Fire Emblem 30th anniversary begins with original NES game on Switch this year

Nintendo is releasing another retro game on Switch for only a limited period, but this time it’s Fire Emblem rather than Mario.

A new Fire Emblem game is being released this year for Nintendo Switch. And by new we mean extremely old.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade Of Light is the very first entry in the series, originally released for the NES in 1990 but only in Japan.

It’s now getting an official English translation for the Nintendo Switch and will be released worldwide on the eShop on 4 December – but it’ll only be available for purchase until 31st March 2021.

As you can see, the graphics haven’t been improved any from the original release but there will be some mod cons in the form of quick save bookmarks, fast forward options, and the chance to take back moves.

Like Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Fire Emblem will only be available for a limited period, with the 31st March being the game’s 30th anniversary – which suggests Nintendo has more planned for the series at that point.

The original game was remade in 2008 for the Nintendo DS, as Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and that was released in the West, but it doesn’t seem to be included as part of this new version.

That means this release isn’t quite as exciting as it would be for some of the games that have never had an official English translation, such as Mystery Of The Emblem or the two SNES entries, but maybe Nintendo will get to those afterwards.

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