Shiren:Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (series)

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The titular character, Shiren the Wanderer.

Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is the second entry into the Mystery Dungeon franchise and the first one to use all original characters. Shiren the Wanderer titles are primarily centered around Shiren the Wanderer and his talking weasel companion, Koppa.

About

The company wanted to work on the new features and gameplay mechanics added in NetHack, a variant of Rogue, one of them was being able to steal items from a shopkeeper. However, it was not possible to translate the new content from Nethack with characters from the Dragon Quest series; one such with Torneko who is a merchant. Two years after the release of Torneko's Great Adventure, Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer was released as the company's second work for the Mystery Dungeon series, with a new world setting and unique characters.[1][2] Many titles from this series were developed simultaneously throughout the years, where one title was focused on creating original features in its gameplay than the other for which they were forced to focus on "traditional dungeon types" due to the limitations on the other hardware; Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer on Super Famicom and Shiren the Wanderer GB: Monster of Moonlight Village on Game Boy, and Shiren the Wanderer 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion on Nintendo 64 and Shiren the Wanderer GB2: Magic Castle of the Desert on Game Boy Color.[3] A unique gameplay element that first appeared in Monster of Moonlight Village and would appear later in the Mystery Dungeon franchise and its crossovers is rescuing other players via passwords. They went with the idea of player sharing passwords instead of them using the Game Boy's Game Link Cable in order to help others since there were not many owners of the cable. This idea was expanded in Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Gaiden - Asuka the Swordswoman with the addition of online support. Within the online support, players would receive new dungeons, called either "Weekly Dungeon"; a dungeon that can be played online on a weekly basis, or "Challenge Dungeon"; the dungeon's difficulty would be increased and useful items would appear less frequently.

The naming and numbering convention of Shiren the Wanderer games is complex due to the fact that the company has made many games (all derived upon and building upon the "Mystery Dungeon" roguelike framework) on various platforms and localized for various markets over the course of decades. For example, what players today call "Shiren 1" (the first game featuring the character Shiren) was in fact originally called "Mystery Dungeon 2", as it was the second game using the Mystery Dungeon framework. Some games were apparently numbered based on their original release platform plus their release sequence on that platform while others originally had unique titles with no numbers featured. Then, over the course of time, some but not all of these games were ported to other platforms or localized into English and sold in other markets, often under a new name as the original name or number wouldn't have made much sense in the new market. Games that were released in English were often released many years after their initial Japanese releases, even though one or newer games in the series had already been released in Japan in the intervening period. Games that were re-released on other platforms also sometimes included additional content that was not part of the first release, or that was optional downloadable content (DLC) for the first release. Fortunately for the English-speaking audience, the company seems to have bundled all DLC whenever they have localized a game into English.

To date, only three Shiren games have been officially localized into English. Note that none of the English titles uses the same numbering system as the original Japanese titles did. But lack of officially localized releases has not stopped some hardcore English-speaking fans of the series from playing other games in the series, either via imported games and struggling to play in a foreign language or via hacks, mods and player translations. Consequently, this site has more complete information for games that were officially released in English but also has content for other games in the series as well.

The name or numbering convention is so complex that English-speaking fans of the series usually use shorthand names or nicknames for the games in the series. Unfortunately, there is no single canonical short name for each game used by all players, as different audiences favored different short names based on which release or re-release they were playing. For convenience, this site uses short names based on the original release title to the greatest extent possible, otherwise, the short name is derived from the original release platform plus the sequence on that platform.

This series has also let the franchise have its first spin-off game in 2004, titled Shiren Monsters: Netsal. It is only one game based on the monsters from the Shiren the Wanderer series.[4]

Regional Releases

To date, only three Shiren the Wanderer games have been officially localized into English. Note that none of the English titles uses the same numbering system as the original Japanese titles did. But lack of officially localized releases has not stopped some hardcore English-speaking fans of the series from playing other games in the series, either via imported games and struggling to play in a foreign language or via hacks, mods, and player translations. Consequently, this site has more complete information for games that were officially released in English but also has content for other games in the series as well.

