Thanks to the localization efforts of Darksquid Media and AGM Playism, the cult smash hit Rosenkreuzstilette has arrived in North America via Steam.  Before this localization, players would have to patch the Japanese version of the game in order to read and understand the dialogue. The gameplay is extremely similar to that of Capcom’s Mega Man franchise as players will pick one of eight bosses, defeat them, gain their powers and continue the rock-paper-scissors guesswork until all eight bosses are defeated.  Once you defeat the main eight, it’s off to the end game fortress to do battle with a greater evil.

Official Trailer

To give you an idea of how long it took to get the game localized, the original was created by a duo in Japan back in 2007… a full decade ago. 

Original 2007 Trailer

Hadriex, who created trailers for Rosenkreuzstilette, states in the description: “The text is referring to the game’s story and how the Holy Empire treats the Rosenkreuz, and could not possibly be me taking pot shots at any other Mega Man-based games or anything. *cough* Mighty Number *cough cough* 9.”

Executive Producer Leif Landevag (aka TDOMMX) has been a fan of the Mega Man series for a while now. At one point, Landevag made an effort to provide a more accurate translation of the original Rockman X (Mega Man X) game for the SNES. 

If you’re interested in checking out Rosenkreuzstilette and supporting the creators, there are two ways to go about it. The first is to purchase the game on Steam, where it is currently discounted from it’s normal $9.99 USD price to $8.99 (or $10.99 CAD to $9.89). The same deal also applies if you choose the second option, which is to get it directly from Playism’s English page, which is also free of Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Having played the original game with the English patch, I can personally vouch for how amazing this game is. Any fan of Mega Man would do themselves a great service in getting a hold of this title!

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Josh Piedra

Josh (or J.J. as some have come to call him), is a long-time geek culture enthusiast with a deep passion for anime, manga and Japanese culture. Josh also has a Bachelor of Arts in Game Design and is a creative writer who has created original content for over 20 years! He is also the author of the original English light novel Final Hope.