Why Shin Sangoku Musou 7 Is “Dynasty Warriors 8” In The West

By Ishaan . November 4, 2012 . 1:30pm

When Dynasty Warriors 8—or Shin Sangoku Musou 7 as it is known in Japan—was recently announced via Jump magazine, there was a little confusion (this happens every time) among our readers as to why we’re one number ahead in the west. For the folks that still don’t know the reason, here’s a quick explanation.



Back in 1997, Koei published a game called Sangoku Musou—without the “Shin”—for the original PlayStation. This was a one-on-one weapon-based fighting game featuring feudal warlords, and was localized in the west as “Dynasty Warriors”. You can watch a video above, courtesy of Gamer Walkthroughs.


When Koei eventually released Shin Sangoku Musou in Japan, they left its fighting roots behind and adopted the hack-and-slash style the series is known for today. However, instead of being a new series in the west like it was in Japan, this game was localized as Dynasty Warriors 2, instead of New Dynasty Warriors or something along those lines to reflect the “Shin” part of the title.

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  • omeganeko

    I had a demo for dynasty warrior. I found it so hard when I played it lol.

    • PoweredByHentai

      I found playing the Shu generals to be a lot easier than the other factions’ generals.  That was with both the fighting game and the subsequent hack-and-slash games.

      • omeganeko

        That’s cool, I really like playing as Wei. Xiahou Dun and cao cao are some of my favorite.

  • Well, that’ll make things easier, at last until the next DW game.

  • PoweredByHentai

    I totally remembered playing Dynasty Warriors, the fighting game.

    People didn’t believe me when I told them about the fighting game so f- them.

  • Yeah I knew about the fighting game, considering I was looking for where ‘DW1’ was back then.  I should hunt down this game.

    They should make another.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Ah very interesting. I’m not into DW but I’ve noticed this too. Awesome article.

  • is it the same with orochi warriors 3 (musou orochi 2)?

    •  Yes, Orochi 2 is titled Musou Orochi: Maou Sairin in Japan.

      • Learii

        and how about musou orochi 1  doesn’t that mean they  get two  musou orochi 2?

        • No, the Orochi sub-series went like this:

          Musou Orochi
          Musou Orochi: Maou Sairin (expansion to previous release)
          Musou Orochi Z (1 + expansion, upgraded for PS3)
          Musou Orochi 2 (actual sequel)

          • Learii

            what the first two was?

  • Elvick

    Never knew that. You learn something every day!

  • JMK

    The “Shin” in Shin Sangoku Musou actually stands for “True”, not new [/pedantic]

    • LynxAmali

      It really depends on the context the word’s used in.
      You’re right in that it does mean True.

      In some cases (although very, very rare) it can actually mean both meanings.

      “Shin’ is a very awkward word in that they are multiple meanings. It was one of the words I had trouble differentiating when I took my Japanese lessons.

      • Both the words 真 and 新 is pronounced as “Shin”.真= True and 新= New lol

        • Tianyu Wei

           they have completely different kanji… their on’yomi (sound/chinese reading) is the same, but their Kun’yomi (practiced/Japanese reading) is different. The shin for true’s Japnese reading is actually makoto, and shin for new is atarashi.

          3.1 On’yomi (Chinese reading)3.2 Kun’yomi (Japanese reading)

    • Hidayat246

      every languange always have one word with different meaning

      example :
      Shin Kamen Rider Den-O meaning “New” not “True”

  • Samurai_Heart

    At least the rest of the series like Samurai Warriors and Gundam are correctly numbered XD.

    • Hidayat246

       I never know gundam have “numbered” sequel ???? lol

      • The Dynasty Warrior Gundam games. 1-3.

        • Hidayat246

          ahhh…… <,< why i forget about that?????

  • Learii

    whythe tittle have to change in the west why can’t just stay Sangoku Musou

    • Because no one knows (or cares) what a “Sangoku Musou” is.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I thought everyone know that news? And looking the old Dynasty Warrior fighting game on PS1 makes me gigle lol.^_^ Ahh how old i am now.T_T

  • Gigawings

    And knowing is half the battle! 

    And the other half is running to the battlefield with your spear/sword/any object that can hurt people and slaughtering thousands.

  • DurableTomb

    *Shooting Star* The more you know.

  • Chrystofax

    I’ve known that for awhile now because I did get a chance to play fighting game once. I don’t remeber it very well tho

  • Göran Isacson

    I actually own this game! Found it in a bargain sale long ago, and… didn’t really proceed to play it THAT much, so I can’t say if it was any good, but I don’t have any strong memories of it.

  • eilegz

    the same with warriors orochi 3 and its 2 in japan…. we are so far advanced than japanese industry Kappa even version numbers western its highly advanced #sarcasm

  • Needs an HD remake. Or maybe a Warriors Orochi version.

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