This card follows the same theme as "Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon", as they are an advanced, metallic-looking, armless version of their original counterparts, have the same original ATK and DEF, are 2 Levels higher than their original counterparts, and gain 300 ATK for each Dragon-Type monster in the owner's Graveyard. The main difference being that while "Red-Eyes Darkness" only requires its original counterpart as a Tribute and has no further effects, this card requires the fused form of "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon", as a Tribute and has the rather unique effect of allowing the controller to choose which effects can affect it.
In the TCG, "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" was released in August 2004, before "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon", which was released in January 2006; until then, "Blue-Eyes Shining" was unplayable, even though it was legal for tournament use.
Also like "Sorcerer of Dark Magic", this card has an additional effect in the movie which it lacks in the TCG/OCG.
This is one of the harder monsters to Summon due to the fact that three copies of "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" is needed to create the "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" needed to Summon this card, unless the user uses cards such as "Future Fusion", "Dragon's Mirror" or a Fusion Substitute Monster.
Ironically, if no other Dragon-Types were in the Graveyard besides the ones needed to Summon it, this monster would start with lesser ATK than its required Tribute (3 "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" + 1 "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" = 3000 + (4 x 300) = 4200 ATK, less ATK than "Blue-Eyes Ultimate" whose ATK is 4500).
Despite being called "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon", the original color of this monster's eyes was yellow.
This monster and "Cyber End Dragon" have similar blue orbs on their wings and chests.