Soon it will be three months since Fire Emblem Heroes launched and thankfully it seems to be showing no signs of slowing down. In order to keep up, I’m happy to announce that Ice Dragon will be joining the Serenes Forest team as an editor.
You may already know Ice Dragon on the forums, where he often loves to showcase his knowledge and passion for Heroes. He was also active during the days of Blazing Blade, although he vanished for a time until Heroes reared its head.
Anyway, having known of his capabilities for a long time, I am sure Ice Dragon will do a stellar job of maintaining the ever-growing Heroes section, alongside our other team members.
Speaking of which… Kirie, our resident Cipher news editor, will henceforth become a fully-fledged website editor. As well as handling Heroes news from time to time, she’s also contributed a couple of pages to the Heroes section already.
To finish off, we hope you continue to enjoy the website and see it grow. Hopefully very soon, we’ll have some more new faces on the team!
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.
Today, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia launched in Japan and, thanks to renowned data-miner @SciresM, we have a better idea of what to expect from the forthcoming DLC.
The first series of DLC (three maps from the “Fighter’s Journey” set) launched at the same time as the game, but we know from the Japanese official site that there are three more series of DLC planned.
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3 months after its initial unveiling, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is now officially out in Japan!
Those with a Japanese region 3DS and who pre-purchased the game earlier from the eShop can now unlock and play the game from the Home menu.
Otherwise if you want the physical version, you’ll probably have to wait until shops open in the morning. (Or if you pre-ordered it, wait until it’s delivered.)
In any case, if you’re looking for help or information, be sure to check out our dedicated game section or, if you have any burning questions, you’re more than welcome to visit our forums!
Meanwhile, there’s still one more month before Echoes arrives in the West, although thankfully it’s a much shorter wait compared to earlier entries. Also, don’t forget there are Echoes-related events going on in Fire Emblem Heroes to bide the time.
Furthermore, 20th April marks the 27th anniversary of the Fire Emblem series in Japan. Here’s to a bright future for this much-loved series!