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Hokuto Musō
Hokuto musou PS3jp.jpg
Official PS3 Version Boxart
Developer(s) Koei
Publisher(s) Koei
Producer(s) Hisashi Koinuma
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s) JapanMarch 25, 2010
European UnionSummer 2010[1]
Genre(s) Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: D

Hokuto Musō (北斗無双 North Star Warriors?) is a beat em up game created by Koei based on the Fist of The North Star Franchise. It was originally announced as a "mystery title" during the 2009 Tokyo Game Show as its story and characters are based on the famous Japanese comic and anime series. Hisashi Koinuma, producer of the Samurai Warriors series says that the staff aims to create a "new realistic feel" for the Fist of the North Star series while still being faithful to the original's roots. Tetsuo Hara and Yoshiyuki Okamura, the illustrator and writer of the original comic, has expressed their support and enthusiasm for the title. The game will be released in Japan on March 25, 2010 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360[2] and considered as an official side spinoff to Koei's Warrior series.



An adaptation of the venerable Fist Of The North Star franchise, Hokuto Musō is a game in the vein of Koei's other Warriors games, but has a much deeper emphasis on storyline. It follows the first and most well known half of the FOTNS saga, starting with Kenshiro's quest to rescue his lover Yuria from Shin, his best friend turned rival, up to the series' conclusion with Kenshiro facing his brother Raoh. It covers all the important storylines featured in the saga, including those of the Nanto Roku Seiken and Kenshiro's fellow Hokuto Shinken practitioners: Raoh, Toki and Jagi.

The basic controls and mission system are the same as most Warriors titles, but this game is different by borrowing more elements from the action adventure genre. While a K.O count is still present, enemies don't necessarily swarm the players and appear in certain sections within an area. Characters can also grab opponents, climb walls, or pick and throw items with the R2 trigger (PS3). They may also need to destroy objects to clear alternative paths through an area. When facing greater opponents or bosses of an area, players maybe forced into a one-on-one match with them.

Tapping the Circle (PS3) lets players use their character's various techniques from the comic. These deadly techniques (or ougi) act as the character's type of "musou" in this game, allowing limited invincibility and massively damaging a target. When a technique is used, the game will momentarily freeze the action on the field until the move is completed. The nature of implementing a technique varies on the character. For instance, Kenshiro's blows are straight forward and focus on precise one hit strikes. However, Rei's moves requires players to be aware of timing. During the execution of each of his techniques, players are asked to tap Triangle (PS3) at select moments in order to complete the move successfully. Enemies are killed in a similar manner as the original comic, including blood and exploding bodies.

Characters are allowed to have multiple techniques at once and they can be rotated by tapping the R1 trigger (PS3). There are several new techniques for characters that were made solely for this game. Characters can also perform, Touki Kakusei, which momentarily increases the powers of their characters by sacrificing the "musou" gauge. It can be activated by tapping the L2 trigger (PS3). Players can also taunt in the game with their characters.

Similar to the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam titles, the game features a story mode that faithfully follows the comic (Legendary Mode) and an original story that borrows elements from the series (Illusionary Match Mode). So far, the official mode has only announced that it will follow Kenshiro's beginnings until he faces Raoh for the right of successor.


Voice actors in parenthesis.

Downloadable Content

Upon release of the game, Koei plans for special downloadable content for the game, including additional costumes and Characters. Upon the pre-order of the game can gain access to download Kenshiro's original costume from the Manga and the Anime.[3]


The game comes in four different variations; a standalone copy of the game, the pre-order version, the First print edition and the treasure box edition. The first print edition comes with the access to download download Kenshiro's original costume and the pre-order version comes with the Metal Card Case. The treasure box edition includes the character voice Alarm Clock, an original soundtrack CD and a book with strategies and artwork.

Theme Song

Female Jpop artist Nana Tanimura will be performing two theme songs for the game, "FAR AWAY" and "Believe You", performed during the October 14, 2009 press event. Used during promotional videos and will be used during the game. Tanimura dresses up as the game versions of Yuria and Mamiya while performing these songs in live Koei sponsored events. The single, titled "FAR AWAY/Believe you", which contains both songs, will be released on March 24, 2010.

The first opening song of the Fist of the North Star anime, "Ai wo Torimodose!!", can also be heard in the game as background music. It will be given a special rock arrangement for the game and will play during important events.


Pokka Coffee was performing a collaboration event with Fist of the North Star in which they had specially printed cans on their products. These same drinks were present during the March 3rd Premium play test for Hokuto Musou.


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