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What's Shigeru Miymaoto Doing at the Samurai Warriors 3 Press Conference?

Really, I'd like to know!


Koei isn't just announcing new ventures down in South Asia today. The company also gathered press somewhere in Tokyo for a press conference to properly unveil Sengoku Musou 3.

Sengoku Musou 3 is the Wii installment in a series that has seen release in Western markets as Samurai Warriors. Koei announced the game last year without giving any details. Earlier in the week, the game made it into the mainstream headlines with news that Gackt would be lending his musical talents.

The press conference kicked off at 14:05, and Inside Games was live blogging. Here's an initial report based entirely off the Inside Games blog.

Following an introduction by Tecmo Koei CEO Kenji Matsubara, Koei's Yoshiki Sugiyama took the stage and revealed that the game, whose past two installments were originally for the PlayStation 2, is being brought to the Wii because it's the best selling hardware and the team wants the game to be played by as many people as possible.

The theme of the game is "Starting with Ikki Tousen on Wii." The phrase "Ikki Tousen" is used to describe that Dynasty Warriors-esque thing where you have one soldier facing off against many, many enemies (there's a Wikipedia entry for it).

Sugiyama wants Sengoku Musou 3 to be thought of as a game that represents the Wii.

The game's producer took the stage to get into the specifics. Players can look forward to a true action experience using a standard controller -- that's right, it looks like waggle is either out, or optional! The game will feature the highest quality refreshing action of the series with the highest number of characters yet seen in the series, promised the producer.

Inside's live blog got a bit confusing at the 14:23 mark. Apparently, Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage. Why would Miyamoto appear at a Sengoku Musou press conference?

[ update: Gemaga's live blog from the event provides the reason for Miyamoto's appearance. Apparently, the game will have a mode called "Nazo no Mura Samejou." This is an old Famicom Disc game from Nintendo. You can see Miyamaoto in the pic at the Gemaga blog. ]

The final posting at the Inside Games blog, marked 14:25, states that both Classic Controller Pro and Treasure Box bundles will be available for the game. A playable build will be shown at the Tokyo Game Show, with a final release to come, as previously announced, in November.

Now that you have the flash report version, check back later for something more solid.

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