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A second retelling of the original Fire Emblem on the Famicom, Shadow Dragon utilises the Nintendo DS online options in a first for the long running Fire Emblem series.

The game offers a graphical enhancement from Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Ken and Monshō no Nazo, which was the first remake of the original, as well as utilising the dual screens on the Nintendo DS to display the action and character stats simultaneously.

The main story centres on prince Marth as he embarks on a quest to reconquer his home kingdom and rescue his kidnapped sister. Characters and chapters that were not present in the original have been introduced in this version, as well as some that were omitted for Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo. Over twenty character classes are included in the game as well as over fifty individual characters to aid Marth.

Also included is the ability to save mid battle on special save point so a mistake in the last turn will not force a restart. Other features are the class swap for characters to change their abilities. Online battle features up to five characters per side in a two player battle.


Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Nintendo DS More talking
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Nintendo DS Intro - good ones
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Nintendo DS Leveling up
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Nintendo DS Nice automap on the top screen

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Screenshot
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Screenshot
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Screenshot
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "ファイアーエムブレム 新・暗黒竜と光の剣" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Fire Emblem: Shin・Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Ken" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Great but not the best of the series Nintendo DS Bregalad (938)

Critic Reviews

Official Nintendo Magazine Nintendo DS Dec 11, 2008 86 out of 100 86
1UP Nintendo DS Feb 16, 2009 B+ 83
GamesCollection Nintendo DS Feb 15, 2011 8 out of 10 80 Nintendo DS Dec 05, 2008 16 out of 20 80
IGN UK Nintendo DS Dec 12, 2008 8 out of 10 80
RPGamer Nintendo DS Mar 08, 2009 4 out of 5 80
JeuxActu Nintendo DS Dec 04, 2008 15 out of 20 75
GameSpot Nintendo DS Mar 03, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Good Game Nintendo DS Feb 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Legendra Nintendo DS Dec 16, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65


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