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8:30 AM on 05.03.2013

This Fire Emblem scene was too hot for North America

Nintendo has done a fantastic job supporting Fire Emblem: Awakening so far, with new DLC dropping so frequently it's hard to make time for it all. However it was yesterday's map release that caught the eye of NeoGAF board mem...

Vito Gesualdi

1:15 PM on 04.25.2013

SMT X Fire Emblem, Monolith Soft's X reconfirmed for West

[Awkward Zombie by Katie Tiedrich] Two of the more mind-blowing Wii U announcements in the past few months have been Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Monolith Soft's "X," the spiritual successor to Xenoblade. For the soft...

Tony Ponce

12:15 PM on 04.18.2013

New maps are on the way for Fire Emblem: Awakening

During a press junket following yesterday's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo showed off a few of the new maps to follow the commercial and critical acclaimed Fire Emblem: Awakening. Awakening has already seen a steady release of wee...

Abel Girmay

10:00 PM on 04.03.2013

'No way': Fire Emblem: Awakening director on casual mode

How did you play the fantastic 3DS tactical RPG Fire Emblem: Awakening? Did you leave permadeath on, playing the game's classic mode? Or were you more than happy to switch on the game's casual mode, which has your dead charac...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 04.03.2013

Intelligent Systems would like to make a new Advance Wars

With Fire Emblem: Awakening released on 3DS and seeing quite the success, many may be wondering what that could mean for developer Intelligent Systems' other franchise, Advance Wars. When inquired about the possibility of a n...

Keith Swiader

6:00 AM on 03.15.2013

Fire Emblem: Awakening exceeds 180,000 sales in February

Fire Emblem: Awakening didn't crack February's monthly NPD chart, but that doesn't mean the 3DS title hasn't been a roaring success. In fact, Nintendo has revealed the strategy role-paying game put up "the best first month sa...

Kyle MacGregor



Fire Emblem: Awakening rolling out SpotPass freebies photo
Fire Emblem: Awakening rolling out SpotPass freebies
by Jordan Devore

Be sure the SpotPass feature is enabled for Fire Emblem: Awakening, as the game will be getting new (free!) content all throughout spring. Up first is "A Hard Miracle," a map available now that has a mysterious woman and some obligatory kidnapped villagers. That certainly sounds like Fire Emblem, anyway.

The downloadable maps pick back up on March 28 with "Ghost of Blade," followed by "The Wellspring of Trust" on April 11, and finally, "The Radiant Hero" on April 25. Nintendo says that more special weapons, characters, and bonus challenges for Awakening's Double Duel multiplayer are also in the pipeline as freebies via SpotPass.

Thanks for the reminder that I really, really need to pick this game up. I've been slacking.

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4:30 PM on 02.28.2013

Nintendo Download: Bit.Trip, Retro City, Etrian Odyssey

This week's Nintendo Download has something for just about everyone. Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 is fantastic and it's available now via the Wii U eShop. Also on the console side of things, Retro City Rampage has arrived o...

Kyle MacGregor

12:30 PM on 02.28.2013

More views of naughty Fire Emblem: Awakening Tharja fig

Remember that naughty Tharja figure scuplt from Wonder Festival 2013 from a few weeks back? You all had a lot to say about it, and I'm not surprised about that. But what is surprising is that people are st...

Dale North

10:30 AM on 02.26.2013

Fire Emblem gets a new DLC trailer

Have you been checking out the DLC offerings for Fire Emblem yet? In a nutshell, after progressing a bit in the story, you can access the DLC store to buy new maps that can offer new characters, items, and other perks. As a ...

Chris Carter

6:00 AM on 02.21.2013

Fire Emblem: Awakening OST weighs in at five discs

That's a lot of music. And man, that Fire Emblem theme sends chills down my spine every time. I've been enjoying Fire Emblem: Awakening on my 3DS, and I've been particularly impressed with the game's score. Little did I know,...

Jayson Napolitano





6:15 PM on 02.14.2013

Fire Emblem, MH3U hardware bundles coming to Europe

Our friends across the pond were treated to a slightly different Nintendo Direct then we were. Amongst the European-exclusive announcements was a trio of hardware bundles for the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Fire Em...

Tony Ponce



The nine worst girlfriends in videogames photo
The nine worst girlfriends in videogames
by Vito Gesualdi

If you’re anything like me, Valentine’s Day is a very special time of year. A time to be reminded that your crippling social anxieties and complete lack of desirable personality traits mean you’re likely to spend the rest of your sad life painfully alone (and don’t try to pretend it’s because you’re such a “nice guy,” because you’re probably a scumbag).

Thankfully, we’ll always have our favorite escapist media to keep us company, the magic of video games allowing poor souls like myself to embark on soul-searching adventures, challenge power-hungry villains, and of course, fall in love with a variety of glamorous heroines.

Thing is, though these various ladies of gaming all have something special to offer, many come complete with a few unforeseen pitfalls. Point is, if you’re planning on spending this lover’s holiday piss-drunk, fantasizing about your favorite digital damsels, the last thing you want to do is pick a clunker. That’s why I've compiled this handy field guide on nine gaming girlfriends to avoid.

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8:47 AM on 02.14.2013

Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC available today

You want some Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC? You can nab Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC Champions of Yore 3 today. You've seen this map before, but it adds a different story and different challenges this time around. The import...

Dale North

12:15 PM on 02.12.2013

Naughty: Fire Emblem: Awakening's Tharja in figure form

I remember first encountering Tharja in Fire Emblem: Awakening. She was kind of rude and wishy-washy to my party at first, but I took her on anyway. Thinking back, I'm glad I did. Now, if she had showed her love for books (as...

Dale North



This is how you download DLC in Fire Emblem: Awakening photo
This is how you download DLC in Fire Emblem: Awakening
by Chris Carter

The first wave of downloadable content (DLC) has hit Fire Emblem: Awakening, and to buy it, you need to do a little bit more than just load up the eShop.

As previously mentioned in my tips guide for the game, you need to progress past Chapter 4 to unlock the Outrealm Gate towards the southern end of the map (pictured). Once you're there, just enter it, and select the purchase maps option.

Right now, there's three DLC options available: Champions of Yore 1 ($2.50), Champions of Yore 2 ($2.50), and the Champions Pack ($4.00). The Champions Pack is a bundle, and will also include Champions of Yore 3 when it comes out. Champions of Yore 1 is free until March 6th.

Each DLC is around 30 blocks each, so space wise it isn't going to get crazy. As is the case with Japan's Fire Emblem DLC, the packs will feature their own story, their own battle map, and a recruitable character (Marth and Roy for Yore 1 and 2 respectively).

One major perk the add-ons have is that every one of them is repeatable -- so essentially, it's an easy, controlled, guaranteed way to grind should you need it.

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