Hey folks, welcome to the feature series we call “EXPlay.” A series of feature articles where we share our experience on games we’ve recently played in the form of written views and captured gameplay footage. In this instalment, we’re all about Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light by developer Intelligent Systems.

EXPlay Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light: (Nintendo Switch)

Not to be confused with Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, an overhauled reworking of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, released for the Nintendo DS back in 2008, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light is where it all began, the first game in its series and now for the first time in 30 years, this classic title has finally scored a release in the west.

Except this time around, instead of being added to the line-up of games available as part of Nintendo Switch Online’s NES app, (despite actually being added to the Famicom app for Japan last year) it’s been giving its own standalone release, with a special collector’s edition available for purchase in some parts of the world. Just expect things to seem a little darker, however, as the game looks as if it was running on the same emulator used for the Nintendo Wii U, and it does look darker compared to the Japanese release that graced the Famicom app last year.

For the most part, this version stays true to the original in almost every regards, from its 8-bit visual aesthetic to level layouts, character design and dialogue exchanges, but a few new sneaky additions have been made. Similar to the NES and SNES games, players are free to create a checkpoint and can load it at any time, which means, if the current battle is not going your way and you’ve lost a favourite unit, you can easily rewind the clock to bring them back and execute a new strategy.

There’s also settings options to rewind turns and speed up gameplay, so just in case you feel like trying to speedrun this 25 chapter-long strategy role-playing game, by all means do so. Otherwise, take things slow and enjoy the ride as you familiarise yourself with more than20 classes and 50 notable Fire Emblem characters, plenty of whom have gone on to make appearances elsewhere, with the most being in the mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes.

The character communications and story might not be as well written as they are today and things might feel a little weird diving into a Fire Emblem game where the characters aren’t voiced, but this truly is a blast from the past as they content-packed title can easily impress many a diehard fan and comes with the possibility of deepening that love for others, thanks to being able to give them a newfound appreciation for everything this series has been able to achieve.

If you’ve played the latest game in the series (Fire Emblem: Three Houses), then it’s time you play the first. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light might seem like a bare-bones experience compared to more recent offerings, but this is a game that helped to define a genre, serving as an inspiration to many other releases, all whilst establishing the fundamental elements that would still be used in Fire Emblem games to this date.

At last Marth’s original adventure can be experienced in full and this really is video gaming history in the making, you’d have to be a Fire Emblem Fool to let this one slip through your grasp. It’s only sticking around until March 31, 2020!

EXPlay Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light Gameplay:

Game Specifics:


Developer: Intelligent Systems/ Nintendo R&D1
Publisher: Nintendo
 Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Role-Playing, Strategy
No. of Players:
1 player
Release Date: December 04, 2020 (Worldwide)
File Size: 30 MB
Nintendo.com Listing

Thank you for reading our EXPlay on Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light. We hope that you find it useful in your decision in picking up the game for yourself. While there are a lot of hidden gems on the Nintendo Switch and a fair number of duds, we’ll leave it to you to decide whether a game is for you or not.

After all, we can’t tell you what games you might like or not like, only what games we like. So, this condensed overview is simply to shine a light on some games that might have been missed on your radar. If you wish to share your own thoughts with us, please be sure to leave them in the comments below.


Until Next Time, Keep On Gaming!

By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: contact@miketendo64.com / jack.lo@miketendo64.com Website: https://miketendo64.com/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVMO4QgcniAjhLxoyc9n8Q

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