Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX

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Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: E (Mild Language, Violence)
GRB rating: ALL
Supports up to eight local players
Languages supported:
English: SLUS-20879
Japanese: SLPM-65423 & SLPM-66172 & SLPM-66813 & SLPM-65673 & SLPM-66523 & SLPM-66971
Korean: SLKA-25128
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20879
Release date: February 24, 2004
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65423
SLPM-65673 (Power-Up Kit)
SLKA-25128 (BigHit, Korea)
SLPM-66172 (Koei the Best)
SLPM-66523 (Power-Up Kit, Koei the Best)
SLPM-66813 (Koei Teiban Series)
SLKA-25266 (PlayStation 2 - Big Hit Series)
SLPM-66971 (Power-Up Kit, Koei Teiban Series)
Release date: December 20, 2003
September 2, 2004 (Power-Up Kit)
March 4, 2005 (BigHit, Korea)
October 6, 2005 (Koei the Best)
July 20, 2006 (Power-Up Kit, Koei the Best)
July 5, 2007 (Koei Teiban Series)
April 24, 2008 (Power-Up Kit, Koei Teiban Series)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Koei
Publisher(s): Koei
Genre: RPG, Simulation, Turn-Based Strategy
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: GameRankings76/100, Metacritic74/100
Game description: With Ancient China as the backdrop, Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX chronicles the events of the 2nd and 3rd century, when a once grand empire fell into civil war. In this chapter of the series, you immediately assume the rank of a Ruler--a role that tests your leadership, management, and strategy skills. Negotiate political and military affairs at the same time, and use diplomacy while under attack or shift strategies against enemy units in the midst of combat. Foreign tribes now play a pivotal role and can help players protect their dominion.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8400 @ 3.60 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
1.1.0 (r5622) ?
  • SPU2-X r5559 2.0.0
  • LilyPad (r5403) 0.11.0
BIOS: USA v2.00, Hacks: None, The text is completely black with any of the GS, which makes it barely readable. Setting Internal Resolution to anything above native will cause glitches. ManaYagami
  • Intel Core2 i7-6700HQ @ 2.60 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
1.4.00 GSdx 5334 (MSVC 16.00, SSE2) 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad (r5403) 0.11.0
BIOS: USA v2.00, Hacks: none of the newer stable graphics plugin works, the GSdx 1.0.0 results in black background on text making it impossible to read , use older graphics plugin GSdx 5334 to fix. Calduin
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel i7 6700 @3.40ghz
  • GTX 1050 TI
1.7.0 g491b6e12f GSdx AVX2
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: V2.30 HK, Game runs with a few glitches in hardware mode and only font glitch in both hardware and software mode, but still fully readable Scalerize


  • Original names: 三國志IX (SLPM-65423) & (SLPM-66172) & (SLPM-66813), 삼국지 9 (SLKA-25128), 三國志IX with パワーアップキット (SLPM-65673) & (SLPM-66523) & (SLPM-66971)
  • Also known as San Goku Shi IX (JP), San Goku Shi IX with Power-Up Kit (JP), Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX with Power-Up Kit (JP)
  • Power-Up Kit added new game mode, difficulty level, improved game AI, improved game editor and made other small changes (see here)
  • Based on the writings of the historical epic Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Known Issues

Upscaling and fmv glitches in hardware mode

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Graphical Glitches in hardware mode and a font glitch in software mode
  • Workaround: Use software renderer or change to native resolution

The gallery

Public compatibility forum links