AKB48 + Me And Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 2nd To Hit Nintendo eShop In Japan

By Ishaan . October 12, 2012 . 8:30am

In the west, Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion is the first third-party Nintendo 3DS title that will be available both at retail and on the Nintendo eShop. In Japan, that honour goes to AKB48+Me and Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 2nd.


Both games will be available as Nintendo eShop downloads on October 25th, according to two separate Inside Games reports. AKB48+Me will see its retail release on that same day, but Chronicles 2nd is already available at retail as of September 13th.


In the case of Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 2nd, Inside Games say the eShop version will take up 1,800MB (1.75GB) of space. Interestingly, Tecmo Koei are pricing the eShop version of the game slightly cheaper than the retail version. The retail version costs 6,090 yen but the eShop version will cost 5,400 yen.


This marks the first retail game that’s available for a cheaper price on the Nintendo eShop than at retail. All of Nintendo’s own first-party titles are priced identically, regardless of where you buy them.


Additionally, a version 1.1 update for Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 2nd will be released on October 16th, and will make a few bug fixes as well as add a new easier difficulty mode to the game.

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  • Kevadu

    Somehow when I first read the title of the article I thought that “AKB48+Me and Samurai Warriors” was the title of a single game.  Which would have been awesome, you know.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Don’t give me the idea here.T_T Now i can’t stop imagine about AKB Musou lol.^_^

  • Budgiecat

    Sony needs to do this as well for PSN

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Ohh, it seems that with this, it shows that other game developers are given the freedom to actually price the game as they like there.^_^

    This will surely increase the number of people getting the game there.^_^

  • ronin4life

    I heard ak…. whatever has a thing where buying the retail version nets you the download version for free.

    is this true?

    • No, I haven’t seen this news anywhere. If such a thing were to happen, it would be all over the Japanese news space and the publisher would be making a very big deal out of it, too. Where did you hear this, just out of curiosity?

  • Christopher Nunes

    How well did Samurai Chronicles 2nd sell? Any chance we’ll see the sequel in the US considering the first one was released in the US?

    • It sold okay for something that was basically a remixed expansion of sorts to the first game. We’ll likely never see it come overseas, though.


      The funny thing is, I remember a blog post from the producer commenting on the amount of budget and effort that needs to be put into even portable games these days for them to do well. I thought that was amusing.

      • Christopher Nunes

        I see, but you never know… they might release it overseas! And I look forward to it! ^_^

  • My daughter is dreaming of that AKB48 game.  Not only can she dress idols and watch them dance, she can be one of them, dress up her Mii, play jon ken pon, musical chairs, and the other things.  It’s a 5 yr old who watches AKB48 on tv’s dream of what life should be.

    Any hope i had of not spending the $70 on that died when she saw the trailer.

  • sd28

    so basically first party software is full retail pricing and 3rd party is what ever they want .

  • Göran Isacson

    Read the headline while tired. Titles merged together and I thought, for one glorious moments, that there was a game in which AKB48 either crossed over wtih Samurai Warriors, or got a game where they go around and mow down enemies by the hundreds.

    Was kind of dissapointed in reality once I was done daydreaming.

    • syrup16g

      I had the exact same thoughts, really disappointing this collab isn’t real.

      • Göran Isacson

        We’ll just have to hope that someone, somewhere out there in the videogame industry shares our thoughts and can one day help make it a reality, man. One day…

  • CirnoLakes

    When I first read the titled, I thought it was saying there was a AKB48 and Samurai Warriors crossover game.

    Now that would be…. interesting. Awesome, in fact, if done right.

    I see I’m not the only one, either.

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