Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi

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Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi
Developer Intelligent Systems
Publisher Nintendo
System NES, Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console
Release Date NES
JP April 20, 1990
Wii Virtual Console
JP October 19, 2009
3DS Virtual Console
JP August 1, 2012
Wii U Virtual Console
JP June 4, 2014
Gallery GH Gallery

Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi (which loosely translates to Fire Emblem: Dark Dragon and Sword of Light) is the first game of the Fire Emblem series, which was not released outside Japan.



The evil priest Garnef has plotted to resurrect the evil dragon Medeus, which spells the end of Altea's period of peace. Prince Marth, who is descended from the original slayer of Medeus, has also been exiled with his father having been killed and his sister Ellis taken hostage by the forces of Garnef. Marth then assembles a group to go on a quest to save Altea and his sister from Garnef and Medeus by seeking the Falchion Sword.


This game set the standard for the gameplay of the later games. The player controlled multiple types of medieval themed-units which they could move around the map to attack other enemies. Chapters are usually won by defeating all enemy units or the boss character.



  • The first half ("Book One") of the game Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo acted as a condensed remake of Ankoko no Ryuu with some old characters being dropped and improved graphics, among other new feartures.
  • A Nintendo DS remake, titled Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (and in Japan being called Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, which loosely translates to New Dark Dragon and the Blade of Light) was released in 2008. This is currently the only version of the game to receive international release.
  • The original NES game has received releases on all iterations of the Virtual Console in Japan: for the Wii's Virtual Console in October 2009, for the 3DS Virtual Console in August 2012 and for the Wii U Virtual Console in June 2014.


The next game in the series was Fire Emblem Gaiden, which was set in the same world, but was a side story and featured heavily altered gameplay (akin to the alterations made in the second Zelda game). Additionally, while Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo starts out as a remake of Ankoko no Ryuu, the second half of the game ("Book Two") acts as its sequel.

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