4. A Classic FE Will Get a Remake
Although the Nintendo Switch has gotten plenty of attention lately, it seems that Nintendo hasn’t forgotten about its current handheld system, the Nintendo 3DS. The Direct opened with a cutscene featuring the heroes Alm and Celica, who originally come from the Japan-only game Fire Emblem Gaiden. Those who played Awakening, though, will recognize the names as two downloadable content characters.
The game, titled Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, will give the original Gaiden game a very serious graphical overhaul. However, it will retain the special features of the game, which included the world map — then a Fire Emblem first — as well as some elements of dungeon-crawling, which hasn’t really been replicated in subsequent games.
Hopefully, Nintendo has learned from its attempts to remake earlier games and has also given the combat system in Echoes an overhaul to accommodate newer players who may be more familiar with Awakening or Fates‘ style of gameplay. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon didn’t manage to do this, and it made for an unsatisfying experience.
Fire Emblem Echoes will also have an accompanying amiibo release for Alm and Celica. They’ll come in a two-pack.
Fire Emblem Echoes drops on May 19 for the Nintendo 3DS. On Twitter, Nintendo appeared to confirm a physical release for the game as well as a digital release.