Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers set for Europe, South America
posted on 06.20.13 at 10:36 PM EDT by (@salromano)
International release due this fall. Watch the debut trailer.

Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers will launch in Japan, Europe, and South America this fall, Namco Bandai has confirmed.

A new trailer, highlighting the cosmo battle action game’s anime-like battle sequences, confirms the game’s international release.

Users will be able to play as Pegasus Seiya, Phoenix Ikki, Andromeda Shun, Cygnus Hyoga, and Dragon Shiryu. And Gemini Saga, Kaiou Poseidon, and Meiou Hades will also appear.

Watch the trailer below. Visit the game’s official site here.

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  • Zharkiel

    Cosmo battles look like they’ll play the same as they did in Sanctuary Battle. I do wonder if the DW gameplay will be present as well, since Poseidon and Hades are shown. Would be nice to have a continuation of SB with the 7 pillars and the Hades arc.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Yeah, I hope this trailer was just showing off boss battles and that’s not how the whole game plays. I’d rather have the DW style gameplay. As a fighting game on its own, this is a pathetic roster so far, so it better be more than that.

      Also, am I the only one wondering why the HELL North America is getting this game? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Saint Seiya fan, so the more the merrier, but… It really makes me question their localization choices since this doesn’t have NEAR as big of a following as some of the games we miss.

      Surely we don’t have THAT many Saint Seiya fans in North America, lol.

      EDIT: Oh, wait… It says South America. Wtf? I’ve never seen a localization announcement with South America instead of North America.

      That’s… Odd.

      • Raoni Marques

        I’m brazilian, and I gotta say the series is HUGE here. It all started back in the 90’s with the anime. Pretty much every kid from the late 80’s or 90’s here in Brazil is into Saint Seiya. The same goes for the neighbor countries.

        • Sevyne

          That’s actually pretty interesting to know. Had no idea it was that popular down there.

          • Raoni Marques

            You don’t have a clue, man. It’s probably the biggest anime series here (along with Dragon Ball Z). Kids nowadays are all into Naruto/Bleach/One Piece though.

            • Likou

              Saint Seiya is an all-time classic top spot here. DBZ comes in second, although I prefer Goku’s adventures.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Oh yeah, I’ve heard a LOT of things from people in South America for the game, kind of like how Hokuto no Ken has a huge following in Europe.

          • Vyse_the_Stampede

            Really? That’s the first time I heard that. True, I don’t have anime conventions where I live or anything, or maybe that’s the reality in UK, Germany, France, etc.. (which might have been what you meant by “Europe” XD). But at least where I live, I have still to meet someone that even knows what Hokuto no Ken is, so I don’t think it’s the same thing, because for what I understand Saint Seiya in S.A.(Brazil at least), is one of the few anime (together with DBZ) that broke from the anime fanbase walls, and it’s at least known among a much broader population, a little bit everywhere. Or at the very least, it’s not spread throughout Europe XD.

            • TetsuyaHikari

              Well, please bear in mind that Hokuto no Ken got a name change in Europe. It was changed to ‘Black Belt’, so maybe ask about that next time instead of Hokuto no Ken. Hell, I meet plenty of people in North America that goes, “What’s that?” when I mention Hokuto no Ken.

              After I correct myself then say, “Fist of the North Star”, they’re like, “Ohhhh… Yeah, I know that one!” :P

              • Vyse_the_Stampede

                Ok, I didn’t know about that (my younger years were not spend in Europe XD). And that makes sense, most people not in Japan, and that are outside of the Saint Seiya and anime fanbase, wouldn’t know what I was talking about if I said “Saint Seiya”… since it’s called “Knights of the Zodiac” (and all those direct translations of this title to other languages).

                I’ll try that next time I have the chance :).

        • Renaldi Saputra

          even I heard that Saint Seiya’s songs are still sung in many Anime Festivals in Brazil, isn’t it?

          • Raoni Marques

            Never been to an anime festival before, but I’ve seen a lot of videos of it. It’s really sung a lot lol.

