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  • Summary: Fire Emblem returns to its roots with a total overhaul of an NES classic never before released in America. New features include touch-screen controls, multiple save options and easy-to-follow tutorial chapters that shed new light on Marth's story. New players can jump into the action, evenFire Emblem returns to its roots with a total overhaul of an NES classic never before released in America. New features include touch-screen controls, multiple save options and easy-to-follow tutorial chapters that shed new light on Marth's story. New players can jump into the action, even if they've never played a Fire Emblem game before. Medeus, the king of the dragonkin, has been revived and is forming an alliance with a fearsome sorcerer named Gharnef. Together, they threaten to the throw the entire continent of Archanea back to an age of chaos and war. Now, it's up to young Prince Marth and his small band of loyal followers to rise up and rally all those left in the land to make one last desperate push to free Archanea from the tyranny of the Shadow Dragon. How to progress through the game: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is a turn-based strategy game with a fantasy setting. Players alternate turns with opponents, moving their pieces (units) and attacking enemy units on the battlefield. There are dozens of units and different weapons and magic spells, each with its own strategic benefits-high-flying Pegasus knights move effortlessly over varied terrain, fast-moving mounted cavaliers can use swords and lances, unarmed curates use healing staves to mend the wounds of other units and so on. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. While not revolutionary by today's standards, it is easy to understand why the original was groundbreaking in its day.
  4. Part of what has made Fire Emblem such a beloved series is the emotional attachment the player makes to the characters, and unfortunately, this is largely missing in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. Shadow Dragon is not a bad game; heck, its a very good game. It’s a great buy for fans of the series or the genre. It’s just missing that charm that earlier games in the series had, at least for me.
  5. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon continues the series' trademark strategic gameplay, this time on the Nintendo DS. If you're a sucker for the combination of strategy and roleplaying elements, this game will let you burn countless hours on your DS. Upgrading your units and making sure they survive is very addictive and fun, and the intuitive online mode is a great bonus. This is not an easy game though and not for the casual player, but for all of you strategy nuts out there, this is one great buy.
  6. 80
    Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon could be played by someone new to the series quite easily thanks to its many refinements and the tutorial contained within the Prologue chapters. Veterans of the series will find a game that combines the refinements of more recent entries, save for a lack of variety in battle objectives.
  7. 60
    Fans of the series will be quick to pick this one up and will likely get much enjoyment. New players might find more to love in the newer games in the series. Either way, Shadow Dragon is a good move for tactical strategy gamers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 37
  2. Negative: 7 out of 37
  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 youAmazing 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. Expand
  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 aAn 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. Nov 29, 2020
    10
    Fire Emblem is one of my favorite game series of all time, and I always hear people say that this game is bad as a remake. Instead ofFire Emblem is one of my favorite game series of all time, and I always hear people say that this game is bad as a remake. Instead of treating this game as a remake, it should be treated as a localization. This is the way many Americans got to experience the first Fire Emblem, and I think it's a good introduction to the series. I absolutely love the graphics although people bash them. The pixel art is great and the gameplay is, believe it or not, Fire Emblem. For being a Famicom game, the story is surprisingly well laid out. Some new features were added from the original to this remake, including the ability to speed up the enemy turn. If this game is available to you, I suggest you play it. Expand
  4. WallidK
    Mar 31, 2009
    7
    Hmm. This game may be very frustrating to someone who has no idea what Fire Emblem is as it's a very hard game. THIS IS VERY HARD. Hmm. This game may be very frustrating to someone who has no idea what Fire Emblem is as it's a very hard game. THIS IS VERY HARD. Either way, despite the features it takes out like preparing for battles, it replaces it with fresh new ones like difficulty settings and save points. If you liked Fire Emblem before this, pick this one up. If not, you might want to borrow this from a friend first AND PLAY ABOUT AN HOUR IN. If not, you may think this game is still easy and be killed later. Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2012
    7
    Not a bad game, but definitely could've been better, since its only half the original story. For the fans of the genre it may be a little easyNot a bad game, but definitely could've been better, since its only half the original story. For the fans of the genre it may be a little easy (compared to Path of Radiance for example). Expand
  6. May 5, 2012
    6
    Good game but nothing compared to its predecessors. There's no dark or light magic users, only anima. You can change classes for yourGood game but nothing compared to its predecessors. There's no dark or light magic users, only anima. You can change classes for your characters, such as transforming your magic user into a paladin or your archer into myrmidon. The game can be quite difficult even on a normal setting. You can't rescue your characters nor can you have them support each other. And the only way to unlock side quests is to have most of your units killed off which doesn't seem like a fair advantage. Expand
  7. TeodorIkonomov
    Jan 27, 2009
    1
    The Best Game Ever

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#8 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
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#5 Most Shared DS Game of 2009