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Start pairing up your Fire Emblem Awakening avatar in February

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It’s oddly appropriate that Fire Emblem: Awakening has just been given a February 2013 release date. February, being the month of love and all. See, Fire Emblem: Awakening brings back the relationship system where certain characters can become friends or lovers by fighting adjacent to one another on the battle field, with even the custom, player created avatar even finding love with one of his or her commrades. It has a February 4, 2013 release date to be exact, but we’ll let that slide. It’s close enough to February 14, anyways!

The debut date came up today during the December 5, 2012 Nintendo Direct video. It’s earlier than Nintendo’s initial estimate. At first, we were just hearin the first half of 2013 as a potential release window for Fire Emblem: Awakening. Of course, we’re more than happy to get it the first week of February.

Fire Emblem: Awakening follows Prince Chrom of Iris, who has gathered together a motley crew of soldiers and skilled individuals to investigate a neighboring country. Plegia’s rulers are behaving badly, sending out unwarranted attacks and Chrom decides to handle things himself. He’s also joined by, well, you! Players get to make a custom character that represents him or herself. This character gets to take part in battles and even get into a relationship with fellow warriors.

Interestingly enough, Fire Emblem: Awakening is only the second game in the series to bring in a generational aspect. Characters who fall in love can get married and have child. We’ll have to wait and see if there’s a timeskip where these children can get involved in the conflict as well.

Fire Emblem: Awakening also has downloadable characters from previous Fire Emblem games and extra scenarios. Nintendo has confirmed they’ll be released outside Japan, so you should pick up an eShop card when you get Fire Emblem: Awakening so you’ll be prepared.

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