Remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden Announced, Heading Westward

The Fire Emblem series has come to be one of Nintendo’s most popular series worldwide, but it wasn’t always that way. As most know, the series was Japan exclusive until 2003, when Fire Emblem (subtitled The Blazing Blade in Japan) was released in the west. Most credit the inclusion of series characters Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros Melee for finally pushing Nintendo to localize the series.

There are six titles in the series before that, however. The first entry received a localized remake for DS in the form of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. The title earned criticism for a lacking story, mostly due to the fact that it was taken directly from the Famicom original, making it somewhat disappointing against more modern entries.

Today though, at a Nintendo Direct event, Nintendo announced that the second game in the series, Fire Emblem Gaiden (also originally on Famicom) will be receiving a remake for the 3DS. Entitled Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, the game is set for worldwide release on May 19th, 2016.

Unlike Shadow Dragon, which was more-or-less a direct port of the original Famicom title with upgraded visuals and some added content, it looks like Gaiden will be receiving a full reimagining in its remake as Echoes. The trailer showed off 3D graphics and anime-style cutscenes, which are now standard in the series.

For amiibo collectors, two characters from the game will also be released as amiibo figures in a two-pack on the same date.