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This Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer page is about 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 a Shiren the Wanderer, see Shiren 3:Shiren the Wanderer.

Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer
不思議のダンジョン 風来のシレン DS
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS
Mystery Dungeon - Shiren the Wanderer DS Japanese cover art.jpg
Developer(s) Chunsoft
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Genre(s) Roguelike, Role-playing
Mode(s) Single player
Version 1.0
Director(s) Tadashi Fukuzawa
Hironori Ishigami
Producer(s) Koichi Nakamura
Designer(s) Shin-ichiro Tomie
Programmer(s) Takemori Yamamori
Masayasu Yamamoto
Artist(s) Kaoru Hasegawa
Writer(s) Shin-ichiro Tomie
Composer(s) Koichi Sugiyama
Hayato Matsuo
Release date(s)
Flag of Japan.png December 14, 2006
Bargain Edition
August 21, 2008
Flag of the United States.png March 4, 2008
Flag of Europe.png March 20, 2008
Flag of Australia.png March 1, 2008
Additional info
Website(s) Spike Chunsoft
United States: NTR-AFUE-USA
Internal Name(s) SHIREN DS
Media / distribution 16MB Cartridge
File Size 14.25MB
MSRP Japan: 5,040円


Mystery Dungeon:
Shiren the Wanderer

Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (Japanese: 不思議のダンジョン 風来のシレン DS) is a roguelike game developed and published by Chunsoft, released for the Nintendo DS in 2006. 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. A port on smartphones based on the remake was later released in 2019 exclusively in Japan despite having an official English translation.

Due to the popularity of a high quality patch for the original release, this wiki covers fan-translated names alongside the official names where applicable. English-speaking fans of the game almost universally refer to this game by the short name Shiren 1. See the Shiren the Wanderer series page above for more information on official and unofficial names.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

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 take 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 which 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. In the Nintendo DS version of the game, the player can avoid having to start over by getting rescued by another player: this is done by giving the other player a rescue quest, either through a password or the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. When a player embarks on a rescue mission, they start from level 1 and have to reach the fallen character without stopping at towns on their way. If they succeed, the rescued player can proceed from where they left off, and keep their items and experience points.

After the player has finished the thirty floors that make up the main game, a fourth companion character and additional, optional dungeons become available. These dungeons are harder than the main game, but include highly powerful items as a reward for their completion. A puzzle-based dungeon called Fay's Puzzles is also available from the start, in the first town, hosting fifty puzzles about avoiding enemies, using items and moving carefully.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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 travelling 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.

Development[edit | edit source]

The Nintendo DS version was directed by Hironori Ishigami and planned and supervised by Tomie, while Hiroyoshi Umetani was the main planner and in charge of game balance, Shin-ichiro Tomie created the scenario and events, Tanaka worked on the presentation and assisted with the scenario, and Masayasu Yamamoto programmed the dungeons. In addition to Sugiyama, the Nintendo DS version's music was worked on by Hayato Matsuo. The idea of developing a Nintendo DS version started when Chunsoft was considering creating a series of Mystery Dungeon games for the Nintendo DS. Previous Mystery Dungeon games came up in conversation: they considered doing something with the Game Boy games, but decided against it as it would have required them to redraw all the art, leaving them to decide between working on the Super Famicom or the Nintendo 64 games; they eventually settled on working on the Super Famicom title Shiren the Wanderer.

The idea of it being a simpler project due to the original art being reusable turned out to be untrue: because so much time had passed since the original's release, there were multiple parts that had to be reworked, leading to a process similar to creating a whole new game from scratch. All character graphics were redone, special effects were changed, and certain animations were added, such as sleeping animations. Some item placements were changed, the overall difficulty was adjusted, and some characters' battle statistics were altered; one such instance was making Kechi stronger than Oryu, due to it being perceived as illogical that a person with a sword would be weaker than a person fighting with her bare hands.

