Sangokushi Taisen

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Sangokushi Taisen
System(s): Sega Chihiro Satellite Terminal
Publisher: Sega
Peripherals supported: Trackball + 3 button + Flat reader
Genre: Simulation

Number of players: 1-2 (versus)
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (Chihiro Sattelite Terminal)
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Sangokushi Taisen (三国志大戦) is a Sega Chihiro Satellite Terminal arcade warfare strategy simulation game developed by Sega AM1 and manufactured by Sega. Released exclusively to Japanese arcades in March 2005[1], it uses the movement detected from collectible cards slid across a player-facing panel as its primarily means of gameplay, and is notably aimed at an older audience.

A commercial success, the game is the first in Sega's long-running Sangokushi Taisen series.


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).


Version history

System Version Size Date Comment Ref Icon
Arcade (Chihiro Sattelite Terminal)
0000010000000000000000000000001.0 200503012005-03-01 Sangokushi Taisen [2]
Arcade (Chihiro Sattelite Terminal)
0000020000000000000000000000002.0 200605012006-05-01 Sangokushi Taisen 2 [3]
Arcade (Chihiro Sattelite Terminal)
0000020000010000000000000000002.1 200701252007-01-25 Sangokushi Taisen 2: Wakaki Shishi no Kodou (若き獅子の鼓動)
Arcade (Lindbergh)
0000030000000000000000000000003.0 200712132007-12-13 Sangokushi Taisen 3 [4]
Arcade (Lindbergh)
0000030000010000000000000000003.1 200809182008-09-18 Sangokushi Taisen 3: Souten no Ryumyaku (蒼天の龍脈)
Arcade (Lindbergh)
0000030000050000000000000000003.5 200907232009-07-23 Sangokushi Taisen 3: Takeki Houou no Tenshou (猛き鳳凰の天翔)
Arcade (Lindbergh)
0000030000590000000000000000003.59 201007012010-07-01 Sangokushi Taisen 3: War begins

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

SangokushiTaisen Arcade JP Flyer.pdf

JP Flyer

Physical scans

Chihiro, JP



Live monitor Satellite
1.35 m (53.15")
2.03 m (79.921")
810 mm (31.89")

1.01 m (39.764")
1.585 m (62.401")
1.4 m (55.118")

Mass: 210 kg (462 lbs) Mass: 200 kg (440 lbs)


Sangokushi Taisen/Sengoku Taisen series of games
Sangokushi Taisen(1st) 1.0 2.0 3.0
Sengoku Taisen 1.0 2.0 3.0
Sangokushi Taisen (2nd) 1.0 2.0 3.0
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021   
Sangokushi Taisen series of games
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)