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Shining Series is an Eastern RPG franchise from Sega. The games are all set in the same universe, with minor characters and locations being referenced; however, sequels rarely acknowledge earlier events.

Sega always regarded it with disfavor, and the series has an alarming tendency to switch genres, causing 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 Shining franchise:

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    Shining Force Series 
The original Shining saga. Virtually all of the games in this series are Turn-Based Strategy RPGs, and unlike the other Shining games are linked in one overarching continuity.

  • Shining in the Darkness (1991, Sega Genesis) - Although not explicitly titled Shining Force, it is considered the "prototypical" Shining Force game and ties directly into the Force series, being the penultimate game chronologically.
  • Shining Force (1992, Sega Genesis) - The game that codified the strategy RPG games of the series.
    • Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon (2004, Game Boy Advance) - A remake of Shining Force.
  • Shining Force Gaiden (1992, Game Gear)
    • Shining Force Chronicle I (2005, Mobile)
  • Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (1993, Game Gear)
    • Shining Force Chronicle II (2005, Mobile)
  • Shining Force II (1993, Sega Genesis)
  • Shining Force CD (1994, Sega CD)
  • Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict (1995, Game Gear)
    • Shining Force Chronicle III (2005, Mobile)
  • Shining Wisdom - Released 1995 for the Sega Saturn.
  • Shining the Holy Ark (1996, Sega Saturn) - A sequel to Shining In the Darkness and chronologically the last game in the Force series.
  • Shining Force III (Sega Saturn) - Released in parts, including:
    • Scenario 1: God Warrior of the Kingdom (1997)
    • Scenario 2: Target: Child of God (1998, Japan only)
    • Scenario 3: Bulzome Rising (1998, Japan only)
  • Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness (Cancelled, Mobile) - A mobile game originally slated for 2022 that was meant to be a Revisiting the Roots title exclusively based on the original Force games and featured many characters from the original saga. Ultimately cancelled due to then-ongoing financial struggles from developer Vespa.

    Tony Taka Games 
Games in this series are only vaguely connected chronologically and thematically, but all feature Tony Taka as the main artist. This mainly comprises the "modern" Shining games and are predominantly action RPGs.

    Miscellaneous Shining Games 
  • Shining Force Neo (2005, PlayStation 2)
  • Shining Road II (2006, Mobile)
  • Shining Force EXA (2007, PlayStation 2)
  • Shining Force Feather (2009, Nintendo DS)
  • Shining Force Cross (2009, Arcade)
    • Shining Force Cross Raid (2010) - Title update.
    • Shining Force Cross Illusion (2012) - Title update.
    • Shining Force Cross Exlesia (2013) - Title update.

It also has two animes;

Alternative Title(s): Shining, Shining Force Neo, Shining Force Feather, Shining Force The Sword Of Hajya