Sega Says Virtual-On And Virtua Striker Are Japan Only

By Spencer . January 30, 2013 . 12:02pm

While we got Fighting Vipers and Virtua Fighter 2, Cyber Troopers Virtual-On and Virtua Striker are Japan only. The Virtual-On team says Sega has no plans to release the two upcoming arcade games outside of Japan. The decision is odd since Sega brought Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram over and the Xbox 360 Virtual-On games are region free.


You should be able to download both games with a handy Japanese PlayStation Network and a 800 yen ($8.80) of PlayStation Network credit or 400 Japan-region Microsoft points. Cyber Troopers Virtual-On and Virtua Striker will be released on February 13.


Cyber Troopers Virtual-On

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Virtua Striker 

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  • Kuronoa

    Aww c’mon why would they do this?

    • PersonaSpace

      Because Sega is one of the worst companies when it comes to releasing outside of Japan.

      • Kuronoa

        Not gonna debate that,
        but if they want to push for digital release you think they wouldn’t consider low price titles a risk.

        I’m hoping it is just temporary “no plans cause it isn’t released yet” kind of thing, unless model 2 collection flopped in US but that is hard to justify due to different genres involved.

  • Andrew A


  • raylancer

    I want some Virtual On love on the Vita.

  • GO! GO! ED

    Awww hell no, I was looking forward to these.

  • Ed Powell

    I refuse to believe this is going to stick. It’s pretty damn obvious that any profits made by an XBLA Virtual-On are going to be made by the 360 install base *outside Japan*.
    Yes I’m bitter at the moment, and no I really don’t expect this to remain a JPN exclusive. It makes absolutely no sense business wise.

    • neo_firenze

      I’m not sure I agree that the lion’s share of the profits would be from outside of Japan. Virtual On is very much a small cult hit in the West, and they probably looked at VO:OT XBLA sales (of which I assume non-Japanese sales were pretty low). In Japan, while 360 is not a system that the mainstream audience cares about, the niche market that buys stuff like shooters and arcade games DOES support the system. They probably have a sense of sales potential too, after VO:OT and then the Japan only 360 retail release of Virtual On 4 Force.

      Still, an XBLA release not being worldwide is quite rare, and you’d have to think that given the minimal localization required, even a small amount of western sales would be profitable. Head scratching decision.

  • Ryusui


  • Ceci Kiyomizu

    Why must you crush my heart Sega?

  • SilvaStarRippa

    Sega Japan shits on overseas fans once again. Nothing new. Move along folks.

  • Jason Naglic

    D’oh! >.<

    Well yeah region free for sony at least.

  • Dick Mountainjoy

    If they aren’t going to port over a 5 dollar PSN/XBLA game, my hopes for Yakuza 5 seem bleak at best.

    • Elvick

      And I was hoping for it and Yakuza Collection to come over. ):

  • Göran Isacson

    Man. Anyone out there with any idea as to why they would do this, beyond SEGA just being horrible puppy-eaters who hate money? Gotta be some kinda business rationale behind it.

    • Just Tim

      Yes, there is a business rationale; SEGA’s western backlog is deeper than its own home market. Remember Shining? How about the fact Tokyopop ruined Initial D to the point SEGA’s W office ended up not bringing over the games? Sakura Taisen is a given in SEGA’s western backlog.

  • Kevadu

    At least the PS3 is region-free. I’ll probably still get it.

  • CirnoLakes

    Hey you!


    Yes, you!


  • Sinister Kahuna

    Really Sega? You really ought to reconsider this one. You guys are in business to make money, right? Right?!?

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    T_T And this happen when i am on streak of happyness. Sega why u hate me so much here.T_T

  • porkiewpyne

    Sega, why are you trying to pull a Capcom? *facepalm*

  • TatsuyaKyo


  • Armane

    Virtual-On makes some sense, but Virtua Striker? I’m sure that would do well in Europe; maybe there’s some licensing issue.

  • ddh819

    ugh since i only have a ps3, and never had a saturn, DC or xbox, was really looking forward to this

  • TrevHead

    Ahh well these 2 games are the only ones im interested in, the rest really haven’t aged all that well. Your loss sega

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