Japanese Xbox 360 street racer speeds to market

Shutokou Battle X crashes into retail on July 27 in Japan--no word yet on US release.

Japanese game developer Genki has announced the launch date and pricing for its Xbox 360 racer Shutokou Battle X. First unveiled at the 2005 Tokyo Game Show, the game goes to shelves in Japan on July 27 for 7,140 yen ($63). Genki has not yet announced any US release plans for Shutokou Battle X.

This game is the latest installment of a long-running franchise that's known in the US as Tokyo Xtreme Racer. Over the series' life span, it has burned rubber on everything from the Super NES up to the PSP, but the Xbox 360 is the only next-gen console for which it's currently announced. Genki has said that the game will feature extensive car-customization capabilities, and if the series' gameplay stays true to past form, drifting will play a big role in the racing. Unfortunately, the game only supports a maximum of two players for head-to-head racing.

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17 comments
Darksyde294
Darksyde294

This better make it to the states.. Or I'll have to find a way to import it..

jose186
jose186

hopefully this game comes to the us

Bishamon_tenno
Bishamon_tenno

I love this series! I really hope it gets released over here.

XAF1
XAF1

Yes, It would be neat to see how it does on the 360. I own Tokyo Extreme 1 for the Dreamcast aswell and it was a pretty okay game. Actually some of the Midnight Club games have used it's idea of headlight tagging opponents from behind. Tokyo Extreme was the first time I ever saw this concept used in a race game in the U.S. I've seen the Tokyo Extreme games on the PS2 but bypassed them. I liked the games on the Dreamcast better. Also the graphics seemed more solid in the Dreamcast versions. I think that the game would do okay on the 360 if it doesn't get lost amongst all the other racers coming out for the system. I will probably buy it as a tribute to my Dreamcast---a system that was loved by millions and defeated by its makers and an industry not yet ready to believe in it. MS is as close to Sega---without the main flaws of not believing in its self or the 360--that I will get. Now if only MS could talk Sega into doing a Virtua Fighter Megamix ---the original was on the Sega Saturn---for the 360. That would be a big seller for Sega aswell as something great for the 360.

rbarahona
rbarahona

The XBox 360 is getting a lot of support from Japanese developers. Let's see if this kind of support can turn the luck of the XBox brand in Japan.

lordliubei
lordliubei

When was there a tokyo xtreme game on SNES?

korn18m
korn18m

Wow, only 2 player support? That's horrible.

donscrillinger
donscrillinger

great game cant wait to see what they do woth it on the 360

TW_Darkmaster
TW_Darkmaster

umm i don't vaguely ever remember shutoukou ever coming out on the PS2 videogamevet, but then again i've only played it on Dreamcast

videogamevet
videogamevet

One of the worst games on the Playstation 2 comes to the 360, wow! I wouldn't spend a dime buying this "Street Fighter in car clothing".

thekey
thekey

I'll get it. If it comes to the US.

Mantis_248th
Mantis_248th

This is got me stoked. Its the the OG of the street racer secne and I for one like to see it storm back!

peon123
peon123

ill definitely buy it

swanlord
swanlord

this is an excellent game on the dreamcast when it came out I was hooked on it solid....hope it comes out for the 360!!!

MaChaorules
MaChaorules

how much can this realy impact japanese 360 sales? maybe 10% at the most if ppl are that excited but i haven't even heard of it

weazel1838
weazel1838

that sounds great, maybe the 360 could actually sell some units in asia. hopefully we will get this soon