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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

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

Though it presumably recounts the story of Fire Emblem Gaiden, few substantial details about the game's plot have been confirmed yet. So far it has been confirmed that, 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

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.

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

Presumably the majority of Gaiden's cast from the original game will appear. There is also at least one new Villager character, shown in the trailer with the name (Japanese: エフィ Efi), known as Faye in English screenshots, introduced into the game and was not present in the original.

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, at least, 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]

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.[5] This follows the introduction of the Fire Emblem series to the South Korean market with Fates.

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.

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. VincentASM, Fire Emblem Echoes and Warriors Receiving Official Chinese Translations, Serenes Forest, Published: 2017-02-13

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 AlmBoeyCelicaClairFayeGennyGrayKamuiLukasLeonMaeQulyfSaberSilkTobinValbar (TBA)
Non-playable characters (TBA)
Bosses (TBA)
Personal weapons (TBA)
Chapters (TBA)
Locations ValentiaRigelZofia
Groups, objects and concepts DeliveranceMonsters (TBA)
Related topics Name chart • Other games (GaidenShadow Dragon and the Blade of LightAwakening) • TimelineUnused contentWorld map