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Retro Gaming 10’s- Fire Emblem: Awakening (2012)

When it comes down to some of the best JRPG’s to have ever appeared on the Nintendo 3DS you cannot have that discussion without mentioning Fire Emblem: Awakening from 2012. Fire Emblem Awakening was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo and was the sequel to Fire Emblem: New Mystery Of The Emblem from 2010. The reason why Fire Emblem: Awakening was such a big deal was because arguably the game that got people interested in the series again; especially considering the fact that tactical 2D JRPG’s had been declining in popularity since the 90’s and early 00’s. Fire Emblem: Awakening was also the one of the first installments within the series to feature DLC which allowed players to purchase maps and characters; while providing a rich gaming experience for players. Fire Emblem: Awakening gave people 49 playable characters to choose from as they navigated through the storylines involving the “Ylissian-Plegian War” and the “War Against Valm”. The elements of royalty & time travel made the “Ylissian-Plegian War” story interesting as Chrom and his milita known as the Shepherds battled the undead beings known as Risen. The interactions between Chrom and Marth vacillated from mysterious to intriguing; while the defeat of Marth lead to prince Chrom having the inhabitants of Regina Ferox has allies. Chrom later encountered Marth again after the King of Plegia known as Gangrel declares war on Ylisse for noblewoman Maribelle’s actions in crossing the boarder leading into his land. Also, the fact that Chrom killed one of Gangrel’s men for try to destroy Emmeryn’s life was further justification for King Gangrel to declare war on Ylisse.

Before the war against Valm King Gangrel was eventually killed by Chrom and The Shepards with the storyline taking place shortly following the Ylisse-Plegia conflict. The Emperor of Valm known as Walhart wanted to expand his rule to as many territories as possible and Chrom’s continent happened to be one of them. In response to Emperor Walhart’s actions Chrom decided to ask the new King Of Plegia named Validar for help in their war against Valm. The game ended with Walhart being defeated after two consecutive battles and peace being restored throughout the world. One of the cool things about Fire Emblem: Awakening was that the game had multiple ending depending on how the final battle played out which added to the overall replay value of this medieval themed JRPG game. Fire Emblem: Awakening is considered to be one of the best installments within the series along with the likes Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Fire Emblem: Fates and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. If there is any older game within the Fire Emblem that deserves to be ported for the Nintendo Switch aside from FE: Fates its definitely Awakening from 2012. The character artwork during dialogue along with the 2D tactical role-playing gameplay and captivating storylines made Fire Emblem: Awakening one of the more memorable installments of the 10’s decade.

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