The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #6: Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

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Article by Matt S. 

It’s the big countdown! Just as you pull out your advent calendars to count down the 24 days to Christmas, so too are we going to count down in our own way, by highlighting 24 games that you could play this month to get into the spirit of the season.

Christmas means different things to different people, but we see it as a time to get together with family and friends, relax after a long year’s hard work (and, given this is 2020, it was an especially hard year), enjoy good food and good company. It’s a good time to knock off that epic RPG you’ve had sitting in the backlog, or crack open the beers (or eggnog) and get stuck into the local multiplayer battles.

Each day we’ll highlight one game that you could have a great time playing over the Christmas season. It’s not a countdown, nor is it a “best of” list. It’s not highlighting new games, nor old. It’s just 24 games, one per day, that we love the idea of breaking into over the season. Have a great and happy season, everyone!

Game #6: Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Christmas is a time to get nostalgic, and what’s more nostalgic than the very first Fire Emblem game ever made. As a “Christmas gift” to celebrate 30 years of the evergreen series, Nintendo has finally localised the game into English, and you can play it as it was originally intended, NES-era warts and all. It’ll be like you were a kid unwrapping a box-shaped present, knowing that it was a brand new game to play, and barely able to contain your excitement when you discover just what that game is. 

Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon was remade for a Nintendo DS release which has become very rare in many parts of the world thanks to a tiny shipment. But that’s all shined up. This is the original 8-bit graphics, 80’s era anime designs, and there’s something really charming about that. Plus, as an added bonus, it’s dozens of hours of game (especially factoring in the inevitable need to restart levels and, perhaps, the entire game, as Fire Emblem back then was wont to do), for just a couple of dollars. You can grab this off the Nintendo eShop for $Aus9. Bargain!
– Matt S.
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