Highly recommended to anyone who's into Fire Emblem, curious about it, or just played Smash and thought Ike was cool. This is a great game for beginners of FE, but I think veterans will also have a great time with this game's awesome story, endearing characters, and challenging but fair gameplay. Several parts of this game legitimately reduced me to tears.
The disc I ordered from this site came quickly, and looked a little scratched. But it worked fine in my decade-and-half old Wii without any problems.
This game also features one of gaming's best villains, and the boss fight with him is ten times more fun an exciting than you'd ever think a single foe could be in a strategy game.
My only criticisms are that the final boss fight (not with the villain mentioned above) is kinda lame, the game takes its time getting things rolling in the beginning, and they give you way too many fun characters for your team that you can't possibly use all of. But that's a good flaw to have, and the beginning gives you plenty of time to learn how the mechanics and strategy elements work, and set up the story beats that will pay off later. Just don't expect to have your mind blown right away.
This game is also a tad easier than other Fire Emblem games (especially it's equal). Whether that's good or bad for you I can't really say.
Permadeath is in this game and you cannot turn it off. I love this personally, as it makes every decision matter in the core gameplay in a way that other role-playing games like Mass Effect can only dream of. Characters dying will also affect the story to a small degree.
One last thing I should mention for anyone curious is that this game requires you to do math. Not hard math, just 1-2 digit addition and subtraction, but you're gonna need to do lots of those little calculations if you want to make informed strategic decisions. Or just fling people around on the lowest difficulty.
I've tried to say all of the things that might turn one off this game so they don't end up being disappointed, but this game is a fantastic experience. For anyone interested in strategy games, fantasy rpgs, well-told archetypal stories, Fire Emblem, or just Ike himself, this is worth it.
Reviewed by: Simon from Toronto on 10/10/2018