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Discussing Fire Emblem's Anniversary, Tabata's Surprise Resignation, Geno, and More

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia revisit the Fire Emblem that started it all in North America, plus talk Hajime Tabata, Geno, Diablo Immortal, and more.

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

Fire Emblem celebrated the 15th anniversary of its American debut last weekend, and Nadia and I are here to remember its highs and lows on GBA. Plus, we discuss Tabata's resignation, and take a deep dive into why in the world fans love Mario RPG's Geno so much [download link here]!

As I wroter earlier this week, Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword did an exceptionally good job of getting American fans onbord for the otherwise dense franchise. It had a good mix of memorable characters, and just enough challenge to keep hardcore fans happy, while also being accessible enough for its many newcomers. It's still my favorite in the series, and I know it holds a special place in the the hearts of many others as well.

Also in this episode, I ask Nadia to explain to me why Geno is such a requested character in Smash Bros Ultimate. And we cover the surprise departure of Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata, and offer some final thoughts on the controversial entry he helped to save.

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On the 15th anniversary of Fire Emblem's release in America, Kat and Nadia remember the first entry to make it overseas. They talk Marth and Roy's first appearance in Smash Bros. Melee, the reasons for Blazing Sword being chosen over Binding Blade, and of course, perma-death. Plus: An investigation into why Smash Bros. fans love Super Mario RPG's Geno, Hajime Tabata's shocking resignation, and more!

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Chappelle, who has also contributed the themes to Active Time Babble and Roleplayers' Realm. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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