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This Mystery Dungeon 2: 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 as Shiren the Wanderer, see Shiren 3:Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 3: The Sleeping Princess of the Karakuri Mansion.
Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer
不思議のダンジョン2 風来のシレン
Mystery Dungeon 2 - Shiren the Wanderer cover art.jpg
Information
Developer(s) Chunsoft
Publisher(s) Chunsoft
Platform(s) Super Famicom
Wii Virtual Console
Genre(s) Roguelike, role-playing game
Mode(s) Single player
Version 1.0
1.1
Credits
Director Tadashi Fukuzawa
Producer Koichi Nakamura
Designer Shin-ichiro Tomie
Programmer Takemori Yamamori
Artist Kaoru Hasegawa
Writer Shin-ichiro Tomie
Composer Koichi Sugiyama
Release date(s)
Super Famicom
Flag of Japan.png December 1, 1995
Nintendo Power
August 1, 2000
Wii Virtual Console
Flag of Japan.png July 24, 2007
Rating(s)
CERO A
Additional info
ID(s) Super FamicomJapan: SHVC-AAXJ-JPN
Internal Name(s) FURAI NO SIREN
Media / distribution 32MB Cartridge
File Size 32MB
MSRP Super FamicomJapan: 11,800¥
Wii Virtual ConsoleJapan: 926 Wii Points

Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer (Japanese: 不思議のダンジョン2 風来のシレン) 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 port 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 ported to the Wii Virtual Console in 2007.

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.

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.[1][2][3] 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.[4] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1][3]

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 game, but include highly powerful items as a reward for their completion.[1] 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.[2]

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.

Development[edit | edit source]

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 which Chunsoft cannot change.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[5]

Release[edit | edit source]

The Super Famicom version of the game was originally released on December 1, 1995 by Chunsoft, and re-released through the Nintendo Power flash memory service on August 1, 2000.[8] The re-release version was also ported to the Wii Virtual Console on July 24, 2007 exclusively in Japan.[9]

Categories[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.

Categories about Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer
Gameplay Elements Information on aspects of the game that make it unique from other games in the series and other roguelikes.
Curses • Debug Room • Fei's Problems • Gitan • Inns • Melding and Seals • Monster Houses • Reward Items (Fay's Puzzles) • Shiren (player character) • Shops (Dungeon Shops) • Smiths • Special Rooms • States • Title Screen Icons • The Winds of Kron • Traps • Unidentified Items • Wagons • Warehouses
Guides Topics of interest to help players master this challenging game.
Introduction to Basic Gameplay • Infinite Melding & Duplication Trick
Items Information on all items.
Bracers • Herbs • Pots • Projectiles • Riceballs • Scrolls • Staves • Weapons • Shields • Monster Meat • Misc Items
Locations Detailed pages for all dungeons and other locations.
Towns Canyon Hamlet • Bamboo Village • Mountaintop Town The Cliffs Restaurant • Janus Valley • Cryptic Rock Valley • Underground Stream Village • Golden City
Dungeons Table Mountain • Kitchen God • Scroll Cave • Fei's Final Problem • Fifth Dungeon
Monsters Information on all monsters.
Special Enemies Details on all bosses and special enemies.
Shopkeeper • Sheriff • Guard Dog
NPCs Information on the NPCs that can be found in towns and dungeons.
Allies Kechi the Masseur • Oryu the Blinder • Pekeji
Escorts Surala • Naoki the Wandering Chef
Others Koppa • The Golden Condor • Smith's Apprentice • Gaibara the Legendary Potter • Fei the Researcher
Quests All the various story related, post game and side quests you can do.
Rescue the Golden Condor
Recruitment Quests Kechi the Masseur • My Brother Pekeji • Oryu the Blinder
Side Quests The Blacksmiths Apprentice • Gaibara's Pottery • Naoki and The Cliffs
Post-Story Quests Rescue Gaibara • Rescue Naoki
Other General pages that don't fit in other categories.
Mystery Dungeon 2 Shiren the Wanderer Special Arrange Version • Commercials • News Archive • Soundtrack • Version Differences
Community Miscellaneous interesting stories, challenges and archived information from the Shiren1SFC player community.
Speedrunning • Hacking • Fan-Patch Monster Meat
Removed and Unused content Documentation on removed, scrapped, unused, inaccessible, dummied out content and features.
Locations • Plots • Debug Mode • Debug Floors • Items • Monsters • Compile Dates

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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

In other language[edit | edit source]

Language Name
Japanese Flag of Japan.png 不思議のダンジョン2 風来のシレン, Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer
Spanish Flag of Spain.png Mazmorra Misteriosa 2: Shiren el Vagabundo (Unofficial)
Korean Flag of South Korea.png 풍래의 시렌 이상한던전2 (Unofficial)

Other Shiren the Wanderer Titles[edit | edit source]

Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer series
Mainline Titles Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer (SFC) • BS Shiren the Wanderer: Save Surala (BS) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB: Moonlit-Village Monster (GB) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2: Demon Invasion! Shiren Castle! (N64) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer GB2: Magic Castle of the Desert (GBC) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Side Story: Swordswoman Asuka Arrives! (DC) • Shiren the Wanderer (Wii) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 4: The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel (DS) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 5: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (DS)
Ports & Remakes Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (DS • Smartphone) • Shiren the Wanderer: Moonlight-Village Monster (Win • Android) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS2: Magic Castle of the Desert (DS) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Side Story: Swordswoman Asuka Arrives! for Windows (Win) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 3 Portable (PSP) • Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 4 Plus: The Eye of God and the Devil's Navel (PSP) •  Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Vita • Switch • PC)
Spin-off Shiren Monsters Shiren Monsters: Netsal (GBA) • 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Gann, Patrick (2008-05-17). Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer. Archived from the original on 2015-09-07. Retrieved on August 18, 2021.
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  3. 3.0 3.1 Shau, Austin (2008-04-01). Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Review. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2016-12-13. Retrieved on August 18, 2021.
  4. Joynt, Patrick (2008-03-11). Shiren the Wanderer pp. 1–2. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on 2015-02-03. Retrieved on August 18, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Caoili, Eric (2008-02-26). Sega Asks: Shiren the Wanderer. AOL. Archived from the original on 2016-04-26. Retrieved on August 18, 2021.
  6. Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified.Szczepaniak, John (2015). . SMG Szczepaniak. ISBN: 9781518655319.
  7. Gann, Patrick. Mystery Dungeon 2 Shiren the Wanderer Special Arrange Version. Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved on August 18, 2021.
  8. 不思議のダンジョン2 風来のシレン まとめ [スーパーファミコン] (ja). Enterbrain. Archived from the original on 2016-02-06. Retrieved on August 18, 2021.
  9. VC 不思議のダンジョン2 風来のシレン (ja). Retrieved on August 18, 2021.