First Impressions: Hmm... this seems somewhat familiar, somewhat ancient in my vast ocean of memories. Yes, it's very similar to an old PC game called Hack, and more recently called Nethack! You hack your way through increasingly tough monsters and find tons of cool items and random subquests along the way. Hack was wayy to hard though, so... this is schweeet!
The game: Shiren the Wanderer, you start out with nothing (unlike nethack), but once you go on a few adventures and save things in the warehouses then you will always have something to start with. This way you can also create really powerful weapons by upgrading them every time you go on an adventure but leaving them in the warehouse. So yeah, there are lots of weapons, scrolls, jars (they hold items for you when your inventory is stuffed), shields, armbands, and lots of riceballs! You have you eat or you might die from hunger.
The coolest thing about Shiren is the WiFi feature. This game really does have the best WiFi feature of any DS game yet. Whenever an adventurer dies they can choose to use one of their three rescue requests. Then someone else finds their rescue request on the server and goes on an adventure to rescue them. After the rescue is complete the rescuer usually gets a reward, and this makes a really interesting way to get new items from other players. You can also send a short message like "Would you send me a weapon?". Or just... " : ) " Anyway that's really cool. I have just been rescuing people nonstop and I get showered with presents and thanks, it makes me feel good. The only problem with trying to be rescued is that it may take a while for someone to rescue you, especially if you went to one of the last floors.
Other than that, your main goal is to get through Tabletop Mountain. There are also some sidequests like these 50 puzzle games where you get an item for each puzzle you complete. So far none of them have been too difficult. I have done 30 of them. Then there's a guy in a village that claims to be your brother and will actually join your party depending on what you do and say. You can use extra party members in different ways. The worst part is having to feed them though. I couldn't deal with that. They're like, "I want a rice ballllll!". Then, five steps later they say "Oh, I can't move any more I give up". Seeeeeya seeeya seeya......
Conclusion: Great game! If anyone has played Nethack, I'm sure they will find some enjoyment with this game. The WiFi features are awesome and so is the rest of the game. I want to give this game a 10 so bad but... My 10 is reserved for a game that changes my life, haha. So Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer gets a 9!
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