Fire Emblem Cipher celebrates 1st anniversary with Cipher Caravan tour across Japan


In celebration of the 1st anniversary of the release of the Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher) Trading Card Game in Japan, a Caravan event will tour several Japanese cities throughout the summer, hosting competitions, mini-concerts, merchandise sales, and more.

Starting in Osaka on June 25th, the caravan will travel to Sendai on July 3rd, Hiroshima on July 10th, Nagoya on the 16th, Niigata on the 24th, and wrapping up July in Fukuoka on the 31st. August stops will include Tokushima on the 7th, Sapporo on the 14th, and finally Tokyo on the 20th.

Cipher enthusiasts of any and all levels of experience are welcome and invited to attend any of the events to celebrate and enjoy the trading card game. Guests will receive a pair of promotional Cipher cards featuring Felicia upon leaving at the end of each event.

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RetroProtection releases protectors for Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition, Japanese GameCube

We’ve taken a look at RetroProtection protectors in the past, but this time RetroProtection has created a new protector specifically for the recently released Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition. The limited 3-in-1 version of the latest Fire Emblem game proved nearly impossible for many fans to obtain, and there’s a good chance that if you were one of the lucky ones, you might be interested in protecting that purchase.

So how well does this new protector work? How about some of the other new additions to RetroProtection’s product lineup, such as the Japanese GameCube game box protector? We took those and more out for a test drive, and you can hear what we thought in the video above! If you’re looking to pick one up, head over to RetroProtection.

Of course, if you’re still in need of the elusive Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition, be sure to enter our Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition giveaway for the month of May! Enter early and often for the best chances to win!

The Post Game Zone – Enter The Gungeon

On this week’s episode of The Post Game Zone, Trevon enters the dungeons of Binding Of Isa… wait, wrong game. Sorry, they look and play eerily similar. It’s Enter The Gungeon!

Enter The Gungeon is now available on PlayStation 4 and Steam.

Be sure to check out new episodes of The Post Game Zone every week!

The Post Game Zone – Star Fox Zero

On this week’s episode of The Post Game Zone, Lehew takes a look at the divisive Star Fox Zero. Did the controls bug him enough to limit his play to only two hours? Well, no, but he does have some things to say.

Star Fox Zero is now available for Wii U.

Be sure to check out new episodes of The Post Game Zone every week!


The Tanooki’s Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition Giveaway!


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!

The Tanooki’s Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition Giveaway!

Help Wanted: Official Serenes Forest Podcast in development


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”


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…

Financial Results Briefing (Nintendo)

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!


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


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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