Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light coming to Switch on December 4

The Fire Emblem that started it all.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light

Nintendo will release Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light for Switch via the Nintendo eShop on December 4 for $5.99, the company announced. It will only be available to purchase until the end of the Fire Emblem series’ 30th anniversary on March 31, 2021.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light first launched for Famicom in April 1990 in Japan. The Switch version marks its first ever release in the west.

Nintendo will also release a “Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition” at select retailers for $49.99. It includes a deluxe art book, replica game box with instruction booklet and map, replica game pak art piece with game sleeve and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light digital game download, mini Nintendo Power collectible, and a collector’s box.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light

“The Fire Emblem series has grown into a saga enjoyed by fans for its strategic gameplay and memorable characters,” said Nintendo of America senior vice president of sales and marketing Nick Chavez in a press release. “With Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Nintendo Switch owners can now experience the game that started it all with enhanced features that make this timeless adventure available to everyone.”

Here is an overview of the game, via

Play the Famicom Classic that Started the Fire Emblem Legacy—Localized for the First Time

Meet Marth and recruit some of the most beloved Fire Emblem characters in their 8-bit glory as you play through all 25 chapters of this classic Famicom tactical role-playing game, localized and released for the first time in North America—for a limited time.

Follow Marth on an Epic Journey

From defending the kingdom of Talys to facing off against the titular Shadow Dragon, this scrappy hero must be poised to take on any challenge. Luckily, he has a capable group of allies at his side: Tiki, Minerva, the Whitewing Sisters, and more!

See Marth’s humble beginnings from a refugee in Talys to the hero of Archanea!

Classic Gameplay with a Modern Touch

  • Choose from over 50 playable characters and discover the roots of the strategic gameplay that defines the Fire Emblem series.
  • Pick the units and classes suited to the mission at hand and approach characters on the battlefield to forge relationships and even add to your army.
  • Make a mistake or lose a favorite unit? New features like save states and rewind let you tailor the challenge to your playstyle!

Classic Characters

Choose from over 50 characters and over 20 classes as you find the right strategy for each chapter. Here are just a few of the allies you’ll meet and the foes you’ll face in the game.

Watch the announcement trailer below. View a set of screenshots at the gallery.

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