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!
If you’re an avid review reader, then you’ve probably heard of Famitsu, one of Japan’s most prominent gaming publications. Today, Famitsu published an article covering their ratings of Fire Emblem Echoes Shadows of Valentia. Fans can continue to have high hopes for the game, as Famitsu awarded the game with a 37/40, which is the highest score they’ve ever given to a Fire Emblem game.
One of our reliable translators, Kirokan, was kind enough to fully translate the Famitsu reviews:
Today, Nintendo posted their short and sweet Nintendo Direct, which covered quite a bit of incoming Nintendo goodness for the remainder of the year. Fortunately, Fire Emblem did get a bit of screentime in this quicker than quick Direct.
Fire Emblem Echoes Shadows of Valentia will feature DLC (some free, some paid). Fans can take advantage of these by purchasing the DLC maps one at a time, or invest in a Season Pass, giving immediate access at a likely discounted rate. No information was confirmed for timing, content or pricing, but the Direct did hint at some new character backstories being fleshed out, as well as some new dungeons to explore.
The Japanese web site already covers this, so we can expect four initial maps to be available. Japanese players can purchase, in Japan, a 5000 Yen card which covers the cost for the first map free (with payment required for the following three sets of DLC). For translated details on what to expect, check out our Forum post covering the specs.
Lastly, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS will be releasing the final batch of amiibo, including Corrin, in June 21 worldwide. Interestingly, we’re getting both Male and Female versions of Corrin, which was revealed through some shared information covered from Fire Emblem Echoes’ usage of amiibo in battle, featuring both genders of Corrin.
Just one more week remains until Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia officially launches in Japan! This calls for another timely update from the official Japanese website.
Firstly, a new Class Introduction trailer has been added to both the System and Movie sections; you can check it out above.
Featured classes include, in order of appearance:
- Unpromoted: Fighter, Villager, Cavalier, Mercenary, Soldier, Mage (F), Mage (M), Priestess, Cleric, Pegasus Knight, Archer
- Promoted: Paladin, Myrmidon, Knight, Saint, Falcon Knight, Sniper, Sage
- Twice-promoted: Gold Knight, Dread Fighter, Baron, Bow Knight
- Enemy-only: Brigand, Arcanist, Witch, Shaman, Revenant, Bonewalker, Mogall, Gargoyle, Majin, Dracozombie
If you’re interested in reading the class descriptions, please check the Class Introduction page on our website. Just be careful not to scroll down too far if you’re concerned about spoilers!
Next, the Characters section has new profiles for 6 characters, 1 from Alm’s party and 5 from the enemy side or whose allegiance is a mystery.