New Shiren the Wanderer entry updates special features for streamers

Let everyone else keep track of your adventure.

Shiren the Wanderer

New features are in store for the next entry in the Shiren the Wanderer series, and some will be of particular interest to streamers. 

Spike Chunsoft came through with some fresh details for Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island. In addition to some quality of life updates to exploration, the latest rougelike is looking to make livestreaming even more convenient with an enhanced Live Display Mode. 

The updated display presents an abundance of information on a single screen, in both standard and simplified views. This makes it ideal for streaming, as the display shows everything from play time to turns, weapon and shield strength, and the player’s current status. Here’s a sample of how the standard Live Display Mode view looks:

Screenshot via Spike Chunsoft

The simplified view covers many of the same bases, just without an overview of status and inventory: 

Screenshot via Spike Chunsoft

This isn’t the first time Shiren the Wanderer has featured Live Display options, but it’s nice to see these ideas expanded. You can check out the previous iteration of this feature in the most recent iteration of Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate

Handy dashes and second chances

Roguelikes aren’t typically known for being friendly, but The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island has some options to make the experience a little smoother. The mini-map lets you track your steps, projectiles and Staves can be assigned to a hotbar, and there’s a “Handy Dash” feature for speedier movement. 

Screenshot via Spike Chunsoft

Online elements also come into play to make things less of a slog. Should you collapse in the middle of a dungeon, you can call upon others for a rescue attempt. Those who end up successfully rescued can pick up where they left off without losing any progress. Spike Chunsoft also teases that the title will feature a “Parallel Play” online feature, but more will be revealed at a later date.

Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island comes to Nintendo Switch in the West on February 27, 2024. 

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