With a release date of May 19th, there’s not long left now until Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is released. Or rather re-released, given this a complete remake from the ground up of the Japan-only Famicom title Fire Emblem Gaiden. As such, Nintendo are wracking up the anticipation by unveiling a brand new trailer for the 3DS title, one featuring the English dub for the first time (the original reveal trailer featuring Japanese voice acting can also be seen right here too).
This new trailer, as can be seen below, focuses heavily on lead protaginists Alm and Celica, giving players an insight into their impending quest. As such, it also features some of the supporting cast too, alongside slices of gameplay. The overall story has already been confirmed by Nintendo to follow the same basic plot as Fire Emblem Gaiden.
The way in which this trailer focuses on both Alm and Celica separately is also fitting. This is because despite both protagonists being close childhood friends, players will experience their tale through two separate story arcs. One dedicated to Alm, and the other to Celica.
Through Fire Emblem Echoes, players can expect to find themselves trapped in the middle of a war that has consumed two of the Valentia continent’s nations, Rigel and Zofia. As the story begins Alm finds himself signing up to join the Zofia Liberation Army, whilst Celica travels from the Novis Monastery to Zofia Castle in order to try to negotiate with Rigel, one of the game’s primary antagonists.
It isn’t just the game that’s released on May 19th though. You see, both Alm and Celica will be receiving the Amiibo treatment, with both being packaged together in a two-pack. Although at this point it’s unknown exactly what how they will interact with either Fire Emblem Echoes, or Nintendo’s extended catalogue of titles.
All in all, Fire Emblem Echoes may be living somewhat in the shadow of the Nintendo Switch at the moment. However, if you’re a fan of Fire Emblem, strategy titles, or even just long forgotten retro games, then this really should be on your essentials list for 2017. It’s certainly on mine.
Oh and if you want to learn more about lost Fire Emblem games, then check out our deep dive into Fire Emblem’s lont forgotten Japanese 16-bit titles.