30 Years Later, The Original Fire Emblem Is Getting Localised For Switch

30 Years Later, The Original Fire Emblem Is Getting Localised For Switch
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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, the game that kicked the turn-based strategy series off, is finally getting an English version on Switch on December 4.

The game will be about $8 to download, but Nintendo is also releasing a special 30th Anniversary edition of the game for $70 complete with a replica box, game cartridge, newly-localised game manual, map, and 222-page art book. There’s a hitch though, and stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light will only be available to buy digitally until March 31, 2021.

Nintendo’s new Disney-like vaulting system aside, if that’s what it takes to finally be able to play Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light so be it. Released in Japan for the Famicom back in 1990, the first Fire Emblem saw Prince Marth try to reclaim his thrown from evil forces in through a sequence of grid-based battles where permadeath would see beloved character die forever if they fell during combat.

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It wasn’t until the seventh game in the series, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade (called just Fire Emblem in the West), was released on Game Boy Advance in 2004 that fans outside of Japan finally got a taste of Intelligent System’s tactical JRPG series. Prior to that people were simply left to ponder the mysteries of which colourful anime hole Super Smash Bros. Melee’s Marth and Roy had crawled out of. Now those two and their comrades have all but taken over the latest Smash Bros. It’s about time Marth’s story got told properly.


  • What exactly is Nintendo’s strategy with limiting the release window for their games? Is it to drive sales because of FOMO culture? Is there some kind of hidden, exorbitant cost to them to host these things on their own store? Do the bytes wear out after a certain time so no more copies can be made? Does a Phanto chase them around while they have the game on the store?

    This isn’t Game Pass where licensing deals mean games are limited in how long they can be on the service. This is good old stock standard digital store space where people have been hosting the same games for decades. Does Nintendo not understand how that works?

  • Nintendo must have something planned for April next year, seeing as they’re making a bunch of games unavailable after March 31.

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