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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light – The First Fire Emblem Game – Coming to Nintendo Switch in December 2020

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light – the first Fire Emblem game from 1990 – will be released on the Nintendo Switch on December 4, 2020, and will be fully localized for the first time.

This Fire Emblem game, that was released only in Japan on the Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom), told a story that featured the "heroic exploits of Prince Marth," and began a franchise that has spawned 20 games, spin-offs, and remakes, most recently with Fire Emblem: Three Houses for the Nintendo Switch.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light will be available on the Nintendo eShop for $5.99 and will only be available to purchase until the end of the franchise's 30th anniversary on March 31, 2021. Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. 35 will also only be available, at least in their current forms, until that date as well.

There will also be a Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition that will be available for $49.99 and will include "a nostalgic, stylized physical NES box and a replica NES Game Pak art piece with a protective sleeve that transports owners to the era of the original game’s release." There will also be a 222-page Legacy of Archanea deluxe hardbound art book, download code, NES instruction manual (also localized!), a fold-out world map, and a Mini Nintendo Power retro collectible.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light will have its first English language localization on Switch, and will also have rewind, fast-forward, and save states to help players along their journey.

Throughout the adventure, players will be able to control dozens of characters with unique attributes and will help Marth acquire the sacred Falchion sword on his quest to restore peace to the Kingdom of Archanea.

This particular adventure was remade for the Nintendo DS in 2008 as Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. In our review, we said "Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon doesn't offer a revolutionary experience, but it is a highly polished and well-balanced example of strategy gaming. Nintendo did a nice job making sure it kept the challenge the series is known for while at the same time providing a friendlier experience for newcomers. The series superfans may be disappointed at the lack of new features, but this is still one of the strongest turn-based strategy experiences on the DS."

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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