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!
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.
Today the Fire Emblem Heroes 1.2.0 update landed, bringing along a host of welcome gameplay improvements and features. One such feature is Sacred Seals, a new type of equippable item.
These function similarly to traditional Passive Skills, in that they provide various buffs when equipped, but the key difference is that they can be easily distributed between Heroes. Also, you may only possess one of each Sacred Seal.
To help players obtain Sacred Seals, a set of special quests have been added to the game, which run until 28th April 2017. During this time, there will be a Sacred Seals Log-in Bonus that awards 2 Orbs daily.
Additionally, for smashing last week’s Voting Gauntlet milestones, all players have been awarded 20 Orbs, 5 of each Great Badge and 5,000 Universal Crystals. These can be picked up from the Present List as usual.
Last but definitely not least, to celebrate the upcoming launch of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia in Japan (and the Western launch in a month’s time), Nintendo released a trailer for a Echoes-themed banner arriving on 14th April 2017.
For those of you in the UK, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia can now be pre-ordered on the official Nintendo UK Store.
This includes the game itself (which comes with a free T-shirt), the limited edition if you hurry, as well as the new Alm and Celica amiibo.
By the way, don’t forget the European Limited Edition already comes with the two amiibo!