|Famicom Mukashi Banashi Shin Oniga Shima|
|System(s)||Family Computer Disk System, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U|
Shin Onigashima (新・鬼ヶ島? "New Onigashima" ("Onigashima" literally means "Island of Oni (demon)")), fully titled as Famicom Mukashibanashi Shin Onigashima (ふぁみこん昔話 新・鬼ヶ島? lit. "Famicom Fairytales: New Onigashima"), is a video game title originally released for the Famicom Disk System. It was developed by Nintendo EAD and Pax Softnica and published by Nintendo. The driving force behind the series, Tatsuya Hishida of Nintendo EAD, was responsible for directing the game, creating the characters, and crafting the story line. The Disk System version was released on two disk cards. The first disk (Zenpen) was released on September 4, 1987, while the second disk (Kouhen) was released September 30, 1987.
As indicated by the game's subtitle, the game borrows heavily from traditional Japanese fairytales such as Momotarō and Princess Kaguya. Most text-based adventure games of the time were written in the style of mystery novels, where the player had to solve a murder or crime of some sort, but Shin Onigashima's fairytale-like plot gave a much softer and accessible feel to the genre.
A remake of the game titled Heisei Shin Onigashima was released for the Super Famicom in 1997 and 1998. It was also redone for the Game Boy Advance as part of the Famicom Mini series on August 4, 2004. The Super Famicom version was re-released on the Wii Virtual Console on June 19, 2007, the 3DS Virtual Console on June 5, 2013, and the Wii U Virtual Console on September 18, 2013. The game was never released outside of Japan.
Once upon a time, there was an elderly couple living in Nagakushi village, a small village located far up in the mountains. The couple had no children, until one day, they were entrusted with the care of an infant boy and girl, as prophesied in a dream. The years went by, and when the two children were 8 years old, there was a terrible occurrence in the western capital. An evil dragon suddenly appeared in the city, turning humans into Oni; devils that suck away the souls of other humans. The Oni advanced as far as Nagakushi village, stealing away the souls of the elderly couple. Fortunately the two children were left unharmed, and they set out on a quest to save their adopted parents, not realizing that this adventure would reveal the secret of their true origins...
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