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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is the eleventh installment of the Fire Emblem series. Announced in 2007, released in Japan and Europe in 2008, and in North America and Australia in 2009, it is a remake of the first Fire Emblem title, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.

In addition to being the first Fire Emblem for the dual-screen Nintendo DS handheld, Shadow Dragon is also the first game in the series to feature online play. As a remake, the game follows the protagonist Marth along the same story as Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, but with the addition of new characters, chapters, and other features.

Compared to other titles in the series, Shadow Dragon had an unusual localization history. Initially released on August 7, 2008 in Japan and December 5, 2008 in Europe, the European version uses name translations of characters that differ from those used in the version released in North America on February 16, 2009.

Plot[]

Long ago, the continent of Archanea was invaded by the Dolhr Empire, led by the Shadow Dragon, Medeus, and the people lived in fear and despair. However, a miracle occurred. Anri, a youth from Altea, killed Medeus using Falchion, the blade of light. The Kingdom of Archanea was restored and the world entered an age of peace. But 100 years later... Medeus was resurrected. He joined forces with "Dark Pontifex" Gharnef, who shared his ambitions of ruling the world, and launched an attack on Archanea. Archanea was defeated by Grust's General Camus, and, aside from Princess Nyna, the royal family was wiped out. Cornelius, the king of Altea and successor of the heroic Anri, left to battle Medeus, with the Falchion in hand. Meanwhile, Cornelius's son and the prince of Altea, Marth, awaits his father's return as he passes his days with his combat training. He was attacked by the forces of Gra but fled to Talys. Years later, he set out to reclaim Altea.

Gameplay[]

See also: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light version differences

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is a tactical role-playing game with turn-based battles. Some of the gameplay mechanics of the Fire Emblem series, such as the weapon triangle, were not present in the original Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, but have been included in this remake. The game features over 20 character classes, including armored Knights, airborne Pegasus Knights and Curates. Players can also directly swap a character's class using the "Class Swap" feature, for example; a Knight could switch to a Mercenary. Although, there are limitations on how many of one particular class you can have at the same time. Special classes like Lord or Thief cannot use "Class Swap".

In the middle of a battle, players can save their game by moving a unit onto a special "Save Point", which is found on the map and is usually located before a boss fight or a similarly dangerous event. Each Save Point can be used to save the game and only once, although players can load from created saves as many times as they want, as long as the save is not overwritten. Players can also choose to make a similar permanent save upon completing a chapter. The Suspend feature from previous games is also present.

For the first time in the series, 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. Combat takes place multiplayer-exclusive battle maps, which allow free movement as opposed to the Link Arena in prior games (there is only one multiplayer map in the Japanese version). Only two players can do battle at a time. Fog of War can be toggled on or off, and a time and turn limit are also active. Victory is determined by either defeating the opposing army or securing the central castle's flag before the turns are over. Victors are awarded a "Card" for their efforts. One of these cards can be used on a party to give it special effects, and use of these cards can be toggled on or off. The Wi-Fi connection is also used to access an online shop, where players can purchase items using currency obtained in the main campaign. In addition to loaning units to other players, to assist with the single-player campaign.

Characters[]

See main article: List of characters in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Shadow Dragon features all 52 playable characters originally from Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light as well as 7 brand new characters exclusive to Shadow Dragon for a total of 59 characters.

Classes[]

See main article: List of classes in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Chapters[]

See main article: Chapters (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon)

Weapons[]

See main article: List of weapons in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Items[]

See main article: List of items in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Trivia[]

  • Shadow Dragon was the first Fire Emblem game to be localized by 8-4 ltd, who would later localize Fire Emblem Awakening and the remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
  • Shadow Dragon is one of two games in the Fire Emblem series not to have any playable characters in Fire Emblem Heroes credited to it, the other being Fire Emblem Gaiden. All playable characters to have originated in Shadow Dragon are instead credited as hailing from Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem.
  • If Caeda dies, Marth will lament her death with Nyna in the ending; however this does not happen in the Famicom version.
  • In the Japanese version, there are two images in the in-game guide showing a five-use Vulnerary. In the actual game, including the Japanese version, each Vulnerary can be used only up to three times. However, Vulneraries do have five uses apiece in the original Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light.

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