Sakura Wars Brings The Wild West To PS2 And Wii

By Spencer . May 7, 2009 . 8:59pm

imageNIS America will release the first Sakura Wars (Sakura Taisen) game in North America this fall. You may know the PS2 game by the name Sakura Taisen V. The surprise is NIS America also commissioned a Wii port.


We’re still waiting to hear if the Wii version has any enhancements or extra features not found in the PS2 version. Otherwise Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love is a mecha strategy RPG with branching paths. You decide how the story turns out by picking conversation choices. In case you haven’t seen before this is the opening movie from the Japanese PS2 build.


  • CleruTesh

    Yet another reason I need to force myself to start liking SRPGs. That video was awesome!

  • koop

    finally sakura taisen after years of waiting!!!

    This game is consider a classic in japan, now is coming to america!
    Man, I’m so happy!

  • TurkeyPotPie

    Wish it was any other game in the series except 5. Well, except 4 as well. Sakura Taisen 1-3 were great games, but the series’ quality starting falling with 4.

  • soopykun

    this news made me cry manly tears

    however, i’m still trying to figure out how you would utilize the wiimote for a dating sim/strategy game (a “tactical dating game”..haha) ; might be able to use it with sakura taisen v: episode 0, but that was released as a seperate game

    also want to know what they’re going to do about the voice acting; are they keeping the full japanese, or doing one of those hybrid things like with Ar Tonelico? the singing and voice acting are generally some of the strongest points of the ST games…so i’m hoping they have an option where the japanese is kept intact

    regardless, i’ll probably buy both versions anyway :3

    • lostinblue

      what they did with ar tonelico was a trainwreck. They didn’t even leave the full japanese voice-overs in and stuff. let’s hope they do it properly this time.

      As for Wii controls why not? I’m surprised developers are still not jumping into it; leave the classic control options in and then drop in point and click options… can’t go wrong; similar to how DS is with s-rpg’s now. (on the beggining it was hideous and people wondered if it could be done properly… and it could)

      It’s time to get past the theory and do it… But not with… 2004/5 games :/

  • W…what the hell did I just watch? There was dancing and mechs and a giant pink lip…

    • lostinblue

      …and Fujishima crappy character design going on.

      I think I’m gonna have nightmares.

    • CleruTesh

      You say that as if it were a bad thing.

  • Schaden

    Really, ST5…? The rumor of a US Sakura Taisen game crossed my ears’ sometime ago and I figured either 5 or the PS 2 remake of the first game, which what I thought would have been the better choice. It’s not that five was a bad game, it’s was enjoyable enough. Rather it’s just that the characters were so, well, lackluster.

    Regardless, this is a start and hopefully a good one. .

  • lostinblue

    what are we? a greatest hits platform? god dammit nippon ichi, first phantom brave and now this? how about some new games? jeez.

    the ports would be excusable if at least there were new games, like you’re delivering everywhere else, wtf.

  • pressstart

    Finally! If there are any differences between the Wii and PS2 versions, I’ll be getting them both! Unfortunately, I haven’t touched any of the STs on the PS2, besides testing to make sure that it worked on my PS2. The Dreamcast ones were great, even if I didn’t understand much of it, if at all (1-4 + HTC2).

  • I always wanted to play this series. :X
    Well now I have no excuse.

    In the meantime I hope it sells well enough to warrant more of them coming.

  • Reluctant Hero

    Wow, this is awesome news. I never thought I’d a Sakura Wars game get an English localization!

  • Hello Hello

    I’ve lost a lot of faith in NIS America after the disrespect they showed to Ar tonelico II. If they can’t be bothered to do a full dub track, and actually check their localization for errors, I’m going to skip this over.

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