I was surprised to discover that the reedition of the first, 8-bit Fire Emblem is not just a disappointing history lesson. Of course, this NES-era classic is ugly, outdated and rough in many aspects, but it’s still very engaging. It also shows that although the series grew significantly over the years, it managed to retain its overall feel. [02/2021, p.38]
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.
This game is exactly what it say the first Fire emblem translated for the first time, I don't know why anyone would complain about it not being free there are several nes/snes games that are not free like the original dragon quest but there all cheap 6$ for this game is totally worth it if you like classic fire emblem
it’s not fair to hold retro games to modern standards. this game started the fire emblem series we know and love today, and the game is super fun is you play past an “initial impression” stage. it definitely deserves higher than a 5-6/10. in my eyes it’s a 10 :)
Although it’s not a title anyone unfamiliar for the series should try for a first go around, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light is a nice surprise that’s worth picking up for fans interested in the series history.
All of the improvements of the previous years have been completely forsaken in this version of the game. Thus, it merely carries some sort of historical value for European players (given that it had never released before in our territory), but there really is barely anything at all to take out from it.
Despite my less than enjoyable time with Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, I can’t help but appreciate its existence as the precursor to some of my favorite JRPGs of all time. However, as is often the case with pieces of history, it’s best left in a museum to be admired for all future generations.
Honestly i loved it! Everything that makes Fire Emblem well Fire Emblem is all in this game. haven't quite beat it but i put in like 50 hours! I love old sprites they are so beautiful and hold up really well despite what some people say.
I think it’s wrong that this game isn’t free with Nintendo Online along with all the other NES games. But as NES games go. This is one of the best. I believe it still holds up today. A fun challenge well worth 6 dollars.
This game isn't anything special, but it's really cool to finally have this released in a language other than Japanese. Personally I think the color looks better than the original and plays smoother. It's really cool being able to play this game especially on the Switch. I think this game really only calls out to the long time fans and could give you the wrong idea on the series if you only care for the graphics of games. The story isn't the best, but it could be much worse. Overall this is a cool release over anything, especially if you can get the collectors edition. If you want this game or want to try something new in the JRPG genre, get it from the eshop before it's too late.
Instead of delivering on the NES/SNES games we were promised during the initial launch of Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo and companies decided to re-release games for a separate price tag. Granted, this game never game out in the west. Still inexcusable practice.
SummaryPlay the Famicom classic that started the Fire Emblem™ legacy—localized for the first time. Meet Marth and recruit some of the most beloved Fire Emblem characters in their 8-bit glory as you play through all 25 chapters of this classic Famicom tactical role-playing game, localized and released for the first time in North America—for a li...