Game Japan North America Europe Australia China Taiwan
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer
Shiren the Wanderer DS
Shiren the Wanderer (Smartphone)
Broadcast Satellaview: Save Surala
GB - Monster of Moonlight Village
Monster of Moonlight Village (Windows)
DX: Monster of Moonlight Village
Monster of Moonlight Village (Mobile)
2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion
GB2: Magic Castle of the Desert
DS2: Magic Castle of the Desert
Gaiden - Asuka the Swordswoman
Gaiden - Asuka the Swordswoman (Windows)
Shiren Monsters: Netsal
3: The Sleeping Princess and the Karakuri Mansion
Shiren the Wanderer 3 Portable
4: The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel
4 Plus: The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel
5: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate
5 Plus: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (PlayStation Vita)
5 Plus: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Nintendo Switch)
5 Plus: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Steam)
5 Plus: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Smartphone)
The Rainbow Labyrinth
6: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island

Translations

Games

Game Console English Spanish Chinese Korean
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Super Famicom [n 1] [n 2] [Citation needed] [Citation needed]
Nintendo DS Official Sega [Citation needed]
Monster of Moonlight Village Game Boy WIP [n 3]
Windows WIP [Citation needed] [Citation needed]
Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion Nintendo 64 Wiki page
Magic Castle of the Desert Game Boy Color WIP [n 4] [Citation needed]
Nintendo DS Partial [n 5] [Citation needed]
Gaiden: Asuka the Swordswoman Windows On hold [Citation needed]
The Sleeping Princess and the Karakuri Mansion PlayStation Portable Partial [n 6] [Citation needed]
The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel Nintendo DS On Hold [Citation needed] [Citation needed]
PlayStation Portable [n 7] [Citation needed]
The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Nintendo DS [Citation needed] [Citation needed]
  1. Translation made by Aeon Genesis for the 1.0 version of the game. Published at Aeon Genesis. Also available on ROMhacking.net.
  2. Translation made by semco for the 1.0 version of the game. Published at ROMhacking.net.
  3. Work in progress by Danke of Grimm Translations
  4. Work in progress by Danke of Grimm Translations
  5. Patch by xvirus on GBATemp
  6. Patch by aka translations on ROMhacking.net.
  7. https://www.romhacking.net/translations/7175/

In Other Languages

Language Name
English Flag of the United Kingdom
Flag of the United States
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer
日本語 Flag of Japan 不思議のダンジョン 風来のシレン
français Flag of France Donjon mystère : Shiren le voyageur[5]
español Flag of Spain Mazmorra Misteriosa: Shiren el Vagabundo(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.
한국어 Flag of South Korea 이상한 던전 풍래의 시렌(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.
中文 Simplified Flag of China 千变的迷宫 风来的希炼
Traditional Flag of Taiwan
Flag of Hong Kong
千變的迷宮 風來的希煉

