By Kyle Emch / February 3rd, 2013
Fire Emblem: Awakening is almost upon us. In less than 24 more hours, the game will be available at GameStop stores and on the Nintendo eShop. Hell, Nintendo of America even went out of their way to promote the game with an English commercial. This is the first time they’ve done this in a while. In fact, the Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) could only find one other Fire Emblem commercial in English for this week’s Retro Wrap-Up. So for this week, enjoy the very first (and previously only) English Fire Emblem commercial.
Here are the highlights from last week.
Sony teased some upcoming news regarding the ‘Future of PlayStation’ set for February 20th. As you can imagine, rumors of Sony’s next console flew out the woodwork.
On the subject of rumors, a picture of a GameStop poster popped up on the internet showing release dates for various titles, including The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, and Pikmin 3.
The Suidoken Revival Movement talks about how Nintendo designed the Wii U, claiming that there’s a method in their madness.
Cerulean Noreleth reviews Symphony of the Origin for Android/iOS, Jonathan Higgins reviews Ikachan for the eShop, Brad Williams reviews Strike Suit Zero for the PC, and Phil Schipper reviews Destinia for Android/iOS in this week’s Games of the Past review.
After Nintendo proclaimed that they won’t cut the price of the Wii U in the foreseeable future, Costco decided to throw a monkey wrench in the system.
Joel McCabe and Brad Williams talked about the Wii U Virtual Console’s backwards compatibility in a joint–editorial.
In addition, Joe McCabe brings us a special review of the video game rental service GameFly.
XSEED announces a ton of localized games, including Rune Factory 4, Ys I and II Chronicles+, and more.
Oscar Tong talks about how Girls und Panzer might just be the sleeper hit of Autumn 2012.
Will Whitehurst takes a look at Devil Hunter Yokho in this week’s Anime of the Past.
David Rawlings shows us some pretty sweet video game music covers in this week’s Scattered Showers.
Aksys Games announces its plans for Muramasa Rebirth for the PlayStation Vita.
Crystal Baltimore and friends talk about various video game endings in our first installment of Crystal’s Corner.
Nintendo announced that it will throw more support towards localizing 3rd party 3DS titles from Japan. Hopefully, this includes titles like Bravely Default and Fantasy Life.
Episode 7 of The Downpour Podcast was released this week, which is LOADED with spoilers for Xenoblade Chronicles. If you don’t want to be spoiled, turned back now.
EBGames decided to break the street date for Fire Emblem: Awakening in Canada, having released the article earlier last week. Lucky Canadian bastards.
Taylor Holt makes his OpRainfall debut with a review of Ni No Kuni in this episode of Shinkara.
Jeff Neuenschwander takes a look at Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, Wildman, and more in this week’s Crowdfunding Spotlight.
Rockman Xover might not come to international markets thanks to a very vocal backlash to the game. Never thought that’d ever happen.
Finally, people started claiming that Nintendo ‘un-announced’ Monolith Soft’s new game for international release after reading a bit too much into a Nintendo’s Financial Results Briefng for 2012. Our own Jonathan Higgins tells everyone to take a chill pill.
Don’t forget to show XSEED your thanks for releasing The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower in North America.
It’s not too late to Pre-order Fire Emblem!
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