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Sakura Wars (サクラ大戦 Sakura Taisen) is a Japanese multimedia franchise created by Oji Hiroi, and is developed by Sega and Red Entertainment. The franchise began as a series of video games, first released on the Sega Saturn video game console in 1996. As the series grew in popularity it was expanded to other markets such as manga, animation, a stage show, drama CD's, and food products.

Overview

Sakura Wars (サクラ大戦 Sakura Taisen) is a Japanese media franchise created by Ouji Hiroi, and is developed by Sega and Red Entertainment.[1] It includes video games and other merchandise. The franchise centers on a series of fantasy and science-fantasy dramatic adventure video games, which consist of a tactical wargame and dating sim, but includes a motion picture, anime, printed media, and other merchandise. The series began in 1996 as an eponymous video game; the game was a success and spawned sequels. The video game series has since branched into other genres and platforms, such as portable games and games for mobile phones.

Video games

Main series

Main series prequels and side stories

Remakes

Sakura Wars: In Hot Blood (サクラ大戦 〜熱き血潮に〜)

Compilations

Sakura Taisen 1 & 2 (サクラ大戦1&2)

Pachislot

CR Sakura Taisen (CRサクラ大戦)

CR Sakura Taisen PS2 (CRサクラ大戦PS2)

CR Sakura Wars 2 (CRサクラ大戦2)

Pachislot Sakura Wars-Hot Blood- (パチスロサクラ大戦~熱き血潮に~)

Pachi-slot Sakura Wars 3 (パチスロサクラ大戦3)

Pachislot Sakura Wars 3 (mobile game) (パチスロサクラ大戦3)

Online Games

Sakura Wars Online Games (サクラ大戦オンライン)

Smartphone Games

Cancelled / Partial scrapt

  • Sakura Wars MMO (サクラ大戦MMO) (tentative name) the release was announced in ChinaJoy only in China in July 2006, but was canceled in June 2007 due to Sega's withdrawal from the online game business in China.
  • Sakura Taisen World project (サクラ大戦ワールドプロジェクト) related work-the title that the release was announced in the Sakura Taisen World project of 2002. For several years, it was on the release calendar, but no subsequent updates were made, and it was removed from the calendar. Sakura Wars Story Imperial City, KOUMA / Demon (tentative name), Sakurahime Nishiki picture scroll

Non-game console/PC/Mobile entertaintment programs

Anime

Critical and Commercial Reception

Review scores and sales (Japan)
Game Platform Release
year
Famitsu
score
Platform
sales
Combined
sales
Sakura Taisen Saturn 1996 87%[2] 359,485[3] 704,793
Dreamcast 2000 109,686[4]
PS2 2003 35/40[5] 235,622[6]
Sakura Taisen 2 Saturn 1998 88%[7] 509,445[8] 600,115
Dreamcast 2000 90,670[4]
Sakura Taisen GB Game Boy 2000 31/40[9] 132,568[4] 132,568
Sakura Taisen 3 Dreamcast 2001 308,707[10] 360,270
PS2 2005 51,563[11]
Sakura Taisen 4 Dreamcast 2002 36/40[5] 257,386[10] 257,386
Sakura Taisen: Mysterious Paris PS2 2004 73,091[12] 73,091
Sakura Taisen V
Episode 0
PS2 2004 71,807[12] 216,475
Sakura Taisen V PS2 2005 37/40[5] 144,668[13]
Sakura Taisen 1 & 2 PSP 2006 57,054[12] 57,054
Dramatic Dungeon: Sakura Taisen DS 2008 30/40[14] 50,940[15] 50,940

The Sakura Wars series sold over 3 million units in Japan by early 2002,[16] and over 4.5 million units by 2010.[17] The original Saturn version of Sakura Taisen sold 360,000 copies in Japan in 1996, and sold out within hours of its release,[3][18] recording the biggest sales as a Sega Saturn original title.[19] Sakura Taisen 2 later sold more than 500,000 units in Japan during its first week on sale in 1998,[20][21] making it the second best selling dating game of all time in Japan.[22] When Sakura Taisen 2 was released, it was the current number one most popular game in Japan according to Famicom Tsuushin.[23] The Dreamcast ports of the first two Sakura Taisen games additionally sold around 100,000 copies each in 2000,[4] while the third and fourth Sakura Taisen games sold around 300,000 copies each for the Dreamcast in 2001 and 2002, respectively.[10] The PlayStation 2 version of the original Sakura Taisen also sold an additional 236,000 copies in 2003.[6]

