Video game localization wasn’t nearly as comprehensive 20 years ago as it is today, with plenty of franchises going without release in English speaking territories. One such franchise was Shiren the Wanderer, Chunsoft’s in-house take on the Mystery Dungeon that didn’t rely on licensing major properties like Dragon Quest or Pokémon.
As a result the second Shiren game, Shiren 2: Oni Invasion! Shiren Castle!, which released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan on September 7th, 2000, was only playable in Japanese… Until now.
Thanks to SharkSnack and Ozidual, you can now download a fully playable fan translation patch via Romhacking.net, finally letting N64 fans plunge deep into some randomly generated dungeons.
As time goes on, more and more of these forgotten classics are finding a new lease of life via fan translations. Here’s hoping we get the chance to report on more soon!