Yakuza 1 & 2 HD For Wii U Brings Us Back To Kamurocho Via The Gamepad

By Spencer . May 19, 2013 . 11:23pm


For the first time the Yakuza series is leaving PlayStation consoles. Sega will release Yakuza 1 & 2 HD for Wii U on August 8, which is a port of the PlayStation 3 compilation released in Japan last year.


Yakuza 1 & 2 HD for Wii U includes the first two games with remastered graphics and if all of the PlayStation 3 features are intact, easy mode. New for the Wii U version is Gamepad support which lets players view maps on or play the game directly on it.


If you want an idea of how Sega enhanced the graphics check out this comparison of PlayStation 3 screenshots from Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition PlayStation 3 and the PS2 games.


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  • Luis Camargo

    Now the question: Will Sega localize this for PS3 (and maybe WiiU) in the US ? Or will Nintendo localize this for the US ?

    I sure hope we get good news at E3

    • neo_firenze

      Biggest reason I’m hoping for a localization is the potential of an English text version of Yakuza 1 with Japanese audio (NA PS2 Yakuza 1 was English dubbed only). If re-using the PS2 dub becomes an issue for re-recording, licensing, whatever – I don’t care if they cut it altogether and sub-only is a-OK for me here. Usually I stay out of the sometimes heated sub vs. dub arguments, but since the Yakuza series is one where a lot of the appeal of the game is the painstaking attention to detail in creating a realistic modern Japanese setting I just find Japanese dialogue WAY more appropriate.

      And besides the audio, would be nice to see the HD versions get a localized release. This newly strengthened Nintendo-Sega partnership is interesting indeed…

    • Kirbysuperstar2

      Well, Sega let the guy responsible for pushing through Y3/4/DS go, sooooo….

      • Speedo Redempteur

        True .

        And we all saw the end result ..
        No annoncement of Y5 in sight.
        Seriously sega i don’t understand you.

  • Zhizn Snake

    I’ve only tried out Yakuza 3 and 4, and loved what I played, but was holding out on them until after getting around to Yakuza 1 and 2 first, so this is just what I need!

    And does anyone know the name of the track from the OST that the music in this trailer is from?

  • evilmajikman

    I think we need to get a petition running to get the HD collection localized and advertise the hell out of it using social media.

    That or just write letters to them… or both.

  • William Cole

    I’ve never played it. Is it like a Japanese Grand Theft Auto?

    • the only similarities is they both based on criminal gangs story,

      The game itself has different feels, characters having more unique personality like in many japanese media, the story is heavily based on TONS of cutscenes where you can only watch. The culture in the town has very japanese feels with tons of minigames.
      Gameplay is VERY different, Yakuza is more like Action RPG, not sandbox/shooters. The open-world is more limited.

    • uh not quite, you can’t hijack car (or even drive a car, it’s more RPG then a open-world 3rd person shooter) or shoot a cop in the game. That’s the major differences.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I want to dress him up as an angry looking Luigi, I hope that’s a thing in this game lol

  • I would much rather Yakuza 5 be localized on the PS3.

  • What I find interesting is that Nintendo and Sega seem to be pretty deep in bed together at this point. I wonder if they’ll try approaching other struggling Japanese publishers to garner some much-needed support for the Wii U.

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