Today, Nintendo launched a new video for Echoes, as a counterpart to the Japanese introduction trailer which we analysed here (do note some theories have changed since the game’s Japanese release).
The trailer begins by going briefly over the childhood connection between the two protagonists–Alm and Celica–before heading into gameplay territory.
We see the world map system, which those of you familiar with The Sacred Stones and Awakening etc. will be very at home with. You can move around and fight wandering enemy parties or advance the plot at your pace. Then we get a class roll call
Dread Fighter, which made its debut in Gaiden is here in full force; it’s the 3rd tier in the Mercenary line and provides quite a bit of Resistance. Unlike its recent appearances in Awakening and Fates, it’s locked to swords. Read more
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia recently launched in Japan and, over here on Serenes Forest, we’ve been playing and enjoying the game non-stop! To make the wait for the English release more bearable (or less bearable depending on your tolerance), here’s our review of the Japanese version.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably a huge Fire Emblem fan and thus already have the game pre-ordered (or are going to buy it ASAP after release). So this review isn’t intended to persuade you or dissuade you from buying the game. Rather, we’ll be looking at the key features of the game and the parts of the game that shine (or don’t).
Caution: This article contains light to medium spoilers.
For the unacquainted, Fire Emblem Echoes is a complete remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, which came out 25 years ago on the NES, but only in Japan. This means it will be the first time gamers in the West (as well as Chinese and Korean territories) can experience the world of Gaiden, officially anyway.
Back then, like many of Nintendo’s early sequels, Gaiden kept the core gameplay from the first game, but featured a heavy dose of experimentation. Some of these experiments, such as a traversible world map and branched Class Change system, eventually reappeared in newer games, but many other features have remained exclusive to Gaiden.
GameXplain did a 2 hour stream of the now released Japanese version of Echoes, which you can see here.
Derrick shows off the new prologue of the game, where Alm and friends are kids assisting Mycen fight off some invaders, before Celica goes on her own way to begin her training as a Priestess. Afterwards, the stream kicks into the video we saw from the original trailer announcement.
Fast forward to the present; the new village mechanics are shown. Similar to Shin Megami Tensei IV, there are static images of characters to talk to, which can include townspeople offering hints or even your own allies sharing their backstories.
After a drought of news regarding Fire Emblem Cipher, a few interesting tidbits have been recently revealed. Just today, Dengeki Nintendo tweeted a new promo card of Chrom from Awakening will be released in their upcoming June issue!
The magazine will be released on April 21st and can be pre-ordered from Amazon Japan here. As usual, each issue comes with two copies of the card. There is no indication that the matching issue of Nintendo DREAM will include a promo card, however.
Additionally, the @FECipher twitter account recently revealed a beautiful piece of artwork featuring Rinea and Berkut from Fire Emblem Echoes.
The image was showcased to promote the upcoming Cipher Summer Livestream, which will broadcast live over NicoNico on May 13th. Hibiki Yamamura, Rinea’s voice actress, will be a guest on the show. As usual, Ryota Kawade and Young will be hosting.
If Cipher follows its typical schedule, daily card reveals for Series 9 will likely start the week before the livestream, if not sooner. Once daily reveals begin, so will our weekly Cipher set coverage, so stay tuned!