The Tanooki’s Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition Giveaway!

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There may be over 1 million new owners of  Fire Emblem Fates in North America, but very few of those own the definitive version of the game. The Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition includes all three routes on a single 3DS cartridge, and is the only way to obtain Revelation on a retail cartridge. So how can we help? Well, we’re going to give one of these away!

From now through May 31st, you can enter our giveaway for your chances to win a sealed copy of the Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition. It’s the North American version, which can only be played on North American consoles, so please keep that in mind when entering – but we’ll be opening up the giveaway worldwide.

We’ll be using Gleam’s competition platform to run our event. There are several ways to enter (mostly involving our social media channels), and we’ll be adding more ways to enter throughout the month! In fact, many entry methods can be repeated daily, so between that and the occasional additions to the entry methods, you’ll want to check back often.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY for U.S. residents to enter. Some entry methods can even be performed multiple times (once each day), so be sure to get your entries in early and often and we’ll pick the lucky winner of the Special Edition after May 31st!

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Help Wanted: Official Serenes Forest Podcast in development

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We are developing multiple podcast series as part of Phase 1 of a new initiative, and we need knowledgable, fun people to help host and produce them! Among these will be the official Serenes Forest podcast, a weekly 42-minute Fire Emblem-centric podcast for the popular fan site of the same name.

Interested? Check out the listing here and get in touch! We’ll get back to you with further details.

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Nintendo: Fire Emblem has become a “major IP”

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At Nintendo’s Financial Results Briefing on Thursday, Nintendo outlined plans to bring two new applications to mobile platforms based on their Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing IPs. Why Fire Emblem? According to Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, the company now views it as one of their most important franchises.

Fifteen titles have been released in this series, from Fire Emblem: Ankokuryu to Hikari no Ken (Japanese title) in 1990 to the latest title, Fire Emblem Fates. This series has many passionate fans, particularly among gamers in their 20s and 30s. As I mentioned before, the latest title, Fire Emblem Fates, is selling well in America and has found a wide audience outside of Japan as well. We have also released many spin-off titles and related products, and this has become a major IP for Nintendo, both in name and in substance.

The extra attention from Nintendo should mean more support for Fire Emblem developer Intelligent Systems and a bright future for Fire Emblem fans. It will be interesting to see what becomes of the series on platforms like iOS and NX. It’s only a shame Nintendo couldn’t recognize the series’ importance before Mystery of the Emblem was canned for Western release…

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Squid Sisters Callie and Marie to get own amiibo figures July 8

Nintendo has announced the upcoming release of five fresh Splatoon amiibo, including the dynamic duo of Callie and Marie!

The Squid Sisters’ amiibo figures can be tapped onto the Wii U GamePad to access a sort of in-game concert performance – perfect for those of us that can’t make it out to any of their live concerts!

Joining them are new color variations of the Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, and Inkling Squid amiibo. Those three will be available in a three-pack for an MSRP of $34.99, while the Inkling Boy and Girl will be available individually for $12.99 each. Callie and Marie will be available in a two-pack for $24.99, and all of these colorful new amiibo will launch in North America on July 8th.

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Bought the Fire Emblem Fates soundtrack? Here’s the English track listing!

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The Fire Emblem Fates Original Soundtrack was released to high demand in Japan this past Wednesday. With U.S. copyright concerns all but assuring we’ll never see this soundtrack released in North America, many fans have resorted to importing the soundtrack from Japan.

Were you one of those dedicated fans? You might have imported the CDs into iTunes, only to notice everything’s in Japanese! Not to worry, we’ve personally combed through the Records Hall feature within Fire Emblem Fates itself to provide the officially localized titles after the break to help you tag the tracks. Still need to get the soundtrack? Be sure to order it soon, and you can get the first press bonus of a pair of badges featuring male and female Corrin!

There are a few unknown titles, and we’ve left those in Japanese. You might actually see some sites list English titles for these tracks, such as “Lakeside Song,” “A Mother’s Wish,” “Brethren United,” among others, but these are taken from cutscene movie titles. Other tracks found in other cutscenes do not share the movie titles, so those aren’t official soundtrack titles. If officially localized titles for those come around, we’ll be sure to update the list!

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Fire Emblem Fates getting second set of DLC maps starting May 5

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While Japan had to wait nearly a year after the game’s launch for the second (or in their case, third – “Map Pack 1” was split into two parts there) set of DLC maps for Fire Emblem Fates, those of us in North America will begin to receive the latest DLC starting May 5th!

