Shiren:Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert
Mystery Dungeon Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert
不思議のダンジョン 風来のシレンGB2 砂漠の魔城
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert (Japanese: 不思議のダンジョン 風来のシレンGB2 砂漠の魔城) is the fifth release from the Shiren the Wanderer series. It is a Game Boy Color exclusive that can't be played on the older Game Boy models. It was released in 2001 and later received a remake titled Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS2 - Magic Castle of the Desert, published by Sega on Nintendo DS in 2008.
The game has never been officially released in English but a partial fan-made patch has been made for the Nintendo DS port. Official names have been used where possible but the fan-translated names have been used in place of names with no 'official' English release. This game is commonly referred to by fans as Magic Castle GBC - and erroneously Shiren 2. The short name is referred to usually denotes version-specific features. The localized name comes from the Art Book released in the Eternal Wanderer Edition of Shiren the Wanderer 5: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate.
Shiren the Wanderer GB2 is a roguelike, in which the player navigates through randomly generated dungeons, each filled with randomly placed enemy characters. Dungeons consist of larger box-like rooms, connected via narrow corridors. A map of the dungeon is automatically filled out as the player explores the area. While exploring dungeons, the player finds various items and weapons on the ground. Movement in the game is turn-based such that every time the player makes a move, the enemies move as well. If the player gets killed, they have to either restart the game from the beginning or get help from another player, who can enter the same dungeon and try to rescue them. Rescuing can be accomplished via a code that the rescuing player types into their game, or via the use of a Game Link Cable.
The game has one town that functions as a hub with shops and a place to rest. Teleport scrolls allow the player to teleport to town from dungeons and retain all their items, but their level is reset to 1 and they have to play through the dungeon from the beginning again the next time they enter it.
The game starts in the middle of a journey, with Shiren and his companion Koppa traveling through an enormous desert, exhausted. They collapse, after which guards take them to a desert fortress and chain them to a wall. A princess enters the dungeon and unshackles them, and Shiren escapes while being chased by the guards. He meets Pekeji, who claims to be Shiren's younger brother, and who shows him to a dungeon that he thinks houses treasures. They enter it at night, but Pekeji falls into a trap, and Shiren has to save him.
The game was developed by Chunsoft and directed by Seiichirō Nagahata, with character designs by Kaoru Hasegawa, scenario and world design by Shin-ichiro Tomie, and with Hidefumi Itano being the lead programmer. Due to the hardware limitations of the Game Boy Color, they focused on developing "traditional dungeon types", as opposed to with the simultaneously developed Shiren the Wanderer 2 on the Nintendo 64, for which they created more original features.
The game was announced on September 27, 2000, and was released by Chunsoft on July 19, 2001, for the Game Boy Color. To promote the game, Shiren the Wanderer GB2-themed potato chips were sold, with cards with illustrations based on the game bundled with the bags.
According to Geimin, both versions of Shiren the Wanderer: Magic Castle of the Desert have accumulated over 275,000 copies in total. The Game Boy Color version has sold 172,578 copies by December 2001.
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In Other Languages
|English||Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert|
|日本語||不思議のダンジョン 風来のシレンGB2 砂漠の魔城, Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2: Magic Castle of the Desert|
|한국어||풍래의 시렌GB2 이상한던전 - 사막의 마성|
|Shiren the Wanderer series|
- The localized name for this version of the game had different writings in recent years.
- The first name comes from the Art Book released in the Eternal Wanderer Edition of Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Vita) and was titled Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2: Magic Castle of the Desert.
- The second name from the booklet of Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate and was titled Shiren the Wanderer 2: Magic Castle of the Desert.
- The third name comes from a 2020 Spike Chunsoft product survey and was titled Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB 2 - Magic Castle of the Desert. This name was also used in an artbook dedicated to the series.
-  Gameplay, Plot and Sales sections based on the Wikipedia page.