See Also

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Shiren the Wanderer series
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Shiren the Wanderer (series) - Books
Manga Increasingly Less Motivated to Work Squad Shi-Ranger GB(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Laughter Point - Shiren the Wanderer Yonkoma Manga Collection(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Shiren the Wanderer 2: Perfect Adventure Guide - Monthly CoroCoro Comics(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Shiren the Wanderer - Hungry Adventures Chronicles Volume 1(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Mystery Dungeon - Shiren the Wanderer DS: Comics Anthology Special(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.
Others GAME SIDE Volume 12Shiren the Wanderer Character Debut Book - Mystery Dungeon 2(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Shiren the Wanderer: Flowers Dancing in the Golden Town Amteca(UT) - This is an unofficial translation. • Shiren the Wanderer 2 Official Fan Book Surprised Pot(UT) - This is an unofficial translation. (123)
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Shiren the Wanderer (series) - Characters
Origin of Localized Character Names
Wanderers AsukaKoppaSenseiShiren the WandererNaoki the Wandering Chef
Artisans BlacksmithBlacksmiths ApprenticeGaibara the Legendary PotterGenba DotanukiKabra
Misc. Characters EdnaGalwinGenJirokichiKechi the MasseurKoharuKojiroutaJinpachiMinamoMiriOkonOryu the BlinderPekejiSarma Bros.TaoKantenbo
Deities KokatsuMA-MO(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.The Eight Beast Gods BufuDorasGitauKaka RooKronMurado(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Sakai(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Riva (Reeva)
Lords and Ladies Banana PrinceKing of the KignyPrincess AtekaPrincess KaguyaPrincess SuzuneRyoushu
Minor Characters BalibaliBattle Spirits • Shi-Rangers(UT) - This is an unofficial translation. (Blue Shi-Ranger(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Green Shi-Ranger(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Pink Shi-Ranger(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Red Shi-Ranger(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Yellow Shi-Ranger(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.)GimenshaHibikiIzanamiJofukuJuroutaKaminaKichizoKoyoriOboroOroOtakaOyuPriestRanking Chief(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.SekiSachiSheriffShopkeeperSoboroSokusenSuralaSuzunaTugaiZagan
Animals Chicken(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Golden CondorGenGuard DogKoppaNfu the Demon PuppyPochi(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.Tanmomo(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.
Oni King of the KignyOni Boss(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.
Robots Borg MamelZoso the Robot(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.
Monsters Antipode MamelCuras
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Shiren the Wanderer (series) - Games
Official WebsitesOrigin of Localized Video Game Titles
Console Based
Shiren 1 Super Famicom Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the WandererNintendo DS Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the WandereriOS/Android Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (SP)
BS: Save Surala Super Famicom BS Shiren the Wanderer: Save Surala
Monster of Moonlight Village Game Boy Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB - Monster of Moonlight VillageWindows Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Monster of Moonlight Village (PC/Internet Version)Android Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Monster of Moonlight Village for Android
Shiren 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion Nintendo 64 Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion
Magic Castle of the Desert Game Boy Color Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the DesertNintendo DS Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS2 - Magic Castle of the Desert
Gaiden - Asuka the Swordswoman DreamCast Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Gaiden - Asuka the SwordswomanWindows Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Gaiden - Asuka the Swordswoman for Windows
Shiren 3 - The Sleeping Princess and the Karakuri Mansion Wii Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 3 - The Sleeping Princess and the Karakuri MansionPlayStation Portable Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 3 Portable(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.
Shiren 4 - The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel Nintendo DS Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 4 - The Eye of God and the Devil's NavelPlayStation Portable Shiren the Wanderer 4 Plus: The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel
Shiren 5 - The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Nintendo DS Shiren the Wanderer 5: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of FatePlayStation Vita Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of FateNintendo Switch/Steam Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (2020)iOS/Android Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (SP)
Princess Suzune and the Tower of Slumber CR Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer: Princess Suzune and the Tower of Slumber(UT) - This is an unofficial translation.
Shiren 6 - The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island Nintendo Switch Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island
Spin-off Titles
Shiren Monsters Game Boy AdvanceShiren Monsters: NetsalAndroidShiren Monsters: The Village of Mahjong
Individual Daily Dungeon"Sweet Nut" Trial Version
Mobile (iMode)Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - PlatinaAndroidMystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - The Rainbow Labyrinth
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Shiren the Wanderer (series) - Soundtracks
Albums Mystery Dungeon 2 Shiren the Wanderer Special Arrange VersionCHUNSOFT 20th Anniversary ~ SHIREN THE WANDERER's 20th SPECIAL COLLECTIONCR Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer: Princess Suzune and the Tower of Slumber Soundtrack
In-Game soundtracks Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (SFCDS / SP) • Monster of Moonlight Village (GBPC)Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion • Magic Castle of the Desert (GBCDS)Gaiden - Asuka the SwordswomanThe Sleeping Princess and the Karakuri Mansion • The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel (DSPSP) • The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (DSVita / 2020 / SP)The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil IslandThe Rainbow LabyrinthMonsters: Netsal

References

  • [6] Wikipedia's list of Mystery Dungeon games.
  • [7] The Japanese Wikipedia page for the series.
  • [8] Discussing gameplay elements of various mobile titles.
  1. すべては『ドアドア』から始まった――チュンソフト30周年のすべてを中村光一氏と振り返るロングインタビュー【前編】 (ja). Famitsu (June 8, 2014). Retrieved on September 2, 2021.
  2. Parish, Jeremy (August 6, 2012). Koichi Nakamura Interview: On the Birth of the Console RPG. 1UP.com. Archived from the original on 2014-03-16. Retrieved on April 4, 2013.
  3. Interview with Chunsoft Over Development of New N64 Action RPG!author=Lee, WooJin. RPGFan (1999-10-04). Archived from the original on 2016-02-24. Retrieved on September 2, 2021.
  4. NETSAL (ja). Spike Chunsoft. Retrieved on September 2, 2021.
  5. Based on the French Nintendo eShop description of Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island
  6. wikipedia:List_of_Mystery_Dungeon_video_games|Mystery Dungeon video games
  7. wikipedia:ja:不思議のダンジョン#風来のシレン|不思議のダンジョン#風来のシレン
  8. https://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/kakuremisato/diary/?ctgy=13 Blog