Franchise / Shining Series

The Shining Series is a series set in your Standard Fantasy Setting developed and published by Sega. The games are all set in the same universe but sequels are rarely a continuation of the preceding games; with only minor characters, locations or references linking the series together. The series is infamous for switching genres leading fans to never know quite what they're getting themselves in for.

Not to be confused with the film called The Shining, nor with the black metal band Shining.

Games in the franchise are:

  • Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict - Released 1995 for the Sega Game Gear.
  • Shining Wisdom - Released 1995 for the Sega Saturn.
  • Shining the Holy Ark - Released 1996 for the Sega Saturn.
  • Shining Force III - Released on the Sega Saturn in three parts;
    • Scenario 1: God Warrior of the Kingdom - Released 1997.
    • Scenario 2: Target: Child of God - Released 1998. Japan only.
    • Scenario 3: Bulzome Rising - Released 1998. Japan only.
  • Shining Soul - Released 2002 for the Game Boy Advance.
  • Shining Soul II - Released 2003 for the Game Boy Advance.
  • Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon - Released 2004 for the Game Boy Advance. note 
  • Shining Tears - Released 2004 for the PlayStation 2.
  • Shining Force Chronicle I, Chronicle II, and Chronicle III - Released 2005 for Japanese mobile phones. note 
  • Shining Road II - Released 2006 for Japanese mobile phones.
  • Shining Force EXA - Released 2007 for the PlayStation 2.
  • Shining Wind - Released 2007 for the PlayStation 2.
  • Shining Wind X - Released 2008 for Japanese mobile phones.
  • Shining Force Feather - Released 2009 for the Nintendo DS.
  • Shining Force Cross - Released 2009 in arcades.
  • Shining Blade - Released 2012 for the PlayStation Portable.
  • Shining Force Cross Illusion - Released 2012 in arcades.
  • Shining Ark - Released 2013 for the PlayStation Portable.
  • Shining Force Cross Exlesia - Released 2013 in arcades.
  • BLADE ARCUS from Shining - Released 2014 in arcades.
  • Shining Resonance - Released 2014 for the PlayStation 3.
  • Blade Arcus from Shining EX - Released 2015 for the PS3 and PlayStation 4.

It also has two animes;

Alternative Title(s): Shining, Shining Blade, Shining Ark