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Shining Force II
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, Steam
Genre: RPG (JP game box), Simulation[1]






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
1993-10-01 ¥8,800 G-5521
Sega Mega Drive
US
1994-10[2] $? 1315
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1994 £49.99[3] 1315-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
199x $105.95[4]  ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
1994 R$? 046510
Sega Mega Drive
KR
199x ₩? GM93044JG


Wii Virtual Console
JP
¥700 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
$800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
€800 points ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 ? ?



Shining Force II, known as Shining Force II: Inishie no Fuuin (シャイニング・フォースII 古えの封印) in Japan, a sequel to Shining Force. It was released in Japan for the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, before seeing overseas releases in the following year.

Despite a multilingual cover and manual in PAL regions, Shining Force II is only thought to have been translated from its original Japanese incarnation into English. The English script, like many RPGs of the era has many inaccuracies and continuity issues with other Shining games, being said to drastically alter plots from Shining in the Darkness and Shining Force in the process.

History

Development

Despite being preceeded by hits such as Shining in the Darkness and the original Shining Force, Sega remained reluctant to back development on Shining Force II, giving it the same limited budget as previous entries in the series and indirectly threatening the break-up of Sonic! Software Planning should the game not deliever as hoped. This put enormous pressure on Hiroyuki Takahashi and his team, many of whom dropped out before production of the game.

Shining Force II has been quoted as being "experimental", with a greater emphasis on RPG and story elements than its immediate predecessors.

Legacy

Shining Force II is amongst the most successful Mega Drive games in Japan, though also garnered some popularity in North America and Europe. It has since been released as part of the Wii's Virtual Console service and through numerous compilations.

Comic adaptation

Sonic the Comic included "Shining Force" comics strips. The plot followed Shining Force 2 heroes trying to stop followers of Zeon from bringing demon into their world. The comics also brought Max in, the hero of the first Shining Force. The single story arc was called "The Curse of Zeon" (issue #73 to issue #78). It was the last big (6-7 issues) non-Sonic story arc featured in Sonic the Comic, not counting short Decap Attack stories.

Production credits

Japanese version

Source: In-game credits
Shining Force II Staff
  • Program: Yasuhiro Taguchi, Shugo Takahashi, Haruki Kodera, Kenji Numaya, Yutaka Yamamoto, Tsukasa Tanaka
  • Subscript: Hiroyuki Takahashi, Ritsuko Hasasue, Shuji Shimizu
  • Map Design: Ritsuko Hisasue, Shuji Shimizu, Tatsuya Niikura
  • Character Design: Suezen
  • Graphic: Fumihide Aoki, Masayuki Hashimoto
  • Music Compose: Motoaki Takenouchi
  • Sound Effects: Dogen Shibuya, Enzan Shibuya
  • Manual: Naoko Okada, Riko Kushida, Masayo Umetsu, Junko Mikami
  • Special Thanks to: Winds Co., Ltd., R.I.S. Co., Ltd., Rit's Co., Chaki, Hiroshi Kajiyama, Satoshi Tezuka, Minoru Yasuda, Akira Takahashi, Satomi Yokose, Daichan Ikejiri
  • Directerd (sic) by: Shugo Takahashi, Yasuhiro Taguchi
  • Produced by: Hiroyuki Takahashi
  • Created by: Sonic Co., Ltd.
  • © Sega 1993

English version

Source: In-game credits
Shining Force II Staff
  • Programmers: Yasuhiro Taguchi, Shugo Takahashi, Haruki Kodera, Kenji Numaya, Yutaka Yamamoto, Tsukasa Tanaka
  • Subscript: Hiroyuki Takahashi, Ritsuko Hasasue, Shuji Shimizu
  • Map Design: Ritsuko Hasasue, Shuji Shimizu, Tatsuya Niikura
  • Character Design: Suezen
  • Graphics: Fumihide Aoki, Masayuki Hashimoto
  • Music Composer: Motoaki Takenouchi
  • Sound Effects: Dogen Shibuya, Enzan Shibuya
  • Manual: Naoko Okada, Riko Kushida, Masayo Umetsu, Junko Mikami
  • Special Thanks to: Winds Co., Ltd., R.I.S. Co., Ltd., Rit's Co., Chaki, Hiroshi Kajiyama, Satoshi Tezuka, Minoru Yasuda, Akira Takahashi, Satomi Yokose, Daichan Ikejiri
  • Directed by: Shugo Takahashi, Yasuhiro Taguchi
  • Produced by: Hiroyuki Takahashi
SOA Staff
  • © 1994 Sega

