Pocket Gamer writes: "As the saying goes, there's always smoke before fire. Well, the smoke has been hanging in the air for a few years now in anticipation of the Fire Emblem series sparking a new iteration on DS. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon blazes onto the handheld after quite a long wait, yet our hands on with the game proves that the wait was definitely worth it.
Having never before seen a release outside Japan, Shadow Dragon is getting a complete makeover from graphics to gameplay with an array of welcome additions that promise to bring the series up to speed. A new set of prologue missions kick off Prince Marth's adventure, remade from the NES classic. These tutorial chapters are intended to ease you into the tough tactical gameplay, which has been improved in the move to DS."