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).
In a website with close to 3000 pages, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that mistakes and errors are pointed out on a near daily basis.
Although most are obvious goofs or minor typos that can be corrected without anyone batting an eyelid, some are trickier beasts to contain.
As such, I will be introducing the first of… well, hopefully not many erratum notices that exist to highlight and explain some bizarre mistakes I’ve made on this site.
In the Unused Content page, under the “Dark Dragon and Sword of Light” section, the following statement could be found (paraphrased):
“There is an unused boss called Heimler, who is likely the same character as Heimler in the remake, Shadow Dragon”.