The Retro Magic of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light is a tough game to recommend in modern times. Yes, it’s the first time the original game has been released internationally. Yes, it’s available in a snazzy limited edition set. And if you don’t mind Nintendo’s oppressive approach to selling the game, you need to pick it up before it disappears from the eShop after March 31st, 2021.

Even if the argument around Nintendo’s business practices didn’t cloudy the picture, the original Fire Emblem game plays like a game that was made 30+ years ago. Limited by the NES hardware of its time, the game’s dialogue reads like the Coles Notes for another Fire Emblem game. You can’t see movement ranges for your heroes or your enemies, making it difficult to assess your movements. You don’t get the menu that shows the probabilities of hitting or getting hit. Worst of all, item management is handled so poorly that you’re better off playing the game as if it didn’t exist.

Playing Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is probably not worth the trouble. Even so, there’s something magical that the original game still possesses.

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Marth FTW! – Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light – Map IV

Is the oldest Fire Emblem game still worth playing? I go in-depth on my feelings towards this retro release making its international debut on the Nintendo Switch while also playing map IV!

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Unboxing the Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light Anniversary Edition

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Fire Emblem franchise, Nintendo released the first title in the series on the eShop: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. This is a direct port of the NES game with English translations and marks the first* time it’s made it outside of Japan.

*Yes, I know that Shadow Dragon got a remake on DS, but this is the first time that the original NES version makes its international debut

This gamee is readily available on the eShop until March 31st, 2021 when the evil Nintendo overlords take the game offline. Or, you could spring for the limited physical edition, which will likely sell out long before their March 31st expiration date. Though my first order failed through Amazon, I did eventually get one through another retailer. Let’s crack this open!

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Making of the Lego Nintendo Entertainment System

Lego takes the 80s gaming nostalgia to the next level with this brick-based Nintendo Entertainment System. Right up until its release, my wife and I debated the merits of purchasing this set. As you can see, logic and reasoning won out.

Come along as Steff and I build the Lego NES!

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A Look Back at Super C

From its run-and-gun power fantasy action, to being the most important use of the Konami Code ever, Contra on the NES is one of the most iconic games of its time. Everyone in my circle knew and loved it, and I would discover years later through the internet that the game struck a chord with much of the gaming populace around the world. Decades later, that game holds up incredibly well relative to the modern action games of today.

While the series would carry on for many years after that NES release, none of the franchises subsequent releases came even close to capturing the worldwide frenzy of the original. Super C was the first of those subsequent releases that fell short of its predecessor’s success. However, it didn’t fall short because it was a bad game.

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BOOM! TETRIS FOR JEFF…er, Jett! – An Attempt at Classic Tetris!

We play a lot of Tetris 99 here at In Third Person, but we still have love for classic Tetris on the NES! While I recorded this for part of a bigger project, I wanted to share this as a taste of what’s to come! Do you think I’m ready for the CTWC Classic Tetris World Championships?

(not a serious question of course!)

Can’t wait to share the full video with you all this upcoming Wednesday!


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B-Tier Nintendo Games and Franchises That Deserve Another Chance

When one thinks of Nintendo, the mind tends to gravitate towards their A-list games. Titles that have either garnered a level of success and critical acclaim that puts them at the head of the pack. Mainline Super Mario games easily clear this bar. So do the mainline Zelda games. While it’s one of the newest franchises, the massive success of Splatoon would put it up on that pedestal as well. Where you and I draw the line may vary here and there, but I think we can generally agree on which Nintendo games are at the top and which ones aren’t on that same level.

It’s not necessarily because these games are worse. Maybe they just haven’t found their footing. In spite of being great since the start, it took Fire Emblem decades of time and like a dozen releases before finding a wider audience. Some franchises sell well enough to still get multiple sequels, such as WarioWare or BoxBoy. Others are meant to be niche products, such as Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball. Though Nintendo probably would like for all of their games to sell in the 10+ million range, I get the sense that they’re willing to make and publish B-tier games so long as they make enough of a profit to justify their creation.

In any case, not every game and franchise in Nintendo’s ecosystem is on the same stratosphere. But with a bit more love, maybe some of them could be. Here are a few of my picks for B-tier Nintendo games and franchises that deserve another shot.

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Older Games I Want to Cross Off My Bucket List

A few years back, I made the tough decision to sell off the vast majority of my backlog. From that point onward, I’ve made it a point to only buy games that I was ready to play in the near future. I also minimized the number of games I would play at once, pretty much capping my limit to one-at-a-time so that I get the most out of each. Though I buy fewer games and play fewer games nowadays, I’m largely comfortable with the way my approach has allowed me to squeeze the most out of my gaming dollars while not having to carry the weight of dozens (or hundreds) of games vying for my attention.

And yet I still have a backlog. A few games slipped through those cracks, while I began gaining interest in others relatively recently. Here are some titles I’m hoping to cross off my bucket list someday!

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Punch-Out – #tysonchallenge Take 2

The Punch-Out #tysonchallenge battle continues! I make some decent strides, but this battle isn’t over until Mr. Dream is knocked out once and for all! Your move, Double Jump!

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River City Ransom Co-Stream with Kris & Rachel from Double Jump!

“Barf!” Continuing our first co-stream, Kris, Rachel, and I beat up thugs, eat sushi, and demonstrate questionable teamwork in River City Ransom! Streaming with Kris and Rachel was fantastic and I look forward to doing this again on our Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon! Make sure to follow them on everything!

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