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For unknown reasons, the main character's backstory was entirely omitted from the English translation, leaving room for errors and misinterpretations to plot points that involve the main character when witnessed by English-speaking players.

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Dragon Quest was the main inspiration for Shining Force's design.

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Although frequently compared to that of a game of chess, Shining Force's battle system was directly inspired by a Japanese computer game called Silver Ghost where the player had to command and oversee multiple characters at once. The battle design was led by Hiroyuki Takahashi.

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Shining Force was developed, to some extent, as a successor to Shining in the Darkness. A first-person dungeon crawling RPG that saw commercial success. Despite this, Sega only allowed the game to be developed on a small budget.

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Hiroyuki Takahashi has said that Shining Force was not inspired by the Fire Emblem franchise despite popular belief. He later remarked: "The tempo of that title was so bad that it wasn't something I even wanted to play."

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