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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 The main hero
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Nintendo DS Nice automap on the top screen
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Nintendo DS More friends coming to help you
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Nintendo DS More talking

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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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Great but not the best of the series Bregalad (968) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews Dec 31, 2008 9 out of 10 90
UOL Jogos Mar 09, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
AusGamers Feb 24, 2009 8.6 out of 10 86
Official Nintendo Magazine Dec 11, 2008 86 out of 100 86
Gaming Age Feb 19, 2009 B+ 83 Jan 23, 2009 82 out of 100 82 Dec 19, 2008 80 out of 100 80 (UK) Dec 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Good Game Feb 23, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Legendra Dec 16, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65


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