Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is launching in the US for the first time ever. The tactical roleplaying game, originally released in 1990, will be available on the Nintendo Switch for $5.99 on December 4th.
As the first game in the Fire Emblem series, Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light stars Marth, a character best known Stateside for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. The Switch edition of the game will include fast-forward, rewind, and save state features. A remake of the game, called Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, was previously released for Nintendo DS.
It’s important to note that the release is for a limited time only, until the franchise’s 30th anniversary on March 31st, 2021. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light isn’t the first game to adopt such a strategy; rather, it appears to be building on a Disney Vault-type play on Nintendo’s part. Super Mario 3D World’s availability is also set to expire on March 31st of next year.
An anniversary edition — which includes a stylized physical NES box and a replica NES Game Pak art piece, in addition to an art book and download code — will be available for $49.99 at select retailers.