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Below the Mystery Dungeon ⊟

I’ve been freaking out about Capy’s Below for a couple months now, eager to talk about this latest project from the Toronto studio that brought us masterpieces like Sword & Sworcery and Clash of Heroes.

Yes, it’s currently a timed Xbox One exclusive (meaning it could release on another platform in the future), something this handheld-focused blog doesn’t often feature, but we’re making an exception for several reasons:

  1. Just going off the little we’ve seen so far, Below looks aces.
  2. This developer has made some brilliant portable titles. Come back to handhelds, Capy. :o(
  3. Below shares a lot of similarities with a series I hold dear and have praised on Tiny Cartridge to death.

If it’s not obvious from the GIF (grabbed from VGJunk), that series is Chunsoft’s Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer. But before we point out parallels between the two, let’s look at why we’re hyped about Below, in case you’re just now hearing about this indie game.

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What is going on in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon?

First Snivy tells us his super depressing life story, and now Virizion is breaking my heart here (screenshots uploaded by ejdumb).

Apparently Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is a really, really sad game.

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity releases to North America on March 24
It will be the first Mystery Dungeon 3DS game to release in the States, and hopefully won’t be the last — I’m still disappointed that Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 5  (on DS) never made it outside of Japan.
Along with online multiplayer, this Pokemon dungeon-crawler features a new gimmick:


"Players can gain access to additional Mystery Dungeons through ‘Magnagates’. To open the Magnagates, players scan circular objects in the real world using the Nintendo 3DS Camera, allowing them to continue their adventure, even after they have completed the main Mystery Dungeons."


The image above, by the way, isn’t from Gates to Infinity (the starters this time around are Pikachu, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, and Axew) — it’s just some awesome art I found in birdman@jupiter’s gallery, which has so many beautiful Pokemon pieces.
BUY: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games, Pokemon B/W Version 2

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity releases to North America on March 24

It will be the first Mystery Dungeon 3DS game to release in the States, and hopefully won’t be the last — I’m still disappointed that Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 5  (on DS) never made it outside of Japan.

Along with online multiplayer, this Pokemon dungeon-crawler features a new gimmick:

"Players can gain access to additional Mystery Dungeons through ‘Magnagates’. To open the Magnagates, players scan circular objects in the real world using the Nintendo 3DS Camera, allowing them to continue their adventure, even after they have completed the main Mystery Dungeons."

The image above, by the way, isn’t from Gates to Infinity (the starters this time around are Pikachu, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, and Axew) — it’s just some awesome art I found in birdman@jupiter’s gallery, which has so many beautiful Pokemon pieces.

BUY: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games, Pokemon B/W Version 2
The Denpa Men as a top-down 2D RPG — a Mystery Dungeon-style game specifically. Who wouldn’t want to play a roguelike starring these guys?
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The Denpa Men as a top-down 2D RPG — a Mystery Dungeon-style game specifically. Who wouldn’t want to play a roguelike starring these guys?

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It’s been too long since we last brought up Shiren the Wanderer on Tiny Cartridge. I wish we had more excuses to write about the series and new developments… Please enjoy these GIFs from the Super Famicom game.

Buy: Shiren the Wanderer (Wii version is only $20!)
See also: So many Shiren posts
[Via Scandinavian Air]

Amidst all the Wii U news last week, an announcement for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth snuck out, coming to Japan this Winter.

Developed by Spike Chunsoft (makers of many other fine Mystery Dungeon roguelikes) once again, the 3DS game has you scanning real-world objects with the portable’s camera, turning them into Magnagate portals that will transport your creatures to dungeons.

Buy: Pokemon Black/White Version 2, Pokemon Conquest
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For those of you with import copies of Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 1 to 3, when your adventurer dies deep inside the games’ dungeons — as he often does — starting November, you can no longer put out a WiFi request for friends to come rescue you and your gear.

That’s because Sega will shut down the servers for the Shiren games it put out in Japan (Shiren 4, which was released by Spike, is unaffected). Sega also published the first Shiren DS game in North America, and people have had issues connecting to the game’s WiFi servers for months now — it’s likely they’re offline, too.

Of course, hardly anyone uses WiFi rescues; password rescues, which allow you to trade codes with online dudes willing to save you, are more common. In fact, someone even created a Revive Key Generator for the first game! That’s a super useful tool, if you don’t mind cheating.

