It's always a surprise to hear a Shiren the Wanderer game announced for U.S. release. Sega didn't release Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer for DS stateside until the franchise had already flourished in Japan under developer Chunsoft (Dragon Quest) for 12 years. And U.S. sales for that DS title were rumored to be so dismal that Sega passed localizing Shiren's subsequent releases, as did niche game publisher Xseed.

Atlus USA, though, already familiar with publishing Eastern roguelikes, what with two Izuna titles under its belt, revealed this morning that it is releasing Shiren the Wanderer Wii, or Shiren the Wanderer 3: Sleeping Princess in the Clockwork Palace as its known in Japan, in the States in Spring 2010. Unlike the DS title, which is remake of the original SNES Shiren, this Wii game is a new 3D entry introducing features such as an online multiplayer versus mode:

"The grandfather of the rogue-like RPG, the legendary Shiren series (also known as Mystery Dungeon) is all about tough-as-nails battles, thrilling exploration, finding tons of items, growing in strength, and most important of all: staying alive! With beautiful, colorful 3D graphics, multiple control options, numerous lengthy dungeons, thrilling boss battles, and classic rogue-like gameplay, Shiren the Wanderer delivers the ultimate hardcore RPG experience to Wii!"

If you're completely unfamiliar with the roguelike series, you really should read John Harris' posts about the Shiren games in GameSetWatch's @Play roguelike column -- they're what made me (and many others!) fall in love with the franchise.

You can watch a Japanese commercial for Shiren the Wanderer Wii, which shows off the game's many, many deaths while Beethoven's 5th Symphony plays, after the break: