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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion
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! cover art.png
Developer(s) ChunSoft
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Genre(s) Roguelike, role-playing game
Mode(s) Singleplayer
Version 1.0
Director Shin-ichiro Tomie
Producer Koichi Nakamura
Designer Kouji Maruta
Programmer Seiichiro Nagahata
Artist Kaoru Hasegawa
Writer Shin-ichiro Tomie
Composer Koichi Sugiyama
Release date(s)
Flag of Japan.png September 27, 2000
Additional info
Website(s) Link
Media / distribution 64MB ROM Cartridge
MSRP 7,140円

Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion (Japanese: 不思議のダンジョン 風来のシレン2 鬼襲来!シレン城!) was released in 2000, for the Nintendo 64. It is the fourth Shiren the Wanderer title released in Japan.

It has never been officially released in English, the localized name comes from a 2020 Spike Chunsoft product survey. 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.[1]

An Template:Community was released in 2021 under the name Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2: Oni Invasion! Shiren Castle!.

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 that 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.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The story follows Shiren the Wanderer, 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.

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.[2] 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.[3][4]

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.[5] 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.[6][7][8]

Categories[edit | edit source]

All content about Demon Invasion! Shiren Castle! is 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: Shiren the Wanderer 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion
Gameplay Elements Information on aspects of the game that make it unique from other games in the series and other roguelikes.
Guides Topics of interest to help players master this challenging game.
Introduction to Basic Gameplay
Items Information on all items.
Locations Detailed pages for all dungeons and other locations.
Monsters Information on all monsters.
Special Enemies Details on all bosses and special enemies.
NPCs Information on the NPCs that can be found in towns and dungeons.
Quests All the various story related, post game and side quests you can do.
Side Quests
Post-Story Quests
Other General pages that don't fit in other categories.
Community Miscellaneous interesting stories, challenges and archived information from the Shiren2 player community.
Removed and Unused content Documentation on removed, scrapped, unused, inaccessible, dummied out content and features.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Shiren the Wanderer 2: Demon Invasion! Shiren Castle!.

In other languages[edit | edit source]

Language Name
Japanese Flag of Japan.png 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 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion
Korean Flag of South Korea.png 풍래의 시렌 2 이상한던전- 귀신습격! 시렌성! (Unofficial)

Other Shiren the Wanderer Titles[edit | edit source]

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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 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion (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]

  • [9] 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.
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