Hokuto Musou Has An Original Story And Exploding Bodies (Update: Screenshots)

By Spencer . October 13, 2009 . 9:00pm

image Koei USA shined some light about Hokuto Musou (Fist of the North Star Musou) and summarized the press conference.


You already know the game exists so we’ll skip over that. Hokuto Musou follows Kenshiro, the only master of the Hokuto Shinken, on his journey to find Yuria. Story mode follows the manga and Kenshiro’s path to Raoh . Another mode will have a brand new storyline, which Koei is keeping under wraps.


Hisashi Koinuma, the producer of Hokuto Musou and Samurai Warriors Katana, promises to keep the spirit of the series in the game. Naturally, that means ultra violence. In the game you can channel Kenshiro’s energy and unleash a blow that makes an enemy explode on screen. Kenshiro’s signature rapid punch attack is in the game too which crushes organs and causes instant death.


Hokuto Musou is scheduled to come out in Japan next year on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Concrete plans for an international release have not been announced, but since Koei USA sent us details it seems like they’re gearing up for one. Fist of the North Star Warriors?


Stills from Hokuto Musou’s opening

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Gameplay screens

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  • EvilAkito

    It’s quite a dilemma. I love Fist of the North Star but can’t stand Dynasty Warriors. I have a feeling that I’ll end up breaking down and buying it even though it’s not my type of game.

    • cowcow

      I would have rather had Capcom use Clover to develop it (Godhand), but we’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out. Koei’s other new game: Trinity Zill O’ll, an action RPG for PS3 isn’t looking that bad so maybe they’ve improved things

  • fuzaku2

    >Fist of the North Star Warriors?

    You forgot about Gundam Musou, which wasn’t called “Gundam Warriors” either. So they may just as well call it “Dynasty Warriors: Fist of the North Star”. Or actually that’s even more likely, since the Gundam ones were spin-offs set in fully fictional universes spawned from a popular/classic anime franchise, too. However, since they broke the convention with the Gundam ones, they might as well think off a third way to call Musou games, but I bet marketing idiots will push it into something that makes it very clear even to shelf-shopping “casual gamers” that it is yet another game in the official (koei) “Dynasty Warriors” dynasty.

  • Hello_Hello

    I think they should just give it a nice short, clean name like “North Star Warriors”.

  • eliel

    cool im gona w8 for the demo…

  • thaKingRocka

    i still haven’t seen a game of this license better than black belt for the sega master system, and that one had the license removed.

    • thaKingRocka! I totall called your avatar on the last article for Fist of the North Star a few days ago. =) I use to play that game all the time when I was in NY as a youngster.

      • thaKingRocka

        good call! i still live in NY and this remains the go-to game on the SMS emulator. funny story about the SMS – i think we were in kindergarten or first grade when my friend got his SMS. the card games used to have a name label on the back. i don’t remember if the carts had this. another friend thought that he was supposed to write the name of the game he wanted to play there, and the game would magically change. on my friend’s copy of teddy boy, he wrote “black belt.” you can’t make this stuff up, man.

        edit: just found a nice speed run

        • Hahaha, that’s an amusing story indeed. Yeah, I had the luck of having an older brother, so the year SMS came out I remember that fall/winter time, sneaking into their rooms and playing the heck out of the game when I was about 5! I use to get wrecked so bad by bosses. I break out the controllers every once-in-a-while to play with those little joystick-dpads!

          • thaKingRocka

            i remember trying those little nubs, and they beat the hell out of my thumbs. i never used them again.

  • First 6 pictures look amazing

  • Icon

    I’ve never been more interested in a ‘Musou’ type game. Couldn’t care less for the Dynasty Warrior games, but this one looks super.

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