Xseed Won’t Localize Akiba’s Trip, "We’ll See" For Senran Kagura

By Spencer . June 29, 2012 . 4:10pm

kagura Xseed and Acquire are like best buddies. Even though both companies have different parent branches (Marvelous AQL and Gung Ho Online Entertainment, respectively), they share ownership of made for PlayStation Vita games Sumioni and Orgarhythm.


Unfortunately, Xseed won’t bring over Akiba’s Trip. "No. Xseed is not looking Akiba’s Trip," Ken Berry, Executive Vice President of Xseed, said speaking to Siliconera.


Berry didn’t cross busty beat ’em ups Senran Kagura or Kagura Burst: Crimson Girls off the list, though. "We’ll have to see," Berry replied when I asked about the Kagura titles. "Not a flat out no, but it’s a title that would be hard to bring over as a packaged title." Xseed will release Unchained Blades, which is available now for PSP as a 3DS digital download later this year.


"I mean we do get a lot of request for [Senran Kagura], so there are at least some fans that want to see that title. And it is a solid beat ’em up in addition to all of the other stuff the title is well known for."

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  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I already payed off my pre-order but I hope it gets localized for NA. Now eveeerybody can enjoy the skirt flipping action.

  • Giany Rivera (ジャンニ)

    There’s still hope For Senran Kagura!!!

  • malek86

    Not surprised about Akiba’s Trip, but let’s hope they do bring Kagura over here… and if it’s a digital download, in Europe as well.

  • Sad news with good news.

  • Göran Isacson

    That actually makes me curious- what’s Akiba’s Trip like to PLAY? Has anyone here actually tested it yet (as I think it’s out for sale in Japan)? I’m just curious of stripping vampires is the kind of game idea that’s fun and novel for like, fifteen minutes and then it just goes dull.

    • We have a playtest up on the site! A couple of them if I recall correctly.

  • Syltique

    That’s disappointing about Akiba’s Trip.  I’d buy it instantly.  I’d buy both instantly, so bring over Senran Kagura at least.

    I’m starting to think Aksys should pick up those two.  They know how to market that kind of thing, and they aren’t afraid to do it.  You saw that with Agarest War’s Limited Edition, which exceeded all of their sales projections.

  • I would honestly prefer Akiba’s Trip, but I’ll certainly take Senran Kagura. I’ll even take it if it’s digital-only, despite the game’s obvious potential for an oppai mouse pad limited edition :P

    • gaiahatergaia

      I’d prefer an ochiri mousepad. I liek em’, and i cannot lie.

  • Giany Rivera (ジャンニ)

    To me, it would be easier to release Sneran Kagura as a download, but I’d rather buy it in-store just to see the face of the guy at the register!

  • revenent hell

    Honestly I think Akiba’s Trip would have done fairly well based off of what ive seen of it,I for one would have gotten it day one it seemed like a fun lil interesting game when so many games are filled with so much melodrama lately it seems like this would be a refreshing change of pace for me….I cant claim it probably wouldnt get as boring as any other game you spend time grinding in or doing repetative stuff in but I for one was highly intrigued by it.

  • Oh good, now we can all join @aoihana:disqus and @facebook-1786364591:disqus in their perverse acts. :P

    • aoihana

      Ah, yes, take our hand and follow us. (◎‿◎✿)

      • I’m not taking your hand anywhere. Chikan-fiend.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Join us, brothers.

      • Are we going to have to wrestle for Hikage?

        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          We certainly will. It’ll be a battle of champions!

    • Luna Kazemaru


      • aoihana

        Will you join me, Luna? Ishaan has rejected my invitation. (´∩`。)

        • DanijoEX

          I would join but I’d rather take a supporter occupation if there is one…

  • aoihana

    This is great news! ლ(´ڡ`ლ)

    It’s not a solid answer, but at least it may be considered, which is more than what we had before. I do hope it gets localized, and if I remember correctly, Marvelous is interested in bringing it overseas if they have a partner for it, so Xseed is looking more and more like the ideal partner. 