Promotional material

SegaVisions US 21.pdf

Print advert in














Sega Visions (US) #21: "October/November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:













  • EGM² (US) #5: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]













  • Sega Visions (US) #22: "December/January 1994/1995" (1994-xx-xx)[6]

Digital manuals

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95
85 №5, p14
97 №28, p134[7]
92 №25, p40-43
87 №10/94, p88/89[8]
91 №23, p72-75[9]
90 №48, p128/129
90 №9, p96
90 №59, p64/65
88 №37, p60/61
91 №6/94, p26/27[10]
75 №29, p10/11
82 №12/94, p101[11]
Sega Mega Drive
89
Based on
13 reviews

Mega Drive, US
ShiningForceII MD US Box.JPG
Cover
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Cart
Shining Force II MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
ShiningForceII MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
ShiningForceII MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
ShiningForceII MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
ShiningForceII MD JP CartTop.jpg
ShiningForceII MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Shiningforceii md jp manual.pdf
Manual
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Map
Mega Drive, BR
ShiningForceII MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
ShiningForceII MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Shiningforceii md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
ShiningForceII MD KR cover.jpg
Cover
ShiningForceII MD KR cart.jpg
Cart

External links

References

  1. p/fb/segahard/md/soft.html (archived:
    • /ht-tp-
    / /s:eg)
  2. File:SonicTimes US 1994-10.pdf, page 8
  3. File:CVG UK 155.pdf, page 83
  4. File:Gamestar AU 09.pdf, page 70
  5. File:EGM2 US 05.pdf, page 121
  6. File:SegaVisions US 22.pdf, page 85
  7. File:Joypad FR 028.pdf, page 134
  8. File:MegaFun DE 1994-10.pdf, page 55
  9. File:MeanMachinesSega23UK.pdf, page 72
  10. File:SegaForce SE 1994 06.pdf, page 26
  11. File:VideoGames DE 1994-12.pdf, page 97


