During the Fire Emblem Direct, last month, Nintendo revealed Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for the Nintendo 3DS. Two amiibo were also revealed, for Alm and Celia (the two protagonists), but Nintendo didn’t specify what they would be used for. But thanks to the updated product page on Amazon.co.jp, (spotted by Game Memo) we now have the answer.
The Alm and Celica amiibo allows you to unlock a special dungeon. Unfortunately, that’s all we know about that dungeon, and it’s not even clear whether each figure unlocks a different dungeon, or if they both unlock the same one. No doubt Nintendo will provide more details about that particular feature closer to launch.
Next, here’s some new details from Famitsu, translated by the good folks over at Serenes Forest. Let’s start with the character profile for Alm and Celica:
- Alm (voiced by Natsuki Hanae), a fighter overflowing with Justice.
One of the main characters of the game. He was raised in Ram Village on the borders of the Kingdom of Zofia, together with Celica. Trained by his grandfather Mycen, he has developed a formidable sword arm. Because of his strong sense of justice and desire to show off his strength, he volunteers to join the Zofian Liberation Army to combat the Rigelian Empire. His initial class is Fighter, which is skilled with swords.
- Celica (voiced by Nao Touyama), a priestess skilled in sorcery.
The other main character of the game. She spent her childhood days with Alm, but afterwards left Ram Village for some reason and lived at Novis Monastery as a Priestess. After having an ominous dream about Alm–and to uncover the truth behind the large number of strange happenings across the Kingdom of Zofia–she begins a journey to the Temple of Mila. Initial class is Priestess.
As mentioned during the Nintendo Direct, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia features two protagonists (Alm and Celica), and you can progress through the world map individually.
Famitsu magazine confirms that the Casual Mode, introduced in Fire Emblem Awakening, would be back in this remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden. Phoenix Mode, introduced in Fire Emblem Fates, is nowhere to be seen though… at least for now. Also, it’s not clear whether players will be able to resurrect characters via the lion head statues, just like in the original.
Famitsu reveals that Archers have the “Bow Range + 1” attribute, which gives them a range of 1~3 when using a standard Bow. The magazine also shows a mysterious Carrot, which is an item we know nothing about for now. However, it’s likely it’s related to the “Food” command (accessible when moving a character around), which implies characters will be able to eat food to get temporary stats boosts.
Finally, here’s the scans from Famitsu magazine:
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS) comes out on April 20th in Japan, and May 19th in Europe and North America.