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Oculus Rift + 3DS ⊟

Katsukity, maker of 3DS video capture hardware and software, has updated its kit to support the Oculus Rift — meaning you can view the handheld’s 3D games with the virtual reality head-mounted display. Katsukity notes that “fully 3D games really stick out!”

Naturally, Katsukity demonstrated the setup in action with girlfriend simulator New LovePlus and racy beat’em up Senran Kagura 2. Amazingly, this is just the second perviest thing someone’s done with the Oculus Rift lately, behind this VR game about grabbing anime breasts. Thanks to NihongoGamer for the via.

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Surprise! Vita themes, new Ys game, and more ⊟

Did you know there was a Sony press conference last night? I did, but I slept anyway. Labor Day, y’all! Anyway, here’s a quick roundup of news, thanks to the PS Blog and Joystiq:

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Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki muses about Life ⊟
The screencap comes from this… let’s call it NSFW video. It’s pretty reprehensible, but at the same time I think it’s hilarious that so many people put so much work into such a terrible joke?
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Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki muses about Life ⊟

The screencap comes from this… let’s call it NSFW video. It’s pretty reprehensible, but at the same time I think it’s hilarious that so many people put so much work into such a terrible joke?

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Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus comes west digitally and physically ⊟

I guess Senran Kagura Burst worked out for XSEED, as the publisher is following up with the Vita brawler Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus this fall. The 3D brawler features four different opposing schools of shinobi, and four-player online multiplayer.

It’ll be primarily a PSN release; however, XSEED is doing a limited physical release, called the “Let’s Get Physical” edition, with “a soundtrack CD and “Shinobi Syllabus” containing profiles of the shinobi students, gameplay strategies, and illustrations.”

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So here’s how you play Dekamori Senran Kagura ⊟
I’m not embedding the video because it’s in a NicoNico player. Check it out here. At first I wondered why MAQL chose NicoNico for its official video releases, and then I realized – because YouTube pulled the announcement trailer for inappropriate content.
This video, between animated sequences of clothes exploding etc., shows how the rhythm game part works. And… it looks pretty fun. Maybe I like portable rhythm games too much. Speaking of which, have you read our Hatsune Miku Project Diva f review?
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So here’s how you play Dekamori Senran Kagura ⊟

I’m not embedding the video because it’s in a NicoNico player. Check it out here. At first I wondered why MAQL chose NicoNico for its official video releases, and then I realized – because YouTube pulled the announcement trailer for inappropriate content.

This video, between animated sequences of clothes exploding etc., shows how the rhythm game part works. And… it looks pretty fun. Maybe I like portable rhythm games too much. Speaking of which, have you read our Hatsune Miku Project Diva f review?

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Okay, these Senran Kagura Burst commercials are amusing ⊟

I had been SMH-ing all week over the other Senran Kagura Burst videos PQube has put out, but I like that the co-publisher is embracing the embarrassment some will have to face when buying the game or just having it around the house. Here’s the other commercial PQube uploaded.

I found myself asking the same question Hatsuu (from the game’s North American publisher Xseed) posed on Twitter after seeing these, though, which was “WHAT KIND OF BUDGET DID THE EU PUBLISHER FOR SKB HAVE THAT THEY COULD DO AN LE AND COMMERCIALS ON TOP OF THAT”?

There’s also a new video for the series’ spinoff cooking game for PS Vita, Dekamori Senran Kagura, along with news that you can destroy characters’ clothing by rubbing the screen. Oh, and producer Kenichiro Takaki has made sure you can play the game with one hand… 

