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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

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Based on 23 critic reviews
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61

Top Critic Average

9%

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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchDec 4, 2020

Developer: Intelligent Systems

Publisher: Nintendo

Genres: RPG, Strategy

MARK 30 YEARS OF THE FIRE EMBLEM SERIES! Meet Marth and recruit some of the most beloved Fire Emblem characters in their 8-bit glory in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light for Nintendo Switch! Play through all 25 chapters of this classic Famicom tactical role-playing game that started the Fire Emblem legacy, localised and released for the first time in Europe. FOLLOW MARTH ON AN EPIC JOURNEY From defending the kingdom of Talys to facing off against the titular Shadow Dragon, see Marth’s humble beginnings from a refugee in Talys to the hero of Archanea! Our scrappy hero must be poised to take on any challenge. Luckily, he has a capable group of allies at his side: Tiki, Minerva, the Whitewing Sisters, and more! DISCOVER THE ORIGINS OF FIRE EMBLEM Choose from over 50 playable characters and discover the roots of the strategic gameplay that defines the Fire Emblem series to this day. Pick the units and classes suited to the mission at hand and approach characters on the battlefield to forge relationships, and even add to your army. Make a mistake or lose a favourite unit? New features like Quick Save, Quick Load and Rewind let you tailor the challenge to fit your play style! CLASSIC CHARACTERS Choose from over 50 characters and over 20 classes as you find the right strategy for each chapter. Here are just a few of the allies you’ll meet and the foes you’ll face.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Critic Reviews

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Hobby Consolas

Unknown Author
60 / 100
Hobby Consolas

Quotation forthcoming.

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Although very much of its time in visuals and sound, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light holds its own in the modern day thanks to solid gameplay and structure. Almost everything you know and love about the series is here, and the game is worth picking up if only for the insight into early parts of the franchise. It's not an essential Switch game by any means, and quite alienating for beginners to the series, but it's practically compulsory for fans of Fire Emblem.

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GamingTrend

David Flynn
65 / 100
GamingTrend

While Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is a fantastic game that somehow holds up after 30 years, it's presented in a barebones package that feels too little too late as an anniversary release. If Nintendo is hell-bent on destroying their own history, they'll have to do a lot more than adding savestates and speed modifiers.

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After 30 years, the original Fire Emblem gets a Western release, an English localization and some new features meant to smoothen the experience. It's a neat history lesson, but gameplay wise Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light shows its age.

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