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The original NES Fire Emblem is coming to Nintendo Switch in December

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light is coming to the West for the first time this December via a Nintendo Switch release.

This week, Nintendo announced that a special localization of the original Fire Emblem game is set to arrive on the Nintendo Switch in December – some 30 years after its original release in Japan.

Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light arrives on Nintendo eShop from December 4, and will set you back $5.99 or your regional equivalent.

Oddly, like other recent Nintendo products (such as Super Mario Bros. 35 and Super Mario 3D All-Stars trilogy), the game will only enjoy a limited release.

You will need to buy it before March 31, 2021 if you want to keep the game, then. Apparently, it's going to go off-sale in time for the series' 30th anniversary, but that remains to be seen for sure.

The game isn't an exact port of the original title. There are a few enhancements to the game that make it that much friendlier for modern players to enjoy across its 25 hardcore chapters.

For example, you will be able to rewind turns if you mess something up, and players will also be able to fast-forward through enemy turns, too.

As you can see in the tweets embedded above, there will also be a physical version of the game coming to Western shores.

The limited-edition physical release – called the Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition – will set you back $49.99 (or your local equivalent).

The bundle comes with a digital code for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade Of Light; a replica Nintendo Entertainment System box with an instruction booklet, protective sleeve and world map; a replica Game Pak and art piece; deluxe art book; and Mini Nintendo Power magazine. Safe to say, this one's full of nostalgia value.

A rumor from last year suggests more Fire Emblem ports for the Nintendo Switch could be in the works, too.

If you want to learn more about the most recent Fire Emblem game (Fire Emblem: Three Houses), you can check out our review here.

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