Shiren 2:Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion
|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: Oni Invasion! Shiren Castle!
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!, Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2: Oni Invasion! Shiren Castle!) 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.
An English fan translation 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.
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.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- For this subject's image gallery, see Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 2 - Shiren's Castle and the Oni Invasion.
In Other Languages[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
References[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.
-  Gameplay, Plot and Sales sections based on the Wikipedia page.
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