List of YuYu Hakusho video games

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There are numerous video games based on the YuYu Hakusho manga and anime series created by Yoshihiro Togashi. The Japanese name of the series is romanized as Yū Yū Hakusho and the anime is officially titled Yu Yu Hakusho in North America. The games primarily revolve around the protagonist Yusuke Urameshi, a delinquent junior high school student who is killed while trying to save a young boy from being hit by a car. Yusuke is brought back to life and is promptly given the task of solving cases involving ghosts and demons in the human world.

There are a total of twenty-one video games based solely on YuYu Hakusho, most of have only been released in Japan. When the anime series aired on TV Tokyo in the early 1990s, games were released on both home and handheld consoles. These include a group by Tomy on the Nintendo Game Boy, a group by Namco on the Super Famicom, releases on Sega consoles, and a few miscellaneous platform titles. In May 2003, following the show's western debut, Atari acquired the rights to distribute new YuYu Hakusho games in North America and PAL regions.[1] The company published three games exclusive to those locations. More Japan-exclusive games have since been released by Banpresto and Takara Tomy. Games in the series are of several different genres, though many are action or fighting-themed in relation to the manga's story arcs.[2][3][4]

Video games in the YuYu Hakusho franchise have achieved some commercial success. By December 2003, video games in the series had accrued $273 million in life-to-date retail sales.[5] Atari reported adequate fiscal contributions from its releases in North America.[6][7] Yū Yū Hakusho Forever for the PlayStation 2 also saw initial success on Japanese sales charts.[8][9][10] However, games in the franchise that have been released since 2003 have received mostly poor to average reviews from critics.[11][12][13][14][15]

Video games[edit]

1990s[edit]

Title Details
Yū Yū Hakusho

Original release date(s):[16]
  • JP August 23, 1993
Release years by system:
1993 — Game Boy[16]
Notes:


Yū Yū Hakusho Yamishōbu! Ankoku Bujutsu Kai

Original release date(s):[17][18]
  • JP September 30, 1993
Release years by system:
1993 — PC Engine[17]
Notes:


Yū Yū Hakusho: Bakutō Ankoku Bujutsu Kai

Original release date(s):[19]
  • JP October 22, 1993
Release years by system:
1993 — Family Computer[19]
Notes:


Yū Yū Hakusho Dai-Ni-Dan: Ankoku Bujutsu Kai Hen

Original release date(s):[20]
  • JP December 10, 1993
Release years by system:
1993 — Game Boy[20]
Notes:


Yū Yū Hakusho

Original release date(s):[21][22]
  • JP December 22, 1993
Release years by system:
1993 — Super Famicom[21]
Notes:


Yū Yū Hakusho Gaiden MD

Original release date(s):[23]
  • JP January 28, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 — Mega Drive[23]
Notes:


Yū Yū Hakusho: Horobishi Mono no Gyakushū

Original release date(s):[26]
  • JP March 25, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 — Sega Game Gear[26]
Notes:


Yū Yū Hakusho Dai-San-Dan: Makai no Tobira

Original release date(s):[27]
  • JP June 3, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 — Game Boy[27]
Notes:
  • Published by Tomy[27]


Yū Yū Hakusho 2: Kakutō no Sho

Original release date(s):[22][28]
  • JP June 10, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 — Super Famicom[28]
Notes:


Yū Yū Hakusho: Makyō Tōitsusen

Original release date(s):[23][30][31][32]
  • JP September 30, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 — Mega Drive[23]
Notes:
  • Developed by Treasure and published by Sega[23][32][33]
  • Released in Brazil by Tectoy under the title YuYu Hakusho: Sunset Fighters[32][34]
  • A fighting game with 11 playable characters for up to four people simultaneously[32][33][35]


Yū Yū Hakusho II: Gekitou! Shichi Kyō no Tatakai

Original release date(s):[36]
  • JP September 30, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 — Sega Game Gear[36]
Notes:
  • Published and developed by Sega[36]


Yū Yū Hakusho Dai-Yon-Dan: Makai Tōitsu Hen

Original release date(s):[37]
  • JP December 9, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 — Game Boy[37]
Notes:
  • Published by Tomy[37]


Yū Yū Hakusho: Tokubetsu Hen

Original release date(s):[22][38]
  • JP December 22, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 — Super Famicom[38]
Notes:
  • Published and developed by Namco[22][38]


Yū Yū Hakusho

Original release date(s):[39]
  • JP December 23, 1994
Release years by system:
1994 — 3DO[39]
Notes:


Yū Yū Hakusho Final: Makai Saikyō Retsuden

Original release date(s):[22][40]
  • JP March 24, 1995
Release years by system:
1995 — Super Famicom[40]
Notes:
  • Published and developed by Namco[22][40]
  • A fighting game with 13 playable characters[41]


2000s[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[5][42]
  • NA December 2, 2003
  • PAL April 1, 2005
Release years by system:
2003 — Game Boy Advance[5]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[2][44]
  • NA September 21, 2004
  • PAL July 15, 2005
Release years by system:
2004 — PlayStation 2[2]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[45][46]
  • NA November 18, 2004
  • PAL February 25, 2005
Release years by system:
2004 — Game Boy Advance[45]
Notes:


Yū Yū Hakusho Forever

Original release date(s):[3][47]
  • JP May 19, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 — PlayStation 2[3]
Notes:


Yū Yū Hakusho DS: Ankoku Bujutsu Kai Hen

Original release date(s):[50][51]
  • JP September 21, 2006
Release years by system:
2006 — Nintendo DS[50]
Notes:


The Battle of Yū Yū Hakusho: Shitō! Ankoku Bujutsu Kai

Original release date(s):[4][53][54]
  • JP September 2006
(Arcade)
  • JP January 11, 2007
(PlayStation 2)
Release years by system:
2006 — Arcade[4]
2007 — PlayStation 2[53]
Notes:
  • Published by Banpresto, developed by Dimps[4]
  • A 3D fighting video game[4]
  • Ported to the PlayStation 2 as The Battle of Yū Yū Hakusho: Shitou! Ankoku Bujutsu Kai 120% Full Power[53][55]


Other games[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[56][57][58]
  • JP August 10, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – Nintendo DS[56][57][58]
Notes:
  • Published by Nintendo, developed by Nintendo and Ganbarion[56][57][58] (only Ganbarion according to GameSpot[58])
  • Features one stage and four characters from the YuYu Hakusho series (one of them playable)[59]



Original release date(s):[60][61][62]
  • JP November 23, 2006
Release years by system:
2006 – Nintendo DS[60][61]
Notes:
  • Published by Nintendo, developed by Nintendo and Ganbarion[60][61][62] (only Ganbarion according to GameSpot[62])
  • Features one stage and six characters from the YuYu Hakusho series (three of them playable)[63]



Original release date(s):[64][65][66]
  • JP March 19, 2014
Release years by system:
2014 – PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita
Notes:


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