    Maybe now we can all rejoice in mizugi’s and oppai goodness. (*^ワ^*)

    • zeta

      chi chi chi chi… oppai!  boing boing~ 

  • Spider-Man

    Amazing! I really hope Broseed localizes Senran Kagura Burst. I’ll buy a 3DS so fast if they do it.

    Thanks for this Ishaan. I’ll be less Tsun with you, and maybe a little more dere. 

    • It was Spencer, not me.

  • MrKappa

    Time for Mr.Negative to join the party but this is nothing but teasing. Xseed releases so few games a year and this one is just not looking to be one of them.

  • Darkrise

    In the end, something great might be coming over! I’ll actually buy Senran Kagura, even if I don’t have a 3DS yet!

  • Strain42

    You heard him folks. Time to bust out your pens and write polite, respectful letters expressing your desire to play Senran Kagura!

    LET’S DO THIS!!!

  • Vampiric

    they need to put every man they have on LOH SC and finish that 

  • Silver Citizen

    “Not a flat out no, but it’s a title that would be hard to bring over as a packaged title.” 
    Then make it a digital download! We’re okay with that! Right guys?

    • Vampiric

       i am not to be honest

      • Silver Citizen

        Don’t be picky. Do you want to play the game in English or not?

        • Not as a downloadable title.

          • Arrei

            So you’d rather not get the game at all? Why?

          • Hating Ass Nigga

            Might as well just keep it in Japan if they only plan on releasing DD version.

          • Arrei

            Why’s that, Novac? A Japanese cart won’t play on our systems and we won’t be able to read them. Why would you rather not get a game you wanted just because it’s download?

          • Suicunesol

            Apparently it’s not worth anything unless he can hold it in his hands.

          • Silver Citizen

            Then I guess you’ll be missing out on an interesting looking game. Your loss.

  • Will Jay

    Could be nice, but I’d rather see Akiba’s Trip from the two.

    Not to mention some other games on the 3DS that are more deserving of a localization, like, say, Medabots 7…

    • Vampiric

       or rocket slime 3

  • Couldn’t care less about Akiba’s Trip, sadly it was but just a mediocre game, even though I liked some parts. I am totally ok with them releasing Senran Kagura, tho! Well I hope they will and then in EU as well please~

  • DanijoEX

    To be honest, though, I think bringing Akiba’s Trip over here would be a big risk.

    The game is actually not hard to understand once you get used to it. I would be worried about how well it would do here.

    It’s not the kind of game that is everyone’s cup of tea or anything. Plus, not many people know about the game. I’m not trying to sound negative or anything. just saying my thoughts.

    Hey,  @Ishaan:disqus , what you think?

    • I think the PSP is dead, honestly. If Aksys want to continue to bring games over, that’s great, and I’m happy that they’re able to do it. But it would be incredibly unreasonable to expect any other publisher to keep doing so. At least with their next PSP game, Aksys have the Ragnarok name to ride on. Akiba’s Trip won’t have that.

      Beyond that, there’s also bound to be a whole lot of text to localize in Akiba’s Trip, and the larger problem is that it would also require texture changes to a lot of the in-game billboards, ads and so on, in order to localize properly. It simply isn’t worth the resources, IMO.

      • DanijoEX

        I’m just rather happy that Xseed is bringing Ragnarok Odyssey here as both retail and digital than anything else (not to change the subject).

        I just think it’s rather risky to even try localizing Akiba’s Trip but you do have a good point on what you’re saying. Thanks for your opinion.

  • zeta

    come on get those busts over here I wanna play those.

  • Don’t waste your time with Akiba’s Trip, Xseed. Don’t.
    I’m not sure whether you’re hinting something or not, but don’t.

  • XypherCode

    Coo news! :D I hope they really do it.
    But if they release it digital then the odds of a LE version like in Japan is quite low.

  • Tatsumarii

    This is great news! I really hope we get an American release of Senran Kagura: Burst! To be honest, I’d rather have a super awesome limited edition packaged release. But hey, beggars can’t be choosers. I’ll take what they offer!

