Fire Emblem fans got quite a nice surprise recently. Nintendo announced that the first Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, is coming to the United States for the first time ever! This 8-bit title is being released on the Nintendo Switch in December. The game is finally being officially localized for audiences to enjoy and relive where the popular franchise started.
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.
Nick Chavez of Nintendo of America said:
The Fire Emblem series has grown into a saga enjoyed by fans for its strategic gameplay and memorable characters. 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.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light will be available on December 4 in the Nintendo eShop for $5.99, but will only be available to purchase until March 31, 2021.
If you’re a collector, you may want to check out the Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition that will be available at the same time through select retailers for $49.99. This includes a stylized physical NES box and replica NES Game Pak art piece with a protective sleeve, the 222-page deluxe art book Legacy of Archanea, a physical NES instruction manual localized from the original Famicom release, a foldout map, a Mini Nintendo Power collectible, and a digital download code for the game.