Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light is the very first game in the long-running Fire Emblem series, and it was released over 30 years ago on the NES. Unfortunately, it was never localised, though its Nintendo DS remake (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon) was indeed released in Europe and North America. It’s available for digital pre-order on the Nintendo eShop for $5.99.
As part of the Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary celebrations, Nintendo have announced that Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light is to get its first official English release on December 4th in Europe and North America. It will only be available for a limited time: until March 31st 2021 to be precise!
In North America, a Limited Edition will also be released at retail for $49.99, and will include the following:
- a nostalgic, stylized physical NES box
- a replica NES Game Pak art piece with a protective sleeve
- a colorful, 222-page Legacy of Archanea deluxe hardbound art book
- a game download code
- an NES instruction manual, newly localized from the original Famicom release,
- a fold-out world map
- a Mini Nintendo Power retro collectible
Finally, here’s a trailer, some details, and some screenshots for the game:
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.
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.
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 (Switch – eShop) comes out on December 4th in Europe and North America.
Source: Nintendo PR