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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon


Virtual Console (Wii U)


Wii U (European version)

Release date


English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Download size

158.86 MB

Original system

Nintendo DS Game Card


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Discover the origins of the Fire Emblem saga! As young hero Marth, you must reclaim your stolen homeland and save your sister from the evil forces of Medeus.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is an enhanced Nintendo DS remake of the original Fire Emblem for Famicom, which was previously released only in Japan. Assemble an army and plot your strategy in turn-based battles, taking into consideration the terrain, unit strengths and weaknesses, to defeat enemy forces.

Become a living legend, save the kingdom and your family’s future!

In the original Nintendo DS game, certain weapons were available by connecting to the internet. In the Wii U Virtual Console feature, these weapons are available without an internet connection. Rare weapons are only available during specific times of the month, so if you see something good, snap it up!

Please note: Wireless communication features of the original game, such as Multi-Card Play and DS Download Play, are not available in the Wii U Virtual Console version. This game supports one player on Wii U Virtual Console.


Long ago, the continent of Akaneia was conquered by the Dolunian Empire and its people subjected to the evil of the dragonkin tyrant, Medeus.  A lone hero rose from the ashes of the blighted land, wielding the legendary blade, Falchion.  This local champion faced the terrifying power of Medeus and struck him down, ushering in a new era of peace and prosperity for Akaneia.


It is now a century later and Medeus, the scourge of the land, has returned reborn to wreak havoc anew. Cleverly forging an alliance with the cruel King Gharnef, he has wasted no time in making his presence felt. The armies of darkness, led by the notorious General Camus, have slaughtered one army after another on the battlefields of the continent, culminating in the destruction of the Holy Kingdom.

This foul action has forced the hand of King Cornelius of the Altea province, direct descendant of the dragon-slayer, who has taken up Falchion and departed for battle, fulfilling his blood destiny. Meanwhile, the king’s only son, Prince Marth, remains at home, applying himself to the ways of the pen and the sword…




Battle Basics

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is a turn-based strategy game, meaning one player takes a turn moving his or her units and attacking the enemy. Then the opponent gets a turn to move his or her team and attack. Because of this, the placement of units and the order in which they attack is of vital importance. Raising the stakes is the fact that when a unit’s Hit Points fall to zero, that unit is lost for the rest of the campaign. Be smart and keep your units healthy if you want to keep them alive.

Unit Types

There are three basic types of units in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon – direct attack, indirect attack and recovery units. Direct-attack units like Knights, Lords and Fighters must occupy the space next to an opponent in order to attack. Indirect-attack units, on the other hand, can do damage to an opponent whilst occupying a space at least two-squares from an enemy unit. Archers and Mages are such units that attack from afar. Plus, some units can use both direct-attack and indirect-attack weapons. Other units, such as Clerics, do not attack enemies, but they are used to heal members of your party.


Weapon Triangle

The three main types of weapons – Axe, Lance and Sword – have strengths and weaknesses against each other. For units that can use more than one type of weapon, the Weapon Triangle is an important system to understand. In the Weapon Triangle, the Sword is greater than the Axe, the Axe is stronger than the Lance and the Lance is superior to the Sword. Knowing this triangle of attributes can save you grief in battle.

Before each confrontation, the Combat Forecast window shows you a predicted outcome of the clash. When a green arrow is shown in the window, your weapon has an advantage over that of your opponent. If a red arrow appears, it means you’re at a disadvantage, and if you can change your weapon, you should.



Each unit is defined by its class – such as Knight, Mage and Archer. A class is equivalent to a job that the character performs and determines the weapons that character can use. New in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is the ability for some characters to change their classes and take on a new role in the game. Each unit has a range of other classes that it can change to. This Reclassing Units ability can become important as you progress through the game and begin to lose some of your key team members. Don’t like your character’s new role? No worries. The character can change back to its original class as well.

Forge Weapons

Give your weapons more of an edge. Returning to the Fire Emblem franchise is the ability to upgrade weapons through forging. Before the battle begins, you can select Forge from the Armory section and spend gold to upgrade a weapon. You can also take the opportunity to rename that weapon.