Fire Emblem Awakening out on 3DS in North America in early February

You may relax — gaming will continue throughout the cold winter months of 2013.

Nintendo is ensuring that we’ll have something to play when it releases Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS in North America on Feb. 4.

During its online streaming broadcast, called Nintendo Direct, the publisher detailed more info about the Intelligent Systems fantasy game. It will continue the long legacy of the strategy role-playing franchise, which centers on military tactics, epic stories, and permanent death for characters.

Intelligent Systems debuted the Fire Emblem series in the early ’90s and produced many sequels. The studio’s other strategy game, Advance Wars, features similar gameplay but avoids most of Fire Emblem’s role-playing elements.

Many critics and gamers place both Advance Wars and Fire Emblem among the finest in the turn-based strategy genre.

Fire Emblem: Awakening will retail for $39.99.

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