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6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 91
  2. Negative: 22 out of 91

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  1. hondo
    Feb 21, 2009
    10
    Amazing game, pivotal game elements of characters dying makes it truly feel like a war game, they don't just faint or some crap, if you let your guys die, they DIE, so suit them up with what you need, and play smart, or you'll lose your characters, which the game does a brilliant job of getting you attached to.
  2. bobjones
    Jan 27, 2009
    10
    An excellent game. perhaps one of the best games ever on the Ds. You could even consider it the pinnACle of the series. It's obviously a must have. The graphics are fabulous. the character models and art are just completely gorgeous. The story while maybe not to strong, is lovely and petite. The music is so sweet and will make you sing. I'm not exagerrating these features. ThisAn excellent game. perhaps one of the best games ever on the Ds. You could even consider it the pinnACle of the series. It's obviously a must have. The graphics are fabulous. the character models and art are just completely gorgeous. The story while maybe not to strong, is lovely and petite. The music is so sweet and will make you sing. I'm not exagerrating these features. This is truly a beautiful game, I'm waterofthedarkness Expand
  3. KevinQ
    Feb 16, 2009
    10
    It's a wonderful remake of a series that Nintendo seems to be neglecting handheld wise. Can you believe that this is the first DS Fire Emblem game?! It's unconceivable how little attention Nintendo gives this series. Anyways, this is a good remake of the very first Fire Emblem game. It tells the story of Marth, which I'm sure everyone recognizes from the Smash Bros series. It's a wonderful remake of a series that Nintendo seems to be neglecting handheld wise. Can you believe that this is the first DS Fire Emblem game?! It's unconceivable how little attention Nintendo gives this series. Anyways, this is a good remake of the very first Fire Emblem game. It tells the story of Marth, which I'm sure everyone recognizes from the Smash Bros series. The story could be better, and the permanent loss of characters maybe be hard at first, but it brings a new level of strategy to it. Buy this game, and you won't be disappointed. Expand
  4. PhilG
    Mar 21, 2009
    9
    Challenging, and a bit cluttered at times with a few too many details (I could have done without weapon forging especially when said weapons break a lot) and lacks a little on the story side. That being said, it is a very strong entry in the series and the best handheld tactics game to pick up on the DS. Addictive, challenging, and very rewarding when you discover new ways to beat levels. Challenging, and a bit cluttered at times with a few too many details (I could have done without weapon forging especially when said weapons break a lot) and lacks a little on the story side. That being said, it is a very strong entry in the series and the best handheld tactics game to pick up on the DS. Addictive, challenging, and very rewarding when you discover new ways to beat levels. And (thank god) Nintendo decided to LEAVE THE BUTTON CONTROLS ALONE unlike LoZ: PH on the DS so you can use touch screen or buttons. Only other gripe is an undo feature would be nice (not to prevent characters dying, but if you move someone in the wrong spot or something) but I can see why it's not in there (don't want you screwing around until you find the best outcome). Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2013
    9
    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 bitIn 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
  6. Apr 2, 2014
    10
    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.
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  7. May 6, 2015
    9
    this good game specialist marth come over to America and challenge are impressive me well by using my brain to think strategy, defensive and offensive. the sidequest are good, but people lose the unit just to access sidequest because there is another without losing character.
Metascore
81

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.