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  • Summary: Play 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 andPlay 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 limited time. From defending the kingdom of Talys to facing off against the titular Shadow Dragon, this 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. See Marth’s humble beginnings from a refugee in Talys to the hero of Archanea!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. CD-Action
    Jul 23, 2021
    80
    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 Of course, this NES-era classic is ugly, outdated and rough in many aspects, but it’s still very engaging.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]
  2. Dec 4, 2020
    75
    If you are able to overcome the ergonomic rigidities inherent in his old age and are interested in discovering Marth's origins, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light could quite satisfy you.
  3. Dec 8, 2020
    70
    Nintendo gave what they promised: a localized port. It’s still a fun Fire Emblem game at its core though, and I can only hope that we get more Japanese-only Fire Emblem games localized because there are many improvements in every entry.
  4. Dec 2, 2020
    60
    This well-written English translation of Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light proves true to the original script while cutting short through the narration in comparison with the DS remake, just like the gameplay charges straight to the point. A real testament to Fire Emblem's traditional values, though some archaic principles bound this version to an historical interest, even with additional modern options that only alleviate the aging elements.
  5. Ninty Fresh Magazine
    Oct 22, 2021
    60
    Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is the definitive version of this NES classic, however that still doesn’t fix its many flaws. [Issue #3, p.53]
  6. Dec 8, 2020
    60
    If you're a Fire Emblem super-fan, this is the best version of the NES classic. For everyone else, the Nintendo DS remake or its Wii U port are far better.
  7. Dec 2, 2020
    50
    This is a game full of historical value, that everyone interested in the history of the genre should play. However, it hasn’t aged well at all, and some of its design choices are just not fun in 2020.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Dec 27, 2020
    10
    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 notThis 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 Expand
  2. Dec 13, 2020
    10
    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 superit’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 :) Expand
  3. May 26, 2021
    9
    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!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. my first system was the PS1 now those graphics tend not to hold up so well. Expand
  4. Dec 11, 2020
    7
    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 theI 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. Expand
  5. Dec 7, 2020
    7
    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 theThis 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. Expand
  6. Dec 9, 2020
    6
    A Classic only worth playing for fans , I would not say I had a bad time with the game but it was slow and tedious and if you don't played onA Classic only worth playing for fans , I would not say I had a bad time with the game but it was slow and tedious and if you don't played on double speed then you're going to bed time, But it is fun to see how franchise grew out of this little Nintendo game, Would only recommend buying if you're curious about the Fire Emblem series beginning Expand
  7. Mar 9, 2021
    0
    Say NO for all limeted sh** they trying to sell us! WTF it's 30th Anniversary singleplayer game! I believe the game itself is very good but iSay NO for all limeted sh** they trying to sell us! WTF it's 30th Anniversary singleplayer game! I believe the game itself is very good but i hate such selling practice. Expand

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