Shiren:Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer

The MDFW - Documenting Mystery Dungeon since 2008.
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer
不思議のダンジョン2 風来(ふうらい)のシレン

No description available.
Roguelike, role-playing game
Single player
Tadashi Fukuzawa
Takemori Yamamori
Shin-ichiro Tomie
Release date(s)
Super Famicom
Flag of Japan
December 1, 1995
August 1, 2000 Nintendo Power
Wii Virtual Console
Flag of Japan
July 24, 2007
Additional info
Super FamicomJapan: SHVC-AAXJ-JPN
Internal Name(s)
32MB Cartridge
Super FamicomJapan: 11,800¥
Wii Virtual ConsoleJapan: 926 Wii Points


Mystery Dungeon:
Shiren the Wanderer

This Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer page is about a general overview of the first title in the Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer series. For the list of available games in the series, see Shiren:Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (series). For the main character of the series, see Shiren:Shiren the Wanderer. For Shiren 3, localized as Shiren the Wanderer, see Shiren:Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 3: The Sleeping Princess and the Karakuri Mansion.

Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer (Japanese: 不思議のダンジョン2 風来(ふうらい)のシレン) is a roguelike game developed and published by Chunsoft, released for the Super Famicom in 1995. It is not only the first set of games for the Shiren the Wanderer series but also the first series in the Mystery Dungeon franchise to use original characters. In 2006, a Nintendo DS remake was released in Japan and later released Worldwide under the official name, Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer, in 2008. The Super Famicom version of Shiren the Wanderer was subsequently rereleased to the Wii Virtual Console in 2007.


Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer is a roguelike game in which the player traverses thirty randomly generated grid-based, top-down areas – referred to as floors – in which they fight enemies and find items. The player can move in eight directions, attack with melee weapons and arrows, and use a wide range of items with different effects: for example, some heal the player, some fling away enemies, and some allow the player to swap positions with an enemy. The items are kept in the player's inventory, which only has a limited amount of space. For every step the player takes, their health regenerates, but their fullness counter also decreases; because of this, the player needs to carry food items with them, which also takes up inventory space. The gameplay is turn-based: every time the player performs an action, such as moving, attacking, or using items, all enemies and characters in the area perform one action as well. In addition to the enemy characters, there are friendly characters, three of whom can join the player's party and help them with things such as healing.

If the player's character falls in battle, they are forced to restart from the beginning, with all their items and experience points gone; to avoid this, the player can store items in warehouses found in towns they travel through. Because of this, the player makes long-term progress by upgrading powerful items at village blacksmiths and storing them in warehouses, while upgrading their character is more of a temporary improvement.

After the player has finished the thirty floors that make up the main game, additional, optional dungeons become available. These dungeons are harder than the main story but include highly powerful items as a reward for their completion. Puzzle-based one-floor dungeons called Fei's Problems are also available from the start, in the first town, hosting fifty puzzles about avoiding enemies, using items, and moving carefully.


" To fulfill the wish of his deceased friend, Shiren's journey to reach the top of Table Mountain begins, where legends tell of a city of gold, home of the Golden Condor. Joining him is Koppa, his talking weasel companion, who was enticed by the legend of the golden city.
~ The game's synopsis.

The game takes place in a fantasy version of feudal Japan, and follows a rōnin named Shiren and his companion, the talking weasel Koppa, on a quest for the Land of the Golden Condor. They travel through forests, towns, mountains, and caves, and are joined by three people they meet during the journey: Kechi the Masseur, a man who pretends to be blind; Oryu the Blinder, a traveling woman who has the power to blind people and monsters; and Pekeji, a man who claims to be Shiren's brother, separated at birth. Shiren eventually reaches the land, where he frees the golden condor from an ancient insect-like creature. He and Koppa ride away on the condor, flying across the towns he had passed, and the townspeople look up at the condor and make a wish. The condor lands, letting Shiren and Koppa jump off, before flying away. The game ends with Shiren and Koppa walking away into the night.


Shiren the Wanderer was developed by Chunsoft for the Super Famicom, with the core concept of repeated play, with the player improving their equipment and items each time they play, making progress through several playthroughs. The developers noted that Shiren the Wanderer differed from other Mystery Dungeon games in that the Chunsoft staff create characters themselves, allowing them to express the Mystery Dungeon series more fully than with the other games, which are set in already created worlds that Chunsoft cannot change. The game was developed in parallel with the Game Boy game Shiren the Wanderer GB, which used modified source code from the Super Famicom game.

