Dragon's Eye Plus: Shanghai III

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Dragon's Eye Plus: Shanghai III
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Home Data
Licensor: Mediagenic Corp.
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Sound driver: SMPS 68000
Genre: Puzzle[1]

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥5,800 (5,974)5,800e[2] T-67023
Non-Sega versions

Dragon's Eye Plus: Shanghai III (ドラゴンズアイ プラス 上海III) is a 1991 game by Home Data for the Sega Mega Drive released exclusively in Japan. It is a member of Activision's Shanghai series of mahjong solitaire games — to be precise, it is a port of the Japanese version of what the Western market got as Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye; the numbering discrepancy was because of a Japanese Shanghai II that had already been made. It is one of two games for the Mega Drive produced by Home Data, the other being Shogi no Hoshi.

A slightly expanded port for the PC Engine CD-ROM was made called Battle Shanghai: Dragon's Eye, though it's also known as Shanghai III: Dragon's Eye. The game was designed by a Kenshin Nii (who appears on the back of the game's packaging). The game has two main modes; Shanghai and Dragon's Eye. Shanghai has both a Free and Tournament mode. Dragon's Eye is played against either another human player or the computer. In this mode, player 2/CPU is the Dragon Master, who must fill the playing field (called the Dragon Display) full of tiles to summon a dragon. Player 1 is the Dragon Slayer, who must prevent the summoning by using tiles in their hand to match with the tiles on the board. The Dragon Slayer wins if they destroy the "heart and limbs" of the dragon, which are the four tiles placed in the middle of the Dragon Display when the game starts. The Dragon Slayer can also win if they use all their tiles with space left on the Dragon Display, and still manage to have more points than the Dragon Master.

Activision were not happy with this version of the game, and instead produced their own Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye for the Western market.

Production Credits

Game's ROM

  • Producer: Ken.Nii
  • Programmer: Organ
  • Graphics: Jin-Nai
  • Music: Eurythm

Instruction Manual

  • Produce: 児 健興 (Kenshin Nii)
  • Program: 小川 貴司 (Takashi Ogawa)
  • Graphic: 神内 純弘 (Yoshihiro Jinnai), 清田 みき (Miki Kiyota)
  • Music Direction: 遠藤 宏 (Hiroshi Endo)
  • Music Compose: 新 嘉彦 (Yoshihiko Atarashi)
  • Music Program: 上田 順一 (Junichi Ueda)

Magazine articles

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Physical scans

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Dragon's Eye Plus: Shanghai III

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Shanghai games for Sega systems
Sega Master System
Shanghai (1988)
Sega Game Gear
Shanghai II (1990)
Sega Mega Drive
Dragon's Eye Plus: Shanghai III (1991) | Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye (1994)
Sega Saturn
Shanghai: Triple-Threat (1995) | Game no Tetsujin The Shanghai (1995) | Shanghai Great Moments (1996)
Sega Dreamcast
Shanghai Dynasty (2000)
Super Shanghai 2005 (2005)