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Reconsidering Senran Kagura Burst ⊟
Senran Kagura Burst is a bit controversial — where some see a cute 3DS brawler with an all-female cast, others see a sophisticated boob-jiggle delivery vector. Really, it’s a bit of both – the reality of even this game is more complex, and even paradoxical in some ways.
Among the most staunch defenders of the recent XSEED eShop release, and its growing universe of spinoffs and sequels, is someone who knows the game really well: Brittany Avery (a.k.a. Hatsuu), production assistant at XSEED Games, who worked on the Tamsoft-developed title’s localization and continues to engage with fans about it.
Her honest affection for Senran Kagura and its characters made me reconsider my own feelings about it — it’s not just the usual case of “dev (or publisher) likes own game;” she’s genuinely, infectiously enthused about it.
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“A lot of people have been harping on Burst for being completely degrading to women in every possible way, but as a female myself who has thoroughly played the game, it’s difficult for me to say that’s 100% the case,” Avery told me. “If it were a game where the characters had no variety to their personalities and their sole purpose to the in-game plot related to fanservice and nothing more, I’d probably just delegate it to the ‘designs are cute, but this game isn’t for me’ category and never really give the game a chance. I’m not one for just playing a game for the stimulating visuals and no story.”
In fact, she explained, the characters are “three-dimensional” young women. “In-game, they don’t go spelling it out in flashing lights or present obvious strong female clichés you see in Western movies like that one scene where a woman is suddenly knocking some one-note sexist dude upside the head to prove how badass she is along with a couple one-liners. It’s just this variety of great girls being who they are for the sake of being who they are.
Hibari (from the Senran Kagura anime)
“Take Hibari, for instance. I can’t say she’s my favorite character, but she suffers from self-esteem issues throughout the story to the point where the plot takes drastic changes due to her obsession with how others close to her perceive her.” The development of her character (and the existence of a character arc, period!) changes her from what might be perceived as eye candy to someone that could be identified with. “She changes and grows quite a bit as a character, and I think there are people that can relate to her story of trying to find her place in the world.”
Other characters like Haruka are more overtly sexy, but Avery says there’s more nuance to them as well. “When I first saw her, all I could think was ‘Oh, okay, I get it, she’s super sexy.’ Then you get to see how it’s not that she’s just sexy — she owns her sexuality. It empowers her, gives her this aura that makes her not just fanservice, but someone whose maturity and level of self-comfort demands respect.” Haruka also acts as a sort of older sister to her teammates. “I think there’s an audience that can relate to her having grown past that stage of constant confusion that’s a natural part of your teen and early twenties years.”
She’s thought about Senran Kagura Burst’s characters more than pretty much anyone, I think.
“What I mean in the end is really look at these girls,” she said. “This is the kind of variety you want in a game with an almost all-female cast! Look at all the weaknesses and strengths they have. Isn’t that kind of great? Isn’t that the kind of stuff we’ve been looking for in our female characters?”

Ironically, she notes, by decrying the game’s focus on boobs and ignoring the other facets of the characters, critics are themselves objectifying the characters. “It does get frustrating, because isn’t obsessively focusing on the idea that the girls in Burst are nothing more than breasts the complete opposite of what those who are against games that feature one-dimensional females or females completely second to their male leads are working to accomplish?
“Isn’t the only thing you’re accomplishing then objectifying the characters who actually have more to offer than what’s being blatantly marketed?” She argues that if there is actual objectionable content, critics should talk about it to help make future games better, while also acknowledging the successes of characterization.
That’s not to say that respectfully written characters are all there is to Senran Kagura Burst. “I’m also guilty of enjoying some of the more fanservice-y features of the game, only it’s more like I acknowledge that it’s sexy but personally find it cute or adorable,” Avery admitted.
“Still, if some men and women among our audience decide to start playing it to look at the bouncing boob physics or mess around with the sexy outfits in the Dressing Room, that isn’t for me to judge,” she noted, adding “I didn’t start watching Free! Iwatobi Swim Club for the deep plot.”
Avery acknowledges an imbalance in the marketing of fanservice toward male fans – there’s just an overwhelming majority of media aimed at straight men – while “female fanservice is more often fan-generated, but I think it’s a matter of balancing out that male/female fanservice if that’s a feature in your work rather than actively working to reduce any one side in favor of the other.” She also acknowledges the fact that different people have different comfort levels with the surface display of the game, which may prevent them from discovering the character development within.

“I think playing it has great potential to change people’s minds,” she said, “especially since the game actually has a plot that it plays almost completely straight, but there are guaranteed to be some people who won’t see past only what they want to see.”
In the end, then, the choice about how to feel about Senran Kagura Burst is up to the individual, preferably after becoming informed by playing it. And then, Avery suggests, those individuals should allow others to form their own opinions. “There are some who have the power to take a more neutral approach to the overall content of the game they disagree upon so others can form their own opinions but haven’t done so.
“That, I feel, is more detrimental to Senran Kagura Burst than the actual content of the game.”
Images from the anime (which I’m told is a bit more extreme with its fanservice) are via Zero Time and WeHeartIt.
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Reconsidering Senran Kagura Burst

Senran Kagura Burst is a bit controversial — where some see a cute 3DS brawler with an all-female cast, others see a sophisticated boob-jiggle delivery vector. Really, it’s a bit of both – the reality of even this game is more complex, and even paradoxical in some ways.

