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Akai Katana Shin
Akai Katana Coming to Xbox 360 in Japan
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Cave's Akai Katana is set to make its way onto Xbox 360 following release in the Japanese arcades last year. The horizontal scrolling shooter - whose name means 'Red Katana' - will be coming to the console as an upgraded iteration entitled Akai Katana Shin.

With revamped visuals, a new gameplay system, a new stage and a 16:9 aspect ratio that re-assigns enemy movements and bullet patterns to better fit a widescreen display, Akai Katana Shin is a definitive version of the arcade game for Xbox 360. And Cave is also shoving the original version of the game on the disc too, which is nice.

However, Cave has announced that Akai Katana Shin will be region locked in Japan, so you'll be unable to import it overseas. That said, it could be the case that a western publisher picks up the rights to publish the game in western territories, just like Rising Star and Aksys Games did with Deathsmiles in Europe and North America respectively. Akai Katana Shin shoots its way into Japan on May 26th, 2011.

[Via Joystiq]




 
 

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Comment #1 by RICH THE EVIL
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 05:45:04 AM
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I dont care, they can keep it!!


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Comment #2 by dirge
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 05:45:22 AM
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I Love Cave SHMUP's! Fingers crossed for a PAL release then!


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Comment #3 by SUTCLIFF 286
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 06:07:52 AM
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Can't believe this is a fully fledged game, stuff like this could surely be released on XBLA

OT: looks pretty and over the top in a fun kinda way (not like the japs eh!)


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Comment #4 by Vigorous Ninja
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 06:10:41 AM
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Katana-Rama!


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Comment #5 by MachineAres
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 06:25:46 AM
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Been waiting for this for quite some time, I can't fucking wait. Thumbs up to CAVE for region locking, too many shmups have been region-free lately.


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Comment #6 by TheLastAntidote
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 07:30:22 AM
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Cave makes awesome shooters. I loved Guwange, and I have Deathsmiles next in line for Gamefly.


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Comment #7 by FriXionX
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 09:56:44 AM
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Oh yeah, like anyone except asian people can complete that game.


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Comment #8 by Anthrizacks
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:11:33 AM
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i hope it comes to the US


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Comment #9 by xKTAx Ultimo
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:15:49 AM
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Looks like another game I will get with my Japanese account.


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Comment #10 by UCB Disco
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:17:01 AM
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I love my SHMUPS, but what's the deal with these oldschool games getting retail releases? Raiden Fighters definitely should have been an XBLA title as opposed to a retail disc. There just wasn't a lot on there.

I'm assuming this will be the same. Oh, well.


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Comment #11 by Eternaltriumph
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:05:51 AM
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I seriously can't wrap my head around region lock. If people want to pay the import fees (that are usually ridiculous), can read Japanese or don't care to read and just play?

Why the hell would they deny selling another copy? Makes no sense to me.

Looks like an interesting budget title though.


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Comment #12 by F Swan
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:06:38 AM
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@5 Why is region locking a good thing?? Surely its better for everyone including Cave to have no region lock, more sales for them, plus wider audience.


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Comment #13 by Taiyz
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:14:43 AM
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Thanks for the article, Richard. Even if it's not coming here, it's good to know that the region lock is a *fact* rather than having to scour scattered sources across the internet. =P


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Comment #14 by Enishi49
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 12:45:02 PM
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I believe that if they decided it would be region locked, it's beacause they're planning on releasing the game outside Japan. Otherwise it would be ridiculous, but it wouldn't be the first time... -_-


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Comment #15 by MachineAres
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 01:58:15 PM
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First of all, region locks make it more of a chance a game will get licensed overseas, which means more money for CAVE, and probably a cheaper price for Americans, since these games all cost about $85 before shipping for an import.


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Comment #16 by iNf3Rn0 Lan
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 02:22:05 PM
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I wish I liked SHMUPs more, since they're always so appealing. I just suck at them so much. :/


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Comment #17 by F Swan
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 06:04:45 PM
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Hmm, I doubt it will give it more chance of a USA/Europe release, seeing as Ketsui/DoDonPachi/DeathSmiles 2 are highly unlikely to make it across.
If we are lucky maybe after about 2 years ...


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Comment #18 by cstbrophy
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 11:44:18 PM
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I didn't know people bought xbox360 in Japan.


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Comment #19 by ShinDgp
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 01:48:15 AM
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Not another Region lock game who look realy cool I wish they make a US version too and not in 2 years


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