Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - Nintendo 2DS|Nintendo 3DS|Nintendo 3DS XL [Digital]

ESRB Rating: Teen
Alcohol reference, Fantasy violence, Mild blood, Mild language, Suggestive themes
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What's Included


  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (468 out of 480)

Product Details


  • Developer: Intelligent Systems
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: Nintendo 2DS|Nintendo 3DS|Nintendo 3DS XL
  • Genre: Action and Adventure|Role Playing
  • Release Date: 05/19/2017

Synopsis


In a continent that was torn asunder by warring gods, guide two armies through brutal tactical battles - as this reimagined RPG epic invades the West! Uncover the intertwining stories of Alm and Celica, engage foes, fend off dragons, and explore 3D dungeons. Your prowess will grow as you master this melding of modern and legacy Fire Emblem™ gameplay.

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Features


Unite a continent torn apart by mortal strife and warring gods

Test your mastery of tactical warfare across a long campaign of grid-based battles

A strategic mix of modern and legacy Fire Emblem gameplay, including permanent death of characters

Explore new 3D dungeons in action-adventure style

Fully voiced cinematics and story dialogue conjure up a stirring tale of loss and triumph

Reimagines the Famicom classic, Fire Emblem Gaiden - never before released in the West

Master iconic character classes; Paladins with heavy armor, airborne Pegasus Knights, bow wielding Archers, and more



Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Amazing Remake and Great Installment

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    MuNieks
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    As another installment in the Fire Emblem franchise, this game is a remake rather than an original game. It's a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, a game known for being different gameplay wise than the standard Fire Emblem series formula. Because of this, series staples such as personal skills and weapon durability are not there. The gameplay overall is considerably more challenging than the other two DS titles, Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates. Instead of relying on a weapon triangle advantage, you have to carefully consider the positioning of your units for the best possible chance at victory. Permanent death is back but you can play Casual Mode instead if you don't want to lose your units or reset. Another new feature that makes battles a bit easier is the Mila's Turnwheel mechanic that lets you reverse the turns of a battle incase you make a mistake. Lastly, dungeon crawling returns from the original game that adds an aspect of exploration to the game. The graphics and presentation of this game is beautiful, with wonderful music and amazing artwork. The 3D models of each of the characters are also very detailed which add to the immersion. Each of the character's personalities are very entertaining with their clever and natural dialogue, which makes it even more painful when you lose one in battle. All in all, this is a great addition in the Fire Emblem franchise. While this game might not appeal to newcomers as much veterans of the series, it will still give anyone who picks it up a great experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Back to Basics with a Twist

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    Jocur
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    I loved and put too many hours to count into Awakening when it came out. All of the extras with focus on relationships and making strong child units was fun to keep up with in addition to having the solid strategy gameplay and story inherent in the fire emblem formula. When Fates released however, I grew a bit tired of all the extra content and it felt like it got in the way of trying to solely focus on the story and progression. Echoes has been a relief to me for its return to focusing once again on combat and story while stripping out the extras that came with the last two games. It has one main new addition in the dungeon crawling segments. I've found running around the dungeons to be a fun way to level grind in between story segments. The story segments are great in this game and the battles offer a decent challenge to make each fight feel really rewarding when you complete them. If you are a long time FE fan looking for a return to form, this is a great entry to pick up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Game

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    William
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    My first Fire Emblem game. I greatly enjoyed the game. Uses 2D graphics for the map scene and switching to 3D graphics for the battle scenes. Uses 2D animation for the cut scenes. There is a large cast of characters. Besides the maps to play there are dungeons to explore that give you standard RPG element to play. There are enemies that you encounter in the dungeons. The story is very good. I played on classical/hard mode. In classic mode, characters who die in battle do not return after the stage is complete. I had to restart many times as I didn't like losing my characters but I liked the challenge of not losing any characters. There is a mode where characters will return on the next stage for players who want that. The tried the amiibo support for Lucina which gave me a ghost like character of her. I wasn't interested in that and did not use it again. The Alm and Celica amiibos give you an extra map/dungeon to play (I have yet to use it myself so I can't say much on it).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    All around good game

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    Garnox
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    Echoes was a step in the right direction by offering one, single path as far as story telling goes. You won't have to be purchasing two separate expansions to get the full experience, something Fates dabbled in. Echoes has a branching storyline between our hero and heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed the weaving storylines and how they intertwined. The characters themselves were compelling enough to be invested in their interactions. Although I do miss the romance aspect from Awakening. Just adds a little more flavor. The gameplay is pretty standard for a FE title. It's addicting enough to make the grinding not such a slog, though by late game when you're trying to level up the highest classes, it then can become tedious, and by that point your typically maximizing only about 10 players. All said, I feel Echoes is better than Fates in telling one story, but lacking some of the features of Awakening that pushed FE into the mainstream.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    classic and simple!

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    Gamer4life
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    For new people, this game is a strategy tactics game... its like chess but with unique pieces that have there own strengths and weakness... For the ones are familiar, this is not like the newer versions of Fire Emblem where you get to marry and learn a billion skills and create a starting character... This is a remake of very old fire emblem... its a classic RPG... meaning you need to play that role and continue that story... But even so... the game is still very good to play... the game is easy at first and then gets harder as you progress... you get very little stats at level up but it wont matter anyways bc when you promote, you gain the base stats if not met... the game gets very easy if you buy the inner sanctum dlc pack... bc it provides some gold, some xp, but most importantly it provides weapons and items!... This game actually has a good story... enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Remake, Okay Game

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    Mike
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    Graphics and soundtrack are superb, you wouldn't know this is a remake of a super old game. Technically sound. Likable characters. Actual gameplay gets frustrating. A lot of maps feature endlessly spawning enemies. The overworld also features armies that periodically spawn to harass you. Finally the end of the game features a super long dungeon that takes hours to beat and involves many random battles. I don't have a problem with random battles in RPGs but in turn based strategy games like Fire Emblem where battles are very very time consuming it drains a lot of the joy of out the game. I would have been happy just going from story battle to story battle, cut out the filler. If you like Fire emblem you will like this game, if you are just looking for an RPG or SRPG be warned it drags towards the end.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good game. Definitely worth it.

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    looser
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    As one who has only played about 3 FE games(including echoes), I'm relatively new to the franchise. So it marked a pretty interesting shift from the previous games and the set up that I was used to. I feel that most of them are positive changes though. Dungeon exploring was a lot more immersive and expansive than the trailer showed them to be.The battle system is also a lot more direct, I feel. Characters and story enjoy a nice upgrade from Fates, which I liked. Most likely because its a remake of sorts. Nevertheless, it introduces new aspects to the old formula of gridded turn-based which made the experience unique and fun in most cases. It's also nice to not have to worry about marriage when setting up support systems. That is just my opinion, though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A unique yet familiar Fire Emblem game!

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    Antwizon
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    Guys, the third person aspect of this game takes place infrequently in these dungeon like locations across the map. Those segments are SO COOL. This game has all your favorite fire emblem tactics, except for the weapons breaking, I still miss that feature. Also, be sure to play it on hard mode. It is not as challenging as the Fates conquest and Birthright series. Hard mode is still very easy to me. Also there is a roll back time feature in this game, in case you get a terrible RNG and perm lose a unit you can rewind time in a battle a few times. This game is a little tiny bit easy, but the story is amazing and those unique third person experiences are truly something. I hope for more like this in the future!!

    I would recommend this to a friend


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