Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Preview

Four New Videos Show Off DLC, Dungeons, Story, & Classes
Updated 5/3/17


In-Depth Video Preview Of Classes
Updated 4/22/17


Opening Cinematic (Japanese)
Updated 4/19/17


Character Attributes Trailer (Japanese)
Updated 4/11/17

Nintendo of Japan has just uploaded a brand new trailer showcasing some of the characters in the upcoming Fire Emblem Echoes game for 3DS. You can glean some details about stats on the various characters below!



High Praise From Famitsu
Updated 4/11/17

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a complete remake of the Famicom game, Fire Emblem Gaiden. It was an offshoot of the series that allowed for a more JRPG-like exploration of towns, caves, and dungeons. It has been brought up to today’s audio and visual standards and infused with current Fire Emblem gameplay mechanics to create a truly unique experience that should stand out from the previous entries in the series.

Famitsu seems to think so too – as they’ve just scored the game 9|9|10|9 from four reviewers, giving it a total of 37 out of 40. This marks the highest score for any Fire Emblem game in Japan (beating Fates & Awakening by one point) and bodes well for the new game.

We’re excited to give this new one a whirl when it releases next month on May 19. As fans of traditional JRPGs and the Fire Emblem series, we’re hoping this one really delivers.


Story Ad (UK)
Updated 4/11/17


Battles Ad (UK)
Updated 4/10/17


Three Japanese Commercials
Updated 4/4/17




Overview Trailer (Japanese)
Updated 3/29/17


Limited Edition Announced & New Trailer
Updated 3/21/17

In just under two months (May 19), Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is arriving for the 3DS. Nintendo has announced today that a special Limited Edition of the game will be made available at select retailers. If this is anything like prior special editions, they will go very fast. Included for $59.99 is:

  • A copy of the game
  • A hardcover Valentia Artbook
  • A Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Sound Selection CD
  • 3 Pin Set depicting characters Alm, Celica, and Marth
  • A reversible cover sheet that looks like the packaging for the original Famicom game


Fans that want to level up their Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia experience when the game launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on May 19 can do so by picking up the game’s Limited Edition bundle, launching the same day. The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition bundle includes the game; a hardcover Valentia Artbook; a Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Sound Selection CD; a Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Pin Set depicting characters Alm, Celica and Marth; and a reversible cover sheet that looks like the packaging for the original Famicom game this new one is based on. It will be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99 at select retailers.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia reimagines Fire Emblem Gaiden, a Famicom game that was previously only released in Japan. This new version of the game sports modern graphics, cinematics and, in a first for the series, free-roaming 3D dungeon environments.
Also launching on May 19 are the Alm and Celica amiibo figures, available only as a set at a suggested retail price of $24.99. When used in the game, these amiibo will activate their own exclusive dungeons, allowing heroes to earn items and level up their armies further by defeating bosses. By selecting Mila’s Turnwheel from the menu on the overworld map, they will also be able to take advantage of their Alm and Celica amiibo in battle. During combat, players can sacrifice a portion of Alm or Celica’s health in order to summon a computer-controlled illusory hero, which will act as a temporary ally for a single turn.
As Alm and Celica get stronger, their stats can be saved to their respective amiibo, allowing their summoned unit to grow in strength alongside them. In addition, all Fire Emblem amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series can be used to summon an illusory hero of that character, allowing players to seek assistance from spectral visages of Marth, Ike, Roy, Robin, Lucina and the upcoming Corrin amiibo. All other currently available amiibo are also compatible, and will summon an additional monster to the battleground to assist players in battle, providing some much-needed help in case of a strategic emergency.
This game is the latest in the long-running and growing strategy-RPG series, and comes hot on the heels of the recently released free-to-start game Fire Emblem Heroes on smart devices. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will see players take control of the two separate armies of Alm and Celica as their differing quests attempt to achieve the unified goal of bringing peace to the land of Valentia. Battles in the Fire Emblem series see players take their small force of recruited soldiers against increasingly powerful armies in turn-based battles that require careful tactical planning, as mistakes or failed attacks will see units become exposed and vulnerable to enemy attack.
The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Limited Edition bundle launches in stores on May 19 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The stand-alone version of the game will also be available at a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information about the game, visit http://fireemblemechoes.nintendo.com/.


Protectors of Zophia Trailer
Updated 3/10/17


Original Preview

Nintendo surprised everyone today with the announcement of several Fire Emblem games, including Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for the Nintendo 3DS. This game is based on the second game in the series that only made it out in Japan for the original Famicom: Fire Emblem Gaiden. Of course this version has been updated with all-new graphics and full voice.



One of the new gameplay mechanics this time around is the ability to freely explore dungeons and caves. Most of the games in the series restrict movement to a grid, but it looks like this new installment will allow exploration like traditional RPGs in both the towns and dungeons. Battles will still play out on a grid like you’re used to, but the game takes on a different pace thanks to the free roam element.



Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will launch on May 19 for the Nintendo 3DS line of systems. Also, a two-pack of amiibo (Alm and Celica) from the game will be made available on the same day. No word yet on what they unlock in the game.



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 Valentiais inspired by the 1992 original, reimagined on a grander scale. Every aspect of the Fire Emblem Gaiden game’s presentation has been updated, along with the game being fully voiced. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia recreates classic Fire Emblem gameplay with a modern twist, mixing in exploration of dungeons crawling with enemies. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will launch on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems May 19. Characters from the game, Alm and Celica, will be available as amiibo figures in a two-pack, also on May 19.



Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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