One of the best examples of the Mysterious Dungeon
subgenre of roguelike RPGs appears to be on its way, one step per turn, to the US. Fushigi no Dungeon 2: Furai no Shiren
(Mystery Dungeon 2: Shiren the Wanderer
) was one of the few entries in Chunsoft's series that didn't
carry a license-- it's actually numbered as a sequel to a Dragon Quest
spinoff game, despite the total change in setting. It's been ported from the SNES to the DS, and was released in Japan in 1995. If, as Gamestop says, Sega is releasing it in February, it'll be the first American release for the game, which also recently came out on the Japanese Virtual Console.
The DS has some experience with the genre: Chunsoft is working on their second Pokemon Mystery Dungeon
, and Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja
is similar in gameplay. So if you've played those, you have an idea of what to expect. If you like random dungeons, unknown items, and permanent character death (and, really, who doesn't love
permanent death), you'll probably enjoy Shiren the Wanderer.
If you're a normal person, you'll probably cry a lot. Still not sure? Check out this exhaustive two-part writeup of the SNES version!