Samurai Warriors: Chronicles

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Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
Samurai Warriors Chronicles.jpg
European cover art
Developer(s)Omega Force
Publisher(s)Tecmo Koei
SeriesSamurai Warriors
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
  • JP: February 26, 2011[1]
  • EU: March 25, 2011
  • NA: March 27, 2011
Genre(s)Hack and slash

Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (戦国無双 クロニクル, Sengoku Musou Kuronikuru) is a hack and slash video game developed by Omega Force and published by Tecmo Koei for the Nintendo 3DS. It was released as a launch title in Japan on February 26, 2011, in Europe on March 25, 2011, and in North America on March 27, 2011.


Samurai Warriors: Chronicles introduces several new features not included in prior Samurai Warriors games. While the top screen displays the main game, the bottom screen is used to display maps, KOs, and mission data. A player can switch between four characters during battle, switching the screen to their respective locations as well.[2]

Unlike previous titles, where the player chooses a hero and focuses on their story, in Chronicles the player chooses a male (wielding a katana and rifle) or female (wielding dual swords) character which they play as a primary character in every story battle, following their own story and changing around different armies. Each battle also allows the player to have one-four (depending on the battle) side characters to switch between during the battle. Before a stage is cleared these are fixed on certain characters related to the story. Once the mission has been cleared once, the player can change these characters out to any character they have unlocked for free play. Every character taking place in a battle receives xp, and the weapons found during the mission are divided out according to the players choosing between these characters.[3]


Every playable character from Sengoku Musou 3: Moushouden/Z are playable in this game.[4] There is a story mode that follows all the events in Samurai Warriors 3, there are no separate story lines for game characters however game characters that star in the battle can be played. The two new officers, the main Hero and the main Heroine, are brand new original characters to the series, fully customizable by the players. The player will use either of them for all of the game (unless they replay the stage in which case all unlocked characters can be chosen), while switching control to the other returning officers during battles.


Samurai Warriors: Chronicles was first announced during E3 2010 as Samurai Warriors 3D as a part of the Nintendo 3DS line-up. The game was subsequently renamed Samurai Warriors: Chronicles, which occurred during Tokyo Game Show 2010.[5]


Aggregate scores
Review scores
Game Informer5/10[11]
GamePro3.5/5 stars[12]
Nintendo Life5/10 stars[15]
Nintendo Power7/10[16]
Nintendo World Report7/10[17]

Samurai Warriors: Chronicles was met with mixed reception upon release; GameRankings gave it a score of 63%,[6] while Metacritic gave it 61 out of 100.[7]


The game was followed by two sequels. The first, Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2 (戦国無双 クロニクル 2, Sengoku Musou Kuronikuru 2) was released only in Japan on September 13, 2012, also for the Nintendo 3DS. Being an overhaul of the original game, it has the same general storyline and several of the characters' movesets with expanded content. It features multiple story paths for the two protagonists, new events for returning characters, and a new competitive multiplayer mode akin to Challenge Mode. It also introduces three new characters: Munenori Yagyū, Naotora Ii, and Takatora Tōdō, all of whom would also be introduced to the main series starting on Samurai Warriors 4. In addition, several characters from other games in the Warriors series make appearance as NPCs.

The second, Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (戦国無双 クロニクル 3) features new scenarios and systems as well as over 50 characters from Samurai Warriors 4. It was released for the 3DS as well as the PlayStation Vita in Japan on December 4, 2014.[18] Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 have also been released digitally in Europe on June 24, 2015, and North America on June 30, 2015.

Both Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2 and Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 support the Circle Pad Pro when played on the Nintendo 3DS.[19]


  1. ^ Tom Bramwell (January 10, 2011). "Nintendo 3DS Japanese launch line-up 3DS News". Eurogamer. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Spencer (October 19, 2010). "Koinuma-san, Can You Tell Us About Samurai Warriors Chronicle?". Siliconera. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  3. ^ Spencer (September 28, 2010). "Samurai Warriors Chronicle Stars You". Siliconera. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "Samurai Warriors: Chronicles official Japanese website, character section". Tecmo Koei. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  5. ^ Pedro Hernandez (September 16, 2010). "Samurai Warriors 3D Receives Subtitle, Dead or Alive Dimensions Site Opens". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Samurai Warriors Chronicles for 3DS". GameRankings. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Samurai Warriors Chronicles for 3DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  8. ^ Jim Sterling (April 2, 2011). "Review: Samurai Warriors: Chronicles". Destructoid. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  9. ^ Edge staff (May 2011). "Samurai Warriors Chronicles". Edge (220): 105.
  10. ^ Chris Schilling (March 22, 2011). "Samurai Warriors: Chronicles". Eurogamer. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  11. ^ Ben Reeves (March 29, 2011). "Samurai Warriors: Chronicles: Koei's Tired Formula Fails To Bring History To Life". Game Informer. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  12. ^ Ray Barnholt (March 31, 2011). "Review: Samurai Warriors Chronicles". GamePro. Archived from the original on April 4, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  13. ^ Carolyn Petit (April 1, 2011). "Samurai Warriors Chronicles Review". GameSpot. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  14. ^ Jack DeVries (April 7, 2011). "Samurai Warriors Chronicles Review". IGN. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  15. ^ Patrick Elliot (April 7, 2011). "Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (3DS) Review". NintendoLife. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  16. ^ "Samurai Warriors: Chronicles". Nintendo Power. 266: 85. April 2011.
  17. ^ Patrick Coakley (March 31, 2011). "Samurai Warriors Chronicles". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  18. ^ Ishaan (August 5, 2014). "Samurai Warriors Chronicle 3 Announced For 3DS And Vita". Siliconera. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  19. ^ "Official Japanese Nintendo 3DS & XL Circle Pad Pro Support List". Nintendo. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07.

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