Buy: Shiren the Wanderer WiiShiren the Wanderer DS

Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more

See also: So many Shiren posts

[Via Siliconera, Image via Jumping Frog]

Shiren teams up with a cat companion

Multiplayer co-op and versus aren’t the only interesting additions to Shiren the Wanderer 5; the dungeon-diving hero has a lot of fun companions this time around, including a panda-hat-wearing girl, a kung-fu kid, two lady-fox sisters, and a pretty boy samurai.

Chunsoft just revealed the best one out of the bunch, though: Gen-san, a giant, plump cat with a bell around his neck and a rifle slung around his shoulder. Look at him. The dude is a straight-up boss. That’s why we had to embed a banner featuring the feline in our sidebar.

You can watch Gen-san smacking around enemies and blasting them in the face like it ain’t a damn thang after the break. I vote that he permanently replaces Koppa.

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Shiren the Wanderer 5's multiplayer versus mode. You've seen the ecstasy of this upcoming roguelike’s co-op feature; now witness the bloody horrors of its deathmatches, in which two players must use their wits and inventories to outfox their opponent. Two men enter, one man leaves!

In honor of Shiren’s 15th birthday today — why isn’t the entire world celebrating? — Inside Games published an article about all of its releases and spin-offs, including Shiren Monsters: Netsal, that GBA soccer game I’ve been meaning to post about here for a while.

The article also collects Shiren commercials (most you’ve seen if you followed my old Promotional Consideration column on DS Fanboy) and boxarts. The topic of Shiren the Wanderer DS's North American cover came up briefly, to which Inside Games commented, “The Shiren full of Western game taste is very…” Indeed.

Anyway, happy birthday, Shiren (and Koppa!). Considering the number of traps, monster rooms, Pekeji punches, and angry shopkeepers you’ve faced these past 15 years, it’s a miracle you’ve survived this long.

Preorder import: Shiren the Wanderer 5 (non-DX)

Buy: Shiren the Wanderer Wii,  Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS

See also: More Shiren the Wanderer 5 videos

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Extended Shiren 5 multiplayer co-op clip. God damnit, Chunsoft, why does this have to look so fun?

I was not too upset about Shiren 4 not coming here because it kind of looked butt, but the multiplayer portion of Shiren 5 looks like something that I need in my life. As is customary in every Shiren the Wanderer post we publish here, though, we must point out that the chances of this releasing outside Japan are very slim.

And even if this did come out in the States, it’s just as unlikely you’d ever run into anyone with a copy of Shiren 5 to try out the local wireless-only multiplayer with.

Preorder import: Shiren the Wanderer 5 (non-DX)

Buy: Shiren the Wanderer Wii,  Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS

See also: More Shiren the Wanderer 5 videos

[Via DiaBleu]

Multiplayer briefly shown in Shiren 5

Around the 1:05 mark, you can see two Shirens working together and fighting each other. Also, LOL at the new pretty boy companion around 00:32, Chunsoft’s attempt to appeal to Bishonen fans for some reason. It’s a game for people who want to see beautiful men die in caves!

Multiplayer looks local wireless-only — which makes sense, as each move is critical, and planning your turns probably works best with your partner closeby — so if this ever comes to America, you’ll likely never get to try it out with anyone. Not that this will ever release in the U.S…

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Shiren the Wanderer 5 character trailer for Jirokichi, a new companion — it’s a shame his name isn’t Jero to honor the black enka singer from Shiren DS 2's commercial.

Check out those kung-fu moves! So long as he doesn’t accidentally hit you like Pekeji used to all the time, he seems like a great partner to bring along. Also, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Shiren reviving a fallen companion with a healing herb like that. Perhaps I’m mistaken?

I think Jirokichi’s story involves him seeking a cure for the sick, bedstricken girl, his lover Oyuu, at the beginning of the video. You can see more videos for the game, included a minute-long but uninteresting trailer, at Shiren 5's official site. Earlier this week, Game Watch also posted some new screenshots, artwork, and details.

Buy: Shiren the Wanderer Wii ($29.99)Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS

See also: Gameplay video for Shiren the Wanderer 5

[Thanks, Eastern Mind!]