The Sibling Rivalry That’s Everyone Else’s Problem – Let’s Play Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Be careful who you call ugly on the NES.

Long ago, the gods Mila and Duma argued vehemently on the path humanity should take. Eventually they agreed to split their territory and guide their respective followers how they saw fit. Mila took to the south and lavished her people with bountiful harvests and grand riches. Duma, on the other hand, taught his people the ways of war. Now, years later, the people of the Regelian Empire have become hardened warriors under the teachings of Duma while the people of Zofia have never known toil thanks to Mila. But tensions between the two ways of life are coming to a boil, and strife within Zofia is only getting worse.

Welcome to Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a remake of the second game of the Fire Emblem series. This game does take place between the events of Shadow Dragon and Mystery of the Emblem, but you don’t need to know anything about what’s going on in Archanea to get into this game. That being said, it’s good to know going into this that Gaiden was a Nintendo sequel on the NES. And if you’re not familiar with those, that means Gaiden played completely different from its predecessor, and wound up being a black sheep compared to just about any other game in the series. Despite this, though, Echoes surprisingly decided to stay as true to the original as it could. Whether or not that was a good idea can be subjective, given this means Echoes has some strange design decisions. But Gaiden is too odd a bird to standardize in the first place, so staying true to it was probably for the best. But no matter what you think of the audio, just about nobody could complain about the upgrades the art and dialogue got. When Shadow Dragon dropped the ball in bringing life to Archanea and its characters, Echoes would later pick it up and proceed to run with it. The game looks amazing, and the character writing is just about on par with the modern Fire Emblem games. As it turns out, having just about the opposite focus as Shadow Dragon makes for a far more engaging experience.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a serious spoiler policy, but this is an RPG and the storyline is important. Please don’t spoil anything further in the game than what the LP has reached. I’m also going to say that discussing anything that happened in Shadow Dragon is fair game, since I’ve LPed that and that game’s story doesn’t have much bearing on this anyway.

Episode List



All seems peaceful in Ram Village. Two children, Alm and Celica, have grown closer over the short time they’ve been together. But the sudden arrival of a group of Zofian knights threatens the budding relationship, as well as the lives of several of the village’s children.

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We’re detouring into the Rise of the Deliverance DLC, because no matter what we’ve hit a time skip! But it seems trouble is brewing before Alm can start his journey proper, and unfortunately it looks like Slayde is still on his bullshit after all these years. Now, the knights of Zofia must ride out and save his dumb ass.