Atlus picked up Shiren the Wanderer (aka Shiren the Wanderer 3), which is exciting and totally unexpected news. When I got the announcement something seemed out of place. The Nintendo Wi-Fi logo was missing from the Japanese box art.
During my E3 meeting with Atlus I asked if Shiren the Wanderer will contain the online modes in the Japanese release. “It’s too early to discuss,” Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales, explained. Shiren the Wanderer has a handful of Nintendo Wi-Fi features including the rescue system introduced in Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer, leaderboards, downloadable dungeons (I think like two were released), and a versus mode. Atlus is looking into bringing over all, some or, perhaps, none of the online modes. Crystal clear details will be provided before Shiren the Wanderer comes out in spring 2010.
While we’re waiting for an announcement, would you be upset if the game didn’t have any of the modes? Is there one in particular you want? Personally, I love the rescue feature. So, Atlus if you’re reading this… Keep in mind that Atlus plans to publish Shiren the Wanderer as a $39.99 game instead of a $49.99 title.
Impressions of Shiren the Wanderer are coming, but I felt an E3 demo wasn’t the best place to play the game when I have it at home. Since I gave up hope for a US release I bought Shiren on a whim when I saw a copy in Japan under 1,000 yen. It’s still sitting on my shelf, but I promise to play it before Atlus release Shiren the Wanderer in the states!