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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (Nintendo DS)

Platform : Nintendo DS
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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  • HardwarePlatform: Nintendo DS
  • OperatingSystem: Nintendo DS
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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B001O1PAMC
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm ; 100 g
  • Release Date: 5 Dec. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,585 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
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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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Well known throughout Japan as one of Nintendo's gems but sadly unknown to many in the West, Fire Emblem is a tactical role-playing game for players wanting a real challenge. Widely recognised as one of the toughest games available, it is very much the medieval equivalent of Advance Wars, having been created by the same team. However in my opinion it is far richer in almost every aspect, from character development to mission variation. It is superb value for money, will last longer than most in today's market, and is I believe the most difficult and rewarding 'Fire Emblem' game to date.

Almost identical to the gameplay mechanics of its sister game, in Fire Emblem you command, manoeuvre and manage a unit of fighters through a map grid in order to complete the chapter objective - whether it's routing the enemy or capturing a castle. Employing the turn-taking style of RPG, it plays like a more immersive and dynamic game of chess. Don't get me wrong though, your duties are not simply to organise your fighters. You must also properly equip them throughout the game by visiting armouries and shops, you must keep your finances in order (money is used to buy weapons),you must manage what is termed "support relationships" between your characters, where they receive stat boosts if they have fought alongside one another for a protracted period, and you must recruit characters to your team by talking to enemy units you believe may switch sides. This is particularly enjoyable because it enables you to craft a team of characters tailored to your personal preferences. For example, if your strategies are to hit the enemy fast and hard, you may want to include a number of 'swordmasters' and 'warriors' whereas if you are more defensive you may include more protective units - `cavalry' and `knights.
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if you like Fire Emblem games it is must buy.
it plays the same as the rest but the conversations supports are different than the later games.
so if played Fire Emblem 6 or any of there later ones you will find this a bit different.
there also loads of characters around 60 (this includes new characters not present in the original game )but some can only be recruited in Gaiden Chapters - Can only be accessed if you have less than 15 characters in your entire army
the game features over 20 character classes, including Armored Knights,Pegasus Knights Players can also directly swap character class using Class Swap , for example; a Knight could switch to a Mercenary there are limitations on how many of one particular class you can have at the same time.
players can battle each other online via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. These battles employ teams of up to five characters from the single-player campaign
there is also a shop on the Wi-fi
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For a Fire Emblem it is utterly bland and flat in terms of gameplay. There is no soul in this game, it was rushed to the market without love. The GBA Fire emblem had much more and this felt like 6 steps back. So buy it if you like to watch lots of brown, gray and black.
Needless to say I didn't finish it.
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After playing the GameCube title for the first time, I decided I would return to Shadow Dragon also, my favourite DS game of all! The latest 3DS editions have turned me off the series tbh, Im reluctant to even try them them, but THIS is a masterpiece!
Characters, Gameplay and look & feel are totally on point, once accustomed to the graphics I am so glad they didnt try and make it 3D especially on the DS. Wii and GC games are good but cant replicate the hours of fun I have spent on this game, and no handheld game has since.
I have played it sevral times over, well worth the price. There are a few flawless classics on the DS I can think of and I'd put this on top of that pile
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Shadow Dragon is a remake of the original Fire Emblem for the Famicom with more advanced graphics and sound. It has an adjustable difficulty for any kind of player, posing an interesting challenge at any level. It has many more recruitable characters than any other Fire Emblem game released in the west, which can be annoying or helpful, depending how you want to play the game.

However, the biggest problem for this particular Fire Emblem game is that since it is a remake of a Famicom game, its storyline is very basic, in the sense of "We liberated this castle, let's go free the next one!", which doesn't provide an interesting hook for you to move forward in the story.

So unless you're in the mood for a deep story, this game is sure to satisfy any Fire Emblem fan.
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My first encounter with the Fire Emblem series (barring SSB cameos) was playing Path of Radiance on GameCube, a game with a lot of great gameplay variety and replayability. Having finished the game for a second time, it left me hungry for more, but not currently having access to a Wii, I couldn't play Radiant Dawn (which I had already played).

My brother had been telling me about Shadow Dragon for a while as the only other title which was available outside Japan, mentioning that it was a remake of the first game in the series. I bought it and although it was very different in some ways to Path of Radiance, it was still very familiar in terms of gameplay, and the story was refreshingly different, the Fire Emblem itself taking on a different form (which apparently it does from game to game).

The game has many levels, and while there is much less overall variety in terrain than in PoR, there is still a large range of characters and unit types, ranging from simple Swordsmen and Archers to soldiers on Horse, Flying Horse (Pegasus) and Dragon-back. The ability to change the class of most units (i.e. which type of soldier they are) was a nice feature, but promotion, while automatic in PoR, required the use of another item, which I didn't realise until later.

I can't comment very much on the DS experience - not speaking Japanese I have never played the original release - but looking at screenshots of the Famicom game, the graphics have been massively improved, looking more like a 2D version of contemporary titles in the series.
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