Square Enix Is Bringing Back Its First Game, But It's Not What You Think

Square Enix is Bringing Back Its First Game. It's Not What You Think

When game companies Square and Enix merged in 2003, JRPG fans were on edge as to what masterpiece the new juggernaut was sure to make. They made a game. And now, 11 years later, they have brought it back. It's not the game you think it is.

The first game that was developed and released in May, 2003 by Square Enix as "Square Enix" was Shissou, Yankee Damashii (疾走、ヤンキー魂), a game developed as an MMORPG for the PC that allowed players to play as a Japanese Yankee (Note, in Japan, the term "yankee" describes a delinquent youth, often involved with gangs, riding bikes, and generally causing trouble). For reference: The main character, Onizuka from the Japanese manga/anime Great Teacher Onizuka was a former yankee.

Square Enix is Bringing Back Its First Game. It's Not What You Think

Yes, this game did exist.

The original MMO ended its service in 2010, but apparently, due to popular demand, it has been revived for Android platforms. An iOS version is also in development.

The story of the new revived game, Shissou, Yankee Damashii (疾走、ヤンキー魂) involves a "legendary yankee," the number one thug in Japan, named Masaomi Kuji. One day, Kuji relinquished his throne and along with it, the source of his power, the 108 "raging souls" before disappearing. The souls were scattered across the land where they find new hosts. The protagonist of the game, a boy named Shota, bears the soul of Unyielding. Together with his friends, the bearers of the 6 souls of good, Shota seeks to defeat the hosts of the 101 souls of evil and fulfil his brother's dream of becoming the number one yankee.

Here's the opening cinematic.

Yeah. It's kinda nuts in an entertaining way.

In the game, players race, fight, build and customise their clothes and rides as they fight to defeat the 101 evil souls on their quest. There are also multi-player modes where you can compete together with friends against rival teams.

Shissou, Yankee Damashii is currently available for Android platforms in Japan. An iOS version is currently in development. No word on an English version.

Square Enix is Bringing Back Its First Game. It's Not What You Think

疾走、ヤンキー魂。 [SQUARE ENIX]


Comments

    What game did I think it was?

      Maybe they thought people would think it was "The Death Trap", Square's (Before the Merger) first game.

      Or perhaps they thought people could think it was their second game "Hanjuku Hero Tai 3D"... ... O.o

      Last edited 08/08/14 9:39 am

    yeah i don't think there's any point on English localisation for this one.

    it has been revived for Android platforms. An iOS version is also in development.

    Close tab.

    Oh good, Squeenix doing another mobile game...

      I know your feels - its like Picasso doing cartoon portraits of people.

      Such waste.

        I love cartoons though.

        I understand your meaning. I never game on mobile (Solitaire on the crapper), so I miss out on all the new Squeenix stuff :-(

        Much like Picasso, Squeenix is spending its twilight years making pottery shaped like dicks and giggling to itself.

    Or perhaps people thought it was Final Fantasy 7, as most people can't seem to remember anything before that game or the PS1.

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