  • Solomon_Kano

    Oho? Interesting.

  • AnimusVox

    I’d be surprised honestly if we got this. Not that I’m against it or anything but still.

  • Oh yes please, I still want this game. <3

  • Sweet, its better to hear “Maybe” than “Nope” so just wait and see

  • Tyler Sedrick

    Keep requesting it and it will pull through!!!!!!!!

  • Yes! Yes! Yes! This year has been good to us for announcements and games =^_^=

  •  I can’t imagine more people asked for Unchain Blades though. That came out of nowhere and was almost completely forgotten. Still, glad to see they’re thinking about it and hope it happens.

    • Right now Vita owners and 3DS owners are still unable to play it due to delays on the Sony/Nintendo side. It’s not really fair to say if its been successful or not yet.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    ……. I want it

  • riceisnice

    “In addition to all of the other stuff the title is well known for.” As if they can even hide it.

  • Man… now I lose all hope…. I really wanted Akiba’a Trip you know…

    • PoweredByHentai

      There’s always Akiba’s Trip Plus, which is the original Akiba’s Trip with some extras.  Kind of like what SEGA did with Valkyria Chronicles 3 Extra Edition or something.

      • If they aren’t localizing Akiba’s Trip, why would they localize Plus?

        • PoweredByHentai

          Do you expect anyone to localize Senran Kagura only when Crimson Burst also includes it?  Nope.  I would expect Crimson Burst to be localized with the moniker that the game is a two-in-one deal.

          • What does that have to do with my question? He said he wanted Akiba’s Trip localized. Xseed said no. You told him to hold out hope for Plus instead.

            My point was–if they’re saying no to Akiba’s Trip, why would it be a yes for Plus, which has even more content in it to translate/localize? That makes no sense. :P

          • PoweredByHentai

            Why would it not “make sense” for you?  Akiba’s Trip isn’t Plus.  Akiba’s Trip is just “Akiba’s Trip”.  They’ve only said no to “Akiba’s Trip”, but not to the series as a whole.  

            If they said “no” to the series, then you need to correct the article.  :P

          • @PoweredByHentai:disqus I would imagine a little common sense would need to be applied here. If they aren’t bringing over Akiba’s Trip, they won’t consider Plus because it would have the same problems as the first game, and then some.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Shouldn’t you be in line for the Mangagamer panel? :P

          • PoweredByHentai

            I attended the following panels: 
            -Indie Games and Steam
            -Funimation’s brand management (horror stories of licensing and managing anime brands)

            There’s one other panel that I’m blanking out on at the moment but at least I’ve made my rounds in the exhibit hall.  Oh yeah, those mechanical kitty ears that react to your nervous system are everywhere.  Cheapest ones are over at the Nico Nico booth for 99 bucks.

            I regret not checking the autograph times because I could have had LiSA’s autographs on my Girls Dead Monster CDs in the time that I was roaming around the exhibit hall. At least there’s still the rest of the convention.

  • Zonic505

    As neat as Akiba’s Trip would be localized, PSP is pretty much dead here. Maybe if there was an enhanced Vita port or something, then I could see someone possibly localizing it.

    As for Senran Kagura, I can’t help but laugh at “And it is a solid beat ‘em up in addition to all of the other stuff the title is well known for.” It’s like they’re aware of the main reason people know of the game. Though I do hope someone will bring it here.

    • Arrei

      Well, yeah, it’s kind of obvious to all who see it why that game would be known.

      But it’s like I like to say, nothing wrong with some blatant fanservice if the game’s good too.

    • KuroiKen

      Well, it is a solid side scrolling action, that’s no mistake, even though people mostly know it for breasts and THAT BUG.

  • Suicunesol

    Senran Kagura will never survive the ESRB. Stuck somewhere in limbo between T for teen and M for mature.

    • i think if other games like ar tonelico 3 got here then senran can make it here too its just a matter if it’ll sell good but who doesnt love boobs and beat’em ups?

