USgamer's RPG Podcast: Fire Emblem and a Discussion of the Switch's RPGs

Nadia and Kat goof on one another about Final Fantasy IV and Persona 4 Golden, then settle in to talk Switch and Fire Emblem.

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Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey. You can find the previous episodes here.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), Kat and Nadia have a belated Switch conversation and discuss the rise, fall, and rise of Fire Emblem in North America. Plus: Another Persona 4 Golden Report!


If you're wondering what took so long, it's mostly down to the fact that we had to record last week's episode early because Nadia was actually going to be on-site. We've since had a lot to say about the Switch, some of which we cover again in this episode. But we also talk at some length about the Switch's RPG launch lineup, which is already looking decent from a Japanese perspective. Xenoblade 2? Dragon Quest XI? Yes please!

Also in this episode: I recount Fire Emblem's up and down history in the west! We talk about riding scooters in Persona 4 Golden! Nadia admonishes me for not remember to use the Twinharp in my Final Fantasy IV Let's Play! And we somehow get to talking about ramen somehow!

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Kat and Nadia goof on one another for their travails in Final Fantasy IV and Persona 4 Golden (and talk about curry) before settling down to look at the Switch's announced RPG lineup and its long-term prospects. After that, it's on to Fire Emblem as Kat lays out the franchise's decline and subsequent revival and talks about the newly-announced games. Have comments or questions about the show? Email us at or PM me. We may read your letter on the show.

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  • Avatar for daverhodus #1 daverhodus A year ago
    3D World is total Yakety Sax.
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  • Avatar for Stealth20k #2 Stealth20k A year ago
    Can you add timestamps to future episodes?
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  • Avatar for NateDizzy #3 NateDizzy A year ago
    Hot takes for everyone!
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #4 Jonnyboy407 A year ago
    Hawt takes.

    I'm super stoked for Switch but they sure as shit shoulda shown more games. They needed more western focused software - something that's not "us too" software like CoD or Madden
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #5 riderkicker A year ago
    Not having Skyrim at launch is a really poor choice on Nintendo and Bethesda's part, as many people have played the game already. Unless this is supposed to be an oasis in the midst of the standard desert. But then again, considering how glitchy Bethesda games are, maybe Skyrim will have to be worked on for the extra seven months.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #6 riderkicker A year ago
    On Gundam, I'm playing through War Chronicle 0081. Interesting tale.Edited January 2017 by riderkicker
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  • Avatar for Kat.Bailey #7 Kat.Bailey A year ago
    @riderkicker I found it to be more or less a rehash of 0083
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  • Avatar for hiptanaka #8 hiptanaka A year ago
    When you say you hope they make a hardware revision of Nintendo Switch in this episode, what are the changes you would want to see? I think the Switch hardware looks fantastic, already. Probably the best looking Nintendo hardware I've seen, and it feels sturdy, too, from what I've heard.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #9 riderkicker A year ago
    @Kat.Bailey It was at least better written than some of the other series I played through. Shrug.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #10 riderkicker A year ago
    I hope Nadia got her download of Person 3 Portable.
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #11 Jonnyboy407 A year ago
    @hiptanaka I like the hardware design too but I hope they one day do a more portable focused version. Kind of have a family of systems like 2ds/3DS/new 3ds
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  • Avatar for hiptanaka #12 hiptanaka A year ago
    @Jonnyboy407 Iwata said things in 2014 that implies they might:

    "Apple has a common platform called iOS. Another example is Android. Though there are various models, Android does not face software shortages because there is one common way of programming on the Android platform that works with various models. The point is, Nintendo platforms should be like those two examples. Whether we will ultimately need just one device will be determined by what consumers demand in the future, and that is not something we know at the moment. However, we are hoping to change and correct the situation in which we develop games for different platforms individually..."

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  • Avatar for FTLMantis #13 FTLMantis A year ago
    I'm glad Fire Emblem has found a bigger audience, but personally haven't enjoyed the last few games as much as I had hoped to, to the extent that I haven't been able to bring myself to finish any of the campaigns from Fates. That said, I'm perfectly happy to give the series one last shot at clicking for me again before I just decide to replay FE12 on loop for the rest of my life. We'll see!
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #14 Jonnyboy407 A year ago
    @hiptanaka I remember it well! :D

    Here's hoping that we see it happen!
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  • Avatar for Taesoawful #15 Taesoawful A year ago
    Nadia, the reason why Xenoblade 1 was British was because Nintendo of Europe picked up the bill on localization, and then NoA ported the job over because it cost less.

    This only worked the way it did because NoE, NoA, and NoJ are essentially autonomous in handling their regions with their own budgets and guidelines.
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  • Avatar for TheeAP #16 TheeAP A year ago
    I'm really looking forward to Fire Emblem on Switch. My favorite localized Fire Emblem games were the Radiant series on GameCube/Wii. I know I'm in the giant minority there. Outside of brutally few character interactions/relationships, I loved the tactics of Radiant Dawn.

    No better feeling than clearing a massive late-game map after an hour of struggle. ... No worse feeling than losing a character in the second-to-last move and needing to hit reset.
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