Among the most staunch defenders of the recent XSEED eShop release, and its growing universe of spinoffs and sequels, is someone who knows the game really well: Brittany Avery (a.k.a. Hatsuu), production assistant at XSEED Games, who worked on the Tamsoft-developed title’s localization and continues to engage with fans about it.

Her honest affection for Senran Kagura and its characters made me reconsider my own feelings about it — it’s not just the usual case of “dev (or publisher) likes own game;” she’s genuinely, infectiously enthused about it.

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Senran Kagura 2 bonus figures, soundtracks ⊟

So cute, so safe for work! People who pick up the DX Pack will get this set of five figures depicting the shinobi of the Hebijo school, while this amazing cross-series four-CD set goes to early purchasers.

Senran Kagura 2 comes out August 7 in Japan.

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MAQL going HAM with Senran Kagura's EU release ⊟
First off, Senran Kagura Burst will get a physical release in Europe, instead of the eShop-only treatment the brawler received in the U.S. Europe wins again.
And MAQL Europe isn’t half-stepping with the cover — this is the full step here. Offensive or not, I am in awe of the publisher’s nerve. While its parent company picked a relatively subdued design for Japan’s boxart, the publisher was like “go hard or go home” for the EU cover. It’s going hard. 
There’s a European trailer for the game and what looks like a robust(y) community on the official site.
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MAQL going HAM with Senran Kagura's EU release ⊟

First off, Senran Kagura Burst will get a physical release in Europe, instead of the eShop-only treatment the brawler received in the U.S. Europe wins again.

And MAQL Europe isn’t half-stepping with the cover — this is the full step here. Offensive or not, I am in awe of the publisher’s nerve. While its parent company picked a relatively subdued design for Japan’s boxart, the publisher was like “go hard or go home” for the EU cover. It’s going hard. 

There’s a European trailer for the game and what looks like a robust(y) community on the official site.

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Three new Senran Kagura games coming ⊟

Marvelous AQL announced three new games for the Senran Kagura series, which I guess is now a critical franchise that the Japanese publisher feels justified betting a lot of money on.

The top four shots come from its new Tamsoft-developed 3DS brawler, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson, which hits Japan on August 7. Gematsu says it’s “set in Kyoto, and two characters can partner up in the new [tag-team] ‘Pair Battle’ system and make use of ‘Joint Secret Ninja Arts’ attacks. [Local] co-op play is supported, as is full stereoscopic play.” Watch some gameplay video here.

As for the bottom two images, those are from Dekamori Senran Kagura, a “big breasts hyper rhythm cooking battle” coming to PS Vita via PSN. It looks like there will be two versions, one releasing on March 20 with 13 characters, and another on April 24 with 11. There’s a ridiculous trailer for that, too. Oh, and the third title, Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – Girls’ Selection, will be a multi-platform game for unspecified PlayStation consoles.

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Senran Kagura Burst hits U.S. eShop next week ⊟

Adding to the already crazy month of 3DS releases, Xseed will put out this “buxom ninja brawler” on November 14 for $29.99. Probably best to get it out before everything under the sun releases on the 22nd.

There’s a lot more to this game than girls in skimpy outfits — here’s a new official website to prove it. Just going off the screenshots above, Senran Kagura Burst like a unique beat’em up.

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Senran Kagura Burst coming to U.S. eShop

If you follow us on Twitter, you would’ve caught our speculation last night about Xseed bringing this brawdy series to the U.S. Well, we now know the niche game publisher plans to bring the second 3DS game to North America’s eShop this fall, dropping in English text but leaving the Japanese voices.

Tamsoft’s Senran Kagura games are side-scrolling beat’em ups starring buxom high school ninjas. From what I hear, they’re competent combo-heavy brawlers, but most people tend to overlook that due to whole girls-losing-their-clothes-as-they-take-damage deal.

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