The unused scenario Tomie had written for the original version was included in the Nintendo DS version in the form of a bonus dungeon, playable after completion of the main game. It was altered slightly from the original plan due to technical restrictions: the scenario originally involved a nest with several large Tainted Insect enemies, but it was not possible to have so many large enemies appear at once. The developers considered using smaller Tainted Insects, but eventually decided to change the nest into a path with insects appearing every ten floors, and renamed the dungeon "The Tainted Path".

Ishigami played a large role in the implementation of the Wi-Fi rescue quests, and it went smoother than anticipated, something the developers attributed to their experience with developing mobile games. They were initially concerned about how the player loses all their items if they die during a rescue mission, but realized that it had to be that way to avoid people abusing rescue missions to get new items. Due to programming changes between the Japanese and the English versions of the game, rescue quests from the North American and European versions are only compatible with each other, and not with the Japanese release.

Release[edit | edit source]

The Nintendo DS version was released by Sega on December 14, 2006 in Japan, on March 1, 2008 in Australia, on March 4, 2008 in North America and on March 31, 2008 in Europe; outside of an earlier fan translation, this was the first time the game was made available in English. The remake would receive a Bargain Edition later in Japan on August 21, 2008.

Sega decided to localize the game due to them having a good relationship with Chunsoft, and wanting to "test the waters" for an American release of a Chunsoft game; they chose Shiren the Wanderer specifically because they felt it was a high-quality title that had been well adapted to the Nintendo DS platform. The localization was produced by Keith Dwyer at Sega, who said that, although there were some changes between the Japanese and the English versions to accommodate the change in language, they wanted the game to be fundamentally the same, as making it too different would lose the original's flavor. Dwyer noted that while some situations and words were difficult to recreate in English, the elements of Japanese culture present in the game were not a hindrance during the localization. The box art was changed for the localization, both to appeal to American players and to better communicate the tough journey the player goes on in the game.

Articles[edit | edit source]

All content about Shiren the Wanderer are organized into these categories. Click on a section name to learn more, and to drill down further to more specific and detailed pages.

