Introducing “Kiss Me Sweet: The Sakura Wars Localization Project”!

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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A group shot of the Sakura Wars 1 & 2 cast.

 

For 17 years, video game giant Sega has kept a shining jewel hidden away in Japan.

A video game juggernaut in its native country, the Sakura Wars (or Sakura Taisen) franchise has spawned five core entries, several spin-offs, and inspired a mountain of media including 7 anime series, a successful run of stage productions, and even a cafe that remained open for nearly a decade. A success of this magnitude would make one think that the company tried to branch the series out into other languages, but as of 2013, only the fifth core entry is available in English.

As a group consisting of dedicated Sega fans, RPG enthusiasts and anime aficionados, Kiss Me Sweet: The Sakura Wars Localization Project aims to raise awareness for this franchise in order for an English localization to be achieved. There are existing PC ports of the first four games in the franchise, and due to the growing demand for JRPGs on the digital marketplace, we believe that digital distribution of these ports through channels such as Steam, GOG and/or GamersGate would prove lucrative for Sega. Furthermore, characters from the franchise are set to appear in June’s Project X Zone for the 3DS, which is poised to be one of the bigger games on the console this year.

Considering the large amount of Sega fans and JRPG gamers out there today, we’re confident that the Sakura Wars franchise could get a new lease on life in North America. In the coming months, we will be posting videos put together by some of our most dedicated members, showcasing their translation process for the games, as well as posting bits of news about the Sakura Wars franchise itself. If you’re interested in anime and/or JRPGs, please spread the word so Sega knows that we want to play these landmark games!

Keep up with what we’re up to by following our Facebook page and Twitter feed! Thank you for your interest and support, and hopefully, we can work together to get this definitive franchise localized in its entirety!

About The Sakura Wars Localization Project

We're a group dedicated to getting the PC ports of the first four Sakura Wars games localized and brought to North America via digital distribution. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for Sakura Wars news, fan art, and other things!




  • PC? I’m in!

    • S

      NISA has already stated they didn’t recoup their localization costs from So Long My Love…I can’t say I blame them for not wanting to mess with any more of the games. To be honest I’m hoping for Aksys, but…

    • Kori

      They have not but I do plan on posting the playthrough on their forums as I did with the Sega Forums. ~ Kori

  • I support this project.

  • Jesse

    You’ve got my support. =D

  • Guest

    Awesome! I’m stoked to see that there is a campaign for localizing this series, I’m a huge fan!

    Out of curiosity, are you guys contacting any publishers or doing anything along those lines? Or is the goal just to raise awareness about the series hoping that someone will consider picking it up?

  • jacen-dane

    I’ll support this. It’d be cool to see these games come out here. I’ve played Sakura Wars: So Long My Love and I thought it was pretty good, but I really want to play the ones that never got sent over.

  • jacen-dane

    Hell I’d like to see it get put on the Eshop or PSN or something, but if it were to be put on Steam…well I’d finally have a reason to get an account.

  • DarkFlash

    I’m glad that there is someone working to get this series localized. Project X Zone piqued my interest in Sakura Wars and now I can’t help but monitor this effort to see how far along it gets. Even though I have yet to play a Sakura Wars game, I hope to obtain a copy of the fifth game without much trouble. All in all, this project has my full support.