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.

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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116 comments
AFWorm
AFWorm

I hope it's better than Red steel!

Newsboy
Newsboy

Whatever they name it I'll be getting a copy.

whiplash
whiplash

This series has always been about boring button-mashing... I guess on the Wii it'll be a "wave-it-like-you-just-don't-care" game

majestikk
majestikk

I'll wait to see if it gets good reviews before trying it. I keep on reading about a Star Wars game for the Wii. Using Lightsabers? Damn that would be cool. I can just imagine me waving the "Wiimote" around stylishly, hearing the electronic wave "whooshing" sound the lightsabers make as they are being wielded, all in the privacy of my locked room.

LoWpS
LoWpS

its prob gonna be a disappointment, just like red steel... we need a star wars game. come on, lucasarts!

Eclipse_ShinRa
Eclipse_ShinRa

Going on my wish list. I love Koei, DW and SW, I think there just fun to play. I can't wait to try this one out..

madgamer2000
madgamer2000

for some reason that screen shot reminds me of crossed swords for the old neogeo.

vaejas
vaejas

I've already rigged up two wrist straps like a bow string, now to test!!! :D (Don't try this at home kids, I need a new TV anyway...)

mgall80
mgall80

hope it controls more like Elebits and less like Red Steel. Could be cool.

_Zodiac_
_Zodiac_

Samurai Slash? I wish I could give it the most original game title ever award, but its tied between it and Gun right now in the shear linguistic creativity department.

KuroriKenshin
KuroriKenshin

still waiting on that Lightsaber game from Lucasarts

Jah_Glow
Jah_Glow

I'm hoping they've learned from Red Steel's mistakes.

Berfomek_666
Berfomek_666

The sword fight from red steel was'nt all that bad, I mean it really depends on how much you get into the game. This game should be even better so i'm expecting something rather good

ChitoKiryoku
ChitoKiryoku

I guess this means people have learned from Red Steel and will release something better, or at least I hope so... Don't get me wrong, this sounds great and I am probably gonna get it

Doesetsu
Doesetsu

This game has been available to play in arcades around the world for a long time. It is a large ammount of fun! Looking forward to this!

axillia
axillia

Hopefully it's not just a hack 'n slash game like all of their other ones.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

this is a darn good idea! I can't wait to be Ranmaru and slash away with my HUGE sword

Legacyoftain
Legacyoftain

Sounds very promising I hope it turns out well..

Tubatic
Tubatic

The awesomethign about this is that Koei prides itself on maintaining some level fo historical accuracy. OK OK one guy doing a super hurricane magic slash on hundreds of on screen chinese invaders isn't realistic. Granted. But as Koei's first First Person game, and a sword fighting focused game, I'm hoping they take that extra step and put some really tight motion sense logic into the swordplay

makemeweak
makemeweak

Sounds interesting - I really hope they pull it off and open up the sword-fighting genre on the Wii a bit more.

diablobasher
diablobasher

As long as the swordfighting aspect is better and more fun than Zelda's was im all in. This one looks really good to be fair though, Zelda's swordfighting was just.... Well, not 'bad' as such, just... normal, which isn't what you want for something with as much potential as the wii remote.

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

When are we gonna see Bleach?!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

lets hope it has sick fighting engine

player_leo
player_leo

I love Koei games, but I don't know about the whole FPS / Slasher.... I'd like to play Dynasty Warrior with the Wii-mote... That'd be cool

u8nogard
u8nogard

I'm going to see what the results of the development create before I give my two cents. The idea behind it catches my interest, but will the final result really become appealing. Just as 'cesare' states "Sceptical but hopeful".

Cloud737
Cloud737

Heh, sounds like a great idea! Although I love the Sengoku Musou Wave name more than Samurai Slash, but names aren`t important in the end.

centuryslayer
centuryslayer

doesn't look to great; I would have prefered if it played more like Die by the sword or something ^__^ still I'm a huge DW & SW fan so I hope it turns out good :)

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

cool.... hopefully it plays better than red steel...

cesare
cesare

Skeptical but hopeful!

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Looks great! I'll buy it at launch.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

This is what people have been looking forward to ever since the Wii-mote was unveiled...assuming this game turns out to be any good, at least.

SugarDaddie
SugarDaddie

The sword fighting better be better than Red steel's! I don't want to see any of that one blade for blocking and one for attack bollocks. It needs to be waaaay more realistic than RS was. That game was such a huge let down.

Icekxg
Icekxg

As much as I love Fuedal Japan, this game looks like crap. Can you say Samurai Warriors with constant swinging/no skill with added bonus of PS1 graphics?

palomaydarla
palomaydarla

i hope is good... i don't have a wii yet but i'm waiting until the prices lower a little bit....

hisup123
hisup123

Man this game will be good.

Wolverine77
Wolverine77

chances of success for this game = 35% great 50% horrible 15% mediocre

PixyMisao
PixyMisao

The Koei series needs all the innovation it can get. Funny how Japanese players always yearn for innovation unless it has anything to do with Dragon Quest, Pokemon, or the Dynasty series.

Merl57
Merl57

this could be awesome

Merl57
Merl57

this good be awesome

Poison_Me_Rum
Poison_Me_Rum

Now all we need to do is wait for all the information, screenshots and movies to come rolling in. :)

KingofTrolls
KingofTrolls

Red Steel was all hype after i bought it I was kinda disapointed with it. The sword fighting is nothing what i expected.

Dreski83
Dreski83

As long as Nintendo continues to encourage any developer willing to try something old in a new way, this could lead to great things. Sports, combat, adventure, puzzle solvers, heck even pitfall remade on the Wii can be gold... they just have to keep pushing this new gizmo rather than putting tons of faith on Nintendo classics remade on the Wii.

rodimus_prime85
rodimus_prime85

.....All you Bleach/Anime fan_boi's need to wake up and get a GF. Hell, your local hooker might have a january sale... Just get laid. Anyway, anything with swords on the Wii is going to get my attention. Especially if it's Samurai sword action. Is it going to be first person though? I think third person would be easier to control... Like Zelda's easier then Red Steel. A game similiar to Dynasty Warrior's with the wii remote would be awesome.

ftjx
ftjx

just took a look on the series on the ps2, looks about right for the Wii......

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

I still want Bleach for the Wii. Just so I can yell; "BAN..KAI."