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Rising Star Looking To License More SNK Games



The majority of Rising Star’s high-profile games of late have been titles on Nintendo platforms licensed from Marvelous Entertainment. Earlier this year, however, RSG branched out by taking on publishing duties in Europe for Way of the Samurai 3, originally published by Spike, along with Samurai Shodown Sen, developed by SNK Playmore, for the Xbox 360.


Speaking to Siliconera, Rising Star product manager, Yen Hau, revealed that Samurai Shodown Sen is just the beginning of what RSG hope will be a long-term relationship with SNK.


“Rising Star Games has been unique in pinning down one statement that hasn’t been said before, that we are the ‘home of Japanese games’,” Yen said in response to a question about setting the company apart from North American publishers of Japanese games.


“We have always been, and will continue to be, a strong supporter of Nintendo and its formats, so without naming names, it’s safe to say that our future releases for 2010 will be Nintendo-based products,” he continued. “That being said, we will continually look at titles on other formats and have released our first Xbox 360 title in Samurai Shodown Sen in March, beginning what we hope to be a new and fruitful relationship with SNK Playmore.”


There are two points of interest here. The first is that publishing on Nintendo formats seems to be working out well for Rising Star in general, particularly with regard to Harvest Moon games. We’ll have more on this front soon. The other, of course, is the comment about SNK Playmore.


Ignition Entertainment’s European division published King of Fighters XII in PAL territories. Will Ignition resume publishing duties for XIII as well, or might we see that in Rising Star’s portfolio?

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.