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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

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Shadows of Valentia

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Developer(s)

Intelligent Systems

Publisher(s)

Nintendo

Release date(s)

JP April 20, 2017
US May 19, 2017
EU May 19, 2017

Rating(s)

CERO: B
ESRB: T
PEGI: 12
USK: 12

Platform(s)

Nintendo 3DS

Predecessor

Fire Emblem Fates

Successor

Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Japanese: ファイアーエムブレム Echoes もうひとりの英雄王 Fire Emblem Echoes: Another Hero-King) is an upcoming turn-based strategy role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS system. It is a remake of the NES title Fire Emblem Gaiden, the second game in the Fire Emblem series.[1]

Plot

As a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia recounts the general story of Gaiden. The remake expands the script and roles of characters significantly.

Like the original, it is set in Valentia in the centuries after the clash between the sibling gods, Mila and Duma. After swearing to go their separate ways, the gods created their own kingdoms: Duma's harsh and militaristic nation of Rigel in the north, and Mila's hedonistic kingdom of Zofia in the south. The game follows Alm and Celica, a pair of childhood friends, as they conduct separate campaigns during a time of crisis in Valentia.

Gameplay

New features

Although the game's engine appears to be based off of those of Fire Emblem Awakening and Fates, Shadows of Valentia is set to be a departure from the gameplay of both games as official materials emphasize that many of the elements that made Gaiden a unique title will be returning. Specifically mentioned are: free-roaming world map, dungeons,[2] and flexible character progression.

Pre-release screenshots have also indicated that the magic stat is completely absent, like the original game. Other new features include the world map now featuring the passage of time, represented as a date. This is similar to the original Gaiden's world map having a turn count. The new Mila's Turnwheel artifact allows players to undo mistakes by rewinding their actions. Units can also learn abilities from their equipped weapons by using that weapon often. The game also has amiibo compatibility similar to Fire Emblem Fates, though the allies summoned from amiibo in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia are not permanent members of the party and vanish after one turn.

The official website also states the game is fully voiced,[3] which would mark this game as the first mainline Fire Emblem series title to have full voice acting.

Characters

The entire playable cast of Gaiden returns for the remake, with the addition of two brand new playable characters, Faye, for Alm's party, and Conrad, for Celica's party. This brings the total playable roster to 34 characters in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Additionally three new antagonists appear in the remake, Berkut, Rinea, and Fernand. Most bosses also return in the remake, with the exception of Shizas, who is replaced by Berkut in Chapter 4.

Chapters

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia introduces an additional prologue and a postgame chapter to the original game's five chapters.

Support and Base Conversations

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia introduces both base and support conversations to the game, neither of which existed in Gaiden. These conversations expand on the existing cast. Additionally, Memory Fragments, when combined with Mila's Turnwheel, provide further character interactions, though these take place in the past rather than the present.

Development

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was revealed in the Fire Emblem Direct alongside Fire Emblem Heroes on the 18th of January 2017 at 2PM PT/5PM ET. During the direct gameplay footage, animated cutscenes, and character artwork of Alm and Celica were shown.

In Japan, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will also be available in two special editions: the more basic Limited Edition contains the game, a soundtrack CD, a download code for early downloadable content, and a TCG Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher) card featuring Alm. The Valentia Complete edition includes all of the Limited Edition's contents, as well as another Cipher card featuring Celica, a copy of the Valentia Artbook, a collection of concept art from the game, and a Blu-Ray copy of the Fire Emblem HD Movie Collection, featuring high-definition cutscenes from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia itself, Radiant Dawn, Awakening, and Fates.[4]

Outside of Japan, the game has received one Limited Edition, featuring the game itself, the Valentia art book, a reversible cover featuring the original Fire Emblem Gaiden artwork, a pixel art pin set, and a sound selection CD.[5] The international Limited Edition unfortunately does not include the Fire Emblem HD Movie Collection, DLC codes, or trading cards from the Japanese Editions. Though the pixel art pin set is exclusive to international Limited Editions. Additionally, the European Limited Edition comes bundled with one Alm amiibo and one Celica amiibo.

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be the first title in the Fire Emblem series to be localized for Chinese markets, featuring both Traditional and Simplified Chinese versions of the script. The announcement of the Chinese version, released on February 12th 2017, also confirmed that the spinoff Fire Emblem Warriors would receive Chinese localizations.[6] This follows the introduction of the Fire Emblem series to the South Korean market with Fates.

On April 4th 2017 the Japanese version of Echoes: Shadows of Valentia leaked on the internet, sixteen days before its official Japanese release.

