Publisher MarvelousAQL announced a release date for Senran Kagura: Burst, which will come to Nintendo 3DS in Europe in February. Its eShop release will happen on February 27, 2014 and will be followed by a physical release in stores the next day, February 28.
Distribution will be handled by the company’s European partner PQube, also responsible for games like WRC 4 and the recent announcement of MXGP.
In Senran Kagura: Burst, players follow a duality in plot, which divides itself between two rival academies. These schools are training girls to be deadly ninjas, handling the art of Ninjitsu.
Combat follows a side-scrolling pattern in a rather fast pace. It’s possible to perform flashy combos and unleash powerful cinematic cuts.
In total, the game offers ten playable characters. All of them are female. If that sounds good, then wait until you hear the differentiating factor.
Senran Kagura: Burst employs a mechanism where girls take dynamic clothing damage. We’re not kidding. This is the pitch for the game:
The more the girls fight, the more damage their clothing takes. The more revealing their costumes get, the more dangerous they become!
Moreover, physics are loosely focused on their sexualized parts. Just about every camera angle is pointed straight towards separated body parts.
In an age where games get buried under criticism for even a hint of sexism, it’s a bold move for Japanese titles like these to blatantly go the opposite direction. Still, the Senran Kagura franchise is not without success.
It has its own manga and dedicated anime series. Its fan base has been asking for these games to come out.
Senran Kagura: Burst came out for Nintendo 3DS in Japan in 2012 and in America the next year.