Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is easily worth the $5.99. The core of the series is the duality of the legible, tactical gameplay and the thrilling friendship you feel with the individuals in your army. Happily, both of these concepts are present and strongly established even here on the NES. While I wish the game had tool-tips there’s really nothing to be changed. If you keep an eye on the instruction booklet you’ll be able to muddle through the first few maps until it clicks. A true Fire Emblem experience, sophisticated in its delicate simplicity.

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