Map Pack 2 will tell an ongoing, six-map story where the Hoshidan and Nohrian children are under attack in the “Deeprealms” and it’s up to those young warriors to save both themselves and their parents. The release schedule is as follows:

  • May 5-June 9 – Map Pack 2 ($7.99)
  • May 5 – Another Gift from Anna (free)
  • May 5 – I: In Endless Dreams (49 cents)
  • May 12 – II: Realms Collide ($1.99)
  • May 19 – III: The Changing Tide ($1.99)
  • May 26 – IV: Light’s Sacrifice ($1.99)
  • June 2 – V: Endless Dawn ($1.99)
  • June 9 – End: Lost in the Waves ($1.99)

Of course, you’ll need to have reached the Dragon Gate within Fates before you can purchase and play any of the new maps. Like much of the existing Fates DLC, you’ll get a fresh team of characters to use as opposed to the characters you leveled up in the main game, and you’ll get rewards if all units survive.

Will you be getting any or all of Map Pack 2? Let us know!

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Zelda Symphony adds more tour dates; begins offering official Wind Waker baton replica

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If you haven’t been out to see The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest recently (or ever), you’re going to have plenty of opportunities in the near future. The popular concert tour just added a whopping 45 new concerts to its 2016 tour schedule!

Symphony of the Goddesses will be making all-new stops all around the world, to cities like Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Lisbon, and even a brave stop in Washington, D.C. during election week! This is, of course, in addition to previously announced performances in London, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and more. Video montages played during performances of music from Twilight Princess will now feature updates HD visuals from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD.

Additionally, the tour’s production company, Jason Michael Paul Productions, has announced that they’ll be adding a special new item to their merchandise offerings on tour and on their website. Starting today, you can pre-order official replicas of the iconic Wind Waker Baton featured in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and just like the one used by Amy Andersson on the concert stage. The nearly 15″ batons can be pre-ordered on the official website for $40 with expected delivery in June, or purchased at upcoming concerts. As to whether the baton is simply a novelty display piece or cosplay accessory, or if it’s a legitimate, functional, balanced conducting baton, we’ve asked for comment and will let you know if we hear back.

Be sure to check past the break to see when The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses makes its next stop at a concert hall near you!

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The Legend of Zelda won’t just be Nintendo’s E3 focus; it will literally be their only playable game

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While many Nintendo fans are still trying to process this morning’s little tidbits of information that Nintendo will launch the NX platform next March, that Zelda will be delayed and launched on both Wii U and NX, and that we’re getting Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem games on smartphones this fall, some important aspects of the announcements got lost in the shuffle.

While Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and NX would become the focus of their showing at this year’s E3 Expo, presumably to make up for the fact that the NX would not be making an appearance at the industry event, the company sent us a press release (found in full after the break) revealing that they won’t have any other playable games at the expo.

The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion.

While other titles will surely (or maybe not even surely) be shown in their usual pre-E3 Nintendo Direct, E3 attendees shouldn’t expect to be able to play the latest builds of games like Metroid Prime: Federation Force (coming in August) or Rhythm Heaven Megamix. With Nintendo downsizing the quantity of its show offerings and so many other companies pulling out of this year’s expo, it’s starting to feel like 2007 all over again.

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Fire Emblem Fates surpassed 1 million sold in North America by the end of March

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In supplementary information to Nintendo’s Earnings Release from today, it was revealed that global sales of Fire Emblem Fates have reached 1.84 million through March 31st, including 780,000 units sold in Japan since June 25th of last year, and 1.06 million units sold in North America since February 19th of this year.

These figures lump sales of BirthrightConquest, and presumably the Special Edition all together into the third-best selling Nintendo 3DS game of the fiscal year ending March 31st, behind only Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3.04 million) and Pokémon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire (1.9 million).

That Fates sales in North America have so quickly eclipsed the sales of the game in Japan might normally not be a huge surprise given the size of each respective market, but for a series that remained a popular Japanese exclusive for its first dozen years, followed by lackluster marketing in the West during the Game Boy Advance through Nintendo DS eras – we still haven’t gotten New Mystery of the Emblem – it’s certainly amazing to see what was once a very niche franchise growing so rapidly in worldwide appeal. Imagine those numbers once Europe actually gets ahold of the game!

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Miitomo celebrates 10 million users worldwide

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Since its launch in major regions last month, Nintendo’s Miitomo app has amassed over 10 million users around the world. The milestone was announced at Nintendo’s financial earnings press conference today in Japan.

Miitomo, Nintendo’s first official smartphone app, puts your Mii into a social network environment, allowing you to answer personal questions for your friends to see, see your friends’ answers to similar questions, dress up in fun outfits, and pose your Mii for fun pictures.

I’m pretty sure I’ve used Miitomo enough that the app has run out of questions to ask me – it keeps telling me to come back later! How about you? Have you been using Miitomo as much as I have?

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