• Shining Force: Sword of Hajya
US Box Front
US Box Back
Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
is a war strategy/RPG by Sega, released for the Sega Game Gear
in 1994. This was the only Shining Force game released in NA
for Game Gear. Japan was graced by (including this one) three
Game Gear Shining Force games! Here's the list:
Part 1 - Shining Force Gaiden
Part 2 - Shining Force: Sword of Hajya
Force Gaiden 2)
Part 3 - Shining Force: Final Conflict
Although Shining Force: Final Conflict wasn't released in
the NA, it was translated to English by fans for fans. I have a
shrine for this game in my site;
Sword of Hajya's NA release was cursed with a faulty save battery. I was one of those unlucky individuals to have saving problems. The save battery would randomly erase my game. Other people I have spoken to who own the game have the same complaint, so it must be true. At least if you play this game through emulation, you will not have problems saving.
• Shining Force CD
In 1995, NA was graced with the release of
Shining Force CD for the
Sega CD. It contains Shining Force Gaiden and Shining
Force: Sword of Hajya remade to
beautiful 16-bit quality with graphics similar to that of
Shining Force 2. And since it's a Sega CD game, it has an
excellent CD-quality soundtrack to boot. I have
Shining Force CD covered in my subsite:
Classic CD RPGs.
The game can be downloaded from there as well.
• 3DS Virtual Console
In June 2013, NA was graced with a re-release of Sword of Hajya on the 3DS Virtual Console. Along with it they also re-released Defenders of Oasis, Shinobi, Dragon Crystal, and Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble. June 2013 was a happy month for Game Gear fans!