Sangokushi Taisen

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Sangokushi Taisen
System(s): Sega Chihiro Satellite Terminal
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Simulation

Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (Chihiro Sattelite Terminal)
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Sangokushi Taisen (三国志大戦) is a four-player arcade simulation game released by Sega in 2005 that uses collectionable cards. Different to other Sega arcades games that have this feature, Sangokushi Taisen is aimed to an older audience.


The game uses the flat panel reader from World Club Champion Football. Unlike that game, however, Sangokushi Taisen can detect the exact movement of the cards, and not just the initial placement.

Battle plays out in a way in which you put out different generals in the battlefield. Each general has difference in attributes in strengh and intelligence, and is differentiated in the types of troops. You also have different types of mana energy in this game. One is for the troops, meaning from the eight slots, each troop can take up from 1 to 3 slots. Then there is the bar for special abilities, which fills itself up over time. Generally this contributes to strength that can be applied to the troop type, while intelligence contributes to the abilities that the troop has. Sometimes, when two troops face each other, a mini-game activates where one strike kills the other troop. Generally the player wins when they bring the enemy’s health of its castle down to zero, and like a fighting there is a time limit as well.

The troops are Swordmen, Spearmen, Cavalry, Archers and Siege. The troops are all weak and strong against each other, but have additional attributes as well. For one, they have six special abilities which are Revival (speed up the revival of the generals when they fall in battle), Charisma (buffers up the mana bar in the game), Recruitment (takes in a troop that you never used in the battle taking place), Ambush (a stealth technique that makes your troop invisible until contact), Fence (places a wooden plate for more defense on your castle), Link (if multiple troops have that Link ability, they can enhance the current ability that is being used).

Magazine articles

Main article: Sangokushi Taisen/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

PressRelease JP 2004-11-02.pdf

JP press release

PressRelease JP 2005-03-15 1.pdf

JP press release

Physical scans

Chihiro, JP


Sangokushi Taisen/Sengoku Taisen series of games
Sangokushi Taisen (2005) | Sangokushi Taisen 2 (2006) | Sangokushi Taisen 2: Wakakishi no Kodou (2007) | Sangokushi Taisen 3 (2007) | Sangokushi Taisen 3: Souten no Ryu Myaken (2008) | Sangokushi Taisen 3: Takeki Houou no Tenshou (2009) | Sangokushi Taisen 3 War Begins (2010)| Sengoku Taisen: 1560 Owari no Fuuunji (2010) | Sengoku Taisen: 1570 Maou Jouraku su (2011)| Sengoku Taisen: 1582 Nichirin, Honnouji Yori Izuru (2012)| Sengoku Taisen: 15XX Gokishichidou no Yuu (2012)| Sengoku Taisen: 1590 Aoi Kanhasshuu ni Tatsu (2013)| Sengoku Taisen: 1477 Yabu Fu, Rokujuurokushuu no Kakera e (2014)| Sengoku Taisen: 1600 Sekigahara Jo no Fuseki, Aoi Utsu (2014)| Sengoku Taisen: 1477-1655 Hinomoto Itto Eno Gunki (2016)| Sangokushi Taisen 4 (2016)
Nintendo DS
Sangokushi Taisen DS (2007) | Sangokushi Taisen Ten (2008)
Google Android OS
Sanpoke: Sangokushi Taisen Pocket (2017)
Sangokushi Taisen related media
Sangokushi Taisen Original Sound Track (2006) | Sangokushi Taisen All Sounds (2012)