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Nintendo DS Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer articles
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Gameplay Elements
Adventure Log • Backtracking • Curses • Fay's Puzzles • Gitan • Inns • Melding and Seals • Monster Houses • Rescues (Adventure While Awaiting Rescue • Rescues • Rescue Reward Items) • Reward Items (Fay's Puzzles) • Shiren • Town Shops (Dungeon Shops) • Smiths • Special Rooms • States • The Winds of Kron • Traps (Broken Trap Recycling) • Unidentified Items • Wagons • Warehouses
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Stats
Attack • Belly • Defense • Experience Points • HP • Level
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Guides
Beginner's Guide • Table Mountain Strategy • Final Puzzle Strategy • Final Puzzle Printable Item Checklist • Monster House Strategy • Trap Strategy • Meat Strategy • Thievery • Tips and Tricks • Identifying Items • Fun with Gitan • Fun with Gitan Mamels • Stream Village Shopping Spree • Last Resort Strategy
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Items
Shiren 1 DS - Armband.png
Antidote Armband • Antidrain Armband • Armband of Calm • Armband of Loss • Armband of Regret • Armband of Sight • Critical Armband • Discount Armband • Discount Armband • Identity Armband • Passage Armband • Pitcher's Armband • Recovery Armband • Rustless Armband • Sleepless Armband • Trap Armband
Rescue Reward Items Ace's Armband • Alertness Armband • Armband of Luck • Barrier Armband • Berserk Armband • Clear Armband • Curseless Armband • Defense Armband • Merchant Armband • Pure Armband • Revival Armband • Vigilant Armband • Warding Armband
Shiren 1 DS - Herb.png
Angel Seed • Antidote Herb • Big Belly Seed • Bitter Herb • Dragon Herb • Happiness Herb • Herb of Amnesia • Herb of Confusion • Herb of Invisibility • Herb of Life • Herb of Revival • Herb of Sight • Herb of Strength • Herb of Victory • Kigny Seed • Little Belly Seed • Medicinal Herb • Poison Herb • Restorative Herb • Seed of Ill Luck • Seed of Misfortune • Sleeping Herb • Weeds
Shiren 1 DS - Jar.png
Bottomless Jar • Chiropractic Jar • Gaibara's Jar • Jar of Change • Jar of Hiding • Jar of Holding • Jar of Identity • Melding Jar • Monster Jar • Pointless Jar • Storehouse Jar • Strengthening Jar • Unbreakable Jar • Venting Jar • Walrus Jar • Weakening Jar
Shiren 1 DS - Arrow.png
Wooden Arrows • Iron Arrows • Silver Arrows • Poison Arrows • Stone • Cannonballs
Shiren 1 DS - Riceball.png
Riceball • Big Riceball • Giant Riceball • Rotten Riceball • Special Riceball
Shiren 1 DS - Scroll.png
Air Bless Scroll • Blank Scroll • Blastwave Scroll • Destruction Scroll • Earth Bless Scroll • Extraction Scroll • Great Hall Scroll • Hands Full Scroll • Monster Scroll • Plating Scroll • Power Up Scroll • Riceball Scroll • Sanctuary Scroll • Scroll of Blessing • Scroll of Chains • Scroll of Confusion • Scroll of Explosion • Scroll of Haste • Scroll of Identity • Scroll of Light • Scroll of Need • Scroll of Removal • Scroll of Silence • Scroll of Sleep • Scroll of Traps • Super Trap Scroll • Wandering Scroll
Shiren 1 DS - Staff.png
Accelerating Staff • Bufu's Staff • Doppelganger Staff • Knockback Staff • Lightning Staff • Pain Sharing Staff • Sealing Staff • Skull Staff • Staff of Happiness • Staff of Misfortune • Staff of Paralysis • Staff of Postpone • Staff of Recovery • Staff of Sloth • Staff of Stability • Switching Staff
Shiren 1 DS - Weapon.png
Air Slayer • Bufu's Cleaver • Crescent Arm • Cudgel • Cyclops Killer • Dragonkiller • Drain Buster • Firebrand • Fragile Edge • Golden Blade • Homing Blade • Kabra Reborn • Kabra's Blade • Katana • Kigny Axe • Mastersword • Minotaur's Axe • Pickaxe • Polearm • Razor Wind • Sickle Slayer
Rescue Reward Items Cudgel X • Dragonkill X • Goldblade X • Master X • Polearm X
Shiren 1 DS - Shield.png
Armor Ward • Blast Shield • Bronzeward • Dragonward • Evasive Shield • Fancy Shield • Fragile Shield • Gaze Shield • Gold Shield • Hide Shield • Iron Shield • Kigny Shield • Prism Shield • Spiked Ward • Stormward • Walrus Shield • Windshield • Wood Shield
Rescue Reward Items Armor X • Blast X • Bronze X • Dragon X • Golden X • Hide X • Iron X • Spiked X • Wood X
Miscellaneous Items Shiren 1 DS - Trap Icon Small.png Broken Traps • Shiren 1 DS - Dish.png Dish • Shiren 1 DS - Electrified.png Electrified • Shiren 1 DS - Dream Gas Effect.png Flowers • Shiren 1 DS - Golden Feather.png Golden Feather • Shiren 1 DS - Gitan.png Gitan • Shiren 1 DS - Meat.png Monster Meat • Shiren 1 DS - Fake.png N'Duba Family • Shiren 1 DS - Tainted wing.png Tainted Wing
