Latest Shiren the Wanderer Title Introduces Monster Transformation And More

Developer Spike Chunsoft revealed more details about the upcoming roguelike RPG Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island. These details include monster transformation and enemies encountered during dungeon exploration.

Players can turn Shiren into a monster by making him eat Peach Buns. These buns are randomly obtained by defeating monsters using either the Peach Club or Peach Staff. While transformed into a monster, Shiren can take advantage of his new form to traverse otherwise impassable areas.

Some of the enemy types players will face include Hoppin’ Batter, Hen, and Ninja. Hoppin’ Batter is able to deflect projectiles thrown at it, the higher this monster’s level the more likely that it deflects the objects it is targeted by. Meanwhile, Master Hen and Great Hen are formidable hand-to-hand combatants, they can be turned into Yakitori (an item which effects are similar to Onigiri’s) if they are defeated under certain conditions. Finally, five types of Ninja lurk on Serpentcoil Island, each type representing the ninjutsu used: Fire Ninja, Water Ninja, Tree Ninja, Metal Ninja, and Earth Ninja. Each of these enemies has its own gimmicks that can either benefit the players or annoy them.

Known in Japan as Shiren the Wanderer 6, Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island sees Shiren and his trusted ferret companion Koppa adventure on the eponymous island, where he is joined by his friend Asuka and supported by innkeeper Suzuna. Each time Shiren enters one of the procedurally-generated dungeons, he starts at level 1 with any gear and levels he obtains being lost if he collapses during exploration. The game will release for Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe on February 27, 2024, a month after its Japanese release.


Mohamed Lamine Coulibaly

Fascinated by the screens since I saw them, video games are a sorcery I quickly become obsessed with. This passion culminated with the discovery of the RPG. At the time, they were likely the sole titles where story and world building mattered as more as gameplay. Now, I am, writing about them, especially my favorite ones, the JRPG!

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