While October 2023 may be a hectic month for new releases, it is also proving to be a big month for announcements. Spike Chunsoft has today announced that the roguelike RPG Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island shall be launching on the Nintendo Switch in North American and PAL regions on 27 February 2024.
This new game, developed by Spike Chunsoft, is the next instalment in the Shiren the Wanderer series of RPGs which commenced in 1995 with the SNES release of Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer. Players venture into a “Mystery Dungeon” that changes each time they enter. To succeed, they need to rely on their wits, experience, and creative thinking to overcome monsters, avoid perilous traps, and conquer the dungeon. Players who run out of energy during their journey will lose all of their possessions including tools, money, and gear, and must start again at level one. The aim is that “players will experience a thrilling and tense adventure with unexpected events and risks that cannot be redone”.
Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island follows Shiren and Koppa, a duo who after receiving a vision of a mysterious girl held captive by a terrible monster, make their way to Serpentcoil Island—a distant isle rumored to be the lost stronghold of treasure-hoarding pirates. To brave the many dangers that await them, Shiren and Koppa must traverse complex dungeons filled with hostile monsters, hidden traps, and useful items. All the gear and experience Shiren accumulates will be lost if he collapses during exploration, so beware of rushing in unprepared! Rescue the mysterious girl and uncover the mystery that clouds Serpentcoil Island.
Get to know some of the game’s main characters below:
A heroic wanderer who travels the land in search of adventure with nothing but his partner Koppa, his wits, and his iconic hat and cape.
Shiren’s loyal companion. Koppa is one of the last talking ferrets, able to speak with both humans and animals fluently.
A wandering swordswoman who is old friends with Shiren and Koppa. She’s come to Serpentcoil Island for her own reasons and is reunited with her allies.
The cheerful innkeeper at Uzumaki-Ya, ready to support Shiren and Koppa while they plan their adventures on Serpentcoil Island.