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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
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
Director(s) Tadashi Fukuzawa
Producer(s) Koichi Nakamura
Designer(s) Shin-ichiro Tomie
Programmer(s) Takemori Yamamori
Artist(s) Kaoru Hasegawa
Writer(s) Shin-ichiro Tomie
Composer(s) 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
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:
Shiren the Wanderer

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 WandererFan Translated symbol.png (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. 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.

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. 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]

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. 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.

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. The re-release version was also ported to the Wii Virtual Console on July 24, 2007 exclusively in Japan.

Articles[edit | edit source]

All content about Shiren the Wanderer is 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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Super Famicom Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer articles
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Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Gameplay Elements
Curses • Fei's Problems • Gitan • Inns • Melding • Monster Houses • Shiren the Wanderer • Shops • Smithy • States • The Winds of Kron • Traps and Floor Tiles • TriesFan Translated symbol.png • Unidentified Items • Vaults • Wharehouses • Wagons
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Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Stats
Level • Experience Points • HP • Attack • Defense • Belly
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Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Guides
Introduction to Basic Gameplay • Infinite Melding & Duplication Trick
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Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Locations
Towns, villages and side locations
Dungeons Table MountainNot Translated symbol.png • Shrine of the Food GodFan Translated symbol.png • Cave of the Wall ScrollFan Translated symbol.png • Fei's Final ProblemFan Translated symbol.png
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Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Monsters
Boss-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Mashoku Bug.gif
Mashoku Bug
Cyclops-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Iron-Head.png Iron-Head Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Peetan.png Peetan Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Gaze.png Gaze Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Absorber Larva.png Absorber Larva Family
Dragon-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Dragon.png Dragon Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Impasse Dragon.png Impasse Dragon Family
Drain-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Absorber Larva.png Absorber Larva Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Wriggling Honey.png Wriggling Honey Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Spinning Polygon.png Spinning Polygon Family
Ghost-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Wood Armor.png Wood Armor Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Ether Devil.png Ether Devil Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Ghost Musha.png Ghost Musha Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Pumkorepkin.png Pumkorepkin Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Monster Daikon.png Monster Daikon Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Minion of Death.png Minion of Death Family
Normal-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Soldier Ant.png Soldier Ant Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Field Raider.png Field Raider Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Shoebell.png Shoebell Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Norojo.png Norojo Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Dremlas.png Dremlas Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Kimen-Musha.png Kimen-Musha Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Healer Rabbit.png Healer Rabbit Family  • 
Shiren 1 SFC - Gyazar.png Gyazar Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Knife Gator.png Knife Gator Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Face-First Warrior.png Face-First Warrior Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Chicken.png Chicken Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Mist Hermit.png Mist Hermit Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Flame Priest.png Flame Priest Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Kigni Tribe.png Kigni Tribe Family  • 
Shiren 1 SFC - Mamul.png Mamul Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Nduba.png Nduba Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Dark Owl.png Dark Owl Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Debuta.png Debuta Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Monster Nigiri Beast.png Monster Nigiri Beast Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Bean Bandit.png Bean Bandit Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Karakuroid.png Karakuroid Family  • 
Shiren 1 SFC - Skeleton Mage.png Skeleton Mage Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Midoro.png Midoro Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Haboon.png Haboon Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Bowya.png Bowya Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Old Man Tank.png Old Man Tank Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Tauros.png Tauros Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Kid Tengu.png Kid Tengu Family
Shop-Based-Type Guard Dog  •  Sheriff  •  Shopkeeper
Thief-Type Shiren 1 SFC - Gamara.png Gamara Family  •  Shiren 1 SFC - Theftodo.png Theftodo Family
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Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Miscellaneous
Main Menu • Ranking • Recall • Version Differences • Manual • Transcripts • Development Oversights • Rosetta Stone • Novel • Commercials • News Archive • Soundtrack • Staff Credits
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Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Community
Speedrunning • Hacking • Cheat Codes • English Fan Translation • Spanish Fan Translation • Chinese Fan Translation • Korean Fan Translation
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Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer - Removed and Unused content
Debug Room • Fifth DungeonFan Translated symbol.png

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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

In Other Languages[edit | edit source]

Language Name
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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 Fan Translated symbol.png
Korean Flag of South Korea.png 풍래의 시렌 이상한던전2 Fan Translated symbol.png

See Also[edit | edit source]

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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer articles
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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
Shiren the Wanderer: Flowers Dancing in the Golden Town AmtecaFan Translated symbol.png
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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.