Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade Of Light Coming To The West

Published: October 22, 2020 10:18 AM /


The title screen for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light

Famicom classic Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light is coming to the West with an English localization for the first time. The first game in the Fire Emblem franchise is headed to Switch with a host of new features and a brand new English translation. It'll arrive this December.

What is Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light?

This first game in the Fire Emblem series stars Marth, who Western audiences came to know through his appearances in the Super Smash Bros series. Marth embarks on an epic quest to obtain the legendary Falchion sword and restore peace to his kingdom after it's threatened by the titular Shadow Dragon, Medeus. This version of the original NES game will come with new features like rewinds, fast-forwards, and save states. You can check out a new trailer for Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light right here:

Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light has come to the West before in a different form. It was remade back in 2009 as Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon for the original DS. However, this'll be the first time the original NES game has appeared in the West fully localized. This won't be part of Nintendo Switch Online; rather, it'll be a completely standalone release that you can buy from the Switch eShop for a limited time. 

When is Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light launching?

You can get your hands on the NES Fire Emblem that started it all on December 4th. It'll be available via the eShop for $5.99 and will remain on sale until the end of the franchise's 30th anniversary next March. There's also a physical 30th-anniversary collector's edition that bundles in an NES-style box and Game Pak art piece, as well as a deluxe art book, a fold-out world map, and a retro collectible.

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