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Shining the Holy Ark
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP (1 track)
Genre: RPG































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-33101G
Sega Saturn
US
$49.99[1] 81306
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[2] MK81306-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK81306-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK81306-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK81306-50



Shining the Holy Ark (シャイニング・ザ・ホーリィアーク) is a game in the Shining series of games. It was developed and published by Sonic! Software Planning for the Sega Saturn in 1996, and like the first entry in the series, is a 3D first-person dungeon-crawling RPG and not a strategy game.

Production credits

  • Game Design: Hiroyuki Takahashi, Shugo Takahashi, Shuji Shimizu, Yusuke Sugimoto, Ayumu Shindo, Daisuke Takagi
  • English Translation: P. E. Jareth Hein
  • Program: Yasuhiro Taguchi, Takeshi Nohara, Yutaka Yamamoto, Akiko Sato, Yasuhiro Matsumoto, P. E. Jareth Hein, Kenji Numaya, Kaoru Shimada, Haruki Kodera
  • Character Design: Shin Yamanouchi
  • Map & Effect Graphics: Fumihide Aoki, Masayuki Hashimoto, Hiroto Nakashima, Ayumu Shindo, Mitsumasa Muraishi, Mitsuru Fukumoto, Shigeki Kimura, Junichi Ochiai
  • Character Graphics & Movies: Junko Nakamura, Keisuke Futami, Meiko Koguchi, Toshiaki Tanaka, Kaoru Shimada, Shigeki Kimura, P. E. Jareth Hein
  • Music: Motoi Sakuraba
  • Music Guest: Takeo Shimoda
  • Sound Effects: Satoshi Murata
  • Sound Direction By: Masaaki Uno, Yasuhiro Taguchi
  • All Illustrations By: Shin Yamanouchi
  • Special Thanks To: Camelot Co., Ltd., R.I.S. Co., Ltd., Treasure Co., Ltd., Oo Records Inc., Chikashi Aoki, Suigyoku Muraishi, Hidetoshi Sakamoto, Kanako Horiguchi, Emiko Kutsuma
  • Assistant Director: Yusuke Sugimoto, Shuji Shimzu
  • Directed By: Yasuhiro Tagushi
  • Assistant Producer: Shugo Takahashi
  • Produced By: Hiroyuki Takahashi

SOA Staff

  • Producer: Keith Palmer
  • Lead Tester: Amy Albertson
  • Assistant Lead Testers: Dennis Lee, Jeremy Caine, Mark McCunney
  • Testers: Lloyd Kinoshita, Arnold Feener
  • Coordinator: Shinobu Shindo
  • Creadted By: Sonic Co., Ltd.
  • ©Sonic 1996, 1997
  • Licensed by Sega Enterprises, Ltd.

Magazine articles

Main article: Shining the Holy Ark/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SSM JP 19961227 1996-22.pdf

PDF
Print advert in














Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #36: "1996-22 (1996-12-27)" (1996-12-13)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №62, p108/109[4]
80 №187, p74/75[2]
60 №46, p84/85
80 №419, p35
90
83 №108, p121
80 №57, p60
89 №2, p60-63[5]
93 №20, p72/73[6]
70 №1996-22, p274[7]
85 №, p10Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[8]
89 №100
Sega Saturn
83
Based on
12 reviews

Saturn, US
StHA Saturn US Box Back.jpgStHA Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
StHA Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Shiningtheholyark sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
StHA Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
StHA Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP
StHA Saturn JP Box Back.jpgStHA Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
StHA Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
ShiningtheHolyArk Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
ShiningtheHolyArk SS jp manual.pdf
Manual

References

  1. Press release: 1997-06-19: SEGA DELIGHTS RPG FANS WITH TWO 3D TITLES FOR SEGA SATURN
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 187.pdf, page 74
  3. File:CVG UK 185.pdf, page 97
  4. File:ConsolesPlus FR 062.pdf, page 108
  5. File:SaturnPower UK 02.pdf, page 60
  6. File:SSM_UK_20.pdf, page 72
  7. File:SSM_JP_19961227_1996-22.pdf, page 276
  8. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 12


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) | Shining Resonance Music Collection (2015)
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)