The Fire Emblem series has been around since the original Nintendo Entertainment System days, at least in Japan. North American gamers didn’t, officially, get any of the titles till the launch of the Game Boy Advance over 14 years after the series started. That is all water under the bridge, as they say, because Nintendo has seen the sales figures and has been putting weight behind bringing the Fire Emblem series to our shores more frequently.
For those that don’t know, Fire Emblem is a strategy role playing game, basically Nintendo’s answer to Sega’s, now defunct, Shining Force series of games. Characters do battle on a grid based map for movement then when they confront each other the view switches to a battle screen (much like most RPG’s of old). The battle screen is where the fun begins for most since this is where most of the eye candy is revealed. Fully 3D graphic models of your characters do battle with enemies in turn based battles. The battle system is sternly in the realm of “Rock, Paper and Scissors” but with medieval weapons.
Fire Emblem Awakening hits the Nintendo 3DS on February 4th, 2013.