Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be the last mainline entry for the series on the Nintendo 3DS according to series producer Hitoshi Yamagami.
This news was first reported by Dengeki Nintendo via Japanese Nintendo. This may suggest production is shifting from the 3DS to the Nintendo Switch. Fire Emblem Warriors, a Musuo title, is being released for both the Nintendo Switch and 3DS later this year. A new mainline title is said to be coming next year for the Switch so it appears Shadows of Valentia will end up being the popular handheld’s swan song for the series. You will be able to read Yamagami’s full interview in the June issue of Dengeki Nintendo if you manage to get your hands on a copy.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is the fifth Fire Emblem game to appear on the 3DS following Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, Conquest and Revelations. We decided to count Fates as three separate games even though they all follow roughly the same story.
We have learned a lot more about Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia in the days leading up to its release. We know it will feature a $45 season pass, which is more expensive than the game itself, that will include five DLC packs. You can choose to purchase the $60 limited edition that will come with an artbook and other goodies.
Nintendo is also introducing two new amiibo feature Alm and Celica, the two protagonists from the game. They will sell together in pack for $24.99 and they release the same day as the game. The pack is available for pre-order now. We are not yet sure what purpose they will have in-game but we will update you when we find out.
This may be a new release but Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is actually a reimagination of the Famicon (NES) game Fire Emblem Gaiden. This will be the first time the game sees a release in the Western market.
Although this seems to be the last mainline title to appear on the 3DS family of systems, Nintendo doesn’t seem to be slowing down their production on new hardware. Nintendo has recently announced the New Nintendo 2DS XL which is basically the New Nintendo 3DS XL stripped of its 3D features. The 2DS XL will come with a C-stick, the boosted processing power, two XL screens and built-in amiibo functionality just like its 3DS counterpart. Nintendo plans to sell their new handheld for $150.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is coming out on May 19 for the Nintendo 3DS and will cost $40. Will you be picking it up? How do you feel about this potentially being the last mainline Fire Emblem title to appear on the handheld? Let us know in the comments.