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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows Of Valentia DLC Costs More Than The Game Itself

And you thought Fire Emblem Heroes was hard on your wallet.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia makes its stateside debut on May 19, 2017, and in anticipation, Nintendo released some details about the game's upcoming DLC. Be warned: it's expensive. The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia season pass contains 22 pieces of brand new content and will set you back $44.99—about $5 more than Shadows of Valentia's suggested retail price.

For the money, Fire Emblem season pass owners will receive the contents of all five Fire Emblem Echoes DLC packs. On May 19, the "Fledgling Warriors Pack" introduces two new maps and a new dungeon called the Astral Temple. On May 25, the "Undaunted Heroes Pack" adds a couple more, higher-level maps and The Inner Sanctum dungeon. The "Lost Altars Pack," which is also a May 25 release, introduces 10 character classes that aren't in the base game, while June 1's "Rise of the Deliverance Pack" is full of new story content, and serves as a prologue to the main campaign. Details about the fifth and final pack will come at a later date.

For players who are planning on buying all of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia's premium DLC, the season pass is actually a deal: while $44.99 is a lot to spend on add-on content, it's actually 30% cheaper than buying all of the DLC packs individually.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a ground-up remake of the second Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem Gaiden, a Nintendo Entertainment System (or, technically, Famicom) game that never appeared outside of Japan. Like other Fire Emblem games, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a turn-based tactics game in which players move units around the battlefield, hoping to strategize their way to victory.

Unlike other Fire Emblem games, however, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia doesn't have the series' standard rock-paper-scissors-like strengths and weaknesses system, and forgoes the series' traditional weapon degradation system, drastically changing the game's on-field strategies. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is reportedly the franchise's last 3DS entry—the next Fire Emblem installment will appear on the Nintendo Switch in 2018.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia isn't 2017's only traditional Fire Emblem title, either. Last winter, Nintendo released Fire Emblem Heroes on smart devices, which is one of our favorite games of the year (so far)—as long as you don't mind microtransactions in your free-to-play games.