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Fire Emblem If is going to be real easy to play

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Fire Emblem If

If you’ve got a Nintendo 3DS and you haven’t played Fire Emblem: Awakening, then there might be something wrong with you. It’s one of the finest handheld strategy/marriage simulator games to ever grace a handheld, looks gorgeous and pretty much saved a doomed franchise thanks to its gripping story and deep gameplay. A sequel was naturally greenlit after Fire Emblem: Awakening hit the big time, and it sounds like this particular entry in the franchise is going to be even more inviting to new players.

According to Famitsu magazine via Gematsu, Fire Emblem If will introduce new modes to make the game that much easier. Or less emotionally sadistic, as losing Tharja in a campaign with the infamous permadeath mode in play was my Tali moment on the 3DS. Phoenix Mode will revive any fallen units on the next turn, while Casual Mode will revive temporarily deceased allies once a battle has ended. They’re not dead, they’re merely pining for the fjords!

In addition to all that, weapons can now be used without having to worry if they’ll break down or not. In Awakening, weapons could only perform so many strikes, which placed an emphasis on economic management of your resources before each battle. I’d spend several minutes before each battle checking that I had enough swords, bows and spears in my caravan which were obtained easily enough throughout the game.

Another new feature will be seen in the way that royal characters use their Dragon Pulse ability to alter the battlefield. Such ideas being floated around include earthquakes, destroying a mountain or messing with bridges. Should be interesting to see if that adds any depth to the gameplay in light of the new beginner-friendly modes on offer.

Fire Emblem If is out in Japan on June 26. A Western release date still needs to be set.

Last Updated: May 14, 2015

12 Comments

  1. Oh for fjordsakes

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  2. Kensei Seraph

    May 14, 2015 at 08:46

    Perma-death + limited-use weapon?
    I suddenly feel like I need a real challenge.

    *Is trying to get a file transfer time estimate to work*
    F**k all challenges.

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 14, 2015 at 08:48

      Tell them, “it’s just an estimate” and ship as is.

      Reply

    • Lord Chaos

      May 14, 2015 at 08:50

      a = total file size
      b = file size copied.
      start thread, you can then get a guesstimate on remaining for the time it has already copied.

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      • Kensei Seraph

        May 14, 2015 at 08:59

        Estimated time = 0,2 seconds.
        Actual time = 27 seconds.
        The files are being passed through to a webservice which then returns their ID.

        Reply

        • Lord Chaos

          May 14, 2015 at 09:01

          *100, check in, deny everything.

          Reply

  3. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 14, 2015 at 08:46

    If what? O_o

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  4. Hammersteyn

    May 14, 2015 at 09:01

    • The D

      May 14, 2015 at 09:08

      MY MOM!

      Reply

      • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

        May 14, 2015 at 09:18

        Oh Screw your Mom! No. Wait…

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 14, 2015 at 09:35

        XD

        Reply

  5. Dutch-Trevor Matrix

    May 14, 2015 at 09:20

    That girl is showing way too much leg…

    Reply

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