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Mixed or average reviews- based on 85 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 53 out of 85
  2. Negative: 21 out of 85

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  1. Oct 26, 2013
    In terms of gameplay, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon has the same amazing gameplay from its previous games. The storyline expands the first Fire Emblem game, and it's very good. However, the sprites are looking bad. The 2.5d styled animations and other sprites are looking awful, and not fitting Fire Emblem. The sounds are amazing, but still the style of graphics made a little bit disappointment for me. Expand
  2. Apr 2, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Excellent. A great strategy-RPG! How is a remake, it's a great opportunity for those who missed the NES to know the origin of this game...

    Play this before play Fire Emblem Awakening.
  3. Jun 29, 2011
    Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is a turn-based RPG that tells the story of Marth, a young prince who has to go into hiding after his home is taken over and must come back to defeat the shadow dragon and reclaim his throne. The story has over twenty chapters, and the levels are long and often very hard. when a character dies, they're dead permanently. they don't come back. so be careful. there are over twenty different character classes, and many of them can be changed or enhanced. There are many different weapons as well as a weapons triangle, axes beat lances, lances beat swords, and swords beat axes. The graphics are fine for the DS, though not groundbreaking, and the story is pretty good. the characters are pretty cool, but Radiant Dawn's are better. the gameplay is really good and there are six difficulty levels for you to choose from. So no matter what kind of gamer you are, if you have a DS get this game. Collapse

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon debuts on Nintendo DS with a classic chapter adapted to these times. The deeply interesting story of the game with many characters to recruit and different strategies for the victories offers a unique experience. The most important feature is the online mode, simple but correct in its way. This is one of the best games to come out this year for Nintendo DS.
  2. 80
    It hasn’t toppled the Sacred Stones from its berth as the best game in the series (or, if you’re a purist, Fire Emblem on the GBA), and it feels a bit like a missed opportunity to ally the game that started it all with some of the many incremental improvements that have been introduced since. Still, though, it is a Fire Emblem game, and for some of us, that’s enough.
  3. Fire Emblem's DS debut has been a long time coming but it's unquestionably worth the wait. Shadow Dragon provides astonishingly compulsive turn-based action.