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Rosetta Stone
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Locations
Towns Canyon Hamlet • Bamboo Village • Mountaintop Town The Cliffs Restaurant • Janus Valley • Cryptic Rock Valley • Underground Stream Village • Golden City
Dungeons Road to the Hamlet • Table Mountain • Kitchen God • Scroll Cave • Ravine of the Dead • Ceremonial Cave • Tainted Path • Final Puzzle
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Monsters
Monster articles Monsters • List of Monsters • Special Enemies
Boss-Type Shiren 1 DS - King of the Kigny sprite.png King of the Kigny • Shiren 1 DS - Tainted Insect sprite.png Tainted Insect • Shiren 1 DS - Tainted Queen sprite.png Tainted Queen • Tainted Soldier.png Tainted Soldier
Curse-Type Curse Girl.png Curse Girl Family
Cyclops-Type Egg Thing.png Egg Thing Family • Gaze.png Gaze Family • Ironhead.png Ironhead Family • Leech Worm.png Leech Worm Family • Spike Bomb.png Spike Bomb Family
Dragon-Type Dragon.png Dragon Family • Firepuff.png Firepuff Family • Floor Dragon.png Floor Dragon Family
Drain-Type Leech Worm.png Leech Worm Family • Polygon Spin.png Polygon Spin Family • Twisty Hani.png Twisty Hani Family
Exploding-Type Popster Tank.png Popster Tank Family • Spike Bomb.png Spike Bomb Family
Floating-Type Air Devil.png Air Devil Family • Death Reaper.png Death Reaper Family • Dragon.png Dragon Family • Firepuff.png Firepuff Family • Flying Fowl.png Flying Fowl Family • Pacorepkin.png Pacorepkin Family
Ghost-Type Air Devil.png Air Devil Family • Cell Armor.png Cell Armor Family • Dead Soldier.png Dead Soldier Family • Death Reaper.png Death Reaper Family • Pacorepkin.png Pacorepkin Family • Skull Mage.png Skull Mage Family
Hypnotic-Type Gaze.png Gaze Family
Normal-Type Baby Tank.png Baby Tank Family • Baby Tengu.png Baby Tengu Family • Bowboy.png Bowboy Family • Chintala.png Chintala Family • Dark Eye.png Dark Eye Family • Dark Owl.png Dark Owl Family • Dremlas.png Dremlas Family • Evil Soldier.png Evil Soldier Family • Field Bandit.png Field Bandit Family • Fluffy Bunny.png Fluffy Bunny Family • Gather.png Gather Family • Half Warrior.png Half Warrior Family • Hen.png Hen Family • Inferno.png Inferno Family • Kigny.png Kigny Family • Knifegator.png Knifegator Family • Mamel.png Mamel Family • Mecharoid.png Mecharoid Family • Mini Robber.png Mini Robber Family • N'Duba.png N'Duba Family • Parthenos.png Parthenos Family • Piggy.png Piggy Family • Rice Baby.png Rice Baby Family • Schubell.png Schubell Family • Snaky.png Snaky Family • Soldier Ant.png Soldier Ant Family • Taur.png Taur Family • Tiger Uho.png Tiger Uho Family
Poison Herb-Type Ghost Radish.png Ghost Radish Family
Rust-Type Green Slime.png Green Slime Family
Shop-Based-Type Guard Dog • Sheriff • Shopkeeper.png Shopkeeper
Staff Attack-Type Fog Hermit.png Fog Hermit Family • Skull Mage.png Skull Mage Family
Thief-Type Pickpocket.png Pickpocket Family • Thiefwalrus.png Thiefwalrus Family
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Characters
Allies Borg Mamel • Kechi the Masseur • Oryu the Blinder • Pekeji
Escorts Naoki the Wandering Chef • Surala
Others Butafooter • Fay the Researcher • Fortuneteller • Gaibara the Legendary Potter • Koppa • Smith's Apprentice • The Golden Condor
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Quests
Main-Story Shiren 1 - Golden Condor banner.png
Rescue the Golden Condor
Party Member Recruitment Quests Shiren 1 DS - Kechi sprite.png Kechi the Masseur (quest) • Shiren 1 DS - Pekeji sprite.png My Brother Pekeji • Shiren 1 DS - Oryu sprite.png Oryu the Blinder (quest)
Side Quests The Blacksmith's Apprentice (quest) • Gaibara's Pottery • Naoki and The Cliffs • Bungee Jumping • The Little Lost Girl
post credits Quests Rescue Pekeji • Rescue Gaibara • Rescue Naoki • Rescue the Inhabitants of Cryptic Rock Valley
Random Events The Spoiled Girl • Voices in the Inn • Free Items from the Dog
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Miscellaneous
Main Menu • Manuals • Transcripts • Development Oversights • Rosetta Stone • Novel • Commercials • News Archive • Soundtrack • Staff Credits
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer - Community
Speedrunning • Hacking • Fan-Patch Monster Meat • Research & Contributions • Minimalist Challenge • Shiren 1 DS Time Attack Speed Run Challenge • Rescue Password Generator
Archive Fan Theories • Friend Codes • InvHerbStory • Rescue Passwords for Items • Rescue Password Archive

