Hokuto Musou was released on March 25, 2010 in Japan. It sold about half a million copies in Japan.
Hokuto Musou was originally announced as a 'mystery title' during the 2009 Tokyo Game Show and was publicly unveiled during a staged media event on October 14, 2009. Its story and characters are based on the famous Japanese comic and anime Fist of the North Star. Tetsuo Hara and Buronson, the illustrator and writer respectively of the original comic, have expressed their support and enthusiasm for the title.
Hisashi Koinuma, the game's producer said that the staff aim to create a 'new realistic feel' for the Fist of the North Star series while still being faithful to the original's roots. During this process, he mentioned his concerns for the characters' body structure, muscles, and other minute details (such as perfecting the model for Raoh's wrinkled forehead). He noted that the official mode for this title carries more action adventure tones than other Warriors titles thus far yet gave his assurance that Warriors fans can easily feel at home in the game's original story mode. He personally spoke his thoughts regarding the game at Yodobashi-Akiba, Biccamera Yurakucho, and Biccamera Ikebukuro on March 22 and March 25. He also played a rock-paper-scissor game for attendants, the winner of the crowd obtaining an original T-shirt signed by the game's voice actors.
This game is the second 'dual franchise' title from Koei, the first being Dynasty Warriors Gundam.
"Fist of the North Star - Ken's Rage [Model BLUS-30504]"
"Fist of the North Star - Ken's Rage [Model BLES-01062]"