How to download and play Onigiri, Xbox One's first MMORPG

The Xbox One launched in Japan at the beginning of September this year. There it has struggled to against competition from the more popular Playstation 4 and declining interest in consoles from Japanese consumers. Despite those difficulties, Japanese software has started to trickle out for the Xbox One.

First there was the free Chaos;Child demo, and now the Xbox One even has an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) in Japan: Onigiri! The release of Onigiri is exciting because the game is free and not region locked. Anybody can download and start questing with friends, provided they don't mind a little legwork and a lot of Japanese text. We're here to help with a full guide to downloading and getting started in Onigiri, complete with video!

What's an Onigiri?

Onigiri is a Japanese food made from rice and seaweed. But the kanji characters the title is written in actually mean "oni slaying." The oni-slaying kind of Onigiri happens to be a popular MMO from Japanese publisher Cyberstep.

The game takes place in an ancient Japan populated by mythological characters and monsters. A race of gigantic monsters called the Kamikui once threatened the land and its people. The sun goddess managed to seal the monsters away for a time. But now one of the seals has broken and the Kamikui return to destroy the world. Only you, a young Oni (ogre) and your friends can protect the land stop the Kamikui.

The PC version of Onigiri is available to play right now in English; give that a try if you're not concerned with consoles. But we're all about the Xbox One and Onigiri's exotic Japanese Achievements, so that's the focus of this guide.

How to download Onigiri for Xbox One

Downloading Onigiri

Anyone can download the Japanese version of Onigiri, regardless of country of origin. The method for doing so does not involve fraud and should not be punishable by Microsoft. Plus, it's easy!

  • Press the Menu/Start button at the dashboard. Go to Settings and then System.
  • Choose Language and Location. Take note of where this option is found so that you will be able to change it back later.
  • Select Language, and then scroll all the way to the bottom and pick Japanese (written as three Japanese characters).
  • Press B or choose the right-most option to restart the console in Japanese mode.
  • Now that Xbox One is set to Japanese, it's time to download the game. From the main dashboard, scroll to the Store page at the right. Select the top-right option, which means Game.

How to download Onigiri for Xbox One

  • You might see a tile from Onigiri on the first Store page. If so, select it and skip ahead to "After Selecting Onigiri."
  • If the Japanese Xbox Game Store displays four main choices along the left, pick the top-most option (All Games). If you just see a list of recently released games, pick the ellipsis button (…) to launch the full games list. Scroll through the list until you find Onigiri.
  • After selecting Onigiri, pick the top option to download it, and then pick the default option to confirm the download.
  • You can monitor your download progress from the game's Store page, or exit and watch the download from the My Collection (Games and Apps) page.
  • Once the game has finished downloading, repeat the previous steps to return to Language and Location. Change your language and region back to their correct settings and restart the console again.
  • You can now enjoy Onigiri! If your Games list is sorted alphabetically, Onigiri will appear at the end of the list.

Creating your character

Before you actually play Onigiri, you need to create an account at the Cyberstep website (or through the PC Onigiri game client). Head to this page at the Cyberstep website and select "Sign Up" at the top of the screen.

  • Launch the Xbox One game and select the big yellow option "Log In."
  • Now enter your account information (email is the top option, password is the bottom one) and choose the yellow option to continue. You only need to enter your account info once.

Onigiri character creation

All English screens captured from PC version, edited by hand, or both.

  • Next you'll visit the Character Select screen.

Tips: Use the left analog stick to control the cursor like a mouse. The d-pad will jump directly between the various menu options. You can also click the tiny buttons near the character to zoom, toggle clothing, and rotate the character.

  • After clicking Select to finalize your character's appearance and voice, you'll name the character.

Onigiri character creation

Now you must select from five character types. These types have different balances of the five key stats. The stats affect weapon proficiency and play style. But keep in mind you can distribute stat points whenever you level up, so don't fret too much over your starting stats.

  • Power affects Katana, Axe, Odachi, and Spear proficiency.
  • Vitality affects skill with the Spear. It also increases your max HP, so don't neglect it.
  • Wisdom affects Wand proficiency, as well as max SP (Skill Points) and rate of critical hits.
  • Mind aids Staff skills, boosting the effectiveness of spells, and increasing Magic Defense, Max SP, and SP recovery.
  • Dexterity contributes to Bow and Twin Sword proficiency. It also boosts critical damage and reduces skill cooldowns.

Pick the blue button "Start Game" and you'll move on to the Character Select screen. See the screenshot for translations of the menu options. Multiplayer is MMO-style play, while Single-player prevents you from encountering other players. Onigiri has no PvP, so there is no downside to playing multiplayer.

Onigiri character select

Beginning the game

Onigiri Xbox One controls

  • Onigiri starts out with a single-player tutorial. See the image above for a description of the controls.
  • Your first task is to attack the Daruma enemy.
  • Hit the Daruma with your first skill.
  • Attack it with your second skill.
  • Move on to the Kappa enemy and block its attack.
  • Next you'll fight the Kani-bouzu (crab) enemy. Just defeat it to move on.

