An iconic strategy RPG is coming to Nintendo Switch Online next week

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Nintendo is bolstering the Switch Online catalog next week with the iconic strategy RPG Fire Emblem. 

On June 23, the 2003 Game Boy Advance title, also known as Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, will be added to the digital library, where it will be playable for all who have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription with the expansion pass. This is the seventh instalment in the popular-role playing series and the first to be released outside of Japan. 

The trailer, shared by Nintendo on Twitter, showcases gorgeous pixel graphics as well as the series of familiar turn-based battles. It's also the first time we meet Lyn, who you'll recognize if you've given Fire Emblem Engage, the series' most recent entry, a whirl. If you're relatively new to the series or haven't revisited this entry in a while, it certainly looks worth your time.  

"Over the course of the story, you'll gather heroes to your side, train them to excel with a wide array of weapons and classes, and further hone their skills on the battlefield," Nintendo says. "In battle, strategize your course of action around a variety of terrain and conditions. Then take command of the field and lead your units to victory by fulfilling specific objectives. But be warned: In this Fire Emblem game, if your soldiers meet their end, they're gone forever."

Earlier this year, Nintendo added a bunch of fan-favourite Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games to Nintendo Switch Online. These included Tetris, Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, and Super Mario Land 2 for Game Boy and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Super Mario Advance 4, and WarioWare Inc for Game Boy Advance.

To see what new games are on the way for Nintendo's latest console, check out our guide to upcoming Switch games.

Anne-Marie Ostler
Freelance Writer

Originally from Ireland, I moved to the UK in 2014 to pursue a Games Journalism and PR degree at Staffordshire University. Following that, I've freelanced for GamesMaster, Games TM, Official PlayStation Magazine and, more recently, Play and GamesRadar+. My love of gaming sprang from successfully defeating that first Goomba in Super Mario Bros on the NES. These days, PlayStation is my jam. When not gaming or writing, I can usually be found scouring the internet for anything Tomb Raider related to add to my out of control memorabilia collection.