Shining series of games
Sega Mega Drive
Shining in the Darkness (1991) | Shining Force (1992) | Shining Force II (1993)
Sega Game Gear
Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei Jashin no Kuni e (1992) | Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (1993) | Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict (1995)
Sega Mega-CD
Shining Force CD (1994)
Sega Saturn
Shining Wisdom (1995) | Shining the Holy Ark (1996) | Shining Force III (Scenario 2, 3, Premium Disc) (1997-1998)
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Shining Soul (2002) | Shining Soul II (2003) | Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon (2004)
Sony PlayStation 2
Shining Tears (2004) | Shining Force Neo (2005) | Shining Force EXA (2007) | Shining Wind (2007)
Mobile phone
Shining Road to the Force (2005) | Shining Force Chronicle I (2005) | Shining Force Chronicle II (2005) | Shining Force Chronicle III (2006) | Shining Road II (2006) | Shining Wind X (2008) | SFCE Tokei (2012)
Windows PC
Shining Tears Material Collection (2006) | Shining Wind Fan Fest (2009)
Nintendo DS
Shining Force Feather (2009)
Arcade
Shining Force Cross (2009) | Shining Force Cross Raid (2010) | Shining Force Cross Elysion (2012) | Shining Force Cross Exlesia (2013) | Shining Force Cross Exlesia Zenith (2014) | Blade Arcus from Shining (2014)
Sony PlayStation Portable
Shining Hearts (2010) | Shining Blade (2012) | Shining Ark (2013)
Sony PlayStation 3
Shining Resonance (2014) | Blade Arcus from Shining EX (2015)
Sony PlayStation 4
Blade Arcus from Shining EX (2015)
World
Characters | Equipment (Items, Accessories, Weapons) | Magic | Geography | Timelines
Shining related media
Albums
Sound Story of Shining and the Darkness (1991) | Shining Force Special Sound CD (1992) | Symphonic Suite Shining Force II (1993) | Symphonic Suite the Another Story of Shining Force (1994) | Shining Wisdom (1995) | Shining the Holy Ark Original Soundtrack (1996) | Shining Force III Original Soundtrack (1998) | Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Original Sound Tracks (2004) | Shining Tears (2004) | Shining Force Neo Music Collection (2005) | Shining Theme Music Shiro SAGISU Collection (2005) | Shining Tears Music Collection (2005) | Shining Force EXA Music Collection (2007) | Shining Wind Music Collection (2007) | Shining Tears X Wind Original Soundtrack (2007) | Shining Force Feather Soundtrack (2009) | Shining Hearts Kaizoku Hihou Fan Disc (2010) | Shining Force Cross Raid Original Sound Track (2011) | Shining Hearts Original Soundtrack (2011) | Shining Blade Haru no Shin Seikatsu Ouen Fan Disc (2012) | Shining Blade Character Song Album (2012) | Shining Ark Tenshi no Fandisc (2013) | Shining Force Cross Original Sound Track (2014)
Audiobooks
Shining Tears Drama CD Vol. 1 Dark Side: Memories and departure (2006) | Shining Tears Drama CD Vol. 2 Light Side: Yuusha Teihanjouki (2006) | Shining Wind Drama CD Vol. 1 (2007) | Shining Wind Drama CD Vol. 2 (2008) | Shining Force EXA Drama CD (2008) | Shining Wind Drama CD Vol. 3 (2008) | Shining Wind Drama CD Vol. 4 (2009) | Drama CD Shining Force Feather (2009) | Drama CD Shining Hearts (2011)
Books
Guide book: Shining and the Darkness Koushiki Guide Book (1991) | Shining Force Kanzen Kouryaku Guide (1992) | Shining Force Battle Guide (1993) | Shining Force II: Inishie no Fuuin Game Guide Book (1993) | Shining Force CD Koushiki Guide Book (1994) | Shining Wisdom Koushiki Guide Book (1995) | Shining the Holy Ark Koushiki Guide Book (1996) | Shining Force III Scenario 1: Outo no Kyoshin Official Guide (1997) | Shining Force III Scenario 1: Outo no Kyoshin Perfect Navi (1998) | Shining Force III Scenario 2: Nerawareta Miko Official Guide (1998) | Shining Force III Scenario 2: Nerawareta Miko Perfect Navi (1998) | Shining Force III Scenario 3: Hyouheki no Jashinguu Perfect Navi (1998) | Shining Soul Kanzen Kouryaku Guide (2002) | Shining Force: Kuroki Ryuu no Fukkatsu Final Complete Guide (2004) | Shining Tears Final Complete Guide (2004) | Shining Tears Saikyou Kishidan Ikusei Guide (2004) | Shining Tears Official Strategy Guide (2005) | Shining Force Neo Force Master Ikusei Guide (2005) | Shining Force Neo Final Complete Guide (2005) | Shining Force Neo Official Strategy Guide (2005) | Shining Force EXA: The Master Guide‎ (2007) | Shining Force EXA Official Strategy Guide (2007) | Shining Force EXA Final Complete Guide (2007) | Shining Wind Saisoku Guide Book (2007) | Shining Wind Final Complete Guide (2007) | Shining Tears X Wind Original Soundtrack (2007) | Shining Force Feather: The Master Guide‎ (2009) | Shining Force Feather Complete Guide (2009) | Shining Hearts Saisoku Guide Book (2010) | Shining Hearts Complete Guide (2011) | Shining Force Cross Raid Guide Book 1st (2011) | Shining Force Cross Raid Guide Book 2nd (2011) | Shining Blade First Blader's Guide (2012) | Shining Blade Complete Guide (2012) | Shining Force Cross Settei Shiryoushuu (2012)
Art book: Works for Shining the Holy Ark (1996) | Shining Force III Koushiki Settei Shiryoushuu (1999) | Shining Force EXA Visual Settei Shiryoushuu (2007) | Shining Force Feather Visual Settei Shiryoushuu (2009) | Shining Hearts Visual Settei Shiryoushuu (2011)
Unsorted: Shining and the Darkness Kouryakuhon (xxxx) | Shining Force: Kamigami no Isan Hisshou Kouryaku-hou (xxxx) | Shining Force Kouryaku no Tebiki (xxxx) | Shining Force II Inishie no Fuuin Hisshou Kouryaku-hou (xxxx) | Shining Force II Inishie no Fuuin Kouryaku no Tebiki (xxxx) | Shining Force Gaiden Final Conflict Hisshou Kouryaku-hou (xxxx) | Shining Force Gaiden & Gaiden II Hisshou Kouryaku-hou (xxxx) | Tony's Artworks from Shining Worlds (xxxx)
Film
Shining Tears X Wind (2007) | Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan (2010)