Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked

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Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked

Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: C
ESRB rating: T (Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence)
GRB rating: 15
Widescreen patch available
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLUS-21343
Japanese: SLPS-25600
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21343
Release date: April 11, 2006
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-25600
Release date: February 23, 2006
May 24, 2006 (Korea)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher(s): Bandai (JP, KO), Namco Bandai Games (US)
Genre: Action, Fighting
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic66/100
Game description: Samurai Champloo steps out of the hack-and-slash action genre and offers a new way to swing a finely-honed samurai blade. Set in Japan with hip hop feel from the hit TV series by the same name, this title allows gamers to breathe life to a "lost episode" as one of three playable characters - Mugen, a reckless samurai with break-dancing fighting style, calculated Jin who abides by the decorum of Bushido, and a mysterious new character exclusive to the video game. Stranded in northern land of Ezo (current day Hokkaido) in search of the samurai who smells of sunflowers, the player must face foreign mercenaries, master swordsmen, diabolical assassins, mythical beasts, and gangster monkeys. The core of the game's unique combat system lies in the innovative integration of music and linked attacks. The players can choose an array of combos based on the different hip hop grooves that they can swap at will. Music tracks become collectible, opening an extensive assortment of linked attacks that can be implemented tactically during combat.
A great third person gem, that has replay value, with it's intuitive game structure. The game follows an original story based anime that combines the Edo Period of Japan (1603–1867) and the hip hop culture. Each character has his own specific storyline, so playing through the game several times will offer a different experience and adventure with each character.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Core i3 540 @ 3.07 Ghz
  • PNY Nvidia GTX 550 Ti @ 950 Mhz
0.9.8 r4600 gsdx-sse4.dll r4600
  • spu2-x.dll r4600
  • lilypad r4600
BIOS: SCPH-77001, This game will easily run on a decent pc without speedhacks enabled, but if you feel like you might need them enabled, then go right ahead., If you have a pc that can perform with less hardware, replace the specifications posted here please. HuskyMuffin24
NTSC-U Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • Intel Core i3 550 @ 3.2 Ghz
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 512mb
1.2.1 r5875 gsdx9 Hardware mode
  • spu2-x.dll r5875
  • lilypad r5875
•SPEEDHACKS: preset lvl2

•PERFORMANCE:very similar cpu to the one listed above but less powerful gpu game runs just fine altought i played only the tutorial and the first 2 stages slow but still very very playable With native resolution on the tutorial 45-55 FPS the situation gets better in the actual game 50-60 FPS most of the time •OVERALL: i say medium demanding not too heavy not too light can be slow at parts but it's still fully playable i haven't noticed any input lag when it runs at 40-50 fps



  • Original names: サムライチャンプルー (SLPS-25600)
  • Also known as 사무라이 참프루 (KO)

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