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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 friends coming to help you
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Nintendo DS Preparing for the duel
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Nintendo DS Nice automap on the top screen
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Nintendo DS Intro - evil ones

Promo Images

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 (968)

Critic Reviews

Pocket Gamer UK Nintendo DS Dec 15, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Official Nintendo Magazine Nintendo DS Dec 11, 2008 86 out of 100 86
Gaming Age Nintendo DS Feb 19, 2009 B+ 83
Gameswelt Nintendo DS Jan 06, 2009 82 out of 100 82 Nintendo DS Dec 19, 2008 80 out of 100 80
RPGamer Nintendo DS Mar 08, 2009 4 out of 5 80
JeuxActu Nintendo DS Dec 04, 2008 15 out of 20 75
Cyber Stratege Nintendo DS Jan 02, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Gamekult Nintendo DS Dec 10, 2008 7 out of 10 70
The Review Busters Nintendo DS 2009 6.25 out of 10 62


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