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This is a column by Kat Bailey dedicated to the analysis of the once beloved Japanese RPG sub-genre. Tune in every Wednesday for thoughts on white-haired villains, giant robots, Infinity+1 swords, and everything else the wonderful world of JRPGs has to offer. In 2001, Nintendo of America had a deci...

February 1st 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Fire Emblem: Awakening is the best soap opera since CBS cancelled Guiding Light.If you've never played a Fire Emblem before, imagine Final Fantasy Tactics from an overhead perspective, or a particularly bloated derivation of chess. Nintendo's stalwart helped establish the turn-based tactical RPG ge...

January 30th 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Nintendo sent us a special-edition Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS, and in the course of staring at it, we decided to take some pictures and share them with you. We can now confirm two things: It's definitely a standard 3DS, and not a 3DS XL It's really prettyThe 3DS bundle includes a 4GB memory car...

January 23rd 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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Fire Emblem: Awakening has strategically issued a demo in advance of its February 4 release date. You can engage with its forces and then make the tactical decision of whether or not to enter the battle in earnest.Also available on 3DS today: Tokyo Crash Mobs, the puzzle game about lining up people...

January 17th 2013 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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The Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS bundle includes a 4GB SD card, on which the game is loaded, and will sell for $199.99, Nintendo of America announced today. That's a bit cheaper than buying a $170 (non-XL) 3DS and a $40 game separately, and the card is 2GB larger than the one included with the standa...

January 14th 2013 at 3:45pm 0 Comments
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Fire Emblem: Awakening will be available in a lovely hardware bundle in the US and Canada, alongside its standard and eShop releases. The 3DS bundle features the same specially decorated blue 3DS released in Japan with the game. It's worth noting that this is an original 3DS, and not a 3DS XL.Being...

January 11th 2013 at 5:15pm 0 Comments
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Despite the unique and interesting qualities of the 3DS' StreetPass and SpotPass functionality, I've rarely had reason to use it. So far, my favorite example of StreetPass functionality has been found in Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, where it's possible to swap Dark Notes and custom character cards....

January 11th 2013 at 3:45pm 0 Comments
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A demo for Fire Emblem: Awakening will be released on the 3DS eShop in North America on January 17. If you only know the Fire Emblem characters from Super Smash Bros., this is a good chance to find out if you like them in their actual game.There will be more to download following the February 4 rel...

January 10th 2013 at 10:30am 0 Comments