Shiren 2:Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2: Demon Invasion! Shiren Castle!
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2: Demon Invasion! Shiren Castle! (Japanese: 不思議のダンジョン 風来のシレン2 鬼襲来!シレン城!) released in 2000 on the Nintendo 64 is the fourth Shiren the Wanderer title released in Japan.
It has never been officially released in English and is commonly referred to outside of Japan simply as Shiren 2. It is one of the few Shiren games to never receive any sort of port or remake. Though in 2010, Chunsoft stated that they would re-release the game on the Wii's Virtual Console if fans of the series showed their demand but that they had no plans for it at the time.
Plot[edit | edit source]
The story follows follows Shiren, as a boy who travels the mountains with his talking weasel friend Koppa. While they're eating, a group of demons attack the village, Natane. Shiren builds a castle to protect the village and the villagers.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The game features a central dungeon known as the Mt. Shuuten Trail. At the start of the game, only the beginner route is available, but there are three difficulty levels in total, each unlocking upon completion of the previous. Each difficulty level has more floors and introduces more traditional Mystery Dungeon mechanics and items, becoming increasingly complex. But no matter which difficulty the player chooses, the overall flow of the dungeon is the same: there's one rest point at a set floor per difficulty where the player can access a shop with a fixed inventory and a blacksmith, and they are also given the option to change their difficulty level. There are special material items which can be found throughout Mt. Shuuten Trail — stone, iron, water, earth and wood — which can be turned in at the Mt. Shuuten Summit at the end of the dungeon to build up Shiren Castle. Building the castle is the game's main method of advancing the plot — each time the player completes a section of Shiren Castle, a cutscene will play upon returning to Natane Village. At set intervals, an additional cutscene plays in which demons and their leader attack the castle, setting the player's progress back slightly. Harder difficulties spawn better materials which make the castle more resistant to the demon attacks.
Once the castle has been fully built, the demon attacks cease and the final main-game dungeon, Onigashima, opens up. Completion of Onigashima ends the main game and begins the post-game, wherein several new dungeons become available. The post-game also grants players the ability to capture monsters in Monster Pots, from which they can then be released to fight alongside the player. Captured monsters can also be submitted to a zoo-like monster gallery called the Monster Kingdom, from which they can subsequently be withdrawn and brought into most dungeons as allies, and to which they will safely return should they die or become otherwise lost.
Development[edit | edit source]
Initially planned to be a Nintendo 64DD game, but later announced as a cartridge-based Nintendo 64 game. The game was planned to be released in April 2000, but was pushed back to September 27, 2000; never being released internationally.
Reception[edit | edit source]
Reviews[edit | edit source]
Writers for IGN said that the dungeon exploration could get monotonous; they said that what they played was decent but that they "weren't blown away" and that the gameplay, while acceptable, was plain. They enjoyed the game's graphics, saying that the characters and landscapes were detailed to a level that was "uncommon of a first-generation product" and that the 3D effects helped "beautify" the environments. In their cross-review, Famitsu scored the game a 36 out of 40 with the individual reviewers giving it 9, 10, 8 and 9; this was one of the highest scoring games of 2000 with only seven other games scoring 36 or higher in that year.
Sales[edit | edit source]
During its debut week, it was the best selling game in Japan with 147,864 copies sold. By the end of 2000, it was the 49th best selling game of the year in Japan with a total of 238,338 copies sold; an additional 45,653 copies were sold during the following year for a grand total of 283,991 copies sold. It is currently the second most sold title in the series, behind Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer who has accumulated 524,591 copies from its different versions.
Categories[edit | edit source]
All content about Shiren is organized into these categories. Click on a section name to learn more, and to drill down further to more specific and detailed pages.
- Gameplay Elements: Information on aspects of Shiren 2 that make it unique from other games in the series and other roguelikes.
- Items: Information on all items including equipment.
- Locations: Information on towns, dungeons, minigames, etc..
- Monsters: Information on all monsters but not NPCs.
- Bosses and Special Enemies: Information on all bosses and special enemies.
- NPCs: Information on the NPCs that can be found in towns and dungeons.
- Strategy Guides: Topics of interest to help players master this challenging game.
- Quests: All the various story related, post game and side quests you can do.
- Other: All other content gathered or related to the games that does not otherwise fit into the other categories.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Shiren the Wanderer 2: Demon Invasion! Shiren Castle!.
In other language[edit | edit source]
|Japanese||不思議のダンジョン 風来のシレン2 鬼襲来!シレン城!, Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2: Demon Invasion! Shiren Castle!|
|Korean||풍래의 시렌 2 이상한던전- 귀신습격! 시렌성! (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)|
External Sources[edit | edit source]
-  Imported the Shiren 2 page history from the Nintendo Wiki and merged the edits to retain the original author. Various aspects of the page re-worked and melded into the current page here.
- スパイク・チュンソフト on Twitter
- Mysterious Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2. Ziff Davis (2000-10-18). Archived from the original on 2014-03-20. Retrieved on February 25, 2021.
- [ファミ通64+ 2000/11号] (ja). Archived from the original on 2015-07-05.
- Spencer (2009-12-10). An Analysis Of Top Tier Famitsu Review Scores This Decade. Siliconera. Archived from the original on 2011-08-05. Retrieved on February 25, 2021.
- 2001年テレビゲームソフト売り上げTOP300 (ja). Archived from the original on October 24, 2016. Retrieved on February 25, 2021.
- 風来のシレン5が売れなかった理由を考える (ja). Retrieved on February 25, 2021.
- 2007年テレビゲームソフト売り上げTOP500（ファミ通版） (ja). Archived from the original on October 24, 2016. Retrieved on February 25, 2021.
- スパイク・チュンソフト、スマホゲーム版『不思議のダンジョン 風来のシレン』の販売数10万本突破を発表！2週間限定で価格が980円となる記念セールを本日9月17日(木)より実施！ (ja). AppMajin. Retrieved on February 25, 2021.
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