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Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon is a remake of the first Shining Force game. The story still revolves around the Runefaust army trying to resurrect the Dark Dragon, but it features some new additions like new characters and additional story sequences in-between battles. Furthermore, dialogues have been expanded and the main hero has a background story now and is able to talk. Graphics have also received a complete overhaul, and the sound quality has been improved, although the compositions are the same as in the original.

The heart of the game are of course the tactical turn-based battles. You can take up to twelve different members of your Shining Force into battle. There are many different classes ranging from fighters and magicians to healers, knights, monks, ninjas and many more. In-between battles you can explore various towns to buy new weapons and items or chat with the townsfolk. There are also a number of secret characters and items to be discovered.

Shining Force's gameplay has also seen some changes. The interface has been slightly simplified and you can now organize your units before battles. During battles, it is now possible to view upcoming turns, which makes it much easier to plan your next steps. To make the battles more interesting, even for fans of the original, you receive certain bonuses (usually money or a weapon) for completing battles in a set number of turns. Finally, a card-collecting side-quest has been added. Cards can have various effects in battle and one character is able to transform into the cards that you have found.


Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance Mae attacks rune knight
Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance Tao is casting blaze on a Rune Knight.
Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance Talking to the knights
Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance A battle begins.

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Alternate Titles

  • "光明力量:暗黑龙复活" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Shining Force: Resurrection du Dark Dragon" -- French Title
  • "Shining Force: Resurrecction del Dragon Oscuro" -- Spanish Title
  • "Shining Force: La Resurrecione del Drago Oscuro" -- Italian Title
  • "Shining Force: Auferstehung des Schwarzen Drachen" -- German Title

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RPGamer Game Boy Advance Jun, 2004 5 out of 5 100 Game Boy Advance May 05, 2004 8.2 out of 10 82 Game Boy Advance May 03, 2004 16 out of 20 80
RPG Kingdom Game Boy Advance Jul 28, 2004 16 out of 20 80
GamePro (US) Game Boy Advance Jun 07, 2004 4 out of 5 80
GamePlasma Game Boy Advance Jun 26, 2004 8 out of 10 80
IGN Game Boy Advance Jun 14, 2004 7.8 out of 10 78
64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Advance May, 2004 69 out of 100 69
GameSpy Game Boy Advance Jun 10, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gamestyle Game Boy Advance Mar 03, 2007 6 out of 10 60


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    • 2004 – #10 GBA Game of the Year

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