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Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright by Nintendo






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Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 9.
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  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Category: Strategy

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Two kingdoms are on the brink of war. Whose side will you choose? Torn between two families, you're an heir of Hoshido, raised by Nohrian royals. If you walk the path of Birthright, you'll battle the corrupted king of Nohr beside a family of strangers. Command them expertly and forge deep relationships to master this turn-based strategy game.


Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

Learning The Price Of Victory
by Javy Gwaltney

Fight tactical battles and make hard decisions while forging peace between two kingdoms


Character models are fuzzy, but the environments and cutscenes are incredible


The voice acting is nothing special, but the orchestral soundtrack is fantastic


Initiative and experimentation are required to learn the systems, but they all snap together in a satisfying way


Birthright takes Awakening's combination of narrative flexibility and tactical strategy and makes it even better



What does "family" mean? Is it the people we're related to by blood or is the ones we grow close to? Is blood stronger than bond? Fire Emblem Fates, much like its predecessor Awakening, does not shy away from asking hard questions or forcing players into difficult predicaments. This strategy/RPG hybrid puts you in control of a growing army, but your forces aren't composed of nameless infantry units. Instead these soldiers have names, personalities, and are capable of falling in love. They're well-rounded, lovable characters whose very fates lay in your hands.

Fire Emblem Fates succeeds as both a tactics game and a story generator, letting your decisions in and out of battle determine how the lives of these people play out. Perhaps you have to give up your childhood friend's life for the greater good. Maybe you dislike certain characters and deliberately send them to their dooms. Maybe you're just a fantastic commander who can keep every single one of your troops alive and happy. The flexibility of Fates' structure works together with you, so you're constantly spinning a tale; it makes you a general and a storyteller at the same time, and the combination works well.

Birthright is one of two versions of Fire Emblem Fates (with a third on the way as DLC), that casts you as a kidnapped noble of Hoshido who has been reunited with the family you were born into, waging war against the kingdom who kidnapped you and raised you as a child, Nohr. Though you do spend the majority of time fighting battles against Nohr, your character's main goal is to bring about peace between the two kingdoms - but life doesn't always go according to plan.

Birthright is a surprisingly dark tale, even grimmer than Awakening, with tragic moments that filled me with anger and sadness as I watched my poor protagonist and her siblings undergo trials and lose friends. The story is certainly in the mold of a classic adventure that pits good against evil, but it tethered me emotionally to my band of heroes, misfits, and adopted loners, which made the hard parts of the story devastating and the victories that much more meaningful.

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A brand new Fire Emblem experience is on its way for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. For the first time ever, your customized avatar is the main hero. An army of knights, mages, archers and more are at your command in the most tactical battles in series history. Each unit and weapon has strengths and weaknesses you must consider for every foe you face. Partner allies on the battlefield so they can support each other in combat. Building relationships is key - the closer your allies become, the better they'll fight together. Their future is at your command, but first you must make the most important decision in the history of Fire Emblem.

  • For the first time in the Fire Emblem series, your customized avatar is the main character (Prince or Princess of Hoshido Kingdom)
  • Epic storyline centered on your avatar, forced to choose between bloodline and family who raised you.
  • New "My Castle" area to interact with your allies and build stronger relationships
  • Have StreetPass encounters with other players to visit their My Castle
  • Tap in corresponding Fire Emblem amiibo figures and Marth, Ike, Lucina, and Robin will appear in your game, ready for you to battle and recruit

