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Dawn of Discovery is a Nintendo Wii and DS entry in the long-running German ANNO / A.D. series strategy series and it is different from the Windows version. For the DS it is the second title in the series on the platform, following 1701 A.D.: Dawn of Discovery. The classic gameplay is retained, but has been streamlined and customized to make it more accessible for the console versions.

Playing the story mode, the game is set in the year of 1404 and the player takes on the role of Prince William, one of the two sons of King George. The king's domain is suffering from drought and famine. William and his brother Edward are sent out to discover new fertile lands to the south. On the journey the player will come across a new and strange civilization: The Orient.

The core gameplay is to refine the production of goods and to balance taxes and upkeep costs. The player has to provide his citizens with the needed resources while spending money to expand his nation. Later on in the game he also has to deal with other factions and pirates using economic or military means.

On the Wii the game is controlled primarily with the Wii-mote, though the nunchuck can also be used for direct camera control. On DS the game is played almost exclusively with the stylus, the buttons only provide shortcut functionality. The story mode features a soft learning curve that helps beginners understand the game. On Wii this is supported by voiceovers.

Both versions are very identical in terms of story and features, except for the different input control.


Dawn of Discovery Nintendo DS Title screen
Dawn of Discovery Wii Main Menu
Dawn of Discovery Nintendo DS The advisor
Dawn of Discovery Nintendo DS Difficulty

Promo Images

Dawn of Discovery Screenshot
Dawn of Discovery Screenshot
Dawn of Discovery Screenshot
Dawn of Discovery Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Anno: La Creación de un Nuevo Mundo" -- Spanish title
  • "Anno: Erschaffe eine neue Welt" -- German title
  • "Anno: Créez votre Monde" -- French title
  • "Anno: Crea Un Nuovo Mundo" -- Italian title
  • "Anno: Create a New World" -- UK title

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Critic Reviews

Digital Chumps Wii Jul 13, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GamingXP Wii Jun 07, 2009 90 out of 100 90
GamingTrend Nintendo DS 2009 88 out of 100 88
Family Friendly Gaming Nintendo DS Jan, 2017 84 out of 100 84
XGN Wii Jun 05, 2009 8.3 out of 10 83
Retro Gamer Wii Jun 18, 2009 81 out of 100 81 Wii May 29, 2009 80 out of 100 80
Spazio Games Wii Jun 23, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Jeux Vidéo Network Nintendo DS Jun 10, 2009 15 out of 20 75 (UK) Wii Jun 30, 2009 7 out of 10 70


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