The music was composed by Koichi Sugiyama, who made use of East Asian elements compared to his more European-styled Dragon Quest compositions, using instruments such as a shakuhachi flute. The scenario was written by Shin-ichiro Tomie and edited by Emiko Tanaka. In addition to the main story, Tomie wrote another scenario for the game, which the developers were unable to implement in the Super Famicom version. When creating the graphics, the development team faced challenges with the technical restrictions of the Super Famicom console: they were only able to use a limited number of colors and were restricted to a 32×32 resolution for all graphics and actions. Later games in the series feature two programs – one for the story and one for dungeons – but the first Shiren the Wanderer only uses a dungeon program. This led to difficulties in portraying certain scenes, such as one where several townspeople are meant to appear, but the limitations of the dungeon program meant that only two non-player characters could be generated.


The Super Famicom version of the game was initially released on December 1, 1995, by Chunsoft, and re-released through the Nintendo Power flash memory service on August 1, 2000. The re-release version was also ported to the Wii Virtual Console on July 24, 2007, exclusively in Japan.


For this subject's image gallery, see Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer.

In Other Languages

Language Name
English Flag of the United Kingdom
Flag of the United States
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer(UT)
日本語 Flag of Japan 不思議のダンジョン2 風来(ふうらい)のシレン
español Flag of Spain Mazmorra Misteriosa 2: Shiren el Vagabundo(UT)
한국어 Flag of South Korea 풍래의 시렌 이상한던전2(UT)