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome game Really like the gameplay. Great graphics, great story, and cool characters. I have to admit I'm addicted to it its awesome.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully made, all around great game. Just love the Fire Emblem franchise so I bought this and was not disappointed. The games keep getting more interesting.
Date published: 2016-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable good.. I was on the debate over getting this game mainly because I just decided on if it would be good because of fire emblem awakening. I open the game put it in my system watch the opening and ever since been addicted to it. Still haven't even beat it. I normally don't write reviews until the end of the game but I figured that this game can't go wrong at any point. Well enough with how I feel about it. Let's talked about the gameplay on chapter 5 got me stuck for a bit but it was a good thing because it got me use to the difference between fire emblem awakening and birthright. Graphic for the character are definitely are not the best but the cut screen definitely make up for it.
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Weak Link For Fire Emblem Let me preface this by saying I have been a fan of Fire Emblem since the first English release, and have played through every English released Fire Emblem (except this new trio). This game has the ability to grind EXP, a nice feature that is in several other Fire Emblems (Sacred Stones, Awakening, and Revelation). The main difference between this game and Conquest is the difficulty scaling. While this game allows you to grind and goes up gradually throughout, Conquest's difficulty basically goes from a slight incline to a sheer cliff within a few chapters. The classes, weapons, and character design threw me for a bit at first, as though they are all virtually the exact same as some Traditional Fire Emblem/Conquest classes and weapons, they look and are named different. Oni Savage = Fighter, Lances = Naginatas, etc. I mentioned it in my Conquest review, and will mention it again here, but in my opinion the new Dragon Veins feature is a complete gimmick, and I do not enjoy it that much. Some chapters are increased in difficulty by it, and some the "bonuses" or effects they provide are negligible. This game is by no means a bad game, I enjoyed it, and it is most definitely better than Conquest (I have a review of that game as well), in the way of difficulty scaling and fairness. However, this game is weaker than Revelation, and the entire Fates trio is weaker than Awakening by a good margin. I like this game, don't get me wrong, but by no means is it better than Fire Emblem Awakening. A good game, but definitely not the best Fire Emblem.
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This game was outstanding I got this game with the digital bundle with birthright and conquest. So far I have only completed birthright and the story was phenomenal. The gameplay was so smooth and fluid. The graphics were amazing for the 3DS. You get attached to the characters in the game and want the best for them, yet its a war and with war comes tragedy. The end was such a bittersweet one. I highly recommend this game for anyone that enjoys turn based strategy games. For the hardcore gamers the classic mode was a great addition to the game. If your characters fall in battle they are gone for good. The phoenix mode was a great addition for the beginner gamers. Your units revive after the enemy's turn. The game as a whole is absolutely amazing.
Date published: 2016-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition to the fire emblem series I loved awakening so I jumped on this one when I saw it was coming out. The 3 paths that branch out between the 3 games is really intriguing. The first 6 chapters are the same between the 3 and feel kinda clunky at first but one you choose your path, birthright, conquest or revelation, the story really starts to shine. Birthright is the easiest of the 3, giving you ample opportunities to level up and build relationships with your army. I enjoyed it, and I don't like strategy game but the fire emblem series and project x zone I really like.
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best installment of the Fire Emblem series Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is not only one of, if not the best, entry of the Fire Emblem series. It is a perfect introduction game for anyone looking to get into the series with stellar graphics and sound, fantastic gameplay and a story that is both entertaining and heart wrenching. I highly recommend playing on classic mode with perma-death as it makes you think much more strategically about each move you make and hurts so much harder when you make the wrong choice and your unit falls for good. If you are looking for a game on the more challenging side, I recommend Conquest, but if not, Fire Emblem Birthright is the perfect game for you.
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fire Emblem Does It Again! This review is from a very passionate and hardcore Fire Emblem fan, so I will be equally passionate in writing a fair and unbiased review. Firstly, I would like to point out that my TRUE overall score of this game would be a 9/10 (or more accurately, an 8.5/10), however, I gave it a 10 to counteract the terrible and unfair review another customer gave. This game is part of a long running franchise, and the beauty of the franchise is that it achieved something very few other franchises have achieved, with each sequel, the games got better and better. However, truthfully, this was not the case with Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, and I say this only because Fire Emblem: Awakening set the bar SO high. This game is still very good for both fans of the franchise, and even better for those wishing to get into the franchise, as this is probably THE BEST entry level Fire Emblem game (not to be mistaken with Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, as this is reserved for only expert Fire Emblem players as there are limited amounts of resources). The story is lack luster compared to most Fire Emblem games, however, it is interesting and still entertaining enough to merit playing through each story mission with an eagerness to find out what happens next. Gameplay, as always, is phenomenal, and requires varying levels of tactical thinking, depending on the mission and difficulty you pick; normal being for very casual gamers, hard being for casual gamers who still want a tactical challenge, and Intense being for Fire Emblem fans wishing for a true tactical challenge (while no where near as hard as Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest's Hard difficulty, it is still fun because of the potential unlimited gold and experience you can farm in Fire Emblem: Birthright). This is also a key factor when selecting between the two games; Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is a challenging, more hardcore game with limited experience and gold available in the world (unless you indulge in DLC), and is fun for those who wish to experience the classic Fire Emblem experience (being any Fire Emblem game preceding Fire Emblem: Awakening). However, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is for those who wish to play a Fire Emblem game for the first time, or for us fans who liked the Fire Emblem: Awakening experience, such as farming unlimited gold and experience, obtaining various skills, and maxing out our characters' stats without having to worry about being forced to select certain characters to play as (as Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest forces people to have to select the higher end, and/or "stronger-in-the-now" characters due to its limited experience and gold available to disperse among it's characters). Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright allows me to play through my game and level any character I desire, buy any weapons, staves, items, etc. that my heart wishes to gorge itself on, and it also allows me to rest my mind in knowing that I can max out all of my character's stats eventually. This game by no means requires you to purchase Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest or Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations to enjoy the full experience of the new Fire Emblems. It is very fun, perfect for casual and expert players (on hard or intense difficulty, mind you) and you can experience a better Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright experience by purchasing some or all of the DLC, which offers exclusive mission rewards such as legendary weapons to further your strength, rare skills to grant to your warriors to best your enemies from a new angle, and even DLC exclusive character classes that offer many great things. The most notable DLC that is a "must-buy" for both games, ESPECIALLY Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is the gold farming mission and the experience farming mission. This will patch Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest's limited experience and gold issue, and will make Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright even more casual or fun with an easier ability to customize and max out your characters. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who wants to play a fun, portable game with many great features that even I left out (I'm not going to do everything for you, buy the game and find out).
Date published: 2016-03-17
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