Tiny Cartridge 3DS

Tag Results

99 posts tagged xseed

Ragnarok Odyssey Ace on Vita/PS3 April 1 ⊟

XSEED revealed the North American release date for Ragnarok Odyssey Ace: April 1 on both PS3 and PS Vita. The two versions can play multiplayer together, how fun!

The first print of the retail Vita version will include a 25-song soundtrack CD. The PSN version won’t have that, buuuuuut will be $5 cheaper at $35. Here, enjoy this random weird phrase from the PR: “Players of the original Ragnarok Odyssey will be able to transfer their character’s basic physical features such as name, face and job class (but not clothing).”

Ragnarok Odyssey/Ace seem to fit the general action-RPG/Monster Hunter mold, at least based on the vague memory I have of playing the first game at E3 a couple years ago. I really wouldn’t mind doing some multiplayer adventuring…

BUY PS Vita, upcoming games
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.
[[MORE]]
“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.
This article was made possible by the generous donations from our Club Tiny members and support from readers like you!
SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!

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.

Read more

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.

BUY Nintendo 2DS & 3DS/XL, upcoming games
  • Source famitsu.com

Tiny Impressions: Senran Kagura Burst

Senran Kagura Burst isn’t a great game (in fact, it’s a game by Onechanbara creators Tamsoft, and thus immediately suspect), but it falls into a genre I adore, with some well-executed traits that make it easier for me to overlook the obvious and many issues. Basically, it’s a game that addresses a fetish of mine.

Not that one.

Read more

Ys: Memories of Celceta out November 26 ⊟

Sure, this is a bit under the radar, especially considering its competition in late November (Xbox One, Super Mario 3D World, Zelda, Tearaway, everything else ever) but it looks really fun!

BUY: Ys: Memories of Celceta, PS Vita
  • Source blog.us.playstation.com

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.

BUY Nintendo 2DS and 3DS/XL consoles, upcoming games
Rune Factory 4 is a game after my own butt ⊟
There’s a great article by Jason Schreier at Kotaku about the work that went into Xseed’s localization for this 3DS JRPG. Read it if fun translations/localizations interest you!
Doktorzara is to blame for the pic above, one of many shots that have done a great job convincing me that I need to try this out.
BUY Rune Factory 4, upcoming games

Rune Factory 4 is a game after my own butt ⊟

There’s a great article by Jason Schreier at Kotaku about the work that went into Xseed’s localization for this 3DS JRPG. Read it if fun translations/localizations interest you!

Doktorzara is to blame for the pic above, one of many shots that have done a great job convincing me that I need to try this out.

BUY Rune Factory 4, upcoming games
  • Source instagram.com

Our leaked Pokémon XY shots ⊟

Wait, this isn’t Pokémon at all! This is Rune Factory 4, which released for 3DS earlier this week. And we didn’t even take these shots — credit for that goes to Sugarbloodsuckerz.

This isn’t the only video game joke Xseed threw in — here’s another one for a certain Western RPG you might be familiar with. The publisher brought this great item description back from Rune Factory 3, too.

BUY Rune Factory 4, upcoming games
  • Source sugarbloodsuckerz

Didn’t know Rune Factory 4 did this! ⊟

Not many 3DS games release in North America with inside cover art that takes advantage of these eco-friendly boxes! There’s Kid Icarus: Uprising and… Maybe something else I’m missing?

[Update: Commenters and peeps on Twitter have pointed out that Theatrhythm, Kingdom Hearts 3D, and Nintendogs have had this inside cover art too]

Thanks for going the extra mile for people who bought physical editions, Xseed! And thanks to Graceadee and Starryglass for the photos. Oh, and here’s a Rune Factory 4 launch trailer.

BUY Rune Factory 4, upcoming games

Valhalla Knights 3 out October 15 ⊟

XSEED will bring the third Valhalla Knights game to Vita on October 15, both digitally and physically. A digital release in Europe will follow. XSEED has done more than localize the action RPG:

For those who want to go beyond the single-player campaign, XSEED Games has added online connectivity on top of the game’s original ad-hoc 2-player versus mode for its North American release, so North American fans can play against each other online no matter how far apart they are.

Looks like it’s about 7-on-7 fights between parties of prisoners. The whole game takes place in a huge prison called “Carceron.” Kind of an interesting conceit for an RPG! Maybe I should start following this game…

BUY PS Vita, upcoming games 
Rune Factory 4 finally has a release date ⊟
It’s October 1 — the same day that Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl releases. Sure, they’re both very different games, but y’all are going to release two niche Japanese 3DS RPGs on the same day? And Pokemon X/Y releases less than two weeks after…
I really hope these two games don’t get buried this fall. At least this isn’t as crazy as what’s going on when November 22 hits.
Here’s the official Rune Factory 4 U.S. website by the way. Zen United also recently announced that it will release the action/farming game in Europe.
BUY Rune Factory 4, upcoming games

Rune Factory 4 finally has a release date ⊟

It’s October 1 — the same day that Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl releases. Sure, they’re both very different games, but y’all are going to release two niche Japanese 3DS RPGs on the same day? And Pokemon X/Y releases less than two weeks after…

I really hope these two games don’t get buried this fall. At least this isn’t as crazy as what’s going on when November 22 hits.

Here’s the official Rune Factory 4 U.S. website by the way. Zen United also recently announced that it will release the action/farming game in Europe.

BUY Rune Factory 4, upcoming games

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.

Read more