Square Enix Announces First iPad Game (It’s Shogi)

By Spencer . April 2, 2010 . 11:17am

image Square Enix, one of the biggest Japanese publishers to back the iPhone, is also working with the iPad. In fact, they just announced their first iPad title, Morita Shogi HD.


As the name suggests, it’s a shogi or Japanese chess game that uses the Morita Logic engine for artificial intelligence. Taito updated their iPhone title for the iPad with sharper graphics (for the pieces?), multi-touch controls, and speedier move selection for the computer.


“With iPad’s gorgeous screen, Morita Shogi HD App is the closest you can come to a genuine Japanese chess match without actually breaking out a real shogi board and tiles,” said Taito’s senior producer Akihiro Nara.


OK, a high(er?) definition version of Shogi isn’t that amazing, but seeing Square Enix jump on the iPad bandwagon is notable. Perhaps, we’ll see a HD version of Chaos Rings, their love and hate themed RPG developed by Media Version.

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  • shion16

    i dont know how to play shogi
    Its like chess??

    • Aoshi00

      Kind of, but the pawns you captured can be used against your opponent. I haven’t really looked into Shougi. I was very interested in Go (Igo / Weiqi) several years back because of “Hikaru no Go”, now that’s a complicated game..

      Since iPod/iPhone is all the rage these days w/ games, and the iPad launch has been quite positive, there’s really a lot of possibilities w/ this for games..

  • Swear to god if this is released in America I am gonna gut Sega ASAP over their “Does not Resonate” B.S.

    • This is being released in America. It’s $3.99 in the iPhone app store.

  • holyPaladin

    Hmm I want to learn shogi sometimes

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