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->''"Two sleeping dragons--one a sacred ally of mankind, the other its sworn destroyer. Two heroes marked with the symbols of the dragons. Their meeting heralds the dragons' awakening--and the world's ending."''

''Fire Emblem Awakening'' is the thirteenth ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' game, released on the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS in 2012. It was the first wholly original title (as in, not [[VideoGameRemake a remake]]) since ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' in 2007.

Set nearly two-thousand years after the events of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'', ''Fire Emblem Awakening'' tells the story of Chrom: the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue-haired]] prince of the [[TheTheocracy Halidom of Ylisse]] who [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething also leads]] a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits ragtag]] [[MildlyMilitary peacekeeping force]] known as the Shepherds. One day, Chrom happens upon [[PlayerCharacter a man/woman]] with [[IdentityAmnesia no memories]] but an incredible aptitude for military strategy, whom he recruits into the Shepherds. With the aid of this mysterious tactician, Chrom must deal with the warmongering nation of Plegia (whose king holds an insane grudge against Ylisse), the appearance of [[TheUndead the undead "Risen"]] and an [[CoolMask enigmatic masked youth]] by the name of "[[NamesTheSame Marth]]" who prophesies a doomed future for the world.

''Awakening'' is something of a "greatest hits" entry for the series, containing [[ContinuityPorn a ton of references to previous games]] and includes many of their forgotten mechanics. It brings back the world map system of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Gaiden]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'', reintroduces the Skills system in a form similar to ''Radiant Dawn'', (allowing you to learn additional Skills simply by leveling up, and [[EliteTweak even more of them by switching to different classes]]), and sees the return of the marriage and children system from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar''. It sports a graphical style reminiscent of the Tellius games with a more cartoonish bent, sporting a TwoAndAHalfD map and 3D fights. The character design and portrait art style--the work of Yusuke Kozaki, of ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' fame--looks like it belongs in a {{seinen}} anime, which is a departure from the more realistic art style from the DS games. A new feature called Pair Up allows units to team up on or block attacks from enemies when next to an attacking ally, which is also tied to the expanded [[RelationshipValues Supports system]], containing great amounts of dialogue between characters.

The game was the first 1st-party Nintendo title to feature paid DownloadableContent, here coming in the form of "episodes" comprising map packs telling side-stories, not unlike ''BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles''.[[note]]While this is the first game released by Nintendo to feature DLC, ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2'' marked the debut of first party DLC outside Japan.[[/note]]

The game was confirmed for both a European and North American localization at E3 2012, a fortunate return to form after ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem New Mystery of the Emblem]]'' became the first ''Fire Emblem'' in years to not leave Japan. ''Awakening'' was released in Japan on April 19, 2012, North America on February 4, 2013, and in Europe on April 19, 2013.

Characters Chrom and Lucina appear in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2'', while Lucina and Robin are playable fighters in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U]]''.

''Awakening'' was followed by another 3DS game, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', which takes many cues from its predecessor, though taking place on a currently unnamed continent, split between the nations Hoshido and Nohr, in another continuity.

The official site can be found [[https://fireemblem.nintendo.com/ here]].

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