Fire Emblem Awakening (ファイアーエムブレム覚醒, Fire Emblem: Kakusei) is a Japanese tactical role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS, developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. The game was released in Japan on April 19, 2012, in North America on February 4, 2013, and in Europe on April 19, 2013. It is the thirteenth game in the Fire Emblem series. It is also the first to take place on two continents, Ylisse and Valm, the future forms of Archanea and Valentia respectively.
The story follows Prince Chrom of the Halidom of Ylisse and his companions as they struggle during a turbulent era. Players are able to combine the might of nearby allies using Pair Up and enter dual battles using the Dual System to defeat enemies. The traversable world map, last seen in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, and special skills like Astra from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn return. This game also features a playable character that can be customized, a feature last seen in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem. Just like in the previous game, the player can choose between Classic Mode and Casual Mode.
Intelligence Systems was green lit to create the thirteenth title of the Fire Emblem series in 2010. However, the Fire Emblem franchise had somewhat low sales and the development team was told that if the thirteenth title did not sell at least 250,000 units, the franchise would be permanently shelved.
The development team designed Awakening with the intention of giving the franchise a proper farewell if they were ultimately unsuccessful in selling enough units. They explored many different concepts, including placing the story in a modern-day setting and even placing the story on Mars. Ultimately, the team decided that keeping the story in its medieval roots would be the best route to take. To further celebrate the series, the team pulled various tactics and features from numerous previous titles such as Skills, Promotion Branching, and Supports. Along with the story, the team decided to focus on the individual units themselves, fleshing out their characters with quirkier personalities and emphasized the formation of bonds between units, ultimately factoring in the feature of having children characters. The game was also developed early on with an international release in mind.
Ultimately, the game met its goal of selling 250,000 units, almost reaching it on its first week of release in Japan at 242,600 units. Awakening had achieved the highest sales of any Fire Emblem game at the time. Many have attributed a higher advertising attention by Nintendo themselves to the games overall success. Internationally, similar trends appeared with over 180,000 units sold in the first month in North America, 63,000 of which were purely from eShop sales. By April 2013, the game had sold over 240,000 units in North America alone, later reaching 390,000 in September 2013. The success of the game lead to a revival of interest in the series and green-lit two games immediately; Awakening's successor game, Fire Emblem Fates, and an enhanced remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Fire Emblem Awakening was announced at Nintendo's 2011 3DS Conference ahead of the Tokyo Game Show of the same year.
On June 6, 2012, directly after the Nintendo 3DS software showcase at E3 2012, president Reggie Fils-Aime from Nintendo of America  revealed that the game would be coming to Nintendo of America under the title Fire Emblem Awakening; this was later confirmed through Nintendo of America's official Twitter account.
On June 22, 2012, during a Nintendo Direct showcase, it was revealed that the game was set for a 2013 release in America. An American trailer for the game was released on October 25, 2012. In the Nintendo Direct trailer from December 5, 2012, it was confirmed that Fire Emblem Awakening would be released in North America on February 4, 2013, in Europe on April 19, 2013, and in Australia on April 20, 2013.
GameStop offered an artbook as a pre-order bonus prior to the game's release; this offer was only available in the United States and Canada. The game's Nintendo eShop listing was added on January 5, 2013, and it was made available for digital download in the United States and Europe the same day the game was released at retail. The game was not available on the Japanese eShop despite availability in the United States and Europe. However, it was later made available for digital download to Japanese consoles on January 30, 2013.
The Demo version of the game became available on the North American eShop on January 17, 2013. It only allows play in Casual Mode, as opposed to Classic Mode, allows for Normal, Hard, and Lunatic difficulties to be selected, and features two chapters from the beginning of the game (Prologue and Chapter 1, skipping the initial Interlude). The demo does not feature Avatar customization in a substantial way; you may only change name, birthdate and emphasized stats, while using the default male Avatar.
- See also: Archanea Series
The game takes place approximately 2,000 years after the events of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. In ancient times, the Fell Dragon Grima attempted to destroy the world. To stop Grima, the Divine Dragon Naga chose the ruler of the Halidom of Ylisse (known as the First Exalt), and granted him power through two magical objects: Falchion, a sword with the power to slay dragons; and the Fire Emblem, a magical shield. Using these, the Exalt struck down Grima, sending it into a long slumber. In the intervening period, the continents of Archanea and Valentia became known as Ylisse and Valm.
