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Ushio to Tora: Shin'en no Daiyou

Nintendo Entertainment System

Game Description:

Ushio to Tora: Shin’en no Daiyou is an role playing game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is based on a manga Ushio to Tora.

Translation Description:

Ushio & Tora: Shinen no Taiyou is a role-playing game that loosely follows the events from the original manga, written by Kazuhiro Fujita.

You play the role of Ushio Aotsuki, son of a local monk who is informed by his father of his lineage. For almost his whole life, his father tells him multiple times of their ancestor who fought and defeated a man-eating youkai with an enchanted spear called “The Beast Spear”. One day, while cleaning the shed, he discovers an old cellar door which he haphazardly opens and finds the youkai inside, skewered on the infamous spear. Ushio pulls the spear out… and the rest is history.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Ushio to Tora - Shinen no Taiyou (Japan)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: 34FF1E79B8AC309A3684C442120201331B19F37D
  • File CRC32: 7AA8F7D0
  • ROM SHA-1: 1AD0D85866C887FA924C890E3E1ADBC0A9F5F0B2
  • ROM CRC32: A58A8DA1


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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
BlackPaladinHackingROM Hacking, Font Replacement, Titlte Screen Hacking
fillerHackingScript Dumping
phonymikeHackingASM Hacking
MidoriOriginal TranslationJapanese to English Translation

User Review Information

Fun stuff! Albeit a little confusing.

Reviewed By: joeschmoe199 on 16 May 2022

This was fun! Anyone interested in NES-era RPGs should check it out this game, especially for its unique and engaging battle system. Thank you to the translator for making this accessible!

This game was released in the final year of the Famicom. The Super Famicom Ushio to Tora (an unrelated game) actually came out several months earlier! The “lateness” of the game shows in its superior visuals–the in-battle visuals to be precise. Each attack actually triggers a tiny anime sequence plus a pretty dynamic sprite-based sequence.

The battle system is the other highlight of the game, although it takes quite a while to figure it out. If you’re interested, here’s a quick explanation: 1) all attacks cost mp, 2) tactics allow you to raise hp or mp while attacking, 3) each character’s first attack is their strongest damage dealer (aside from a few late-game attacks) and costs the least amount of mp, while later attacks are weaker and cost more mp, but are much better at raising your hp or mp. This system makes for quite engaging combat!

The story is… confusing. The plot is hard to follow from the in-game content, with a pretty large cast of characters popping in and out with little explanation. After beating it, I still have no clue who several key characters were. Pretty much the only way to understand the story fully would be to also read the manga or watch the anime. I watched the first few episodes of the 1990s OAV, which was pretty average shounen, and that did clear a lot up. I’m not sure to what extent the narrative muddle could be reduced via hacking, but this would be the right target for any future translation hacks/updates.

Anyway, this is definitely worth a play. It’s a fairly short game (maybe 4 hours?) and pretty linear. I brought the playing time down a bit by using maps (on GameFAQs) for the dungeons (some of which are quite confusing) plus fast forward+autofire to speed up some of the easier random encounters.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Fun stuff! Albeit a little confusing.joeschmoe19916 May 20221.0Yes