The difficulty level in Fire Emblem Awakening goes straight from 0 to 11 in one step. On Normal mode I was one-shot killing everything in sight during the final battle, but on Hard, I can barely survive the first few battles.

I shudder to imagine how brutal Insane+ mode must be.

Usually I would not be ready to play on a higher difficulty setting so soon after beating the game, but the leveling and combat system in this Fire Emblem is extremely rewarding. I am excited to unlock some of the really cool skills to use on the stronger foes in my new save file.

If you do play the game, I recommend avoiding grinding too much. It is fun collecting neat skills and passing them down to the second generation, but the game becomes mind numbingly easy as a result.