While many Nintendo fans are celebrating Mario’s 35th anniversary this year, another important Nintendo franchise also hit a big milestone. This year marks the 30th anniversary for the storied Fire Emblem franchise. To celebrate, Nintendo is releasing the first title in the series, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light on December 4th. Though this game was remade in 2008’s Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on the DS, this marks the first time the original version has been localized outside of Japan!
Outside of Japan, players were introduced to iconic characters Marth and Roy via the 2001 hit Super Smash Bros. Melee, though Marth’s story starts in Shadow Dragon. 100 years prior to the events of the game, the Shadow Dragon Medeus invaded the land of Archanea, though Medeus is defeated by a young soldier wielding the legendary weapon Falchion. Unfortunately, in the present time, an evil wizard decides to resurrect Medeus in order to conquer the world. It’s then left Marth to take up Falchion once again and protect the world from this great evil.
Though classic Fire Emblem is known for its difficulty, largely due to characters permanently dying if lost in battle, this localization brings some more modern features to the game that newer fans can appreciate. Players will be able to rewind time in case of making a mistake, fast-forward through dialogue, and even create save states for ease of playing in short bursts. Of course, if you want the traditional experience, you can always just not these handy features.
In addition to the digital release, a collector’s edition will launch alongside the game. For $49.99, you’ll get a stylized NES box (containing an instruction booklet, protective sleeve, and world map), a replica Game Pak art piece, the 222-page Legacy of Archanea art book, and a mini Nintendo Power collectible. Unfortunately, there’s no cartridge included with this set, but you do get a download code for the game.
What’s more disappointing is that Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light is only going to be available for a limited time. Fire Emblem‘s 30th anniversary ends on March 31st, 2021, which also marks the last day you can pick up this historic title. It’s incredibly frustrating that yet another anniversary release is set to be pulled from sale next year, but at least you have four months to pick this up. Who knows? Maybe it’ll come to Nintendo Switch Online afterwards?
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light launches December 4th for $5.99.