Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light to release on Nintendo Switch on December 4, available for a limited time

Nintendo has announced that the very first Fire Emblem title, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, will be released on Nintendo Switch eShop on December 4 - officially available in English for the first time. The official Nintendo website is here.

The game will be priced at $5.99 and is now available for pre-order. However, the game will only be available for purchase until March 31, 2021, the end of the franchise’s 30th anniversary.

This version of the game will make some additions to the Famicom original, including rewind, fast-forward and save states.


Nintendo of America is also releasing a special edition for this limited release, the Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition, which includes a game download code, a Replica NES Game Pak art piece & game box, Mini NintendoPower collectible, Legacy of Archanea deluxe art book, and more. This release will be available at select retailers for $49.99.

Here's Nintendo's description of this Anniversary Edition.

This collector’s edition of the game 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. The collector’s edition also includes a colorful, 222-page Legacy of Archanea deluxe hardbound art book and a game download code. It will be accompanied by an NES instruction manual, newly localized from the original Famicom release, along with a fold-out world map and a Mini Nintendo Power retro collectible. With this rich package packed with exclusive items, fans can finally play the original Fire Emblem game as it was always intended: with power!

Check out an announcement trailer, description, and screenshot/art set below.

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!

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light Screenshots and Artwork