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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 The interface and menus have been modified, but they're still a little annoying.
Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance Mishaela
Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance Headquarters
Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon Game Boy Advance Ken attacking a Goblin - Knights are very usefull because they are good at close-combat but also can perform ranged attacks.

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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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Hey there's a Dragon in my pants! Game Boy Advance MasterMegid (902)

Critic Reviews (UK) Game Boy Advance Jun 18, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Diehard GameFan Game Boy Advance May 17, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Jul 06, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83 Game Boy Advance Jan, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82
Netjak Game Boy Advance Jun 21, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameDaily Game Boy Advance Jun 17, 2004 8 out of 10 80 Game Boy Advance May 03, 2004 16 out of 20 80
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Game Boy Advance Sep 23, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Game Boy Advance Feb 12, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Game Boy Advance Jun 14, 2004 7.8 out of 10 78


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    • 2004 – #10 GBA Game of the Year

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