Emblem Wars, Episode I.

The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light: Closing Thoughts

Today: A few final thoughts on The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.

Come on, Malledus, you say. The dragon’s in the ground, the world is saved, Marth’s gone back to Altea, and there’s no more story to overanalyze. Tell us what you really think about the game. Enough analysis and excuses for ’90s gaming. Does it hold the same weight today that it did when it was released?

… The answer, in my view, is after the jump.

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Rawr.

Shadow Eternal; Light Unending

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Ch. 25.

At last, the finale. We’re about to come face to face with the titular Shadow Dragon. As Marth stares him down, I’ll get a couple points of frustration at SD&BoL‘s mapmaking and general game design off my chest, and then it’s on to the surprisingly elegant conclusion.

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At least our throwing axes fit right back through their arrow slits.

Vengeance in Gra

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Chs. 13–14.

With two nations seized, Marth’s army is about to go in for the hat trick. The welcome wagon on the shores of Gra is filled with ballisticians, units that I think are well worth a discussion. I’d also like to follow up on the last post’s experience point analysis, and—wait, have I not talked about music at all yet? At all? What have I been doing for fourteen chapters?

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Harmein. So cheerful, as always.

The Grustian Menace

Today: The Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Chs. 7–9.

This is a sort of interlude phase of SD&BoL, between the end of the first act and the more high-strung moments of the second. Continuing down the list of essential Fire Emblem basics, I’ll write about enemy reinforcements. But then let’s talk about storytelling-related stuff, OK? Like characters. Female characters. And dragons. (Just male dragons.)

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