The European release of Fire Emblem Awakening was confirmed shortly before the Japanese launch. Nintendo of America kept the suspense AGAIN for a couple of months, but the American release ended up being confirmed as well mid-way through the E3 2012. And via Twitter after THREE conferences without the announcement showing up. Keeping the suspense indeed, but surely Fire Emblem fans went nuts!
Female Mercenaries and Heroes make appearances. This is the first time they've been seen in an internationally-released game. Celebrations were had.
The surprisingly early release in the U.S. (now Feb.4th) has had fans fangasming for hours. Some European fans even decided "screw it" and will be getting an American 3DS so they don't have to wait.
European players got something to rejoice over in the "Luigi Special Nintendo Direct": A Limited Edition Bundle with a 3DS XL! Totes worth the wait!
We now have videos featuring the English voices of the Awakening cast. They don't suck! Even Chrom's voice. EspeciallyChrom's voice! WOOHOO!
And for the people who prefer subs over dubs, the game will have dual audio tracks that you can switch at any time.
Man, Fire Emblem Gaiden looks so cool. Too bad that it'll probably never release outside of Japa-wait, THEY'RE REMAKING THE GAME FOR NINTENDO 3DS, IT'S BEING RELEASED ONLY A MONTH AFTER THE JAPANESE RELEASE, AND THEY'RE RELEASING AN AMIIBO DOUBLE PACK OF ALM AND CELICA?! YYYEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHH!
While the previous Fire Emblem games only had full voice acting during important cutscenes, with the rest of the voice acting being voice clips for various situations, this game features fully voiced dialogue for nearly everything in the game, with only a few minor NPCs going unvoiced.
Some fans were worried that Echoes intentionally dropping some of the mechanics from later games in the series meant that Support Conversations would be absent like in Shadow Dragon. Fortunately, Support Conversations will be added to the game.
When it was first annouced that there would be a Fire Emblem game for mobile phones, no one was particularly interested and wrote it off. Then when it was officially shown off in the Fire Emblem Direct, it revealed that it was going to feature all of the characters from the previous games! That means not only will the Smash characters and Chrom appear, but also fan-favorites and more obscure characters get a chance to shine! Suddenly, the game's reception went from "apathetic disinterest" to "frothing demand".
All of the characters have voiced lines! Additionally, many returning characters from Awakening and Fates have their voice actors reprise their roles, and the game even shows who voices each character.
After almost 3 months of waiting, with him taunting players on the title screen, Ike is finally summonable!
The reveal that the Choose Your Legends event would not only introduce new versions of the four most popular heroes in the series, but the player gets to choose one of them and get handed a five-star unit on a silver platter. *does a little dance*
Supports are in the game now! They take the form of animations rather than conversation, and you can only have one character support another at a time, but there no limit to who can support with who! Two different versions of the same character (ex: Xander and Summer Xander)? They can support. Cordelia and Chrom? Sure. Valter and Narcian? Why not? Niles and Lukas? You betcha. The possibilities are limitless, and plus your summoner can support with any unit of your choice!
Starting with the Fire Emblem Amiibo functionality in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Marth has an official English voice actor in the form of Yuri Lowenthal, a choice that carries over to every English-released FE game featuring him in the future. Needless to say, many fans of the Prince of Altea were ecstatic.