            • Renaldi Saputra

              yep, that’s what I meant

        • Vyse_the_Stampede

          I don’t know if I would put it at the same pedestal as DBZ (but definitely the second one). It’s true that it had a tremendous impact among the younger crowd, but I didn’t see many older people getting into it. Well, this is just my personal experience, so it’s no reflection of the reality (and I’ve been away from it from a long time), but I for instance had an uncle that would stop whatever he was doing when his alarm watch signal him that DBZ was starting, would sit in the living room, and would yell, once, at everyone else to be quiet… and he was in the army for a long time, so when he yelled, silence there would be XD.

          • L Lawliet

            Here in Brasil, Saint Seiya surpassed DBZ (mainly in the 90’s). Even Non-Otaku people could love it.

      • Policenaut

        From the looks of things, this is going to be a straight-up fighter in the vein of Naruto Ultimate Ninja, .hack//VERSUS, and JoJo All-Star Battle.

        And I really don’t mind that. I bought Sanctuary Battle from Europe and I found that the DW segments between each temple got really tedious after awhile. The boss battles were awesome but you always had to slog through hundreds of dudes to go fight Shaka or whatever. I’m totally down for a Saint Seiya fighting game that apparently (from Gematsu’s earlier article) covers most of the franchise, made by the NUN team.

        South America gets the localization announcement because they like Saint Seiya in the same way we like Dragon Ball Z. Sanctuary Battle even had a Spanish release in Mexico!

        • Zharkiel

          Eh, they were fun and made the game longer. Yeah, the boss fights were the best part of it, but the DW parts made getting to them more interesting. I liked the gimmick they added for the Road of the Roses(?) with the decreasing health, it was a nice little touch.

          Also, someone tell Namco that Mexico isn’t part of South America.

      • Budgiecat

        Pegasus!! Ryuseiken!!

        • TetsuyaHikari

          ROLLING CRASH!!

      • Likou

        Sanctuary Battle came to South America too. Saint Seiya is huge here, and I mean HUGE.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Getting Day 1 here in America. I LOVE Saint Seiya

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    My prediction of a NEW Saint Seiya was right

  • $29082171

    I find it odd that Namco are localizing it for South America only, I mean, I live there, and know that the hype for 80s-90s anime like DBZ, Saint Seiya, Sailor Moon, etc. was MASSIVELY high (I shared it myself). The thing I find odd is that Namco actually recognized this, enough for them to only localize it here instead of North America.

    • Sal Romano

      Saint Seiya games never come to North America.

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      Saint Seiya was never a hit on USA.

      • Learii

        ya that suck

  • MrKappa

    At least it is coming out in English and as soon as fall to boot.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Ill have to import it, oh well. Thats ok

  • Charlie

    I don’t understand people’s obsession with this game. It looks very mediocre.

    • Budgiecat

      That’s okay we won’t fault you for your shortcomings…

      • Charlie

        My shortcomings? I’m sorry, am I not allowed to express my opinion? Instead of blatantly trying to spark an argument, why don’t you explain to me what makes this series so spectacular?

        • Lelouch Vi Britannia

          Simple not only is Saint Seiya popular next to Fist of The North Star and Dragonball back in the 80’s but in the following decade during the 90’s in Mexico,South America and Europe it gained Tremendous Popularity. In fact i’d like to suggest suggest watching “Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas”.Its a prequel to the original and 26

          • Charlie

            So because an anime is popular or great (I wouldn’t know, I haven’t seen the show) automatically makes any game based on the series good? I’m sorry, that doesn’t make sense. What does popularity have to do with anything? Popularity doesn’t equate to quality.

            I apologise if I may have confused you, I was referring to the series of games, not the show.

    • Elvick

      Even if you really believe that, what’s the purpose of you saying it?

      Do you expect people to come “change your mind”?

      And it’s not hard to “understand”. Different opinions reside in different people. How complicated. That’s ultimately what it will boil down to.

      • Charlie

        What I do expect is to have the pleasure of voicing my opinion. It is basic human rights, no?

        • Elvick

          You did.

          I never understand this argument, because you act like I deleted your comment. And you then basically turn the “censorship” back at the person you’re talking to and are basically telling them not to say what they did.

          But, let me put it to you this way.

          Next time you wish to state your opinion, maybe don’t question everyone else’s interest in it. Then you won’t come off like a douche and no one will really give a hoot. Just a suggestion.

