Fire Emblem Awakening is the eleventh game in the strategic role-playing Fire Emblem game series and was released exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS. The player character is customizable and canonically suffers from amnesia which lessens as the story progresses. Players have debated the pros and cons of adding same-sex options to the Fire Emblem relationship system, referencing queer readings of earlier titles (see Fire Emblem entries in the archive). In response to the lack of same-sex relationship options in Fire Emblem Awakening, UnassumingVenasaur, a fan of the game, designed a game hack/modification that adds same sex marriage options as well the ability for same-sex couples to have children.
UnassumingVenasaur also designed a game hack/modification that does the same things as the Awakening hack, but for Fire Emblem Fates.
LGBTQ references in this game series:
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (1999): Marty and Dagdar
See also QRM’s entry for this game series
- Various. (2013, February 7). Nintendo on Gay relationships (Fire Emblem Awakening). Reddit Forums (r/gaymers). Retrieved from https://www.reddit.com/r/gaymers/comments/18262l/nintendo_on_gay_relationships_fire_emblem/
- Brad Gallaway. (2013, March 15). Fire Emblem: M/Str8 > F/LGBT. Gamecritics. Retrieved from https://gamecritics.com/brad-gallaway/fire-emblem-m-str8-f-lgbt/
- Various. (n.d.). Homosexuality in Fire Emblem. GameFAQs Wiki. Retrieved from http://gfaqsfea.wikia.com/wiki/Homosexuality
- UnassumingVenusaur. (2015, November 25). GBATemp Forums. Fire Emblem Awakening Same-Sex Marriage. Retrieved from http://gbatemp.net/threads/fire-emblem-awakening-same-sex-marriage-more.404061/
- UnassumingVenusaur. (2016, February 11). Update for Gay Awakening Hack FINALLY Ready! Version .0.2.0. Tumblr blog. Retrieved from http://unassumingvenusaur.tumblr.com/post/139154013980/update-for-gay-awakening-hack-finally-ready
- UnassumingVenusaur. (2016, February 24). Fire Emblem Fates Expanded Same-Sex Marriage Patch [WIP]. Retrieved July 27, 2020, from https://gbatemp.net/threads/fire-emblem-fates-expanded-same-sex-marriage-patch-wip.416109/
UnassumingVenusaur. (2017, January 2017). Gay Awakening. Youtube Video Playlist. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRL6ql_rYA2OSlzBMGMLdPaB6GMZ5_JMg