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Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow

Platform(s): Nintendo DS
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Namco Bandai / Atari Europe (EU), D3Publisher of America (US)
Developer: tri-Crescendo
Release Date: May 18, 2010

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'Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow' (NDS) Announced

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2009 @ 4:14 a.m. PDT

Set two years after the story of the original title, Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow Shadow brings the Blue Dragon RPG experience to DS. Awakened from a long slumber, the new enemies bear some resemblance to Nene, the defeated adversary of the first game, a conundrum which leads the player, Shu, and his friends into a terrifying fight to reclaim the lost shadows and restore balance to the world.

Developed by tri-Crescendo, the studio behind Eternal Sonata and Fragile, Blue Dragon : Awakened Shadow Shadow brings the Blue Dragon role-playing experience to DS players in the PAL regions for the very first time following the title's Japanese launch in October 2009.  Continuing the series' contemporary approach to traditional Japanese role-playing games, Blue Dragon : Awakened Shadow is set two years after the story of the original 2007 title Blue Dragon for Xbox 360.

“We are thrilled to bring Blue Dragon : Awakened Shadow to DS,” said Peter Andrew, vice president of product development, D3P. “In the two previously released games, Shu was the main character, but now players can create their own hero and even choose to journey as themselves. We believe returning fans and new audiences will enjoy this unique element in the series.”

“It is very important to us to continue to reach new audiences with Blue Dragon : Awakened Shadow for DS, just as previous games in the series have done with their different way of presenting the Japanese style of role-playing game,“ said Hideo Baba, Producer, Namco Bandai Games Inc.  “This game is the first time Blue Dragon will be available on DS in Europe and PAL territories, and we really hope everyone is going to enjoy it.”

Awakened from a long slumber, the new enemies bear some resemblance to Nene, the defeated adversary of the first game, a conundrum which leads the player, Shu, and his friends into a terrifying fight to reclaim the lost shadows and restore balance to the world.

For the first time in the series, the player can assume the role of the main character, choose the character’s gender, and customize their look. The stylus- or button-based controls make it easy to customize clothes, hairstyles and facial details of the main character to fit the player's personality.  The player can also upgrade equipment, weapons and armor, which are visually reflected in the character’s appearance after they are equipped.  Players can also change shadows in order to tactically overcome the game’s many challenges and formidable bosses. 

With an engaging new story and a whole new level of strategy, Blue Dragon : Awakened Shadow is coming on the Nintendo DS worldwide.


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