Stranger, please save Shiren!

By Spencer . March 19, 2008 . 2:08am

shiren2.jpgLike some of you I’ve been playing Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer, but instead of trying my best to avoid Mini Robbers and Mamels I purposely died at the beginning of the journey to test out the online rescue system.


Once Shiren falls the game saves and you’re given the option to use up one of the precious three rescues in your possession. You can ping a friend if you know someone’s friend code or beg forums for help by using a 56 digit alphanumeric password.


Asking people publicly for help isn’t any fun. I wanted to see how long it would take for an altruistic soul to save my Shiren. Now, the waiting game…


Shiren can also leave a limited message out of five pages of canned phrases. What you can say is pretty restricted and to demonstrate this I constructed a fake dialogue between two Shiren players using the available phrases while waiting.


Dead Shiren


Somebody please rescue me.

I really need a rescue


I’m stuck

I’ll give you a reward


Shiren rescue squad



Dead Shiren

Ran out of food.

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!


Shiren rescue squad

Would you give me a weapon?


Dead Shiren

My reward is not much but… (gives other Shiren a riceball).



I was surprised the wait to get saved was less than an hour, in the middle of the night. After getting a “;)” message from my rescuer I carried on (i.e. reset the game). Perhaps, my case is an exception because I literally died in the first dungeon. In any case to be saved so quickly shows one thing, the unseen Shiren community is a friendly one.

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  • tapsel

    Soooo… you gave him a riceball, huh? After starving in the first dungeon? I’m sorry to break it to you, but you suck at this game! ;)

  • tapsel

    Oh I see… Missed the word “purposedly” in there.

  • jeffx

    I’m loving this game but I guess Smash Bros Brawl has more appeal right now. Whatever, I’ll be free the whole summer ;)

  • Lord Gek

    While hte phrases are pretty limited in general, it’s REALLY annoying when you want to send back a thank you letter to the one who rescued you. Short of maybe “Hi” or “:)” none of them apply.

  • Savory

    Shiren has become my favorite DS game. I never really played a Roguelike before, but now I want to check out more.

    The Rescue mode is pretty cool and a great way for the Rescuer to stock up on items. I’ve just done rescues for random people on WFC so far since I don’t know anyone with the game. Don’t suppose anyone wants to exchange Friend Codes? ^__^

  • Angelous

    God, I love Shiren. I thank Jeremy Parish of 1UP/EGM for that.

  • @Lord Gek – It’s true the phrases really are limited and too many don’t differ from “thank you”. “Thanks Much!” “Thanks!!” could have been replaced with more useful phrases like “Here’s my most precious possession” or “If you need a rescue look for me”

    @Savory – Sure :)

  • TacoBeaver

    wow, nmow Im attracted… NOOOOOO T.T my pocket cant bhandle so much games (neither my parents temper)

  • Savory

    Cool! If anyone wants to ad my Friend Code, it’s 1246-8342-4179

    So how real is the chance of Shiren 3 on Wii coming to the US if this version does decently?

  • Just for the record mine is 2707-1423-4600.

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