By the present time, the land of Ylisse is divided between the Halidom of Ylisse, which continues to worship Naga, and is ruled by Exalt Emmeryn and defended by her brother Chrom; the kingdom of Plegia, which worships Grima; and Regna Ferox, a country whose rulers periodically fight for dominance. Fifteen years prior to Awakening, the last Exalt of Ylisse, Emmeryn's father, waged a religious war against Plegia, which greatly damaged Ylisse and left bitterness on both sides. Ylisse has slowly recovered from the war due to Emmeryn's peaceful actions.
- See main article: List of characters in Fire Emblem Awakening
- See main article: List of chapters in Fire Emblem Awakening
- See main article: List of classes in Fire Emblem Awakening
- Playable units able to Pair Up and fight alongside allies through the Dual System.
- Characters have a cut in when performing a Critical Attack or activating a Skill.
- Downloadable content, consisting of maps, episodes, and characters from previous games.
- Paid downloadable chapters with unlockable characters. Current available characters are:
- Prince Marth from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
- Est from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
- Catria from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
- Palla from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
- Alm from Fire Emblem Gaiden
- Celica from Fire Emblem Gaiden
- Seliph from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- Eldigan from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- Leif from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- Roy from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- Lyn from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- Ephraim from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- Eirika from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- Ike from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- Elincia from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- Micaiah from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
- Katarina from Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem.
- Free downloadable characters via SpotPass. Available characters are:
- Prince Marth, Caeda, Ogma, Navarre, Merric, Nyna, Linde, Minerva, Tiki, Gharnef, and Camus from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.
- Alm, Celica, Clair, Valbar, Clive, Boey, Luthier, Nomah, Deen, and Mycen from Fire Emblem Gaiden.
- Sigurd, Deirdre, Quan, Ethlyn, Arden, Ayra, Jamke, Lachesis, Lewyn, Arvis, Seliph, Julia, Larcei, Ulster, Arthur, Fee, Ced, Ares, Altena, Julius, Ishtar, and Travant from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
- Leif, Finn, Nanna, Eyvel, Dagdar, Mareeta, Salem, Olwen, Saias, and Raydrik from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.
- Roy, Lilina, Wolt, Shanna, Lugh, Raigh, Cecilia, Sophia, Perceval, Zephiel, and Narcian from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
- Eliwood, Lyn, Hector, Florina, Matthew, Serra, Karel, Nino, Jaffar, Nergal, Ursula, Lloyd, and Linus from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.
- Ephraim, Eirika, Seth, Moulder, Lute, Amelia, Innes, Marisa, L'Arachel, Lyon, and Selena from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
- Ike, Elincia, Titania, Soren, Mist, Mia, Zihark, Lucia, Geoffrey, Ashnard, and Petrine from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
- Micaiah, Sothe, Edward, Leonardo, Brom, Nephenee, Sigrun, Sanaki, Sephiran, The Black Knight, and Oliver from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
- King Marth, Katarina, Catria, Norne, Etzel, Horace, Malice, Athena, Legion, and Hardin from Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem.
- Paid downloadable chapters with unlockable characters. Current available characters are:
A limited edition Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS hardware bundle was released the United States and Canada. The bundle includes a pre-installed copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening and a specially designed 3DS featuring artwork based on the game.
The same limited edition 3DS was released in Japan alongside the release of Fire Emblem Awakening in the region.
- This is the first Fire Emblem title to have a relation to more than one other set of games in the series. The Deadlords and Holy Weapons found in the Jugdral Series appear, and Priam claims to be a descendant of Ike from the Tellius Series.
- There is a glitch with the Voice Language in the US version of the game. Whenever the Voice Language is set for Japanese, soft reseting the game (L+R+Start) oddly causes the voices reset back to English except in Theater Cutscenes. However this can be fixed if the player changes the Language to English then to Japanese again.
- Additionally, if the Voice Language is set to Japanese, the female Einherjar characters will use Voice #1. This bug did not exist in the original Japanese release, but was fixed for the European one.
- In the demo for Awakening there is an oversight that causes the game to freeze. If a unit obtains Leif's Blade through an Event Tile, then uses Leif's Blade to attempt to obtain a Bullion the game will freeze. This is most likely because the data for the Bullion was removed from the demo to reduce file size, yet the sword wasn't tweaked to never grant a Bullion.
- Awakening has the most amount of playable character representation of any Fire Emblem game in the Super Smash Bros. series with two characters.
- The several Einherjar bonus teams are mostly comprised of generic units classes who relate to the Einherjar. For example, Ike's team is reminiscent of the Greil Mercenaries while Nino's references the The Black Fang.
- Official Japanese site
- Official English (North American) site
- Official English (European) site
- Official French site
- Official German site
- Official Spanish site
- Official Italian site
- Background at Fire Emblem World
- Section on Serenes Forest