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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light coming to Switch 4th December

Every legend has a beginning. Every hero has a point of departure. For the past 30 years, the critically acclaimed Fire Emblem series has captured the attention of players with its strategic and tactical gameplay, intriguing stories and striking characters. Now, the original 8-bit game, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, which featured the heroic exploits of Prince Marth and launched a decades-spanning franchise, will be available in the U.S. for the first time. On Dec. 4, the Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light game launches for the Nintendo Switch family of systems, available to purchase for a limited time. You can watch a trailer for the game here.

While North American players were first introduced to Marth as a fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series, the story of this bold and courageous prince actually begins in Japan’s first entry in the Fire Emblem franchise, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light. The game’s new release for Nintendo Switch features its first English language localization, bringing to life the tactical RPG classic for a new generation of players. This release will also include features like rewind, fast-forward and save states, which allow burgeoning tacticians to approach the challenge at their own pace.

“The Fire Emblem series has grown into a saga enjoyed by fans for its strategic gameplay and memorable characters,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Nintendo Switch owners can now experience the game that started it all with enhanced features that make this timeless adventure available to everyone.”

Throughout Marth’s perilous journey, players can shape their armies to execute a range of strategies by carefully selecting from dozens of characters with unique attributes that can turn the tide of every battlefield skirmish. Will Marth be able to acquire the sacred Falchion sword on his epic expedition to restore peace to the Kingdom of Archanea? Lead a band of loyal followers on a continent-spanning quest for glory and victory, and reclaim the throne from the Shadow Dragon Medeus!

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and on on Dec. 4 at a price of $5.99 and will only be available to purchase until the end of the franchise’s 30th anniversary on March 31, 2021. For those who want to begin their adventure as soon as the game launches, pre-order is now available in Nintendo eShop.

In addition, Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition will be available through select retailers at a suggested price of $49.99. This collector’s edition of the game will include a nostalgic, stylized physical NES box and a replica NES Game Pak art piece with a protective sleeve that transports owners to the era of the original game’s release. The collector’s edition also includes a colorful, 222-page Legacy of Archanea deluxe hardbound art book and a game download code. It will be accompanied by an NES instruction manual, newly localized from the original Famicom release, along with a fold-out world map and a Mini Nintendo Power retro collectible. With this rich package packed with exclusive items, fans can finally play the original Fire Emblem game as it was always intended: with power!

Source: Nintendo of America

23 thoughts on “Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light coming to Switch 4th December”

  1. Do the tree house is involved with the localization?

    People know how good their efforts with fire emblem are…

    1. TreeHouse did Three Houses and it was just fine. They also localized other FE games just fine.

      The only bad one was Fates.

      1. “FaTeS wAs BaD” Stop it. I can’t deal with one more trash opinion, okay? I don’t want to read it, I don’t want to think about it. I just want to enjoy things.

  2. This was an awesome announcement but why limited release??
    Fire Emblem doesn’t have the same widespread pull that Mario does, do they really expect the limited availability to drum up sales that much?

    1. Because it’s “free” on switch online in Japan and will likely be added to Switch online in the west as well. It’s only the special edition that’s limited, just like every special edition of a game.

  3. 𝑵𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒐 𝑭𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝑶𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒓

    Meh. If it was the SNES or DS game it was already better but this isn’t something I want.

  4. I’ll consider it if my backlog isn’t too big, though the collecter edition is not for me.

    I could understand if the anniversary edition was limited release (the digital one confused me as why it needs to be limited); but for an anniversary celebration for FE, feels a bit shallow.

      1. I know, but even then all that “other” stuff just isn’t worth $50. If they gave some collectible figure or something then maybe I could see it, but an old school box and art book just aren’t making the cut.

      2. “I know, but even then all that “other” stuff just isn’t worth $50.”

        Based on what exactly? They’re collectibles. 100% of the value is in the subjective impressions of the fanbase. If it sells out, which it probably will, it is worth $50. This isn’t a gallon of milk where you can measure the functional purpose of the product. It HAS no functional purpose. The value comes from the fanbase.

    1. You’re free to disagree with how they handled it (and I’m not a fan either) but it doesn’t make Nintendo scum.

      There’s so deception here, like EA blatantly lying to our faces every day. Nintendo is at least being upfront with how they’re handling the game.

      1. “If you make things a limited time purchase digitally, you are scum.”

        If you think there’s a moral element to whether or not a company sells to you an unnecessary entertainment product in precisely the way you feel entitled to, you are a child.

  5. Honestly even though the limited release sucks, this may open the doors for more classic games receiving a fan translation, so that could mean official translations of the SNES FE titles, or the long coveted Mother 3.

  6. So even Fire Emblem is receiving an anniversary thing this year instead of F-Zero. FE has had 5 or 6 games of varying quality in the past decade, including one very good title just last year in Three Houses. What has F-Zero had since 2004? A mediocre Nintendo Land minigame and two courses based off Mute City and Big Blue in Mario Kart. And that’s it.

    Fire Emblem is fine right now; people love it, it’s thriving, and is slowly becoming another prominent Nintendo series. Meanwhile F-Zero continues to languish in neglect and gets treated like some bastard child Nintendo never actually wanted.

    *ahem* Anyway, back to the topic, I’m not a fan on this being limited availability, even for digital copies. I’m noticing a trend with Nintendo, and it’s very, very worrying.

  7. Why not just fucking do a physical version of the game? They did it for Mario All-Stars on Wii. 90% of the people who would have been interested in the limited physical bundle set would have been because of a physical copy.

  8. They should have just made a real nes cart, now THAT would have enticed collectors if they had done a functional NES cart they could play. Should have done same thing for Earthbound Beginnings or put it on NES Classic and also a real SNES cart for Starfox 2.

    Alternatively, I would be all in for a modern game & watch series like they doing for Mario, but do a different one for each anniversary title being released, at least then we could still have some king of physical release when the digital version is no longer supported.

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