      • Suicunesol

        I don’t know. I think it’s going to be hard even there’s a chance it will sell. This is on a Nintendo portable, for one. Nintendo (of America) likes to keep a certain image. The characters in the game are underage too. We know moms don’t like that.

        • Arrei

          For what it’s worth, ages in fiction are easy enough to get around. They’re pretty much arbitrary numbers for characters with figures like these, so you could just as easily say they’re all 18+ or never even mention age at all.

          • Suicunesol

            They could try to do that, but Senran Kagura takes place in a high school, so it stands to reason that they’re all underage.

          • dieKatze88

             Otomedius falls into the exact same category and got the exact rating it deserved. I don’t see a problem here.

        • i dont think the moms will know if there underaged unless they play. plus if moms were a problem what about the japanese moms? they would have been all over nintendo to get rid of it like those hippies and mario 3D land

  • Covnam

    This is good to hear (in regards to Kagura). I’d much rather get a physical copy, but if it’s digital or nothing, I’d have to go for that. At this point they might want to just skip the first game and just release the second since it has the first. Hopefully it will be available from the start and not need to be unlocked by playing Burst. Presuming of course that the extra cost of translating two games for one release won’t keep it from coming here.

  • KuroiKen

    Well, doesn’t matter for me at all, since I’m playing it in japanese anyways(having a japanese 3DS), but XSeed is one company I do not trust at all. As far as I’ve seen, they did only one or two good localization(well, 7-8/10 localization by my rating), and that was Corpse Party Blood Covered on PSP and Fragile on Wii, if my memory doesn’t lie. Everything else I remember localized by them was awfully dubbed(the latest is Unchain Blades, dub of which I heard on youtube, lol, did they get 12-years old voice actors cause of the lack of money?) and the translation was pretty meh…
    Actually, they gained my complete distrust when they dubbed(well, okay, dubbed, but why not dual voicetrack?) Sora no Kiseki which only has little voice acting in victory quotes and special attacks. Insane.

    They’re a small company, yet they undertake many projects at once, leaving them with a small budget for one particular title, which isn’t good at all in the end. 

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Let me see if I get this straight…are you blaming them for doing a dub of whatever little voice content there was in Trails in the Sky? Seriously~?

      And as for localizations: Ys Chronicles, Ys Origins, Ys OiF, Ys Seven, Wild Arms XF, Sumioni, Lunar Harmony and so many others are nothing but amazing works of localization (though now that I think about it OiF was actually based on somebody else’s work). Two good localizations is a preposterous statement~.

      • KuroiKen

        Yep, I do. Their dub is awful, so there’s no reason for me NOT to blame them.

        Ys Chronicles, well, that was translated by fans before Xseed did it, Felghana no Chikai was also translated by fans on PC before XSeed did it, Ys Seven – DUBBING THE CHARACTER CHANGE VOICE the freaking only voice in the game AND mostly it’s just the cool “AAAAAH!” or “MAKASERO!”, WHY?!, never played WAXF, Lunar – awful dub, no good.

        • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

          Opinions are relative though you are certainly the first person I’ve ever met who bitches about the dubbing of a grunt. But hey, more power to you. The dubbing of like 10 lines of text in an entire game, however, does not make an entire localization terrible, it’s completely unrelated and that’s not an opinion. That’s a fact, you didn’t play Trails in the Sky to hear what Joshua and Estelle had to say at the closure of a battle, you played it for the copious amounts of text that was in moonspeak before Xseed took on the project~.

          And, of course, they delivered. The same applies to every single other localization they did. The bias fueling your complaints is, like I said before, quite preposterous~.

        • LynxAmali

           We call these things OPINIONS.

          I know it’s a very difficult concept to grasp, but people have different thoughts on things then you do.

          So please try to understand.

          The grammar nazi in me wants to mention that you need to work on your punctuation as well, but that’s neither here nor there.

    • ArtIristic

      At least the The Last Story is already dubbed, so you don’t have to worry about that. 

  • Kefkiroth

    I’d be surprised if it made it due to America thinking violence and gore are fine but sexual fan service is not… buying it retail would make me feel like a creeper, too.

