John at Press Start Australia writes that "This is how a strategy RPG should be done. Mechanics that constantly keep giving you something to learn, some of the best visuals on the system to date, heaps of content to keep you playing for hours, and combat that never feels old. If you’re an RPG fan Fire Emblem: Awakening is the game you buy a 3DS for. If you’re a casual gamer looking for a quick game to play. This may not be for you."