Original Fire Emblem, Previously Japan-Only, Coming To Nintendo Switch In December

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade Of Light is finally getting an official Western release on December 4.

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Mario isn't the only Nintendo icon celebrating a notable birthday in 2020. This year also marks the Fire Emblem series' 30th anniversary, and Nintendo is commemorating the occasion by officially localizing the very first Fire Emblem game for Switch. The company announced that it is bringing the series' debut Famicom entry, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light--which up until now has never been released outside of Japan--to Switch in English on December 4.

In addition to full English text, Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light will feature a few new modern conveniences, including a rewind feature that lets you skip back to a previous turn, as well as the ability to fast-forward through animations. Nintendo has also added a save state function to the game. You can watch the announcement trailer for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light below.

As the first game in the series, Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light established the framework that future Fire Emblem games would follow. The game features more than 50 unique characters, who you'll need to tactically maneuver around a map to defeat opposing armies. It was also the first title to feature the series' hallmark permadeath; if one of your characters should fall during battle, they'll be gone permanently.

Although this is the first time the Famicom installment is being officially released in English, this isn't the first chance Western players had to play through Marth's adventure. Nintendo developed a full remake of the game, dubbed Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, for the original DS back in 2009. Its direct sequel, Mystery of the Emblem, likewise received a DS remake, but that was not released outside of Japan.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light will not be added to Switch Online's NES library, but rather will be released as a standalone purchase on the Switch eShop. The game will cost $6 USD. Nintendo is also releasing a 30th Anniversary collector's edition that costs $50 USD and comes with an assortment of physical goodies on top of the game download, including an NES instruction manual, an NES-style box and game pak art piece, and a 222-page art book. You can learn more in our Fire Emblem preorder guide.

Much like Super Mario 3D All-Stars, however, Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light will not be a permanent release. Nintendo says the game will only be available to purchase until March 31, 2021.

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I was under the impression that the anniversary bundle was limited time release, but the stand alone game is too? That's some BS & as bad as i want this, i cannot support this garbage limited time release so i will pass unless they change that policy on this title. If it's digital only, why limit it? I could understand a physical limited release, for many reasons, but this is insane.

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Odd that the cover image for this is from Fire Emblem Gaiden, which isn't the game they're speaking of.

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So finally we can grasp better WTF is Marth and why unlocking him in a SSB game is a reward!

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so confusing...i am still on the fence buying a Switch...waiting to see whats about the new model i hear rumors about.

So,next years holiday i might have a Switch...what about those time limited releases now? Gone?

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One down, five to go!

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Hell yes!

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I'm trying to buy Shadow Dragon for DS, but it can get pretty expensive.

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@WarGreymon77: Looks like it's in stock at GameStop for $40 if you want to avoid the Amazon and eBay resellers trying to sell it for $150.

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Oh look, another limited time release. I can't stand it that when Disney does it and Nintendo following suit is just as pathetic.

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Much rather a remake, I don't like how modern Fire emblem just involves a faceless pointless protagonist, previous ones were much better

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The title's a bit misleading. This is a release of the first game in the Fire Emblem series. It's not the Switch's first Fire Emblem game.

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@bouchart: not misleading at all, think you're just reading it wrong

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@subsided94: It's pretty poorly worded though... like objectively:

"Nintendo Switch Getting First Fire Emblem Game, Previously Japan-Only, In December"

Should/could be:
"Nintendo Switch *is* Getting *the* First Fire Emblem Game, Previously Japan-Only, In December"

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Nintendo: The toy system for old time games.

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And its only 6$, The original NES title is a bit dated, but for that price its atleast worth checking out for fans of the series.

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I'm buying this on day 1. Mainly because this is another one of Nintendo's "Limited release" games which makes 0 sense. Especially with it being a digital only title.

I also hope with Earthbound/Mother ' s anniversary coming up that they will finally officially translate and release Mother 3 in the west.

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I've wanted this for like 15 years now.

Better late than never, but unfortunately I don't have a Switch anymore.

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@rewnami: There's fan translated versions you can play on an emulator or even on an NES if you have an everdrive or something similar.

I have very little on my switch, so I'll probably buy this as well. I also just really like voting for re-releases with my $. Old games should be as accessible as old movies.

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