    • dieKatze88

       I bought Otomedius Excellent a grand total of 4 times. 2 in person. You’ll be fine.

      • No

        Bought it 3 times myself G and X japan versions and X US version. Great fun. Not in person sadly.

        • dieKatze88

           If I had to itemize:
          I Imported Otomedius G on a physical disc.
          I Imported an Otomedius AC PCB.
          I bought Otomedius G on GOD so I wouldn’t have to use my physical disc any more.
          I bought Otomedius X (JP) for myself via Celga + Konamistyle (Got the LE)
          I bought Otomedius X (JP) for a friend via Play-Asia, so I could play his copy while EMS had mine in shipping limbo (Play-Asia does 2 day UPS)
          I bought 2 copies of Otomedius X (USA) at Foodstop (preordered shrimp while I was at it) for myself and a friend.

          Yeah I suppose that covers it, but I guess you haven’t seen the pictures. I have WAY too much Otomedius merch.

          • No

             I’ve seen your posts on shmup forums and GameStone. I like you. Seen your streams as well. Otomedius was also quite a popular stream on my twitch channel as well.

      • Stranger On The Road

        I bought the limited edition of the US version of OE, but sadly I can’t play it. We are still waiting for OE to be released in the EU :-(

        regional lock, it only hurts paying customer

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      ……. I bought Agarest War Special “Echhi” Version there in retail and proudly brought that product back home on bus lol.^^

  • Anesia Hunter

    i teared up a little when i read that they do read our requests. (i thought to myself “so they do notice us.” ;-; ) but that aside, i think the game would sell well whether in physical or digital. (physical sounds like a better idea when it comes to burst because of the 2 games on one cart and 2 games on one cart at the same starting price of other 3ds games sounds like a bargain.) this game also might encourage some people to even consider buying a 3ds if they see a variety of games have a chance of being localized.

    • Stranger On The Road

       I bought the 3DS even though it is regional locked. And even though I haven’t touched the 3DS in a while, I will buy the 3DS XL for this game!

  • Colin Tosh

    Everybody should make as much noise as possible to get senran kagura in the US and Europe. Who’s with me?

  • I know I sound like a pessimistic jerk, but I’m not gonna get my hopes up. The “we’ll see” in regards to Senran Kagura means no one has definitively said “no” yet, but, thinking realistically, can any of us imagine this game doing well outside of Japan?

    Believe me, if there’s a way they can successfully localize and sell this game, I’m all for it, but frankly, these things don’t usually go over well in the U.S. Hell, if Fox News can make a stink calling Mass Effect a “sex simulator”, what’s gonna happen here?

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I just think there are so many other niche games we could press for that would fit better stateside. Other games in the Corpse Party series (including the new sim), the old DagranRonpa stories, etc. The teenaged TnA of Senran so asks for trouble. I’m almost convinced Akiba’s would find less argument since light pron vampires have already achieved quite a level of acceptance here.

      • Anesia Hunter

         i find it so amazing how you guys forgot about the ar tonelico games (especially the 3rd game which basically had teenage girls (loli-like even) stripping to power up) and the neptunia games which are famous/infamous for their fan service. also record of agarest war series is also heavy in fanservice and the most recent game has even more fanservice than the other games. These games are only a few examples of games that were localized despite their fanservice. oh and also, technically the ikki tousen game for ps2 was localized but was canceled because ESRB passed the game with the rating of M. (the company claimed they didn’t want to sell the game as rated M and that to make it rated T they were going to have to edit out most of the fanservice, which they refused to do, since they knew it would have angered their fans and destroyed the game’s quality.)

        • Your point is a good one. From Record Agarest War to The Neptunia series, I have no idea where companies pull the cash to get these games localized… 

          Still, I think I failed to mention that the fact that Nintendo systems are predominantly “for kids” in the West is also a huge inhibitor for the company to release a 3DS exclusive like Kagura.