Onigiri tutorial boss fight

  • Finally, you'll encounter the Tiamat boss. Just attack it and roll to dodge as needed.

After saving Lady Shizuka, you'll move on to the first hub city Onigashima. You can now meet other players, take on quests, visit dungeons, and explore other areas.

Onigiri dungeon entrance


  • Yellow arrows point to "main" story quests and their objectives.
  • Blue arrows point to optional side quests and their objectives.

Onigiri equip menu

Before entering the first dungeon (necessary for a story quest), you must equip a Magatama. Press Menu and choose either Equip or Status (and then the Equip tab) to select it. See the screenshot for help.

Onigiri level up ready

The large meter at the top-left corner of the screen is your experience meter. When it fills up, you will level up and a circular icon will appear beneath the experience and Partner meters. Press Menu and select the icon to distribute the stat points you have gained.

Press the Menu button to launch the main menu. From here, you can choose from four main categories of menus. We've included English screenshots to make menu navigation easier.

Onigiri My Character menu

Onigiri Story menu

Onigiri community party and friends menus

Onigiri Systemy menu

Onigiri Quit menu

Choose the blue X at the top-right corner of the screen to bring up the "Quit" menu.


You'll meet eight partner characters over the course of the game, starting with Lady Shizuka. Partners can be summoned into battle for a limited time, represented by a pink meter. After the summon time expires, the partner will leave and require a cooldown before the next summoning.

Onigiri Partner menu

To summon a partner, press Menu, pick Story, and then Partners. Select the top-right option to summon or dismiss the partner.

Your affection with a partner affects his or her effectiveness in battle, as well as the various NPC functions they can perform (weapon repairs, crafting, etc.). Increase affection by giving that partner gifts that he or she likes. Several Achievements are tied to reaching specific affection levels with each of the partners. Select the Heart icon to give gifts.

The second partner, purple-haired Yoshitsune is essential to your progress. She can repair weapons when they wear out; just choose the second option when speaking to her. The third partner, blue-haired Miroku buys and sells items. The top option when speaking to him is buy and the one below that is sell.

Onigiri for Xbox One

A vast mythological world to explore

Like other MMORPGs, Onigiri is a truly huge game. The lack of English text in the Japanese Xbox One version makes the game a little more difficult for English speakers to enjoy, but not impossible. With our guide and the Onigiri Wiki, you should be able to progress through the game without too much trouble.

Let us know if you decide to download the game, and how you like it. Perhaps one day we'll meet up in the game and go on quests together!

If you want to see more of Onigiri, check out the replay of our Onigiri Twitch streaming session.

English version coming soon too!

Windows Central is proud to exclusively announce that Onigiri for Xbox One will be released in English markets as well. Read our interview to learn more, including whether or not characters transfer from the Japanese to English versions!

