Nintendo updated the Japanese website for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a remake of the 1992 NES title Fire Emblem Gaiden, with new information and gameplay footage. Since it’ll be most western gamers’ first time seeing Fire Emblem Gaiden in action, you might want to take a look.

Fire Emblem Echoes is a faithful remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden. Many of the game’s classic elements have been retained, including its weird idiosyncrasies as the black sheep of the franchise.

Gaiden was the first Fire Emblem to have an overworld; most Fire Emblem titles tend to go from mission to mission. In the video below, you can see a brief overview of overworld travel and how you can hop into battles.

In the next video titled “Advance,” you get another quick look at the game’s revamped overworld.

Finally, you also get a peek at the game’s battle system. The footage sports nicely remastered versions of the game’s original battle theme.

Fire Emblem Echoes will keep some of the original’s mechanics, which step away from innovations done later in the series. The series’ weapon triangle isn’t present. Instead, there’s a heavier focus on terrain. If an enemy is standing in a forest, you will have your accuracy lowered by 40%. Likewise, if you’re standing in a forest, your enemy will have their accuracy lowered by 40%.

There’s also a few changes you’ll want to take note of about certain classes. Archers can counter attack from one space away. Mages use health to cast magic attacks, but they have the advantage of being able to ignore terrain effects.

Finally, regarding difficulty, there’s two modes: a Normal mode and a Hard mode. Like newer Fire Emblem games, you have the option of Classic mode, where you retain the series’ defining permanent death system, and Casual mode, where units don’t permanently die after falling in battle.

Fire Emblem Echoes arrives globally for 3DS on May 19. To see the original announcement trailer for the game, you can check out our write-up.

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