What with Fire Emblem: Fates coming out in Japan in one week and confirmed to be coming to the US and Europe some time next year, it occurred to me to look and see if this series had a thread... and it didn't. But now it does! Fire Emblem is more of a thematically linked franchise than a proper series - all of the games are strategy RPGs with medieval fantasy settings and common core combat mechanics, but there are multiple distinct game worlds and no guaranteed recurring elements between titles (Unlike the Zelda series, for example, there usually isn't a Marth). Since capturing our hearts in Super Smash Bros Melee, most of the entries in the franchise have come out stateside, with the notable exception of New Mystery of the Emblem for DS. Almost every title available in English is a good starting point, so just pick up what you can get your hands on. Unless it's Shadow Dragon. Maybe avoid that one. But enough talk! Here's 30 minutes of Nintendo employees not knowing how to play the game: And here's 10 minutes of Brian Altano trying to understand this mysterious weeaboo nonsense: What's interesting about Fates in particular is that there are two plot routes, being released Pokémon style in Japan with two games, with a third route available as DLC. Japan is also getting a limited edition release of one cartridge containing all three routes - there are indications that this might be what America gets, as there's only one Fates in the US and European catalog that we know of. Regardless, suckers like myself fans will assuredly be able to get access to every route in some fashion, along with additional DLC missions that will invariably involve tonally bizarre joke plots. Anybody else been dumb enough to already preorder their copy, or otherwise excited for Eugenics Simulator 2016?