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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 game series of the same name, 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.

OverviewEdit

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 gamesEdit

Main seriesEdit

Main series prequels and side storiesEdit

  • Hanagumi Taisen Columns (1997)
  • Hanagumi Taisen Columns 2 (2000)
  • Sakura Taisen GB ~Geki • Hanagumi Nyuutai!~ ( "Go Forth—Flower Division Enlist!") (2000)
  • Sakura Taisen GB2 ~Thunder Bolt Sakusen~ ("Operation Thunder Bolt") (2001)
  • Sakura Taisen Monogatari ~Mysterious Paris~ ("Sakura Wars Story ~Mysterious Paris~") (2004)
  • Sakura Taisen V Episode 0 ~Kouya no Samurai Musume~ ("The Samurai Girl from the Wild West") (2004)
  • Dramatic Dungeon Sakura Taisen ~Kimi aru ga tame~ ("Because you are here") (2008)

Films and animationEdit

Reception and salesEdit

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
Monogatari
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]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Kalata, Kurt. Tengai Makyou: Ziria. Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved on 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. Retrieved on 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. Retrieved on 10 February 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Famitsu Hall of Fame. Geimin. Retrieved on 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. Retrieved on 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. Retrieved on 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. Retrieved on 2012-02-10.
  11. Video game software sales in 2005. Retrieved on 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). Retrieved on 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. Retrieved on 2015-01-11.
  16. Sakura Taisen World Project. RPG Fan (2008). Retrieved on 6 March 2008.
  17. Gantayat, Anoop (2010-11-18). Sakura Wars Becomes a Browser Game. Andriasang. Retrieved on 31 January 2012.
  18. Hardcore Gaming 101. hardcoregaming101.net (1996-12-29). Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved on 17 April 2013.
  19. 19.0 19.1 About Sakura Taisen. Red Entertainment (2008). Archived from the original on 2008-12-21. Retrieved on 2 February 2008.
  20. Sakura Wars strikes the Dreamcast. [1] (2008). Retrieved on 7 February 2008.
  21. Sakura Taisen 2. Retrieved on 2007-07-26.
  22. Top selling galge of all time. [2] (2008). Retrieved on 7 February.
  23. Sakura Taisen 2. [3] (2008). Retrieved on 2 February 2008.
  24. Sakura Wars strikes dreamcast. [4] (2008). Retrieved on 2 February 2008.
  25. Famitsu Reveals Top 100 Reader-Vote Games of All-Time. Gamasutra (2008). Retrieved on 2 February 2008.
  26. Famitsu readers choose top 100 games of all time. GoNintendo (2008). Retrieved on 2 February 2008.
  27. Famitsu Readers Vote For Their Top 100 games. [5] Kotaku (2008). Retrieved on 2 February 2008.
  28. Interview with Nippon Icchi. [6] (2009). Retrieved on 8 September 2009.
  29. Famitsu lists mos wanted sequels of all times. destructoid.com (2009). Retrieved on 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. Retrieved on March 10, 2010.

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