Paul Acevedo

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • I played a lot yesterday, Im at level 8 now. The graphics are really PS2 like, and the framerate is not good, but after some time playing, it is fun. Thanks for the tips.
  • He's always been the man.
  • You guys are too kind. :)
  • You the man Paul
  • looks fun but I'm not into japanese.. :s
  • LOL, what a roundabout way to describe a rice ball. Still, the game looks fun.
  • Onigirigirigirigirigirigirigiri
  • Welcome back to 2003.
  • This should be a universal app... Lol
  • I'll try PC version.
  • Is the PC version run full English?
  • Yes, the PC version is fully in English.
  • The only part in english is the loading......
  • Downloading on XB1 now : D
  • thanks for bringing something to XB1 that isn't quite main stream enough for some, but appeals to other gamers regardless
  • Maybe someday they will bring Seaman© 2 to the Xbox One, complete with narration by Leonard Nimoy.
  • The Kinect would work excellent with that!
  • Paul A., your Xbox coverage is becoming something special. Keep this up and an actual gaming website might recruit you to increase their game "journalism" credibility.
  • That's super nice of you to say. I'd miss you guys!
  • Great guide. Hope to see more Japanese import guides for Xbox One games on here. Holler.
  • Haha downloaded it a while ago, but haven't tried yet. Will play together with my best gaming bud. Disturbing time difference thou >_
  • Declining interest in consoles?! You changed, Japan. You used to be cool.
  • Does this work on any other games from other regions? Without repercussions??
  • The only other region with exclusive games is China, but Chinese games are region locked. This article's technique would work for downloading free to play games from other regions (such as Warframe) or demos though.
  • Paul are there any other free games or demos you could recommend us trying from other countries?
  • Sweet!! So this is free right?
  • That's the rumor. :)
  • Downloaded when it came out. Level 37 now. Definitely not polished and virtually empty at all times. I doubt CyberStep are going to invest time in it.
  • Great write up Paul. Watched the stream yesterday. Is it wrong that I only want to play this game to get Japanese achievements?
  • Japanese Achievements are rad, man! I don't even care about Achievements much any more, but I still want more from this game and Puyo Puyo Tetris. :)
  • I clicked on Tetris but nothing happened.
  • Yeah, Puyo Puyo Tetris is retail only. it has a store page but you can't buy or download it from there, sadly.
  • :'( how unfortunate.
  • It's a shame, but it's no too hard to order from
  • is japan even still important?  Most of the famous devs like Capcom (are dying), then u have Konami which only have 1 game, and tecmo, then u have Sega but they're multiplatform, and NIntendo is in its own world.   Everyone else like EA, Take-Two, Ubisoft, and many more indie devs are mostly multiplatform, so does xbox even need Japan?   It's a small nation compared to North America, South America, Europe, and the rest of Asia.  Why even bother with loyal conservative Japanese consumers?   When did capcom outsold an EA, or Rockstar game?  Right?
  • That's a pessimistic way to look at things, but not entirely incorrect. I'd say Japan is still important because many gamers crave games crafted by Japan - the unique perspective and things that Japanese devs bring to games. They often fail to get user interfaces and multiplayer features right, and the stories for the Resident Evil games should be considered crimes against writing itself. But still, they make games like this, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Earth Defense Force, Nintendo games in general, the Yakuza series, etc. that people enjoy and that we'd miss if they stopped coming out. As for the territory of Japan for Microsoft, the big MS either needs to spend the money required to gain a proper foothold in the region (which they've so far refused to do) or give up on it. But giving up would lead to decreased support from Japanese devs, which I guess is why they made the token effort of releasing the Xbox One over there (without bothering to spend and make a big push).
  • > Onigiri is a Japanese food made from rice and seaweed. While this is true if you just refer to the pure pronounciation, in this game's case it means "Demon Slaying" (oni = 鬼 = demon, giri = 斬 = to slay, as you can see from the actual kanji title from the download page).  The food is written as お握り and is read like o-nigiri with the break between the o and n, whereas 鬼斬 is read oni-giri (very strictly speaking, but even the Japanese themselves will not make the break in normal speech).  
  • So you watch one piece
  • No, never watched one piece - I lived in Japan before so I know Japanese.
  • Thanks! I really should've caught that during my research. Adjusted the text a bit.
  • Now just do Phantasy Star Online 2. Then we gots a date!!!! Please bring it to Xbox One!!!!
  • Missed Roronoa zoro....... From the title I thought it was some one piece game.
  • Can this hurt my Xbox in anyway? For example break warrenties and stuff like that. And can I download other Japaneese Xbox One games this way?
  • If you forget how to change back to English you'll have to learn Japanese, which can take several years.
  • Best comment ever.
  • No damage.
  • I'm running out of space. If I can make it I'll take it.
  • Gotta get an external drive!
  • I got a 500 Mb external. Looking at a 5gig now :)
  • A 5 Gig would last you years!
  • I was tired. Lol. 5tb lol
  • You know your old when you talk in mb..
  • Yeah, I meant Terrabyte too. Happens to the best of us!
  • I messed up and its still in Japanese even though my console is in english
  • The game is only Japanese.
  • might try it later
  • #XboxOne-Awesomeness!!!
  • Great and wonderful in depth article, cheers Paul, you're a credit to the site! One thing you should have perhaps mentioned: Microsoft's support page states the following: You won’t be able to change your region if any of the following conditions apply: You changed regions within the last three months. Your account is currently suspended (for example, if the credit card on one of your memberships has expired). You have an Xbox 360 Entertainment For All contract. You are a minor (as defined by applicable law) in your current region and will not be a minor in the region that you want to change to. You are currently not a minor (as defined by applicable law) in your current region and will become a minor in the region that you want to change to.   I know that some people have been able to change regions several times with consequence, but I feel that this should have been mentioned in the article, just as an FYI, or a caution at least.  Again, great guide, love the site!  
  • Thanks for the compliments! That support page is referring to the Xbox 360 only. On Xbox One, Windows Phone, and Windows 8, you can switch regions as frequently as you want.
  • Seems like a fun game, any way to invert the look?    yes i'm one of those people.
  • You should get a Titan One! It lets you invert look even in games that don't support it. As for this game, there are no control options that I can see.
  • Just installing now. It seams to found space. :)
  • Could anyone tell me how to invert the y axis??
    This game in unplayable for me otherwise.
  • Ah I see someone already asked that question..
  • hey is this game work on xbox 360 ?  
  • Would be nice if you could actually play more than the tutorial in single player mode. Get the first quest and there is no way to go through the swooshy portal thingy. Terrible directions, doesn't tell you half of the controls, even this website doesnt tell you all of the controls. Not recommended.