I once worked in a video game store, and Hokuto No Ken (aka Fist of the North Star) for the Sony Playstation was one of our most popular import titles. Its over-the-top blend of gory fighting and loud Japanese rock music got the attention of a lot of our hardcore gaming customers as it played on our demo TV's. Turns out Fist of the North Star has a long history with video games (NES and Genesis games were even released here in the U.S.), and Koei (makers of the seemingly endless Dynasty Warriors series) are just the latest company getting in on the Fist of the North Star action with the release of Hokuto Musou.

Coming to Japanese retailers in 2010, Hokuto Musou features Dynasty Warriors-style gameplay, as the hero, Kenshiro, wages a one-man war against post-apocalyptic miscreants with his Hokuto Shinken power--a series of strikes that cause peoples' internal organs to explode with gruesome force. Gamespot reports that Koei has yet to announce a U.S. release date for the Playstation 3 and X-Box 360 title.

Fist of the North Star is based on a serialized manga first published in 1983. Obviously influenced by Mad Max, the manga relates the story of a leather-clad, shoulder-padded wanderer who protects the innocent from marauders in a post-nuclear scorched Earth. Since its creation, it's been the source for numerous toys, novels, anime series, games, and movies--even a little-seen 1995 live-action U.S. film starring Costas Mandylor and Malcolm McDowell.

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