Tecmo Koei’s Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is a 3D fighter that has you beating your way through countless hoards of enemies. The game is based on the popular manga series Fist of the North Star, which has been running in one form or another since 1983.

The game is set to be released on multiple platforms in Europe this February, but while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will be available as physical copies, the Wii U version will be download-only. This makes Ken's Rage 2 the first ever download-only Wii U retail game – in Europe, at least.

Originally, Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 was due to be released on 1st February but it has since been put back to 8th February. The one silver lining for the Wii U version is that it will be available to download from the eShop a day early on 7th February.

The original title was made up of interlocking campaigns with various characters and repeated levels; this new game will feature a fresh "Legends Mode" which consists of a single campaign that can be played through as multiple characters. Fans of the series will be pleased to hear that iconic scenes from the manga will be depicted during boss battles.

Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is set to be released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America on 5th February. The Wii U version is confirmed for North America but as yet does not have a release date - and we don't yet know if a physical copy will exist, or if it will be download-only like the European edition.

Here's the official press release:

TECMO KOEI EUROPE announced today that upcoming action title ‘Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2’, will be released across Europe on February 8th 2013 for the PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

A download only Wii U™ version will be available a day earlier, on the 7th of February.

‘Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2’ follows the storyline of the entire manga and offers players a variety of modes and new features:

Legend mode starts with a re-imagined version of ‘Raoh’ and covers ‘Celestial Emperor’ and ‘Land of Shura’. This way the game can be enjoyed by both existing fans of the manga and newcomers to Kenshiro’s post-apocalyptic world. Different characters will be controlled for each episode while ‘boss’ encounters will feature entire famous scenes from the manga.

Additionally, ‘Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2’ also features an episode dedicated to Ken’s faithful companions, Bat and Rin. This chapter, although part of the original manga, has never before been visualised and provides a brand new, original experience for players.

Over 20 playable characters will be available, including Juda, Rei, Shew, Shin, Thouzer, Jagi, Raoh, Toki, Fudo, Juza, Mamiya, Ryuga, Ein, Falco, Hyou, Kaioh, Shachi, and more.

Dynamic new moves. The destructive power of the techniques of Hokuto Shinken and Nanto Seiken meet the intense action of the Warriors series to produce a thrilling experience. In addition to the signature moves of the first title, new actions such as ‘sprint’ and ‘dodge’ have been added to the move sets.

Dream Mode introduces new, original storylines to the Fist of the North Star Universe while bridging the gaps between parts of the main story, often focusing on some of the series’ minor characters.

Online Co-Op and Versus play. Four to eight players can use Dream Mode to enjoy online co-op or versus play.

[via polygon.com]