Ah, random dungeon games, have my readers noticed that I have a soft spot for them? There is something so unforgiving about a game where you die and lose everything… I don’t know why but I find it appealing. Furai no Shiren 3 is one of these games, and surprisingly enough it is for the Wii, a system which never stops surprising us.
As you may have guessed by the game’s title, Furai no Shiren is a series that spans numerous titles and systems. Believe it or not it all started on the humble Famicon, and from there spread to the N64 and Gameboy systems.
Now the series is making its way to the Wii, with the third installment scheduled for release on June 5th in Japan. I had a difficult time imagining a random dungeon game for the Wii, but luckily I managed to locate this video which shows some of the games cut scenes and a bit of the game play as well.
The game takes place after the second installment. Shiren is reunited with Sense (pronounced like sensei but without the i), his fencing master. The two, along with Koppa, Shiren’s pet talking weasel thing, decide to go on a journey to try and unlock the mystery of the “Trick Mansion.” Here is where the player will enter dungeons to acquire items, defeat enemies, level up, and progress in the story. Both Sense and Koppa fight along side Shiren as well as a variety of other characters both temporary and permanent (like Asuka, a female swordsman introduced later in the story) .
Since the game is for the Nintendo Wii, both the Wiimote and the Nunchuck adapter will be options for controlling your character. In a recent interview with the game’s designers, they said that players who want a more nostalgic feeling would be better off using the classic controller.
Since Furai no Shiren 2 was brought to North America, there is a good possibility that the next chapter will be brought over as well. As of yet, nothing has been said concerning an English localization, but considering it hasn’t even been released in Japan yet, that’s not too surprising. I will keep looking for more info, in the meantime you can check out the game’s official Japanese website here.
If you have never heard of the series and would like to give it a try, you can purchase Furai no Shiren 2 for $29.99 for the Nintendo DS here.
Furai No Shiren 3 Update