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Fire Emblem Heroes may be in our hands already, but Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia itself is not too far off. The full 3DS title, a remake of the Famicom’s Fire Emblem Gaiden, will be the U.S.’s first chance at the story of Alm and Celica, and some fresh screenshots from Nintendo U.K.’s page about the game allow an early glimpse.

The game’s battle interface has taken a new approach from what was seen in Awakening and Fates, being both sleek but somewhat sparse. The new direction displays values as visual bars rather than static percentages.

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Judging by the next shot, that 80 percent hit rate was enough for Celica’s attack to land.

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Next is a quick series of images showing off the game’s unique class change system. While free reclassing has been in newer games via Seals, Gaiden allowed them to happen via shrines in dungeon environments.


By visiting these, players could choose and change to create a more tailored army of characters without worrying about managing any resources like items or gold.

Following up on unique elements is a shot of a chest. While treasures like this are a staple of Fire Emblem, the dungeon areas of Gaiden handle the presentation a little differently: When not in battle, characters roam in 3-D and then can open them directly.

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Speaking of presentation, we next get a look at what looks to be a cinematic moment from the game’s story, with Alm standing up to an attacker.

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Last shown is a conversation with Saber, which during the Direct was fully voiced in Japanese.

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will release in North America and Europe on May 19th, with an Australian release coming on May 20th.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.