Trivia

  • Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is currently scheduled to have the shortest wait between Japanese and international release of a mainline Fire Emblem series title yet, with English-speaking fans having to wait a mere 29 days after the Japanese release. The most quickly localized game previously was Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, whose first international version to be released, the PAL localization, was released five months after the Japanese version.
The logo for this "game".
  • For April Fools' 2017, a new game called "Fire Emblem: Battle of Revolution" (Japanese: ファイアーエムブレム 維新大乱) was announced, for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS. It prominently features Valbar, Kamui, and Leon. It takes place in the Edo period of Japan. Some text on the website is in traditional vertical writing, and all character and location names were written in kanji with the katakana names as furigana. DLC featuring Marth in was also announced for "Battle of Revolution". There would also be scrolls as a limited bonus. It was stated to be released on April 20, 2017, the same date as Shadows of Valentia.[7]

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Valentia is the name of the continent the game is set on. An echo is a repeated sound, possibly referring to its remake status.
Japanese ファイアーエムブレム Echoes もうひとりの英雄王 Fire Emblem Echoes: Another Hero-King
The term "Hero-King" is used to refer to Marth in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow and Fire Emblem Awakening, the significance of this is currently unknown, but appears to be drawing parallels between Alm and Marth.
Spanish Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia --
French Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia --
German Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia --
Italian Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia --
Chinese Fire Emblem Echoes 另一位英雄王 Fire Emblem Echoes: Another Hero-King

Gallery

Pre-release screenshots

References

  1. "In 1992, the second game in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Gaiden, launched exclusively in Japan. Now, for the first time, fans outside of Japan will get a taste of this classic game on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is inspired by the 1992 original, reimagined on a grander scale." — Nintendo, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, nintendo.com(webpage), Published: January 18th 2017, Retrieved: January 19th 2017
  2. "Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia recreates classic Fire Emblem gameplay with a modern twist, mixing in exploration of dungeons crawling with enemies." — Nintendo, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, nintendo.com(webpage), Published: January 18th 2017, Retrieved: January 19th 2017
  3. "Every aspect of the Fire Emblem Gaiden game's presentation has been updated, along with the game being fully voiced." — Nintendo, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, nintendo.com(webpage), Published: January 18th 2017, Retrieved: January 19th 2017
  4. VincentASM, Fire Emblem Echoes Trailer Info + Analysis, Serenes Forest, Published: 2017-1-18, Retrieved: 2017-2-13
  5. "*Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition Includes:
    • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Game
    • A Hardcover Valentia Artbook
    • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Sound Selection CD
    • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Pin Set depicting characters Alm, Celica and Marth
    • Reversible cover sheet that looks like the packaging for the original Famicom game this new one is based on" — Gamestop, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition, gamestop.com
  6. VincentASM, Fire Emblem Echoes and Warriors Receiving Official Chinese Translations, Serenes Forest, Published: 2017-02-13
  7. ファイアーエムブレム 維新大乱 | 任天堂, Wayback Machine (archived from Nintendo.co.jp on 31 March), Retrieved: 2 April 2017

External links

Fire Emblem series
Main series Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightGaidenMystery of the EmblemGenealogy of the Holy WarThracia 776The Binding BladeFire EmblemThe Sacred StonesPath of RadianceRadiant DawnAwakeningFatesFire Emblem for Nintendo Switch
Remakes Shadow DragonNew Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and ShadowEchoes: Shadows of Valentia
Other BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War ChroniclesMario Kart: Double Dash!! bonus discFire Emblem Heroes
Crossover games Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UCode Name: S.T.E.A.M.Project X Zone 2Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FEFire Emblem Warriors
Versions and releases List of regional version differencesLocalization of the Fire Emblem series
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Playable characters AlmAtlasBoeyCatriaCelicaClairCliveConradDeenDyuteEstFayeForsythGennyGrayJesseKamuiKliffLeonLukasLuthierMathildaMaeMycenNomahPallaPythonSaberSilqueSonyaTeetaTobinValbarZeak
Non-playable characters HarkLipricaMassenaMilaRima IV (TBA)
Bosses BerkutBlyConstructDahhaDeenDesaixDolkDyuteDumaFernandGahhaGanephGarcieGazelGriethHesteJamilJedahJerowmLosoMagnamMarlaMeularMichaelNuibabaRineaRudlfSaizoSlaydeSonyaTatraWolfZackZeak (TBA)
Regalia and personal weapons FalchionGradivusMercuriusParthiaRoyal SwordThe Zofia (TBA)
Chapters P: Alm and Celica • 1: To Zofia! • 2: Celica's Leave • 3: Liberty War • 4: Dismal Nation • 5: Reunion, Yet...Chapter 6
Locations ValentiaRigel (Fear ShrineHidden ShrineLost WoodsTower of Duma) • Zofia (Deliverance HideoutDragon TempleForest TempleMila TempleSea ShrineThieves' Shrine) • ArchaneaThabes (TBA)
Groups, objects and concepts DeliveranceMila's TurnwheelTerrors (TBA)
Related topics Name chart • Other games (GaidenShadow Dragon and the Blade of LightAwakening) • TimelineUnused contentWorld map