Fist Of The North Star is one of those series that everybody in Japan knows. Like Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Detective Conan, its fans span far beyond people who call themselves fans. Tetsuo Hara’s post-apocalyptic masterpiece has had spin-offs, games, live-action movies, all sorts of merchandise, and who knows what else over the years. Last year, as a spiritual crossover with the Yakuza series, SEGA put out Fist Of The North Star: Lost Paradise. Since then, they’ve been creating a mobile game under wraps called Fist Of The North Star: Legends ReVIVE. Tetsuo Hara himself is involved and it’s promised to be ‘the ultimate re-experience of the original work’. Their words, not mine.
Despite Fist Of The North Star: Legends ReVIVE just being announced, there will already be a closed beta for Japanese players from June 12 – 21. SEGA will be accepting applications for the beta until June 6. While details of the gameplay haven’t been revealed yet, with Hara’s involvement Fist Of The North Star: Legends ReVIVE could actually be a mobile game worth playing for fans. He and SEGA have stated that while, of course, many fan-favorite characters will appear, that die-hards of the series should expect some minor players to make surprise appearances.
It’s the 35th anniversary of Fist Of The North Star and Fist Of The North Star: Legends ReVIVE is just one of many ways you can celebrate! For instance, there are sets of new Bikkuriman stickers fans can enjoy. I wouldn’t be surprised if bigger, beefier, announcements are on the horizon. If you’ve never seen the original work, it actually holds up very well despite its age. It’s currently streaming on Crunchyroll and one of its films is also streaming on Amazon Prime for US subscribers.
Fist Of The North Star: Legends ReVIVE will start closed beta testing for iOS and Android June 11.