Do you remember playing Super Smash Bros. Melee, looking at Marth and Roy, and thinking… ‘who are they’? Well, that’s something that Nintendo have celebrated in the reveal trailer for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light, the 1990 NES release that marked the beginning of the Fire Emblem saga that is making its way to the Nintendo Switch on December 4th. This is the first time that the game has been made available for Western audiences in an official capacity, with a full translation included for players to really appreciate the first entry in what is now a much-loved franchise.

Check out the reveal trailer below:

While players across Europe 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 localisation, 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.

Throughout Marth’s perilous journey, players can shape their armies to execute a range of strategies by carefully selecting from dozens of characters with unique attributes that can turn the tide of every battlefield skirmish. Will Marth be able to acquire the sacred Falchion sword and obtain the mystical Fire Emblem on his epic expedition to restore peace to the Kingdom of Archanea? 

It’s worth noting that the game will only be available until March 31st, which marks the end of the game’s 30th Anniversary. It’s something Nintendo has also done with Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and honestly? I’m not a fan. Here’s hoping they see sense and make these games readily available for a long time – it’s the fans who ends up missing out on some of Nintendo’s most enjoyable and intriguing releases by limiting the availability period, after all.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light is coming to the Nintendo Switch on December 4th 2020.