          • Charlie

            I’m allowed to question people’s interest in the game, just like everyone is entitled to question people’s interest in anything. Why must everyone kick a fit over criticism? It’s not as if I was bashing the game or purely hating it for the sake of hating it. I was genuinely hoping someone could give me concise reasons to why this game is better than your average, redundant beat em’ up. But I guess that’s asking for too much on the internet.

    • Rafael Martines

      I understand you, I feel the same when I see people’s obsession about Injustice God Among Us

      • Charlie

        At least someone knew where I was coming from here!

    • Vyse_the_Stampede

      This is one of the rare games based in an anime that many people around the world love, so there isn’t a need for much to get people hyped. It’s not about obsessing over a game, if you need to go that way, say that we are obsessing over an anime. But unless you grew up getting the chills, jumping and crying to it, you won’t feel the same. And even if you do watch it today, it will still be very unlikely, that you will understand it. Just respect it, and accept that there are some people crazy about it XD.

      • Charlie

        I understand people’s obsessions with anime (Neon Genesis happens to be one of my favourite TV shows of all time). But does that mean I’ll jump the bandwagon and defend poor game design? No, the Neon Genesis games suck.

        • Vyse_the_Stampede

          (God, we need a character limit or something, so people like me don’t abuse the comments section… sorry :( )

          The only reason I wrote that, was because you said “obsession with this game”, and it looked like you had the wrong idea, so I just wanted to share my opinion.

          I don’t think there are a lot of people saying many good things about this game (or any Saint Seiya game for that matter). When praising the game, people just tend to focus over the not so bad parts, and avoid the rest.

          If by “defend”, you meant buying the game, and not people vocally expressing themselves, I would tend to agree with you, but what other options do fans have to show there is a market for these games, and have more games about the series being developed (hopefully better ones XD) in the future?

          Other than buying and constructively expressing their dissatisfaction with certain aspects of the games, I don’t see much that can be done… and if there isn’t enough sells, they won’t be developed anymore, and we can’t try to improve what isn’t being developed in the first place (with big franchises, like Fina Fantasy, lower sales might end up making they realize they should change their approach… in these cases it will only be seen as the market not being large enough/lack of interest).

          Yes, I don’t think many people will disagree about your view of NGE games, but if they are still produced is because people still show interest, the problem it seems, is that people don’t show enough dissatisfaction for them to try and improve the games, and if they do, and the games don’t change, I agree, they shoud stop buying them… but for a series like Saint Seiya, which barely has any games released at all, and don’t have the same dimension as NGE (in Japan at least) I don’t think think that would prompt the developers to try and release better games.

          I also wanted to point out, that for me at least, a favourite anime does not always equal to obsessing over it. Favourites animes tend to be about objective reasons (mind) that transform into strong feelings that makes you respect/adore them, obsessing over an anime it’s usually something subjective and more irrational (heart), that tends to be connected directly to emotions and/or memories… that’s why I said that even if you watched Saint Seiya today, you would most likely not understand the obsession, and much less feel the same way about it. Personal experience: Berserk is one of my favourite anime/manga of all time, but I’m a One Piece “fanboy”… I have a lot of OP games, and posters in my wall, Berserk? Not so much.

          And just one more thing, and this is just a personal opinion, but sometimes, by only listening and seeing, loyal reproductions, of the universe you so much love in a game, and being able to control it to some extent, is by itself a big boost on the “fun” factor that so many games exist, and strive for… not all games need to be objectively analysed as a way to measure their value, some are just meant to bring smiles and fuzzy feelings XD.

          • Charlie

            That was a lot to take in, thanks for sharing that. On another note, Beserk is awesome.

  • Warboss Aohd

    it’s almost like dey iz goin’ out o’ dere way to avoid North America.

    • TheGameTagerZ

      Cause it’s not popular here. Mostly South America and EU who like this series.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Rozan HyakuRyu Ha

  • Nice Boat

    I hope Hades has a better role here than in the OVAs

  • L Lawliet

    I hope we can see the Bronze Saints wearing the Divine Cloths.

  • LordKaiser

    You’ll have to import from Mexico then.

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  • thatoneguydowntheroad

    It’s been confirmed for the states aswell!