Fist of the North Star 2 delayed a week in Europe
posted on 01.11.13 at 11:16 AM EST by (@salromano)
Wii U version to be a download-only affair.

Tecmo Koei has announced a release date change for Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 in Europe. Instead of February 1, the game will now launch for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the territory on February 7. The Wii U version will be a download-only release and become available a day prior, on February 6.

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  • PrinceHeir

    “The Wii U version will be a download-only ”

    wtf!?!?!?!?!?!

    also PS3 US is download only T_______T

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Download only means way less risk and way less expenses for the publisher. I embraced DD releases a while ago, especially as I’m playing on PC as well and there we accepted Steam (DD) over 5 years ago. But it still sucks for people who prefer hard copies or cheaper prices.

      • LordKaiser

        I buy games to enjoy them not to support publishers. I will not sacrifice my convenience for anyone. I only buy digital copies if they are less than 5GB

        • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

          suum cuique

    • http://twitter.com/Kinbushi Richard Tooth

      You can always order from Europe, we should still get the physical copy :-) I think its because the game doesn’t have English voices, I can remember reading about it when dw7 came out, about how the US won’t realise a game for sale on physical media unless it has English voices, correct men if I’m wrong?

      • PrinceHeir

        im concerned about DLC since the PSN store is different by region.

        such a shame Tecmo Koei US is freaking lazy.

      • LordKaiser

        The Euro PS3 version is physical? Is that’s the case then I’ll import the game.

      • Budgiecat

        And then you pay more for the DLC because of the conversion rate as well as added costs of buying said EU PSN card. A $20 PSN card cost like 35 bucks or some craziness like that…

  • LordKaiser

    I will not buy this game. I’m sorry but I wont accept the digital only future. I hope that the Atelier series don’t go the digital only BS.

    • Bloodios

      If the series actually becomes digital-only and I don’t get to buy those Collector’s Edition… Well, they better make sure their houses are fireproof…

    • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

      Well, you don’t have to accept it. That just seems to be the way the industry is going because it’s simply more convenient for the consumer and cost efficient for the companies. Granted, I’d be a little upset if everything went 100% digital, but I’m not going to stop supporting a franchise I love because of it.

      So, you have fun with that. Let me know how that works out for you and I’ll tell you how awesome the games are~

      • LordKaiser

        Convenient how? Space saving? I rather have less space in the living room than not being able to sell my games, have to download them, had them tied up to my account and not being able to lend or borrow them.

    • MosquitoLemon

      Yeah I think it sucks, but you have to consider that they probably wouldn’t release it at all if physical copies were their only option. If it’s a choice between getting to play the game and not getting to play it, of course I want to play it. Not supporting a niche title doesn’t send the message, “Oh, he wanted a digital copy”, it sends the message, “Oh, nobody likes this franchise, guess we can keep it in Japan forever.”

      The thing I won’t stand for is when they charge $40-50 for a digital copy. I can understand those prices for games like One Piece, which must have ridiculous licensing fees.. but why gouge for Fist of the North Star, Orochi 2, or Way of the Samurai?

    • Kobracon

      I am sorry to hear that. I, on the other hand, don’t mind at all. I am a game hoarder of sorts. I never sell what I buy coz I know I’ll go back and play it someday. If I want to lend it to someone I could always just give him my account so he can download it to his PS3 since the game can be shared among 2 machines.

      Besides if this trend means I get dual audio (or just jap dub) all the time, I accept it full force!

  • Pyrofrost

    A lot of talk about digital gaming in this thread, so I will address that and my post will still be on topic.

    More and more niche titles will be going digital as time goes on. Companies like XSeed for example are finding success with the digital versions of their games.
    I really don’t see the issue outside of ISP speeds. Which I am sure that higher tier speeds will be made more affordable once gaming goes completely digital. It will have to in order to support the influx of users downloading and large game sizes.

    • Budgiecat

      Yeah I’m not downloading 18 gb games like Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Super Street Fighter IV AE. Also, makes it annoying if you wanna bring the game over to a friends house. Physical > Digital.
      Digital makes sense for smaller games, portable games or iOS/Android obviously

    • LordKaiser

      I can’t get rid of them because I can’t sell them, They are not mine as I don’t have ownership on them. They control the way I handle my game as I can’t save it on my hard drive and now it’s harder to game-share it.

      • Pyrofrost

        It’s no different than the ownership of any other form of digital media. Why is it so controversial with console games and not with digital PC games, digital music, digital movies, and etc.

        And you can save it to your HDD. I have Warriors Orochi 3 on my HDD right now.

        • LordKaiser

          Digital games on PC can be pirated easily, that’s why.

          Are you talking about the PS3 version? Are we talking about a external hard drive? I don’t have a WiiU

          • Pyrofrost

            Yes, the PS3 version. It’s a digital only game, and when you download the game it is saved in full to your PS3 and you play it off the HDD.
            The transaction is also saved to your PSN account, as with any other digital media distribution service. So for example, if your HDD craps out on you or if you need to do a complete format for some reason; you can simply go to your previous downloads on the PSN and re-download it. Since you have ownership of the product you paid for.

            Also, if your PS3 bricks for some reason. You can also simply deactivate you account from the old PS3 and reactivate it on the new one, then download the game on the new one.
            Also, accounts can be legally shared between 2 PS3s at once. So if me and you are PS3 friends for example, and you want Warriors Orochi 3…then you can activate my account on your PS3 and download the game.

            I understand if the digital thing isn’t your cup of tea though. Personally, I do prefer having a retail copy as well. However, if there is a game I want to play, and it’s being released digital only…then I personally don’t see the point in missing out on a gaming experience I would like over futile rebellion. Not to mention this is the future, and this is where the industry is heading. It’s not a matter of “if” it will happen, but a matter of “when.”

            • LordKaiser

              I know how things work with the PSN so there’s not need for a explanation but ty for explaining it to others.

              I see a point in missing a digital game. If many people avoid buying digital only it will make them reconsider. It’s not futile rebellion is resistance to companies selling licenses rather than selling products. We have the power to change any outcome and any future.

              Hell if we decide to let publishers control the future than we will buy pieces of games instead of whole games. Or should I say multiple licenses to play a complete game.

              • Pyrofrost

                Firstly, I hope I didn’t offend you with my PSN explanation. I just didn’t know if you knew. That is all.

                To continue though….It is futile rebellion if there isn’t enough of a resistance against it, which there isn’t. Too many companies are releasing reports of success through digital sales.
                The power to create change only comes from a following and a large group of people who share a said view. However, the voices are actually giving a resounding “YES!” to digital gaming and DLC through their wallets. The sound of a resistance to this is a mere whisper in comparison.

                Again, I agree with you on some things and I prefer retail games. If I have the option, I will buy retail. Hell, I imported this game, One Piece Kaizoku Musou, and I have OP Kaizoku Musou 2 pre-ordered on play-asia because I want a hard copy.
                However, I would not skip a game I want if it were digital only. I also don’t believe digital only to be this dark and evil concept that is out to get us.

                I say we just agree to disagree ^_^
                I don’t think we will come to completely agree here and you seem to be cool, so I wouldn’t want any animosity between us.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

    I think the last part is supposed to read:

    “a day prior, on February 6″

    Either way, Shin Hokuto Musou is great. Definitely a step up from the previous installment (regardless of what people might say about the number of signature moves for each character getting reduced). Hope you guys enjoy it.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Darn me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    Nintendo does not link games to accounts and its irritating.