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Mystery Dungeon Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert
不思議のダンジョン 風来(ふうらい)のシレンGB2 ()(ばく)()(じょう)

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Information
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)
Chunsoft
Platform(s)
Genre(s)
Roguelike, Role-playing
Mode(s)
Single Player
Version
1.0
Credits
Director(s)
Programmer(s)
Hidefumi Itano
Artist(s)
Writer(s)
Composer(s)
Release date(s)
Flag of Japan
July 19, 2001
Rating(s)
CERO
CERO B
Additional info
Website(s)


Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert (Japanese: 不思議のダンジョン 風来(ふうらい)のシレンGB2 ()(ばく)()(じょう)) 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.

Gameplay

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.

Plot

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.

Development

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.

Release

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.

Sales

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.

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Shiren the Wanderer - Magic Castle of the Desert.

In Other Languages

Language Name
English Flag of the United Kingdom
Flag of the United States
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert
日本語 Flag of Japan 不思議のダンジョン 風来(ふうらい)のシレンGB2 ()(ばく)()(じょう), Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2: Magic Castle of the Desert
한국어 Flag of South Korea 풍래의 시렌GB2 이상한던전 - 사막의 마성(UT)

See Also

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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2: Magic Castle of the Desert articles
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert - Gameplay Elements
BlessingsControlsGitanMonster HousesShirenStatesMain Menu‎The Winds of KronTrapsUnidentified Items
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert - Stats
AttackBellyDefenseExperienceHPLevel
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert - Items
ArmbandsHerbsJarsLegendary Kron ItemsMisc. ItemsMonster MeatProjectilesRiceballsScrollsShieldsSpecial Item DropsStavesTrapsWeapons
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert - Monster families
Bosses and Special EnemiesMonsters ListRosetta Stone
Boss-Type ZaganRyoushuCurasFalse God
Metal-Type Cell Armor FamilyDark Eye FamilyDeath Reaper FamilyEvil Soldier FamilySamuraidon FamilySoldier Ant FamilySoldier FamilyTaur Family
Curse-Type Curse Girl Family
Cyclops-Type Egg Thing FamilyGaze FamilyIronhead FamilyLeech Worm FamilySlumber Wizard FamilySpike Bomb Family
Dragon-Type Dragon FamilyFloor Dragon FamilyGlare Snake FamilyRed Centipede Family
Drain-Type Blue Lanternfish FamilyFog Hermit's sprite. Fog Hermit FamilyGreen Slime FamilyLeech Worm FamilySheep Oracle FamilyTwisty Hani Family
Exploding-Type Popster Tank FamilySpike Bomb FamilyUruroid Family
Floating-Type Air Devil FamilyCell Armor FamilyDeath Reaper FamilyGyadon FamilyPacorepkin FamilyWarning Fly FamilyWill'o Wisp FamilyZen Guru Family
Ghost-Type Air Devil FamilyDark Baldness FamilyDeath Reaper FamilyDead Soldier FamilyPacorepkin FamilySkull Mage FamilyVampire Baron FamilyWill'o Wisp's sprite. Will'o Wisp Family
Hypnotic-Type Gaze Family
Normal-Type Chow FamilyBat Kangaroo FamilyBowboy FamilyBaby Tank FamilyBored Kappa FamilyChintala's sprite. Chintala FamilyCrow Tengu FamilyDozing Hsien FamilyEscape Monkey's sprite. Escape Monkey FamilyFluffy Bunny FamilyGather FamilyGoggles FamilyHen FamilyHundred Eye FamilyKid Squid FamilyMamel's sprite. Mamel FamilyMixer FamilyMiss Hermit FamilyMorabi FamilyMouse Minion's sprite. Mouse Minion FamilyPiggy FamilyPitcher Plant FamilyTanuki FamilyRice Baby FamilyRock Head FamilySchubell FamilyThrow Beetle FamilyThrow Spider FamilyTrap Nin FamilyWild Boar's sprite. Wild Boar Family
Poison Herb-Type Ghost Radish Family
Rust-Type Green Slime Family
Shop-Based-Type Guard DogSheriffShopkeeper
Staff Attack-Type Elephant Mage FamilyFog Hermit's sprite. Fog Hermit FamilyMagic Child FamilySheep Oracle FamilySkull Mage Family
Thief-Type Gyadon FamilyHamster Robber FamilyPickpocket FamilyThiefwalrus FamilyVeteran Jar Fisherman Family
Training Grounds Mole FamilyBlue Mole Family
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Shiren the Wanderer series
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Shiren the Wanderer (series) - Books
Manga Increasingly Less Motivated to Work Squad Shirenger GB(UT)Laughter Point - Shiren the Wanderer Yonkoma Manga Collection(UT)Shiren the Wanderer 2: Perfect Adventure Guide - Monthly CoroCoro Comics(UT)Shiren the Wanderer - Hungry Adventures Chronicles Volume 1(UT)Mystery Dungeon - Shiren the Wanderer DS: Comics Anthology Special(UT)
