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Flash of the North Star

Got a few minutes to kill? Spend it killing with your fists of stylus-enhanced rage. Spike has created a Flash demo of the Fist of the North Star game and made it available at the official website, allowing you to first enjoy a tutorial that demonstrates the controls, and then, as Kenshiro, take on some enormous guy in a fight. Just click around the navigation buttons under the DS on the demo page and you'll get to all the content.

The tutorial isn't terribly necessary -- click numbers in order, drag back and forth between lines pointing at each other -- but we recommend it, because it basically amounts to a little bit more game. There's a decent challenge to be found in some of the tasks, mostly because of the timer. The back-and-forth motions, for example, require some decent speed and accuracy. Of course, this is made somewhat more difficult by the substitution of a mouse for the stylus.

[Via Inside-Games]

Happy trailers to you! Japanese game trailer roundup!

Yee-haw, we're rounding up some wild game trailers today! Courtesy of an even bigger trailer rodeo over on Dengeki, we've got new videos of some of the most interesting, most anticipated, and most not-in-either-of-those-categories games coming out of Japan. You'll recognize Fist of the North Star above, one of our recent infatuations. It continues to look amazingly weird in motion, and further fuels our desires to tap on-screen indicators violently.

After the break, we've got trailers for the sweetly nostalgic adventure game Afterschool Boy, the, uh, other adventure game Lux-Pain, and the other other adventure game Mushishi. Joining them are the SRPG remake Summon Night and the sweat-mopping simulator Duel Love.

We kind of forgot to keep the cowboy talk thing going throughout the whole post. Uh, these trailers are rootin'-tootin'? No?

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Fist of the North Star's sensitive minigame

We thought this minigame in the Fist of the North Star DS game was awesome enough to warrant its own post. As the latest screenshot update on the official website illustrates, Raoh's storyline is playable in addition to Kenshiro's.

This follows outside of the main game as well, with this Raoh-spotting minigame. We've seen some weird minigames in our tenure as DS fans, but this one may manage to be the freakiest yet. Given a selection of four details from manga panels, you are asked to pick which depiction of Raoh features Raoh crying over his brother Toki. That's actually not the whole of the game; it's a wireless multiplayer trivia game, which is a neat addition. Still, for us it's always going to be the crying-Raoh game.

Lest you think Raoh is weak, we should tell you why he's crying over his brother Toki: it's because he has just punched Toki almost to death, and is about to punch him all the way to death. You'd cry too.

Fist of the North Star screens precisely attack our eyeballs

There's something about stylus controls and Fist of the North Star that go so well together. Despite the animation being sub-par in the anime, we still enjoyed it very much (but don't even get us started on the live-action film) back in the day, so the prospect of being able to play it on our DS is one we've been in favor of for a bit now. Oh, how we can't wait to hit some fools with about a billion punches.

These newest screens mix in a couple oldies with all of the others, so keep that in mind. For the most part, though, it's all fresh.

Fist of the North Star DS comes with neighsayer

The DS Fist of the North Star game was already an interactive manga in which you tap spots on the screen to beat up on dudes. It was already pretty bizarre. But Spike has decided to pile bizarre upon bizarre with this bonus for early purchasers.

It's a keychain that plays a horse noise. Awesome, right? You could be out anywhere, and suddenly have the urge to listen to the sound of a horse, and just have a horse noise right there. In your pocket. To be fair, the horse immortalized by this keychain is not just some regular horse, but Kokuoh-Go, Raoh's giant horse who is also a king. Unfortunately, we don't know what Kokuoh-Go sounds like, but maybe his neigh is way tougher-sounding than a normal horse's.

GAME Watch has some new screens of the game, in case you're as interested in extremely violent screen-tapping as we are.

New and interesting ways to bust up dudes in Fist of the North Star

Spike has updated their Fist of the North Star website with a couple of new screens showing the varied input methods in the game. The gameplay is not entirely limited to tapping things, but sometimes involves tapping and then dragging. We might not know too much about Fist of the North Star, but we know that any game involving using the stylus to cut a guy's face all criss-crossed is something we want to play.

Also revealed in the latest update: you'll be able to play as characters other than Kenshiro. Raoh is mentioned by name, but there will certainly be more.

[Via Ruliweb]

Fist of the Web Site

We hope other people are as interested in the Fist of the North Star game as we are. It should at least be better than the Sega Master System Fist of the North Star game (though the music probably won't be as awesome). We are aficionados of the dudes-getting-punched-many-times genre, of which Fist of the North Star is one of the classic works. That is why we're so interested in a fresh take like this one which combines classic material with new mechanics. The website shows some nice clear screens, and introduces the game in general terms -- the action sequences, story sequences, and unlockable character cards.

Can tapping dude-shaped things on the screen many times really substitute for pushing buttons many times to punch dudes? We cannot wait to find out! Of course, we may have to read the dudes' reactions to our punches in an incomprehensible foreign language, because there's little likelihood of a U.S. version. But that's okay -- we can pretty much get the gist of "Ow! My face has been punched numerous times!" in any language.

More screens of the Fist of the North Star interactive manga thing

We're willing to work with a blurry magazine scan to get a few more screens of the Fist of the North Star interactive manga game. Some of the screens are identical to those we saw before, but new ones appear as well. Since this uses (obviously) manga graphics and screen-tapping mechanics, it reminds us a bit of a non-musical take on Ouendan, which relied on manga-style scenes on the top screen to tell the story. Therefore, in our heads, manga + touching on-screen icons = fun. And then this Fist of the North Star thing swaps out music and ridiculous situations for over-the-top violence.

We can also just make out the January 31st release date and the 6040 yen price. ($53-- ouch) Check out the full scan after the break!

Continue reading More screens of the Fist of the North Star interactive manga thing

Fist of the North Stylus

We don't know if it'll be fun, and we don't really know if it'll have any replay value, but damned if this Fist of the North Star game isn't pretty. Seems to us that the right way to do a tie-in game for a manga is to use manga in the game rather than making some ugly 3D models of all the characters.

Here's how Hokuto no Ken: Hokuto Kami-ken Denshousha no Michi (something like Fist of the North Star: The Way of the Storyteller of the Northern God maybe, but don't take our translation as gospel) works: you touch certain marked points on the screen with the stylus to make Kenshiro fight and to otherwise progress the story along.

It's kind of a simple idea, but touching icons on the screen is sort of the basis for many DS games (hello, Ouendan) and it works just fine. This way, at least, the Fist of the North Star story is told in a faithful way, using gorgeous visuals. They're especially gorgeous when compared to the NES Fist of the North Star game.

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