The Japanese version of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia has been leaked online nearly three weeks out from its April 20th release date. Dataminers have taken a peek under the game’s hood, revealing a treasure trove of information about the game. Popular Fire Emblem forum SerenesForest is host to one of the broadest collection of files from the game, compiled by user VincentASM. Character portraits, battle and background music, growth rates, and more continue to be carefully organized as dataminers pull more information from Shadow of Valentia’s files and roughly translate their meaning from Japanese.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of Fire Emblem: Gaiden, a more than two-decade old title released exclusively for the Famicom (known in the United States as the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES). Gaiden was never officially translated into English, marking Shadows of Valentia as Nintendo’s first western release of the title. Leaks have revealed significant post-game content not present in the original game.
Shadow of Valentia’s files hint at the existence of a previously unannounced female Corrin amiibo figurine. Her presence as an Illusory Hero within the game has been confirmed by Twitter user @Arno_LS, though it’s possible that she will share the role with the male Corrin amiibo announced back in December 2015. Every other character summoned as an Illusory Hero in Shadows of Valentia requires a physical amiibo figurine.
L'amiibo Corrin Femme non annoncé en action sur Fire Emblem Echoes : pic.twitter.com/JehCxM5KQ0
— Arno (@Arno_LS) April 3, 2017
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will release internationally on May 19th on the Nintendo 3DS. It features fully-voiced cinematics and reimagined character art, along with new action-adventure styled dungeons. Gameplay is split between Casual and Classic, giving the player a choice between permanent character deaths present in the original or temporary battle wounds like in Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates. The regular edition will come out to $39.99, while the limited edition—which comes with an art book, soundtrack CD, and pin set—will cost $59.99.
A two-pack containing amiibo figurines of the game’s protagonists, Alm and Celica, will release with the international version of the game at $24.99.