Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is not a name some gamers have heard of. And those that have are probably freaking out right now. It turns out that the game is coming west. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is launching in the US for the first time ever. The tactical roleplaying game, originally released in 1990, will be available on the Nintendo Switch for $5.99 on December 4th.
The news was broken via Twitter by Nintendo. Including a very interesting reveal in with the basic version of the localization. On the 30th anniversary of the franchise being created and launched, fans are finally getting to play a new game in the west, or rather an old one. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light was never released in the west, and not Nintendo is localizing it in 2020.
I sure hope that this is a sign that Nintendo will be porting other older titles to the Switch. It would also be cool if they bundled some of these with the NES and SNES online service built into Nintendo Switch online. We will just have to wait and see though.
There are 20 games in the franchise, and this is one that fans have wanted to see get an English release for some time. And to commemorate the announcement, Nintendo is releasing a limited-run special edition of the game with a bunch of cool stuff included.
The special edition will include a fully custom replica game pack of the original release and a deluxe art book as the big ticket items. There will also be various smaller bonuses like a commemorative poster and the like.
And of course, there’s a new trailer promoting the port. Check that out below. And there’s one detail that has some fans up in arms. Buried in some tiny disclaimer on Nintendo’s website for the game it says the following: “Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light will only be available for a limited time.”
Yup, Nintendo doing that artificial scarcity nonsense again. They already pulled this stunt with Super Mario 3D All-Stars, so here we go again.