Fire Emblem Echoes, the Nintendo 3DS remake of the 2nd game in the series, Fire Emblem Gaiden, will be released in Japan in just over 2 month’s time.
In the meantime, besides updates from Nintendo themselves, we can usually rely on the gaming press to drip feed us information–and Famitsu is usually one of the first to do so.
The 2nd March issue of Weekly Famitsu, which came out in Japan today, includes an introduction to Echoes spread out across 4 pages. Most of the information is about things we already know, but there are some new bits and bobs.
The first page explains the basic premise of the game. In short, it’s a fully re-imagined version of Gaiden. The huge “Story” block is simply a transcript of the text from the announcement trailer.
What is (somewhat) new is the profile for Alm.
Next week, Genei Ibun Roku #FE launches in Japan and we’ll finally find out if it was worth the wait and effort. Before that though, Famitsu is here to give us another sneak peak at the game.
Previously, we learned that fan-favourites Abel from Shadow Dragon and Lon’qu from Awakening will appear as Mirages… on the enemy side that is.
This matched with a tease in an earlier Famitsu interview where the developers refused to deny Abel’s absence in the game. Plus we’ve already seen Awakening villains as enemies.
Anyway, this week’s Famitsu begins with an event that started everything: the “Theatre Opening Disappearing Case“, an unresolved tragedy that occurred 5 years ago.
This week’s Famitsu included another feature on Genei Ibun Roku #FE, this time explaining the various methods of enhancing your characters.
If you’ve been following the game recently, you may recall that last week’s Japanese Nintendo Direct briefly touched on these methods; fortunately, Famitsu has a lot more space to go into detail.
To start with, players can visit the “Bloom Palace“, a serene area managed by Tiki, the hugely popular face of the “Singaloid Tiki” software.
Conveniently, the entrance to the Bloom Palace is located past an ordinary-looking door within Fortuna Entertainment, where Itsuki and his friends work.
Just a little bit of catch up. Last week’s Famitsu feature on Genei Ibun Roku #FE didn’t provide any ground-breaking new details, but there were many interesting morsels to digest.
Like many other RPGs, the game is divided into the main story and side stories.
In the main story, the world is attacked by Mirages–beings from another world known as the Idolasphere. Itsuki and his friends–“Mirage Masters” from the same entertainment company–join forces with friendly Mirages to repel the Idolasphere’s mysterious invasion.
Meanwhile, the side stories focus on Itsuki’s friends and their daily lives as entertainers. Each has their own struggles and dreams and it’s up to Itsuki to help them out. As they improve as entertainers and enhance their “Performa”, their ability in battle will increase.