Marth launches alongside Ike for a twofold summer of Fire Emblem merchandise, next year.
As recently announced, a scale figure of Marth from the Fire Emblem series will be produced as a collectible 1/7 scale figure, and we’ve got the latest on what there is to know.
Here’s a formal introduction to the figure, as provided by Good Smile Company:
“Okay, everyone, let’s go!”
From the Fire Emblem series comes the third figure in a new series of figures made by the developer of the series, INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS!
From the first Fire Emblem game “Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light” comes a 1/7th scale figure of the protagonist, Marth! Based on a special illustration by Daisuke Izuka, character designer of “Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem”, the figure features Marth in a dignified pose leading his army and inspiring his allies. The Hero-King’s gallant appearance has been brought to life in stunning detail. Be sure to add him to your collection!
Taken from the above wording, this Marth figure is nominally based on Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, though his Binding Shield also comes from Mystery of the Emblem.
The Marth scale figure is scheduled for a release in July 2022 at a suggested price of ¥20,900. Pre-orders for it are open on the Fire Emblem Online Shop now until October 27, 2021, and will be available to purchase at other vendors.
Nintendo has recently announced the upcoming NES/Famicom games to be available for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. While the West get Kid Icarus and Star Tropics. Japan gets Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, and the Konami arcade game, Yie Ar Kung-Fu.
Nintendo Switch owners with Japanese accounts should be able to access the game if they wish to try it out. Of course, a subscription to Nintendo’s Online Service is required (although, if it’s your first time, you can also apply for a 7-day trial). Switch games are not region locked.
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is the very first Fire Emblem game starring Marth, as he attempts to reclaim kingdom, honor, his heirloom–the Falchion–and rescue his sister.
It laid the foundation of many common themes, archetypes and traditions still present in the series to this very day. While rough and kind of clunky by today’s standards it still holds a significant place in the franchise’s history.
This will be the fourth time the game has been re-released, Japan received the game on October 20th 2009 for the Wii Virtual Console, August 1st 2012 on the 3DS and finally the Wii U in June 4th 2014.
It will be available on the Famicom service from March 13th 2019.
Shmuplations recently translated two old interviews featuring Shouzou Kaga, the creator of the Fire Emblem series.
A rare picture of Kaga, courtesy of shmuplations.
The first interview from 1994 sounds like something out of a nerdy RPG fan’s dream, as the father of Fire Emblem meets up with with Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series.
Meanwhile, the second interview from 1990 discusses the very first game, Dark Dragon and Sword of Light, which came out in the same year.
The Making of Fire Emblem released in December, while far from perfect, was a treat for hardcore Fire Emblem fans, featuring many previously unknown development materials and secrets.
Of note, the 351-page book finally solved the mystery of Fire Emblem 64 and even revealed a never-seen-before Fire Emblem prototype for the Wii.
However that’s just the tip of the iceberg; in the coming weeks, I’ll be providing an in-depth look at many other exciting sections from the book in collaboration with Kirokan from Kantopia.
To get things rolling, it makes the most sense to begin with the game that started it all: the Famicom/NES version of Shadow Dragon (and the Blade of Light).