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Dear Nintendo:

When I reviewed Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon - yeah, remember me, the first English reviewer? - I criticized you for not putting book two in the game. However, I justified it in my head as being a faithful remake of the actual Famicom Fire Emblem 1. Some of the characters between the versions are different, and the characters in the DS game matched those in the Famicom game. in short, I figured it wasn't a big deal, but cynically noted that you would ship us Book 2 separately.

I was right.

On the one hand, it's nice to get book 2. On the other, it's unfathomable that you separated two games into one. You guys reduce my faith in a good Seisen remake because I have a hunch you would make it episodic.

So, in short, thank you. And fuck you.

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aitherion
May. 25th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
Man, at this point I'm just glad we're getting another Fire Emblem game after how long it's been since the last one.
shotglass
May. 25th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
Man, looks like I'm gonna have to get on with it and play FE:SD, then. I guess it's just too much to hope for that they'll ever return to the pixel graphics, though. But if they do that (remake 2)... then maybe they'll do all the rest, up to 6. I would really like a 6 remake.

Edited at 2010-05-25 01:51 pm (UTC)
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samuraiter
May. 25th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
I am going to second what aitherion has said. At this point, I am happy simply to get a new FE game, and, considering the FE3 buzz on my FL as of late, I imagine there are going to be a number of pleased gamers.
superbus
May. 25th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
I don't doubt it will be a good game. But I'm still frustrated that we have to pay $70 for something that should have been $35 (add another $55 for me, since I have to import it for my review)

EDIT: Though there's one benefit to this: since I'm out of the fandom, I no longer have a conflict of interest. Therefore? I can pimp the SHIT out of the review! I might even try to talk Josh into giving it a newspost when it goes up.

Edited at 2010-05-25 04:58 pm (UTC)
samuraiter
May. 26th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
*chuckles*

$70 is okay by me. For the price of one import SRW game for DS (K, to use the most recent example), I can get two high-quality FE titles.

And, please, pimp away. I want the word out about this one.
dtn
May. 25th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Part of me is just glad to get another FE game

The other part of me really wanted FE4

The final part of me thinks we're not going to get a new NEW FE game DX
mel_makoro
May. 25th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
With both a lengthy obsession with Fire Emblem and a current Pokémon fever, it'll only be a matter of time before I start combining the two. :P

Kind of wishing they might do a little bit more with those older FE scripts than copying them almost ad verbatim, though. The amount of unintentional lulz in all of them is a source of amusement and frustration for me. ^_^;;
lordglenn
May. 25th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'm simply going to cross-post what I said on SF earlier this morning:

"Honestly, I'm with Slize. I feel kind of cheated that IS didn't bother to just do all of FE3 to begin with, and instead, now we have to buy two games instead of one to complete the story. (Not that I bought Shadow Dragon anyway. *coughartstylecough*)

I'm glad that IS hasn't dropped Fire Emblem from their sights, but I doubt I'll be picking this up unless it's cheaper than or close to $20. (Similarly with Shadow Dragon.) Wake me up when we get a NEW FE game, please. (Guess I'll go back to sticking with "hacks" for now. At least they try to do different stuff.)"
popo_licious
May. 25th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Ugh... Disappointed! D: I was just thinking the other day that it's time for another FE, and instead of something new, we get more shitty FE:DS, which I still have not finished and at this point, don't really intend to. XP Still, I look forward to your future review! >:D
superbus
May. 26th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
I have a feeling I'm not going to be quite as positive on this one as I was on the first one. The first one was actually a very good game - gameplay wise - but they're going to do the same thing, and they aren't going to address some balance issues the actual Monshou game had. And the characterization is going to suck again, so I'm going to hit it harder on that this time around.
otosaretatenshi
May. 26th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Wow, I was also just wondering about new FE games the other day, and I got a free copy of Shadow Dragon recently, and rather than play it myself, I gave it to my girlfriend. :|
otosaretatenshi
May. 26th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Also, split two games into one? XD I noticed this earlier, but I have to point it out.
bardiche
May. 26th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
I would be lying if I said I was excited over this one. I know, my first impressions of the Japanese version of Shadow Dragon were quite favourable, and it's nice to see a completion of this arc, but honestly, I think they could have done a little more to expand on Shadow Dragon and make it stand up to the standard of more "recent" Fire Emblems rather than just pull the dick move of "You want this character? Great! You just have to purposely suck at this game! :D Don't worry, you won't be getting too attached to any minor characters in this game anytime soon~" to encourage replay.

I don't know, I don't like that they're doing it this way, but if they've learned from mistakes made in the first one, it'll probably be a very solid product.
superbus
May. 26th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
The problem is, we KNOW how the arc completes. Hardain goes cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, and tries to have Marth wiped out. Marth gets the band together again, they take Hardain out. They he goes and saves all the females because he's a pimp. The end.

There's no more characterization in book 2 then there was in book 1. You still get a lot of mostly meaningless characters - I pointed out in my initial review that some characters had NO lines unless they died - and though there's some backstory, the game doesn't really get into it much. In short, unless Nintendo really makes a big deal of exploring some backstory and/or adding support conversations - which they did not do in the initial release - anyone that was disappointed with Shadow Dragon - a very good game from a gameplay perspective - will also be disappointed with the new Monshou. At another $35, of course.
dmajohnson
May. 26th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
I guess I'm the only one not bothered by the fact that they chose to release two different games as, well, two different games. *shrugs*
superbus
May. 26th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
But they're not two different games. Monshou had the remake and the new book, tied in together. I justified not having book 2 by them holding so true to the characters in the original Famicom game.
dmajohnson
May. 26th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Except no, they are two different games. Just because Mystery of the Emblem had a bastardized remake of its prequel on the same cart doesn't change that. You didn't even have to play it. You could skip right ahead to the "Book 2" content and never play the original. Heck, the game mechanics even changed between games. The stat system is different between the Famicom and Super Famicom versions; not to mention the axed characters and classes.

It's like arguing that Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, & 3 are all the same game because of the SNES remake stuffing them all on the same cart for a marketing gimmick in the US.
lordglenn
May. 26th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
The point remains that IS could have simply done a remake of FE3 (with a full remake of Book 1 based on FE1 instead of the condensed version) and been done with it. Instead, we get Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem.
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