According to Famitsu's 1996 top ten wanted list, Sakura Taisen scored second place just below Final Fantasy VII.[24] The game went on to win the Game of the Year prizes at the CESA Awards and Semi-Grand Prix Awards in 1997.[19] Sakura Taisen later ranked #13 place in the Famitsu's 100 all-time favorite games list.[25][26][27] The first four Sakura Taisen games all made Japan’s “Top 100 Games of all time” as voted by fans.[28] Famitsu gave Sakura Taisen V a 37/40 (10 / 10 / 9 / 8) score. In Japan, Sakura Taisen V was the 91st best selling game in 2005.[13] In 2009, Sakura Taisen scored first place in the Famitsu list of most wanted game sequels of all times.[29] In 2010, Sakura Shinguji ranked 17th place in Famitsu's reader poll of top 50 best video game characters. She is one of the highest-ranking female characters on the list, below Amaterasu from Ōkami and Yuna from Final Fantasy X.[30]

Video

Notes and references

  1. Kalata, Kurt. "Tengai Makyou: Ziria". Hardcore Gaming 101. http://hardcoregaming101.net/tengai/tengai.htm. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  2. http://www.famitsu.com/cominy/?m=pc&a=page_h_title&title_id=11556
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Video game software sales in 1996". Geimin.net. 1996-12-29. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://geimin.net/da/db/1996_ne_fa/index.php. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Video game software sales in 2000". Geimin.net. 2000-12-31. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://geimin.net/da/db/2000_ne_fa/index.php. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Famitsu Hall of Fame". Geimin. http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://geimin.net/da/db/cross_review/. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Sony PS2 Japanese Ranking". Japan-GameCharts. 2 November 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-30. http://web.archive.org/web/20081230005343/http://www.japan-gamecharts.com/ps2.php. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  7. http://www.famitsu.com/cominy/?m=pc&a=page_h_title&title_id=11559
  8. "Sega Saturn Japanese Ranking". Japan-GameCharts. Archived from the original on 2008-12-30. http://web.archive.org/web/20081230005343/http://www.japan-gamecharts.com/sat.php. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  9. http://www.famitsu.com/cominy/?m=pc&a=page_h_title&title_id=12786
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Sega Dreamcast Japanese Ranking". Japan-GameCharts. 1 February 2004. Archived from the original on 2008-12-30. http://web.archive.org/web/20081230005343/http://www.japan-gamecharts.com/dc.php. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  11. "Video game software sales in 2005". http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://geimin.net/da/db/2005_ne_fa/index.php. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Sakura Taisen, Garaph
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Top selling games japan consoles". the-magicbox.com. 2008. http://www.the-magicbox.com/Chart-BestSell2005.shtml. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  14. http://www.famitsu.com/cominy/?m=pc&a=page_h_title&title_id=315
  15. "Video game software sales in 2008". http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://geimin.net/da/db/2008_ne_fa/index.php. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  16. "Sakura Taisen World Project". RPG Fan. 2008. http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2002/1664.html. Retrieved 6 March 2008. 
  17. Gantayat, Anoop (2010-11-18). "Sakura Wars Becomes a Browser Game". Andriasang. http://andriasang.com/comrof/sakura_taisen_browser_game/. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  18. "Hardcore Gaming 101". hardcoregaming101.net. 1996-12-29. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/sakurataisen/st1.htm. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 "About Sakura Taisen". Red Entertainment. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-21. http://web.archive.org/web/20081221055452/http://www.red-entertainment.co.jp/eng/works/sakura/works/index.html. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  20. "Sakura Wars strikes the Dreamcast". [1]. 2008. http://dreamcast.ign.com/articles/071/071316p1.html. Retrieved 7 February 2008. 
  21. "Sakura Taisen 2". http://www.vgzone.com/reviews/saturn/sakura.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  22. "Top selling galge of all time". [2]. 2008. http://zepy.momotato.com/2009/04/04/top-100-best-selling-galge-titles. Retrieved 7 February. 
  23. "Sakura Taisen 2". [3]. 2008. http://www.vgzone.com/reviews/saturn/sakura.htm. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  24. "Sakura Wars strikes dreamcast". [4]. 2008. http://dreamcast.ign.com/articles/071/071316p1.html. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  25. "Famitsu Reveals Top 100 Reader-Vote Games of All-Time". Gamasutra. 2008. http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=8378. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  26. "Famitsu readers choose top 100 games of all time". GoNintendo. 2008. http://gonintendo.com/?p=1241. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  27. "Famitsu Readers Vote For Their Top 100 games". [5] Kotaku. 2008. http://kotaku.com/gaming/famitsu/famitsu-readers-vote-for-their-top-100-games-158432.php. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  28. "Interview with Nippon Icchi". [6]. 2009. http://diehardgamefan.com/2009/09/09/interview-with-nippon-ichis-nao-zook-about-sakura-taisen-vs-localization/. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  29. "Famitsu lists mos wanted sequels of all times". destructoid.com. 2009. http://www.destructoid.com/famitsu-lists-most-wanted-sequels-of-all-time-in-survey-130852.phtml. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  30. Glifford, Kevin (February 10, 2010). "Snake Beats Mario, Is Coolest Video Game Character Ever". 1UP.com. Archived from the original on 2015-01-10. https://web.archive.org/web/20110622072101/http://www.1up.com/news/snake-beats-mario-coolest-video. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
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