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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In Other Languages[edit | edit source]

Language Name
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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer
Japanese Flag of Japan.png 不思議のダンジョン 風来のシレン DS, Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS
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Spanish Flag of Spain.png Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer
Mazmorra Misteriosa: Shiren el Vagabundo (Unofficial)
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Italian Flag of Italy.png Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer
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See Also[edit | edit source]

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Shiren the Wanderer - Books
Shiren the Wanderer Character Debut Book - Mystery Dungeon 2 • Shiren the Wanderer 2 Official Fan Book Surprised Pot (1 • 2 • 3)
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Shiren the Wanderer - Characters
Major Characters
Playable Asuka • Sensei • Shiren the Wanderer (Shiren Ancestor)
Allies Banana Prince • Borg Mamel • Edna • Galwin • Gen • Jirokichi • Kechi the Masseur • Koharu • Kojirouta • Jinpachi • Minamo • Miri • MA-MO • Okon • Oryu the Blinder • Pekeji • Sarma Bros. • Tao • Zoso the Robot
The 8 Rivanian Beast Gods Bufu • Doras • Gitau • Kaka Roo • Kron • MuradoFan Translated symbol.png • SakaiFan Translated symbol.png • Reeva (Neé Riva)
Lords and Ladies Banana Prince • King of the Kigny • Princess Ateka • Princess Kaguya • Princess Suzunehime • Ryoushu
Minor Characters Balibali • Battle Spirits • Gaibara the Legendary Potter • Gimensha • Izanami • Jofuku • Jurouta • Kamina • Kichizo • Koyori • Naoki the Wandering Chef • Oboro • Oro • Otaka • Oyu • Priest • Sachi • Sheriff • Shopkeeper • Soboro • Surala • Zagan
Animals Chicken • Golden Condor • Gen • Guard Dog • Koppa • Nfu the Demon Puppy • Niwatori • Pochi • Tanmomo
Oni King of the Kigny • Oni BossFan Translated symbol.png
Robots Borg Mamel • Zoso the Robot
Monsters Antipode Mamel • Curas
Other MA-MO
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Shiren the Wanderer - Manga
Laughter Point - Shiren the Wanderer 4-frame Manga Collection • Shiren the Wanderer Harapeko Bokenki Volume 1
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Shiren the Wanderer - Novella
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Shiren the Wanderer - Video Games
Titles Titles Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer Super Famicom • BS Shiren the Wanderer: Save Surala (BS) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB - Moonlit-Village Monster Game Boy • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion Nintendo 64 • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2: Magic Castle of the Desert Game Boy Color • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Gaiden - Asuka the Swordswoman (DC) • Shiren the Wanderer Wii • Shiren the Wanderer 4: The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel Nintendo DS • Shiren the Wanderer 5: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Nintendo DS
Ports & Remakes Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (DS Nintendo DS • Smartphone iOS / Android) • Shiren the Wanderer - Moonlit-Village Monster (Win • DX • Android Android) • Shiren the Wanderer DS2: Magic Castle of the Desert Nintendo DS • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Gaiden - Asuka the Swordswoman for Windows (Win) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 3 Portable PlayStation Portable • Shiren the Wanderer 4 Plus: The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel PlayStation Portable •  Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Vita (Vita) • Switch Nintendo Switch • Steam Steam • Smartphone iOS / Android)
Spin-off Shiren Monsters Shiren Monsters: Netsal Game Boy Advance • Shiren Monsters: The Village of Mahjong Android
Individual Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer: Princess Suzune and the Tower of Madoro (Pachinko)
Mobile Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer: The Rainbow Labyrinth Android

References[edit | edit source]

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