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Yusuke Kozaki might not have been the guest of honor at the recent U.S. debut of the French-run Japan Expo (it was 'Evangelion' character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto), but the video game artist certainly got his fair share of attention. With last spring's "Fire Emblem: Awakening" still fresh in the gamers' 3DS', Kozaki's character designing style has become all the more recognizable. We caught up with him at Japan Expo to talk about his background, his experiences as a character designer for games, and his music tastes.
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by Joseph Leray

In conjunction with the release of Atlus' "Shin Megami Tensei IV" yesterday, Nintendo has kicked off a cross-promotional program that could net American and Canadian gamers a $30 credit on their next eShop purchase.

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Nintendo has revealed that even more downloadable content is headed to "Fire Emblem Awakening" this spring. The new maps come in addition to the content already available through the game's Outrealm Gate, and will be delivered to players for free via SpotPass. Read More...

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Is it snowing where you are? If so, four new games out this week will offer you quite a few hours of stuff to do to stave off the cabin fever. Visceral Games rounds out their Necromorph saga with "Dead Space 3," while the seemingly endless "Fire Emblem" series brings its latest entry to the 3DS.

What are you picking up this week? Or a month into 2013, are you still working off that holiday stack?

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Fire Emblem: Awakening

The Fire Emblem series has always been a bit intimidating. The franchise has been around for decades, but it's never really been able to crack the code of the western market. While the reasons it hasn't broken out in the States are debatable, one thing is clear; Fire Emblem: Awakening, the series' latest release, proves just how good strategic RPGs can be. Hopefully, Awakening will breathe new life into this storied franchise, and encourage a new mainstream appreciation for Fire Emblem, as well as the twenty plus years that have gone into crafting these games.
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Nintendo adds new games and content to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and 3DS every week, and every week we grab all the info and put it right here, so you can stay up to speed on all of Nintendo's digital offerings.

This week Wii U owners can tilt their way through "Puddle," winner at the Independent Games Festival 2010. In addition, there's a demo for Double Fine's 'The Cave" in case you've been on the fence about that one. 3DS owners are getting some love too, with "Fire Emblem Awakening" and several other games hitting the eShop. Head past the break for all the details! Read More...

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Fire Emblem: Awakening

You have to hand it to Nintendo, sometimes they can really laugh at themselves, and one simple line of text from the upcoming "Fire Emblem: Awakening" proves it.

Reggie Fils-Amie's now infamous meme from E3 2007 has officially made its way into a Nintendo game. Check out the above screenshot from "Awakening,"in it Frederick, the noble servant and personal bodyguard of Chrom, clearly states that "my body is ready" while conversing with the player's character. Unlike Reggie's declaration, Frederick is ready to taste some bear meat instead of step on the Wii Balance Board. The line comes as part of the game's support conversation system, an option where members of your party can converse with each other to strengthen their personal bonds, which translate to better teamwork on the battlefield.
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By Joseph Leray

Nintendo kindly released a handy -- and awkwardly narrated -- introduction to some of “Fire Emblem: Awakening”’s more nuanced mechanics: support and “pair up.”

Both mechanics depend on smart troop placement to increase individual units effectiveness in battle, adding a unique spin on “Fire Emblem”’s tactical RPG formula. The video does a really good job of explaining complex tactics in simple language, and -- if I’m understanding correctly -- players could conceivably set up four-on-one encounters.
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When "Fire Emblem: Awakening" hits store shelves on February 4th it won't be alone. Nintendo has revealed a special limited edition, blue 3DS complete with stylish Fire Emblem artwork emblazoned on the lid. Oh yea, it also comes with the game pre-installed. Read More...

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