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Several years after the events described in Shining Force II, an orphan named Mars begins his work as a guard in the Odegon castle. One night, a strange fog descends upon the land, and Mars witnesses a mysterious elf entering the Ancient Shrine. Through a series of events and lies on his part, Mars becomes the elite guard of the princess, and soon has to redeem himself by stopping the dark elf Pazort from destroying the world.

Shining Wisdom is the fourth game in the Shining series, but is completely different from the others. Neither a turn-based dungeon crawl like Shining in the Darkness, or a tactical RPG like Shining Force, the game plays very similarly to Zelda with its overhead exploration, action combat and occasional puzzle-solving. RPG elements are very light; the protagonist's health can be increased by finding HP bubbles, but there is no experience system of any kind. The game proceeds by collecting various items found in dungeons and then combining them with magical orbs to create different spell effects that can be used to tackle enemies and solve the riddles that must be bested to beat each labyrinth.


Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn Completely surrounded, just run and live to fight another day.
Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn A stable of Shining games, saving the game at the church. How religious of them.
Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn ...and also that they rate their games for children, so... no honey-honey situations here. Keep it in your pants, kiddo.
Shining Wisdom SEGA Saturn Yeah, now YOU run, damned pig. I have a sword equipped this time.

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Alternate Titles

  • "シャイニング・ウィズダム" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Apr, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Consoles Plus Sep, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Shin Force Mar 04, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
Hobby Consolas Jul, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Video Games Aug, 1996 81 out of 100 81
Game Players May, 1996 73 out of 100 73
Classic-games.net Jun 20, 2022 7 out of 10 70
Mega Fun Jun, 1996 61 out of 100 61
Game Zero Sep, 1996 28 out of 50 56
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jul, 1996 22 out of 40 55


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Flying_O (59) added Shining Wisdom (SEGA Saturn) on Nov 25, 2003