Ikkitousen: Shining Dragon (cancelled English version of PlayStation 2 game; 2008)

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Ikkitousen: Shining Dragon (English version)
The Japanese cover art for the game.
The Japanese cover art for the game.
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Ikkitousen: Shining Dragon (official localized title) is a fighting game based off the Ikki Tousen anime franchise, released in Japan on July 26, 2007 for the PlayStation 2.

Valcon Games licensed the game for an English release, and fully completed translating the game into English before submitting it to the ESRB. The English version of the game was also at one point listed for preorder on Amazon, Play-Asia, and Target.com.

However, the ESRB proceeded to give the game an M rating for "Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Violence", which was higher than the distributor was planning on. (By comparison, the game received a CERO C, or 15+ rating in Japan.)

The ESRB description of the game also revealed a minor censorship element: while the girls in the Ikki Tousen anime and original Japanese game are referred to as being of high school age, they were planned to be aged up to college age in the English version of Shining Dragon.

The game's release was formally cancelled by the distributor in May 2009, with the M rating being listed as the most damaging factor. A censored release was considered, but Valcon decided against it, commenting to the gaming website Siliconera "We could remove all the stuff that makes it an M-rated game, but then we don’t think the customers would be very happy buying an Ikki Tousen game without all the shredded clothing…"

No screenshots or gameplay of this English version have ever been released.




Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
Score -1++
This shows how Americans a pussies and can't handle shit like the Japanese. How weak are them? The game is not that violent. Faggots.

Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
Score 0++
First off, I take it English isn't your native tongue, and second, are you even familiar with Article 175 of the Criminal Code of Japan? Pornography is fucking censored over there, save for the titties. Hell, even the violence in media is a lot more tamer than their western counterparts. Look up "Censored Gaming" on Youtube, and tell me who the real pussies are.

Anonymous user #3

3 months ago
Score 0++
There's been lots of ecchi games that have been released since then uncensored (usually), especially on Steam. In this game's case, it probably didn't help that it was going to be released way late in the PS2's lifespan when everyone had moved on to the PS3 so... yeah.
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