See Also

Super Famicom Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer articles
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Gameplay Elements
Adventures(NT)Curses(NT)Fei's Problems(UT)Gitan(NT)Inns(NT)Melding(NT)Monster Houses(NT)RankingShops(NT)Smithy(NT)States(NT)The Winds of Kron(NT)Traps and Floor Tiles(NT)Unidentified ItemsVaultsWagonsWharehouses(NT)Main Menu(NT)
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Guides
Infinite Melding and Duplication Trick
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Items
Shiren 1 SFC - Armband.gif
Bargain Bracer(UT)Blessing Bracer(UT)Clear Mind Bracer(UT)Clumsiness Bracer(UT)Critical Bracer(UT)Farsight Bracer(UT)Happy Bracer(UT)Healing Bracer(UT)ID Bracer(UT)Levelholder(UT)Pain Bracer(UT)Passage Bracer(UT)Penetration Bracer(UT)Rustproof Bracer(UT)Trapper Bracer(UT)
Currencies Gitan(NT)
Goal Item Golden Feather(NT)
Shiren 1 SFC - Herb.gif
Angel Seed(NT)Antidote Herb(NT)Confusion Herb(NT)Contraction Seed(UT)Dragon Herb(NT)Expansion Seed(UT)Happy Herb(UT)Invincible Herb(UT)Kigni Tribe Seed(UT)Life Herb(NT)Medical Herb(UT)Otogiri-So(UT)Poison Herb(NT)Power Herb(UT)Revival Herb(NT)Sleep Herb(UT)Super-Unlucky Seed(UT)Unlucky Seed(NT)Vision Herb(UT)Weed(UT)Wriggling Herb(UT)
Shiren 1 SFC - Pot.gif
Back Pot(UT)Bottomless Pot(UT)Division Pot(UT)Fusion Pot(UT)Gaibara Pot(UT)Hiding Pot(UT)Holding Pot(UT)ID Pot(UT)Monster Pot(NT)Storage Pot(UT)Strengthening Pot(UT)Stress-Relieving Pot(UT)Stupid-looking Pot(UT)Todo Pot(UT)Transform Pot(UT)Unbreakable Pot(NT)Weakening Pot(UT)
Shiren 1 SFC - Arrow.gif
Iron Arrow(NT)Silver Arrow(NT)Wood Arrow(NT)
Shiren 1 SFC - Rice Ball.gif
Rice Balls(UT)
Big Rice Ball(UT)Huge Rice Ball(UT)Rice Ball(UT)Rotten Rice Ball(UT)Special Rice Ball(UT)
Shiren 1 SFC - Scroll.gif
Airslash Scroll(UT)Bigpot Scroll(UT)Bigroom Scroll(UT)Blank Scroll(NT)Chrome Scroll(UT)Confuse Scroll(UT)Crisis Scroll(UT)Detonate Scroll(UT)Earth Scroll(NT)Fastfoe Scroll(UT)Genocide Scroll(UT)Haven Scroll(UT)Heaven Scroll(UT)Identify Scroll(NT)Light Scroll(NT)Lockjaw Scroll(UT)Lost Scroll(NT)Massacre Scroll(UT)Monster House Scroll(UT)Powerup Scroll(UT)Purify Scroll(UT)Slippery Scroll(UT)Slumber Scroll(NT)Trap Scroll(NT)Withdraw Scroll(UT)
Shiren 1 SFC - Shield.gif
Battle Counter(UT)Bronze Shield(NT)Disposable Shield(UT)Dragon Shield(UT)Echo Shield(UT)Fuma Shield(UT)Gilded Shield(UT)Heavy Shield(NT)Iron Shield(NT)Leather Shield(UT)Mine Nabari Shield(UT)Rasen-Fuma Shield(UT)Reflex Shield(UT)Todo Shield(UT)Wooden Shield(UT)
Shiren 1 SFC - Staff.gif
Blowback Staff(UT)Bufoo's Staff(UT)Buy-Time Staff(UT)Decoy Staff(NT)Happy Staff(UT)Paindividing Staff(UT)Paralysis Staff(NT)Sealing Staff(NT)Skeleton Mage Staff(UT)Swap Staff(NT)Unlucky Staff(NT)
Shiren 1 SFC - Weapon.gif
Accuracy Sword(UT)Bufoo's Cleaver(UT)Club(UT)Dotanuki(NT)Dragon Killer(NT)Drain Buster(NT)Exorcist Sickle(UT)Goken-Manjikabra(UT)Hiken Kaburasutegi(UT)Kajinfumato(UT)Katana(NT)Minotaur Axe(UT)Nagamaki(UT)One-eye Killer(UT)Pickaxe(NT)Yoto Kamaitachi(UT)
Shiren 1 DS - Golden City Tablet.png
Rosetta Stone
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Locations
Towns and Villages
Side locations
Bamboo Forest Village(UT)Crooked Boulder Valley(UT)Foot of the Rainbow(UT)Golden City(NT)Land of the Sun(UT)Summit Town(UT)Two Jizo Valley(UT)Underground River Town(UT)Valley Inn(UT)
Dungeons Cave of the Wall Scroll(UT)Fei's Final Problem(UT)Shrine of the Food God(UT)Table Mountain(NT)
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Fei's Problems(UT)
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Monsters
Boss-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Mashoku Bug.gif
Mashoku Bug(UT)
Cyclops-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Absorber Larva.png Absorber Larva Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Gaze.png Gaze Family(NT)Shiren 1 SFC - Iron-Head.png Iron-Head Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Peetan.png Peetan Family(UT)
Dragon-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Dragon.png Dragon Family(NT)Shiren 1 SFC - Impasse Dragon.png Impasse Dragon Family(UT)
Drain-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Absorber Larva.png Absorber Larva Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Spinning Polygon.png Spinning Polygon Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Wriggling Honey.png Wriggling Honey Family(UT)
Ghost-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Ether Devil.png Ether Devil Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Ghost Musha.png Ghost Musha Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Minion of Death.png Minion of Death Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Monster Daikon.png Monster Daikon Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Pumkorepkin.png Pumkorepkin Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Wood Armor.png Wood Armor Family(UT)
Normal-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Bean Bandit.png Bean Bandit Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Bowya.png Bowya Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Chicken.png Chicken Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Dark Owl.png Dark Owl Family(NT)Shiren 1 SFC - Debuta.png Debuta Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Dremlas.png Dremlas Family(NT)Shiren 1 SFC - Face-First Warrior.png Face-First Warrior Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Field Raider.png Field Raider Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Flame Priest.png Flame Priest Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Gyazar.png Gyazar Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Haboon.png Haboon Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Healer Rabbit.png Healer Rabbit Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Karakuroid.png Karakuroid Family(NT)Shiren 1 SFC - Kid Tengu.png Kid Tengu Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Kigni Tribe.png Kigni Tribe Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Kimen-Musha.png Kimen-Musha Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Knife Gator.png Knife Gator Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Mamul.png Mamul Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Midoro.png Midoro Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Mist Hermit.png Mist Hermit Family(NT)Shiren 1 SFC - Nduba.png Nduba Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Monster Nigiri Beast.png Monster Nigiri Beast Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Norojo.png Norojo Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Old Man Tank.png Old Man Tank Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Shoebell.png Shoebell Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Skeleton Mage.png Skeleton Mage Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Soldier Ant.png Soldier Ant Family(NT)Shiren 1 SFC - Tauros.png(UT)Tauros Family
Shop-Based-Type Guard Dog(NT)Sheriff(NT)Shopkeeper(NT)
Thief-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Gamara.png Gamara Family(UT)Shiren 1 SFC - Theftodo.png Theftodo Family(UT)
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Removed and Unused content
Debug ModeDebug RoomItemsMonstersMonster SpawnsPrototype ContentMiscellaneous unused content
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Stats
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Miscellaneous
CommercialsDevelopment OversightsManualNews ArchiveNovellaRecallRosetta StoneSoundtrackStaff CreditsTranscriptsVersion Differences
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Community
Cheat CodesHackingSpeedrunning • Unofficial Translations (ChineseEnglishKoreanSpanish)
Shiren the Wanderer series
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)
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
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
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


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