Others GAME SIDE Volume 12Shiren the Wanderer Character Debut Book - Mystery Dungeon 2(UT)Shiren the Wanderer: Flowers Dancing in the Golden Town Amteca(UT) • Shiren the Wanderer 2 Official Fan Book Surprised Pot(UT) (123)
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Shiren the Wanderer (series) - Characters
Origin of Localized Character Names
Playable AsukaSenseiShiren the Wanderer (Shiren Ancestor)
Allies Banana PrinceBorg MamelEdnaGalwinGenJirokichiKechi the MasseurKoharuKojiroutaJinpachiMinamoMiriMA-MOOkonOryu the BlinderPekejiSarma Bros.TaoZoso the Robot
The Eight Beast Gods BufuDorasGitauKaka RooKronMurado(UT)Sakai(UT)Riva (Reeva)
Lords and Ladies Banana PrinceKing of the KignyPrincess AtekaPrincess KaguyaPrincess SuzuneRyoushu
Minor Characters BalibaliBattle SpiritsBlacksmithBlacksmiths ApprenticeBlue Shirenger(UT)Gaibara the Legendary PotterGenba DotanukiGimenshaGreen Shirenger(UT)IzanamiJofukuJuroutaKabraKaminaKichizoKoyoriNaoki the Wandering ChefOboroOroOtakaOyuPink Shirenger(UT)PriestRanking Chief(UT)Red Shirenger(UT)SachiSheriffShopkeeperSoboroSuralaYellow Shirenger(UT)Zagan
Animals ChickenGolden CondorGenGuard DogKoppaNfu the Demon PuppyNiwatoriPochiTanmomo
Oni King of the KignyOni Boss(UT)
Robots Borg MamelZoso the Robot(UT)
Monsters Antipode MamelCuras
Other MA-MO
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Shiren the Wanderer (series) - Games
Official WebsitesOrigin of Localized Video Game Titles
Console Based
Shiren 1 Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer(NT) Super FamicomMystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Nintendo DSMystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer(NT) Android
BS: Save Surala BS Shiren the Wanderer: Save Surala Super Famicom
Monster of Moonlight Village Shiren the Wanderer GB - Monster of Moonlight Village(NT) Game BoyMystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Monster of Moonlight Village WindowsMystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Monster of Moonlight Village for Android)Android
Shiren 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion Nintendo 64
Magic Castle of the Desert Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2 - Magic Castle of the Desert(NT) Game Boy ColorMystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS2 - Magic Castle of the Desert(NT) Nintendo DS
Gaiden - Asuka the Swordswoman Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Gaiden - Asuka the Swordswoman(NT) DreamCastMystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Gaiden - Asuka the Swordswoman for Windows(NT) Windows
Shiren 3 - The Sleeping Princess and the Karakuri Mansion Shiren the Wanderer WiiMystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 3 Portable PlayStation Portable
Shiren 4 - The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 4 - The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel(NT) Nintendo DSMystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 4 Plus - The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel(NT) PlayStation Portable
Shiren 5 - The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 5 - The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate(NT) Nintendo DSShiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate PlayStation VitaShiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Nintendo Switch/SteamShiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (SP) Android/iOS
Princess Suzune and the Tower of Slumber Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer: Princess Suzune and the Tower of Slumber Pachinko
Shiren 6 - The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island Nintendo Switch
Spin-off Titles
Shiren Monsters Shiren Monsters: Netsal(UT) Game Boy AdvanceShiren Monsters: The Village of Mahjong(UT) Android
Individual Daily Dungeon(UT)"Sweet Nut" Trial Version(UT)
Mobile Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Platina(UT) (iMode) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - The Rainbow Labyrinth(UT) Android
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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) • 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 / Switch / Steam / Smartphones)The Rainbow LabyrinthMonsters: Netsal

Trivia

  • The localized name for this version of the game had different writings in recent years.

References

  • [1] Gameplay, Plot and Sales sections based on the Wikipedia page.