Fire Emblem was in a bad place, but Awakening revitalized the series. Intelligent Systems revamped various aspects of Fire Emblem with Awakening in order to appeal to more people. A Casual Mode, returning from the Japanese only remake of FE3, allowed players to enjoy the game without the fear of permadeath. Support conversations were revamped, with marriage options and children from the future excited new players and series veterans alike. Finally, players could grind, alleviating the series’ notorious difficulty. There’s a reason future FEs take inspiration from Awakening, as Awakening’s formula brought the series to the forefront of gamers’ minds.

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