So how would you describe the difficulty levels? I'm just starting the game.
I played through Path of Radiance on Normal with no real trouble, and got partway through Radiant Dawn on Normal before I stopped playing due to disinterest.
When Awakening says Hard is for "experienced players" does it mean me? XCOM said something similar about Classic difficulty, except it turns out that means Classic is at least 10 times more difficult than Normal, and you have to play very conservatively or else the odds are wildly against you.
It says Normal is for "series beginners", and I generally know my way around a weapon triangle and seeing how far enemies can be expected to move and all that.
Basically, will Normal feel too much like a cakewalk for babies? Or conversely, will Hard suck the fun out of my first playthrough of the game by causing me to fail chapters over and over in the early-to-mid game until I figure out exactly how the systems work in this Fire Emblem?