Ohh nice to see Suikoden 3 still getting some love. That game was fantastic. Fantastic, I say! And still in need of a sequel that Konami will never release ; ; The one issue I took with it is the lack of Tengaar and Hix, my fave pair of lovebirds from the first two games. What happened to them? D: I know 15 years passed between 2 and 3, but they were young in 2 so they'd still be around in the age of 3! Disappointing to not have them show up a third time *sob sob*, though I suppose Futch is really the only one that's made it through all three games (Viki, Jeanne and other immortal characters don't count!) apart from the mysterrrrious villain of the game. You know who I'm talking about. Prissy wind boy.
It's more than a little tragic that this never came out in the US, considering how absurdly superior it is to the other DS Fire Emblem game, Shadow Dragon. Don't confuse that for thinking that this is necessarily a fantastic Fire Emblem game.
I agree with this assessment 100%. I wouldn't say the game is great, myself, but yeah... it was leaps and bounds better than Shadow Dragon. The story was still generic and paperthin as all hell, but it was certainly a much better game with the inclusion of more character dialog (although only getting tidbits of it from characters you used on the battle field was kinda silly, but I suppose they thought of it as a form of reward to give the players) and making your customizable character not actually the "main" character was an interesting touch and she provided plenty of good banter. Though the optional hats and hairstyles the game offered at random intervals were all silly, but I guess that was the point XD