E3 2016: EA Press Conference Live Stream

Watch live video from EA on www.twitch.tv

The week’s major E3 press conferences kick off this afternoon with EA’s briefing at 1pm PT. You can watch the stream above, courtesy of EA’s Twitch channel.

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The Post Game Zone: Dark Souls III

On this week’s episode of The Post Game Zone, Trevon can’t seem to get enough of that good old torture with the masochistic Dark Souls III.

Dark Souls III is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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

The Post Game Zone: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

On this episode of The Post Game Zone, Trevon and Lehew sit down to discuss the end of the Uncharted series (or maybe not, because you know… money to be made by Sony): It’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is now available physically and digitally for PlayStation 4.

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


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)