emblem will primarily be my fix. As well as Zelda. Can't forget Zelda.

McFastly
McFastly

 @slayer1090  @supa_badman  He means that we're lucky to get a Fire Emblem once every three years, compared to Nintendo cramming Mario down our throat, 3 or 4 Pokemon games, a Zelda or two and some other games.

TheEveryMan
TheEveryMan

 @atopp399 

 

And neither do I. Don't assume just because I acted negatively to this game that I play COD. You may find that I have traveled on many adventures, and these will never be the same as the original 2 GBA titles.

bodeeremita
bodeeremita

 @Joshua2222  @TheEveryMan  Yeah, like COD. The first and last COD game I played was MW2, but it still selling five or seven million copies per title.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @McFastly  @slayer1090  @supa_badman 

Mario typically only comes out once a year and it's usually a completely different game each time, this year is an exception with 3 Mario titles (Paper Mario being one). Pokemon also takes between 1-2 years, and Zelda takes between 2-3 years (between consoles and handhelds). 

 

Nintendo usually only releases no more than 2 entries of their franchises per console, although the DS was a HUGE exception for Pokemon. 

xdrmonkeyfishx
xdrmonkeyfishx

 @TheEveryMan  @atopp399 This. I hate it when someone says something contrary to the hivemind and immediately get accused of being a CoD fan. It's an unfair assumption and generally has nothing to do with the conversation.

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

 @abHS4L88  @Joshua2222  @TheEveryMan Funny though, I found my copy of Radiant Dawn by chance, I was not looking for it, and for $30 I found a brand new copy at a local game shop. The store clerk that sold it to me told me that I was very lucky to get itNow as for Path of Radiance lol that is another story lol, since I almost came across a copy of it for $20, but I was like few minutes late to get it. So I have to get back to the flea markets and other game stores and maybe my luck can change lol.

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

 @TheEveryMan Thanks for the reply, and I do acknowledge that reviews play a big factor in many gamers decisions, I try to stay away as much as possible from them since the reviewer has the power of being bias, 

 

Saying that, I did not read/watch Gamespot (or any other) review regarding Radiant Dawn, but I would recommend it to any gamer ;), whether they are fans of the series, fans of strategy RPG games or just gamers in general.

 

Funny enough, I would recommend Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars game to other gamers since I do feel that game was extremely underrated (in my opinion), and it even try to distance itself from being a straight clone of other tactical strategy games by bringing its own flavour.

 

As of right now I put on hold Golden Sun Dark Dawn since I have many other games that I am more advanced on the story and have to finish ;)... As for Tactical Ogre, man I have not played a TO game since the SNES.... wait or is it Ogre Battle :S, I think I got them mix up lol.

Joshua2222
Joshua2222

 @TheEveryMan  @hitman047m4 So what if GS gave a negative review? That review was the worst I've read on this site. Radiant Dawn is the easiest FE game I've played, not the hardest.

TheEveryMan
TheEveryMan

 @hitman047m4  

 

Gamespot gave Radiant Dawn a negative review though. Handheld RPG games are always fun to play, especially those released on the Gameboy Advance. My top 3 are as follows:

 

3 - Fire Emblem

2 - Golden Sun

1 - Tactics Ogre

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

 @TheEveryMan  @Joshua2222 Well I think it is all a matter of personal opinion.

 

I own Radiant Dawn, the Wii title (currently looking for a good deal on the GameCube one to own), and I love the story, and how traditional it stays to the FE series.

Joshua2222
Joshua2222

 @TheEveryMan I think they've all been fantastic except for Shadow Dragon because that was a remake of an old game and brutally inconsistent (with leveling, so many characters would be almost worthless towards the end and you couldn't really...win lol)