For Fire Emblem’s 30th anniversary, Nintendo is localising the original NES game and putting out a beautiful Anniversay Edition for collectors to drool over. Unfortunately, this will only available for a limited time, so collectors need to pre-order it quickly to avoid missing out.
The first Fire Emblem game, titled Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, first released in 1990, but has never before been localised outside of Japan. The new English translation will release digitally on December 4th, and will cost $5.99 in the US and £5.39 in the UK.
The more hotly sought-after version of the game, though, is the Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition, which comes with a variety of collector’s items, and which is already proving difficult to preorder.
What’s in the Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition?
The Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition contains a card with a download code for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light. It also has an “art piece” shaped like an NES cartridge, an instruction manual, and a box and sleeve for the fake cartridge.
This isn’t all – the collector’s edition also has a chunky 222-page hardback art book, a map of the game world, and a poster that bears the familiar Nintendo Power logo.
It’s clear that the purpose of this collector’s edition is to recreate the kind of memorabilia that might have been available if the NES Fire Emblem had released in the West thirty years ago.
Where to pre-order the Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition
Nintendo has stated that “select retailers” will accept pre-orders for the Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition. The bad news is that, at the time of writing, only GameStop in the US has offered pre-orders, and they’re already sold out.
The good news is that GameStop won’t be the only retailer to stock the game. This article will be updated as new pre-orders become available – although it’s also worth keeping an eye on the GameStop page in case the site is able to offer a few more units.
For limited edition offerings such as the Fire Emblem Collector’s Edition, Nintendo typically partners with Best Buy, GameStop, and Amazon in the US, and Game, Smyths Toys, and Amazon in the UK. Watching these sites provide you with your best chance of tracking down a pre-order before they all disappear.