Samurai Warriors spin-off headed for US Wii

[UPDATE] Koei confirms Samurai Warriors spin-off Sengoku Musou Wave will be headed to US, final name not official.

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Swordfighting with the Wii Remote holds a natural appeal, if the sales of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Red Steel on the system are any indication. Now US gamers done with those hits and yearning for additional slicing and dicing have more to look forward to than Cooking Mama. A Koei representative today confirmed for GameSpot that the latest installment in the company's Samurai Warriors line of games will be released in the US.

Introduced at Nintendo's 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo kickoff conference as Sengoku Action and later dubbed Sengoku Musou Wave, the game will have a more Western moniker when it debuts in the US as Samurai Slash. Few details are known, but the game is played from a first-person perspective and lets players use the Wii Remote to take out rushing opponents with projectile and melee attacks.

The game is scheduled for release later this year.

[UPDATE] After the publication of this story, a Koei representative contacted GameSpot to confirm that the game is coming to North America, but stressed that the "Samurai Slash" name has not been made official.

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