Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, the very first game in the Fire Emblem series, will launch in the west for the first time as a rerelease on Nintendo Switch.

The 8-bit game, previously exclusive to the Famicom in Japan, will launch in the US and Europe on the Nintendo Switch eShop on 4th December. Unfortunately, and following a worrying trend from Nintendo just lately, it'll only be available to purchase for a limited time.

"While players across Europe/North America 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 game will be priced at $5.99 and will only be available until 31st March 2021. A special Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition release will also be available at selected retailers at a suggested price of $49.99, and includes:

- Nostalgic, stylized physical NES box
- Replica NES Game Pak art piece with a protective sleeve
- Colourful, 222-page Legacy of Archanea deluxe hardbound art book
- Game download code
- NES instruction manual, newly localized from the original Famicom release
- Fold-out world map
- Mini Nintendo Power retro collectible.

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What a lovely surprise!? Apart from the limited availability, of course...