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FIST OF NORTH STAR Game Gets Bloodier

Overseas trips make Musou more violent.

 There will be blood...
 There will be blood...

I’ve heard of plenty of games’ blood ‘n gore getting toned down when they’ve shipped overseas, but I’ve never heard of one ratcheting its violence quotient up for such an exchange. That’s the case with the new FIST OF THE NORTH STAR MUSOU, though, according to its producer Hisashi Koinuma. What that will exactly (pun intended) translate to is still in question, of course.  Are we talking more sanguine spray? More caved-in faces? Perhaps some disemboweling? The possibilities are as numerous as bones in the body, I suppose. The trailer we saw had plenty of punching and hurt-infliction, already, but not a lot in the way of cut flesh.

Aside from that, the only others bits of news regarding this knuckledusting game concern downloadable content.   Recently, for 300 yen, Japanese players could download Kenshiro’s original manga outfit, and that’s only the start of a series of possible downloads, including several challenge missions. Prospects of a sequel are being reserved until Koei sees how the game does but it seems like it should be given already, considering that game's already sold 500,000 copies.

 Hit all of these, at once.
 Hit all of these, at once.

Perhaps a little tangentially, I’ll mention that I got the chance to play another FIST OF THE NORTH STAR game recently at an old school arcade. This was one was a punching game where the object was the simulate the machinegun barrage of fists that Kenshiro is wont to unleash.  Basically it was a fighting game with six pads you’d have to sock when the machine told you to. Perhaps it wasn’t as FLASHY as this new one, but it still was a lot of fun, even after 15-odd-years, and a hell of a work-out. There’s no way you’re playing that thing and not cracking a sweat.

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia.   Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on

Justiceon March 29, 2010 at 4:25 p.m.
Awesome I might get a japanese PS3 for this!
HeeroYuyon March 29, 2010 at 11:18 p.m.
Ah, Punch Mania, fun times... fuuuun times....
Oglaphoneon March 30, 2010 at 11:36 a.m.
Fighting/Punchmania really is a wonderful game. Like a cross between whack a mole and one of those super blast man punch games, with Fist of the North Star's outlandish presentation to wrap it up.
Boddingtonon March 30, 2010 at 4:56 p.m.
I absolutely adore Koei beat-'em ups, like the Dynasty Warriors series, so this is really up there on my list of games to play at 3am in my underwear with a beer resting on my gut. I'm so going to play an amoral Jagi and shotgun people's faces.
PrettyCoolGuyon May 13, 2010 at 3:50 p.m.
@Justice: you shouldn't need a Japanese PS3 because, if I'm not mistaken, Blu-ray is region free.

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