The Fire Emblem series is one of both respect and intrigue. It is a strategy roll-playing series that struck a chord long before it ever left its Japanese audience, and because of that, many of the original titles have yet to see localization efforts in the west. This week, that all changes, though, as Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light is launching on the Nintendo Switch this Friday, December 4th, 2020.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light is the first entry in the Fire Emblem series and the game that basically started it all.
The story behind the game’s initial release is pretty interesting as well. Initially, the game received massive criticism from various Japanese publications citing that the game was difficult to follow and the graphics were poor compared to other similar games.
However, popular opinion was significantly more positive, and word of mouth had spread. The initial sales were pretty bad over the first couple months, but thanks to players and the strong reputation gained from the community, sales improved and garnered enough attention to merit a sequel. It is currently the third best-selling Fire Emblem game to date, which is impressive considering its uphill battle against bad reviews.
For those unfamiliar with the series, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light follows Marth, a character introduced to many players in the west thanks to Super Smash Bros Melee, as he recruits some of the most beloved Fire Emblem characters in their 8-bit glory.
There are 25 chapters in this classic Famicom tactical role-playing game, localized and released for the first time in the west… but for a limited time.
Nintendo is once again striking us with a limited time release, so if you are a fan of the series and are interested in seeing how it all began, please be sure to pick up Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light when it releases this Friday, December 4th for $5.99.
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