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.
Anyone planning to enter the fray to defend the Halidom of Ylisse (what a mouthful!) will need to learn these mechanics sooner or later to avoid defeat: “Fire Emblem” has traditionally used a permadeath rule, meaning that once a unit or soldier is defeated in battle, he or she is gone forever.
If the idea of losing your favorite Pegasus lancer forever worries you, don’t fret: a free demo is available on the 3DS eShop, so you should have plenty of time to practice before “Fire Emblem: Awakening” gets released on February 4th.