Fire Emblem Celebrates 30 Years With Port of the Original Game and Collector’s Edition

Fans of the Fire Emblem franchise get a special treat this December as the game that started it all gets an official North American port for the first time.

This morning brings about some excellent news for retro gamers and fans of the Fire Emblem franchise (both of which apply to me). To help celebrate 30 years of the iconic tactical RPG franchise Nintendo is re-releasing the original game, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, for the Switch.

This marks the first time the title has be localized in English, offering gamers the first (official) chance to experience where it all started (with some modern tweaks to help). Even better, they’ve also announced this AMAZING collector’s edition coming to select retailers for $49.99:

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!

The game (through the eShop for $5.00) and Anniversary Edition will both launch on December 4th and will only be available through March 31st. So make sure you get on it!

While North American players were first introduced to Marth as a fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series, the story of this bold and courageous prince actually begins in Japan’s first entry in the Fire Emblem franchise, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light. The game’s new release for Nintendo Switch features its first English language localization, bringing to life the tactical RPG classic for a new generation of players. This release will also include features like rewind, fast-forward and save states, which allow burgeoning tacticians to approach the challenge at their own pace.

“The Fire Emblem series has grown into a saga enjoyed by fans for its strategic gameplay and memorable characters,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “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.”

Throughout Marth’s perilous journey, players can shape their armies to execute a range of strategies by carefully selecting from dozens of characters with unique attributes that can turn the tide of every battlefield skirmish. Will Marth be able to acquire the sacred Falchion sword on his epic expedition to restore peace to the Kingdom of Archanea? Lead a band of loyal followers on a continent-spanning quest for glory and victory, and reclaim the throne from the Shadow Dragon Medeus!

Will you be picking this up in December?