One concept that Japanese developed games have always had over the American developed variety is the fact that the Asian developers are not afraid to focus a game around sex appeal as a gimmick.
The Senran Kagura series is proof of that.
The series first appeared on the Nintendo 3DS with gameplay centered around 3 modes; novel mode where the back story and plot is revealed using the 3D models, adventure mode that serves as the hub world and intro to each mission, and action mode which focuses on classic side-scrolling beat-em up gameplay. The 3D features of the handheld has been put to good use with the constant flaunting of bouncing boobs. As the game is played situations will come up involving magical girl style transformations, wardrobe malfunctions, and a myriad of others ways the developers can throw in 3D enhanced boob shots.
While the core series has been and will remain a 3DS exclusive, developer Marvelous and producer Kenichiro Takaki has planned to take spin-offs to other platforms. Senran Kahura: Shinovi Versus will be the series’s first entry to land on the Sony Vita and to ramp up the sex appeal (and make up for the lack of a 3D effect) the female ninja stars will instead shed their clothing as they take damage in this new Dynasty Warriors inspired adventure. With enough damage the girls will be forced to cover up their naughty bits with their bare hands, providing an element of tease as you fight through the opposing ninja hordes.
No word on a US version of any game in the series but the intent to bring it stateside is there if Marvelous can just find the right partner. Family friendly Nintendo of America tends to be a stick in the mud regarding the release of games like this domestically but Sony tends to be a little more open minded. Worse case scenario fans can always just import as Vita’s are region-free. I’m curious to see what the developers come up with to take advantage of the Vita’s touch screen functionality and motion sensitivity…
Photos courtesy of the official website