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Is Shining Force: Sword of Hajya Heading to the Nintendo eShop Virtual Console?

It would appear that’s the case; details after the jump.

Fans of turn-based strategy tactical RPGs hold a special place in their heart’s for Sega’s own Shining Force series. First introduced on the Sega Genesis, as a side series to the larger “Shining” franchise in general, 1993’s Shining Force: Legacy of Great Intention was one of the finest strategy RPGs every created, which rivaled and arguably even surpassed Nintendo’s own “Fire Emblem” series. There are three main entries in the Shining Force series, as well as a handful of “side games”, and it would appear that one of these excellent sub-entries is headed to the Nintendo eShop’s Virtual Console.

Shining Force: Sword of Hajya

The graphics may not be fantastic, but they're still pretty good; and the gameplay is top notch!

Shining Force: Sword of Hajya was released originally for the Sega Game Gear, and was the second of three “Shining Force Gaiden” titles. The first and second games, which took place about 20 years after the original Shining Force and followed many of the original game’s characters and their descendants, were actually remade with new graphics and music for the Mega CD in Europe, known as “Shining Force CD”. The third game in the Gaiden series, “Final Conflict”, which actually bridged the gap between Shining Force 1 and 2 and had the two main protagonists meet each other, was sadly never released officially outside of Japan.

However, according to the Australian Classifications Board, a rating for Sword of Hajya has been filed by Sega, meaning it’s quite likely that it will be joining it’s Game Gear brethren on the eShop’s Virtual Console. Sega has also filed a rating for another Game Gear RPG, Defenders of Oasis; neither game has officially been announced by Sega as of yet, but it seems very likely they will both be heading Nintendo’s online service. With any luck, if Sword of Hajya sees good sales, we may get the original Shining Force Gaiden and perhaps even an official translation of the highly acclaimed “Final Conflict”. Let me know your thoughts below.

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By on 9 April 2012
Will is a professional voice actor, lending his voice to anime, cartoons and video games; a professional improv comedian, performing live comedy with a "geeky" flair all across Canada and parts of The United States; and an avid gamer and a huge Nintendo fan. Check out his work at AnimeNewsNetwork and Synaptic Chaos Theatre, and follow Will on Twitter and Facebook!

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  1. Wade says:

    Shining force is still to this day one of my favorite games. Sadly i never beat it, it got really hard at the end. ( I played this on my dreamcast and lost the save)

  2. Kramerica says:

    While I love Fire Emblem, Shining Force: Sword of Hajya will always be my original favorite turn based strategy game. It was the only reason I really even owned a Game Gear.

  3. Niktoria says:

    I remember playing Shining Force when I was very young, and being obsessed. According to my brother, I talked in my sleeps saying, “No Items” and “No Magic”. Or am I thinking of a different game. I remember beating it, and being sad that the guy died.

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