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'Samurai Warriors' (Xbox) Ships to Stores

by Judy on July 13, 2004 @ 10:50 a.m. PDT

KOEI today announced that Samurai Warriors for the Xbox is shipping to North American retailers. Gamers can order the title now at and

"With Samurai Warriors, aspiring warlords can make their bid to unite Feudal Japan. We are truly excited about delivering this powerful experience to Xbox owners across the continent," said Amos Ip, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at KOEI Corporation. "The Xbox community can look forward to an incredible adventure with some of the greatest samurai of all-time, spectacular battlefields and majestic castles action-packed with the fast and addictive gameplay for which KOEI has become known."

About Samurai Warriors for Xbox
Samurai Warriors for Xbox includes new features exclusive to the console including in-game Dolby Digital, and as many as ten more characters per screen for an even greater challenge.

Set in 16th century Japan, the fall of the Ashikaga Shogunate caused a series of major wars between individual warlords vying for power. This era in Japanese history became known as the Sengoku or "warring states" period. Samurai Warriors reveals the stories from this dramatic era and combines it with pure Tactical Action gameplay.

Gamers can play as the heroic Yukimura Sanada or other legendary warriors including the powerful Nobunaga Oda, and the mysterious ninja, Hanzo Hattori. Their quests will take players to the sprawling Japanese battlefields of Okehazama and Kawanakajima and inside the embattled walls of Osaka Castle. Through 90 stages of epic battles, players will come face-to-face with gun-toting troops, echelons of ninja, and deadly kunoichi (female ninja).

Samurai Warriors features a new Active Mission System, or AMS, that triggers distinct missions during battle. With 500 variations, the series of missions is unique with each play. The new Auto-Formation System, or AFS, dynamically generates castle levels offering a new experience with each play. With the game's RPG-style Character Skills System, players can enhance a character's abilities as they progress through the game. Furthermore, the game's steeds now have the ability to jump and attack enemy soldiers.

Learn more about the game and the history behind the characters on the game' s official minisite at

Samurai Warriors was developed by KOEI's internal team, Omega Force, the award-winning studio behind the Dynasty Warriors series. Samurai Warriors is a Tactical Action game for 1-2 Players and is rated "T" (Teen- Suggestive Themes, Violence) by the ESRB. Also available now is the Official Samurai Warriors game guide from Prima Games.

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