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XSEED teases 'Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus' U.S. release for PS Vita

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Judging by the upper left silhouette seen in XSEED's holidays card posted Thursday, the publisher may be bringing "Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus" for the PS Vita in North America.

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On the official PlayStation blog, XSEED localisation specialist, Tom Lipschultz, commemorated on all the PlayStation games the publisher released in 2013. The blog post also promised more surprises for PlayStation fans in the coming year and was accompanied by a picture of XSEED wishing everyone a happy holidays.

As the picture featured several characters from games XSEED has published, it also displayed some silhouettes from games not let localized for America. With the internet gaming community being as crafty as usual, one of the silhouettes was discovered to belong to a character from "Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus." Specifically, it was character art of Imu.

XSEED recently released "Senran Kagura Burst" for the 3DS eShop and was met with modest success, despite the fighting game's risque nature. In an interview with Pocket Gamer, executive vice president of XSEED, Ken Berry, discussed the success of "Senran Kagura Burst" and the desire to localized "Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus." When asked if a physical release of the Vita fighter was possible, Berry had this to say.

If Burst can keep its early sales momentum and continue to sell well, it would definitely help our cause when talking to retailers about potentially stocking a physical release for future titles from that series.

Shinovi Versus ratchets up the "humour" aspect quite a bit, making Burst seem tame by comparison, so if we work on the title and plan for a physical release then there's always the risk of some mainstream news outlet catching wind of it and deciding to run a crusade against it.

Worst case scenario, the news segment gets wide distribution and people that normally have nothing to do with gaming start petitioning retailers to pull it off store shelves, leaving us with tons of unsellable inventory.

By "humor," Berry means the series depicting its busty female ninjas in comical, yet, sexually suggestive situations. One of which is having the "Senran Kagura" cast rip each others clothes off in mid-combat. If XSEED is indeed bringing "Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus" to U.S. Vita owners, than it will likely be a digital-only release, similar to "Senran Kagura Burst." Luckily, for Vita owners with limited memory space, GameStop is currently selling Vita memory cards at a discounted price.

Produced by Marvelous Entertainment, "Senran Kagura" follows Asuka and her high school friends training to be ninjas. The anime series is distributed in America by Funimation.


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