Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Getting Official Localization

A classic Fire Emblem game is coming to the Switch, and it's the one that started them all.

A new Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch is on the horizon — well, sort of new. Nintendo announced the first-ever official localization for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, set for a limited-time release from December 4, 2020, through March 31, 2021.

The localization boasts modern touches like rewind and save state features, but the rest of the game is taken straight from the original 1990 Famicom version. It's the game where Marth of Smash Bros. and Fire Emblem Awakening fame made his debut.

Players recruit over 50 different characters across 20 different classes and struggle along with Marth to defeat the evil Shadow Dragon (Grima, for you Awakening fans) and restore some semblance of normalcy to Archanea.

Nintendo announced a special Fire Emblem 30th anniversary collector's edition complete with art book and collectibles, though pre-orders aren't open for that yet.

Despite seeing a remake with 2009's Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon for the DS, the original tale of the Archanean prince's showdown against the evil shadow dragon remained locked in Japan until now. And it's apparently going back into the Nintendo vault after March 31, along with Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Get your hands on it this December, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Fire Emblem news as it develops.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Oct. 22nd 2020

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