Nintendo DS

Stranger, please save Shiren!


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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