Games from Intelligent Systems Co
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (DS)
Days of Ruin has no connection whatsoever to the past series installments. It takes place in an entirely new world where a large-scale meteor shower triggered massive global destruction that eradicated 90 percent of the population. After the catastrophe, the survivors have formed together into militaristic bands that are warring over the last remaining scraps of civilization. You'll take control of Will, a young military cadet (whose hair is admittedly just a little spiky) who quickly becomes embroiled in the conflict at the outset of the game. The storyline is still conveyed through dialogue-heavy cinematics, but the characters have a much more rough-and-tumble look and a dourer attitude. One of the enemy commanders, affectionately known only as "the Beast," at one point makes a reference to wearing a necklace of human ears. Look at you, Advance Wars, you're all grown up!
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
Command and fight alongside Lord Chrom and his brave group of spirited fighters known as the Shepherds as they set off on a fantastical journey to save the world from a powerful enemy with enough power to destroy empires. Plan your attack, customize your forces, and guide your heroes as you forge alliances that strengthen your resolve in battle and shape the course of history. Lead a team of distinct characters with unique abilities, rich backstories, and evolving relationships that guide the path of your quest. Plan your attack carefully – the lives of your soldiers and the future of the world depend on it.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GameCube)
All of Tellius is torn in a bloody war that has set the human empires against the nations of the shape-shifting laguz. A small band of mercenaries, led by the earnest but inexperienced Ike, possesses the means to end this war, but a hard path lies before them. Players must master strategy, steel and sorcery to restore order to the seven kingdoms.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS)
Medeus, the king of the dragonkin, has been revived and is forming an alliance with a fearsome sorcerer named Gharnef. Together, they threaten to the throw the entire continent of Archanea back to an age of chaos and war. Now, it's up to young Prince Marth and his small band of loyal followers to rise up and rally all those left in the land to make one last desperate push to free Archanea from the tyranny of the Shadow Dragon. How to progress through the game: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is a turn-based strategy game with a fantasy setting. Players alternate turns with opponents, moving their pieces (units) and attacking enemy units on the battlefield. There are dozens of units and different weapons and magic spells, each with its own strategic benefits-high-flying Pegasus knights move effortlessly over varied terrain, fast-moving mounted cavaliers can use swords and lances, unarmed curates use healing staves to mend the wounds of other units and so on.
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Game Boy Advance)
For generations, the nations of Magvel have lived in perfect peace. Now, defying all reason, the Grado Empire has invaded neighboring Renais. Twin heirs to the throne of Renais, Eirika and Ephraim fight to free their kingdom and uncover the secret behind their former ally’s treachery.