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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon - Nintendo DS

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
Everyone 10+
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews) 81 / 100

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  • Easy-to-follow tutorial chapters
  • Take the battle online and clash with players around the world
  • Choose from dozens of characters with unique spells and abilities
  • "Fire Emblem" returns to its roots with a total overhaul of an NES classic never before released in America
  • Touch-screen controls and multiple save options

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  • ASIN: B001O1PAMC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 16, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,537 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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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. 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, even if they've never played a Fire Emblem game before. Take the battle online and clash with players around the world over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection! You can also borrow units to use in your army, talk with friends using the built-in Nintendo DS microphone, and even buy rare and powerful items from the Online Shop using in-game currency. You are the general! Shape your army to suit your strategy by selecting from dozens of characters with unique spells and abilities. But guide your army wisely, because if a character falls on the battlefield, he's lost forever!

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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, even if they've never played a Fire Emblem game before.

Take the battle online and clash with players around the world over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. You can also borrow units to use in your army, talk with friends using the built-in Nintendo DS microphone and even buy rare and powerful items from the Online Shop using in-game currency.

You are the general: Shape your army to suit your strategy by selecting from dozens of characters with unique spells and abilities. But guide your army wisely, because if a character falls on the battlefield, he's lost forever.

Game storyline: 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.

Characters: Many groups play a part in a story but undoubtedly the story's protagonist, Prince Marth, will be the focus for most. Marth has been featured in the Super Smash Bros. series and has been extremely popular within those games, but this is his first time starring in a Fire Emblem game in the United States. At Marth's side is a support of fearless fighters, including the brave Caeda, a princess of the Talys kingdom. Other major characters include the evil sorcerer Gharnef and the sole surviving descendant of the royal House Archanea, Princess Nyna.

Special Features:

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is the first to offer players a chance to test their skills against other players in combat. Using your broadband connection, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and wireless play modes, players are able to send units they've trained into battle against those of another player. Collect optional cards to give your team a unique tactical bonus that can help you clench victory. During Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection matches, friends can talk to each other using the built-in Nintendo DS microphone.

Touch-screen controls, multiple save options and an easy-to-follow tutorial allow novice players to jump into the action, even if they've never played a Fire Emblem game before.

Borrow units wirelessly or through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and use them in your own battles with the Loan Unit feature.

Six levels of difficulty ensure that even seasoned players can find a challenge in this new entry into the Fire Emblem series.

Purchase rare and powerful items using the gold you've acquired during your single-player campaign with the Online Shop feature. You never know what items you might come across, because new items rotate in and out of the armory on a daily basis.

Play through the events that brought Marth to the beginning of his quest through a new set of prologue chapters that were specially added to the game for its Nintendo DS release.

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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Hate, Love, Love. February 26, 2009
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I purchased this Fire Emblem game the day it came out, being very excited about this release. I have all the American released games (7-11). The first six games were only released in Japan, this game, "Shadow Dragon" is a updated version of the first japanese game.

Here is a list of my loves and one hate for this game:

LOVE: Simple story, not hours of "info" conversations to read like in the console versions of Fire Emblem.

LOVE: Items can be combined before starting chapters. (for example taking 8 steel axe uses and 12 steel axe uses can be merged to make 20 steel axe uses as one item). This can be done with weapons, staves, staffs, etc. It is a really nice tweak that the developers made for this game. Before I would always sell off weapons that were getting low on uses. Great improvement over previous versions of the game.

HATE: Save feature only at two spots per chapter. Players were abusing this function in the last game Radiant Dawn (#10). There is a random number generator for stat level-ups that was being exploited due to the save feature. The intended purpose was that you could save at any point in the game and reset if one of your characters died. This was so you would not have to start from the beginning of a chapter and waste two hours that some chapters would take. In Radiant Dawn this was needed because it was more difficult even on "normal mode", as the enemies had more hit damage and would critical more often. Radiant Dawn's save feature was better than Shadow Dragon's limited saves of two per chapter.

