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Shining and the Darkness [Model G-5506]

Sega Mega Drive cart. published 33 years ago by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd.

Listed in MAME

Shining and the Darkness [Model G-5506] screenshot

シャイニング&ザ・ダクネス © 1991 Sega Enterprises, Limited.
(Shining and the Darkness)

Shining in the Darkness is a dungeon-crawler role-playing video game. The game puts the player in control of the main character and two friends (Pyra and Milo), as they explore 3-D dungeon mazes with turn-based battles.

The game consists of story line interaction, dungeon exploration, random monster fights, and predetermined 'boss' fights. Additionally, the dungeon contains three characters in need of rescue. Rescuing any or all of the three is optional, and the story changes depending on whether or not the player locates and returns each of these characters to safety. Another key innovation is its icon-based menu system. This is used for battles in dungeons, equipment management, and character interactions in town.

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Game ID: G-5506
Cartridge ID: 670-1301
Cover ID: 670-1302
Barcode: 4 974365 555061


Shining and the Darkness for Mega Drive was released on March 29, 1991 in Japan. It is known outside Japan as Shining in the Darkness.

Sega allocated the bare minimum budget offered to out-of-house developers for the creation of Shining and the Darkness. According to Hiroyuki Takahashi: "Because we were on such a tight budget, apart from the programming and graphics, I did nearly all of the work on [Shining in the Darkness]. I suppose the basic concept behind Darkness was 'realism'. I thought it would be exciting if the player could actually travel to a fantasy world and walk around, exploring old houses, dungeons and other places. It was in essence a continuation of the sense of excitement you'd get from moving through the dungeons in older games such as Wizardry. By 'reality' I'm not talking about true realism – I mean the feeling that you really are progressing through actual houses and dungeons, and the same thing applied to the battles."

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GOLD 999999

EXP 999999

Current HP / MP 999

HP / MP Maximum value 999

Permanent Disapia


Developed by Climax Entertainment.

Written and Produced by: Hiroyuki Takahashi
Special Effects: Yasuhiro Taguchi
Assistant Director: Yoshinori Tagawa
Subtitles: Bob Timbello
Artwork and Design: Hidehiro Yoshida
Outline and Storyboards: Yoshitaka Tamaki
Music: Masahiko Yoshimura
Visual Support: Ryutaro Ishimatsu
Technical Support: Haruki Kodera
Director: Kan Naitō
Special Thanks: Media Mixture, Mad Cap


Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] japan (june.12, 2007) [Model MA7J]
Sony PlayStation 3 korea (feb.10, 2009) "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection" by SCEI


Game's ROM.