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Shining the Holy Ark

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Title Screen

Shining the Holy Ark

Developers: Camelot Software Planning, Sonic! Software Planning
Publisher: Sega
Platform: Sega Saturn
Released in JP: December 20, 1996
Released in US: June 1997
Released in EU: July 19, 1997

DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
BonusIcon.png This game has hidden bonus content.

To do:
  • There's debug stuff still in the game, it loads into memory during file select.
  • Go through the script to see if anything else is unused.
  • Go through files to see if anything's unused.

Shining the Holy Ark is a much improved sequel to Shining in the Darkness.

Bonus Content


Cacti speak Japanese.
...But what does it mean?
This game has text or audio that needs to be translated. If you are fluent with this language, please read our translation guidelines and then submit a translation!
Notes: Developer commentary, may contain an early Title Name

Unused Splash Screen


KARIOWAR.SPR contains what appears to be a placeholder splash screen from early in development. The text reads "終" (end).

Error Handler

Error Handler STHA.png

The easiest way to access it would be to use Action Replay code 16020780 01D2 then attempt to use an item.

Unused Items

Use 16020780 00XX (with XX being the following values) to place these in the first item slot in your character's inventory.

Values Icon Name Description Dialogue Notes
Cygnus HammerSTHA.png
Cygnus Mallet Can warp space and time Whoa! A black hole has appeared! When used out of battle the game seems to act as if you're about to use it before giving the standard "nothing happened" response. The next two items also give similar responses. Item is functional, using it instakills enemies.
Giant BombSTHA.png
Giant Bomb Damages all with a gigantic blast Whoa! A giant bomb was dropped! Deals massive damage (roughly 595 to the weakest enemies).
Shark FinSTHA.png
Shark Fins It summons a giant shark Whoa! An ocean has formed! Functions similar to Giant Bomb.
Treasure ChestSTHA.png
Treasure Box It can acquire a tool None Attempting to use it acts like any normal consumable, but no effect is applied. Also called TreasureBox in battle.
Blaze Dagger None It seems the item list was cut down during development. The name is drawn from the first spell slot, but the description is clearly not.

Unused Text

  • Summons
Whoa! A giant leg has appeared!
Whoa! A giant leg has appeared!
Whoa! A giant mushroom grew!
Whoa! A black hole has appeared!
Whoa! A giant bomb was dropped!
Suddenly, a virtua fighter jumped in!
Whoa! A giant palm appeared!
Whoa! An ocean has formed!
Whoa! The {0E}{03}{15}has appeared!
Whoa! Before {0A}{03}a chest full of tools appeared!
Wow! An evil witch has appeared!
Wow! {10} gold coin{18}{03}appeared out of nowhere!
Wow! A flock of sheep has appeared!
Wow! Angels have appeared!
Wow! A blacksmith has appeared!
Wow! An old joker has appeared!

It seems more items like the Pixie Bell were planned. The 4th, 5th and 8th lines are used by the unused Cygnus Hammer, Giant Bomb and Shark Fin, and the 10th may have been intended for the Treasure Box item based on its description. It is unknown what the control codes refer to.