LOVE: Arenas. One of your guys vs one enemy who fight to the death. You may continue to fight as long as you have hit points, but if you die in the arena you lose the character for good.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This latest in the challenging and even generally unforgiving Fire Emblem games maintains the overall excellence of this strategy series. Some of the unique attributes of this remake of the first Fire Emblem may be off-putting at first, while others one may find surprisingly favorable.

Cosmetic changes are noticed immediately. The new art style has not been well received--nor is it here--but the 3D animation is pleasing (if basic) and the interface well attuned to the dual screen format.

Gameplay in this iteration backs off some things one may have gotten used to specifically in the GBA incarnations of the FE series. Full support conversations are not in evidence, and those who liked the variety of towers/ruins and random map availability in Sacred Stones will be disappointed.

One thing that many are taken aback by is this game's unique take on the infamous Fire Emblem permanent death scheme. Here the focus for access to "gaiden" chapters is on actually losing characters. Many FE fans in past games refuse to let any character die. But in this game, you will miss many experience-granting stages and some interesting characters if you don't let those who expire...stay expired (rather than restarting).

How does it work? Generally, by maintaining recruitment under a certain ceiling number of recruited characters, a side chapter will then become available. In practice, I became surprisingly open to this extreme compromise. And indeed I now prefer to keep the roster down to a few absolute favorite characters while recruiting these special characters and stages. The first one you can receive is indeed among my favorite recruits in the game.

Finally, one may have read that the game is easier than earlier Fire Emblems.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Newest Fire Emblem title disappoints May 4, 2009
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been a Fire Emblem fan for a few years, beginning with the second American GBA release, the Sacred Stones. Since then I've played every Fire Emblem game that has been released here in the U.S. While I knew from the outset that his game was a remake of the very first Fire Emblem, I bought it on the assumption that it would be updated to modern Fire Emblem quality. While improvements have been made, this game feels very dated and is a comparatively weak entry into the series.

The best thing about Fire Emblem, at least for me, is the characters. I enjoyed getting to know most of the characters in the Fire Emblem games through expository talking head "cut-scenes." These are completely missing from Shadow Dragon. Sure, there are the brief segments at the beginning of each level that outline what the goal is, and the occasional dialogue between the main character and a secondary one, but this feels tacked on and unimportant. You can skip every mission briefing and still know what you're supposed to do. But never do you feel close to the characters. And boy, are there a lot of them. At the beginning of the game you'll regularly get anywhere from two to five additional troops per level. They are given names and faces, but that's it. The game actually encourages you to let characters die, as special side missions become available to those who have under a certain amount of characters. The reward for these side missions? More characters. Also gone are support conversations, another fan favorite and way of getting to know the troops. As someone who liked getting to know individual troops in past Fire Emblem games, this is truly disappointing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Clean, functional, every thing as marketed.
Published 25 days ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Fire Emblem games you'll love Shadow Dragon
If you like Fire Emblem games you'll love Shadow Dragon. If you've never played a Fire Emblem game before you MAY want to look elsewhere for a first time experience. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dominick Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Pwnage, pure pwnage!
this game is a great Fire Emblem game!
Published 3 months ago by Jimmy Barker
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Introduction to the Series
Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series first appeared on the Famicom in Japan with Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, although North American gamers would go for several console... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
1.0 out of 5 stars did not work
The game did not work.I had to send it back and go to a store instead.
Published 4 months ago by Mary Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars I was not expecting much as this was my first ...
I was not expecting much as this was my first fire emblem game, but I can proudly say I am hooked will be getting more titles soon.
Published 4 months ago by Emmanuel Holliman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great game
Published 4 months ago by DanielleDawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
I ordered this game for my 14 year old son. He loves it! It did take a while to receive it, but I was not in a hurry, and when I first ordered it, the shipping date reflected... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Teacher and Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars It was for the "kid." He loves it.
The "kid" is an adult. He was thrilled with this. Wanted it because it was a good price. Computer/video games I personally am not into.
Published 8 months ago by Linda Muro
5.0 out of 5 stars Hours and hours of fun!
I really like the addition of multiple versions of hard and I can't even beat the hardest yet. This has kept me entertained for so long. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daniel A. Kimbley
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