Shiren the Wanderer arrived today. I’m pretty happy about that! A good roguelike is always fun, and Shiren is the roguelike-iest thing you’re ever going to see on a console. I feel like I should extend Sega my compliments for actually localizing it.
They also win the Suikoden-Harlequin Award for Achievements in Inappropriate Packaging Localization with this amazing conversion from the Ghibli-meets-Tidus character art on the left to what appears to be an attempt to recreate a 1992-vintage Terry Wolfinger Gamefan cover. Could someone let Sega of America know what year it is? I mean, I know roguelikes are sort of a throwback, but damn. Why go to the trouble of translating a niche game only to wrap it in a cover guaranteed to cause the target audience’s gaze to slide right past, like it was riding a teflon banana peel?