          • Anesia Hunter

             it’s true that they’ve been predominantly for the kiddies, but there’s been reasons for that, but nowdays things have been changing and they’re starting to also bring in older audiences, so there’s always a chance of success or even breakout hits.

          • I hope you’re right.

        • Solomon_Kano

          On that note, I just remembered that Mugen Souls is seeing a localization.

          • Heh heh, yeah, but I’m starting to think NIS will localize anything! They even brought in Disgaea Infinite, a visual novel… 

          • Solomon_Kano

            Yea, they do a lot of left field localizations.

    • Colin Tosh

      You, me and many others have thought that about the sales. A lot of people who said they want it questioned how well sales would be. I thought the same. Yeah niche market wouldn’t be worth the hassle. Despite that he admits right here there is a demand so maybe it would sell better than people think ;)

      In regrads to fox news these guys always blow things way out of proportion. The sun had beef with 3DS over here. It shouldn’t have much effect on the game but it certainly would effect Nintendo’s reputation there.

    • British_Otaku

      Most of the games which get any fanfare for being offensive in any degree are high profile works. Shooter X gets criticised for violence, MadWorld and ManHunt (well outside the UK, but it was false anyway) get overlooked.

      Mass Effect is a sex simulator and visual novels like School Days (not that bad really but it has pretty high profile for a cult thing) along with tons of anime get overlooked.

      Senran Kagura is unlikely to be become bigger than a cult hit and they would love the publicity if it happened. It would just be another parent who ignores the writing on the back and the rating… Or that Nintendo can indeed be tainted by works which feature… chests of great worth.

  • Repede91

    “Not a flat out no, but it’s a title that would be hard to bring over as a packaged title.”

    In all seriousness I do hope we see Senran Kagura here in the USA.

  • Wow I came home and come into SE to see is there any good stuff or gossip around and when I saw this……. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Now I can’t even imagine tht I was visiting Akibahara anymore…. *Sigh* Guess I should consider 4 Jpnese student exchange program then.

  • RaikageV

    “for PSP as a 3DS digital download”

  • I might be alone here on both things I’m about to mention, but I am the only guy who knows this Senran Kagura is based on the Ikki Tousen beat-em-ups for the PSP? I imported the 1st one with probably my favorite subtitle ever: Eloquent Fist!

    Then I never got around to getting Xross Impact even though it was supposed to be better, but let me get to my 2nd point:does anybody think Xseed, Aksys or any of the other niche publishers would bring over any of the Loop*Salad games? (On the back of the PSP version’s box I can read it being described as a story puzzle game. I love it personally & I don’t think there’s a high language barrier involved to enjoy it. I think there wouldn’t be too much translation involved for an international release & I would even take it as a download. Not only that, I feel like it’s less riskier to sell than any of the other games mentioned in this article maybe besides it’s hilarious name, but I think that would even help it stick out. Also, a few years ago I think there was an article on here about the one for the DS which helped with my research of some of the rules & mechanics of the series. Also, does any of the fellow Siliconeranites know of any other games like Loop*Salad?) There’s only 3 of them: the 1st for PS1, also available on the Japanese PSN, which has a problem with the hint system, which is thankfully fixed for the DS & PSP releases.

    Yeah this is my 1st Siliconera post. I’ve been lurking here for quite a while & I rarely post comments anywhere on the interwebs (maybe that will change over time), I really felt compelled to throw my 2 pennies in the direction of this article. Hopefully, somebody gets what I’m talking about & this doesn’t fall on deaf ears…or keyboards…or monitors in sleep mode :)

    • Herok♞

       Welcome, I am pretty sure many people know it is based on other games but it really doesn’t matter because they still want this one its um…”originality”

      • “Originality” that’s hilarious. I thought the Ikki Tousen PSP beat-em-ups were pretty good actually. Well the one I played, but there’s no license issue with Senran Kagura & maybe Code Of Princess will help scratch the same itch. I just wish there was a way for Nintendo to get rid of that region-lock. That’s the main thing that’s held me back from getting a 3DS…and my lack of money also :)

        • Herok♞

           Region lock really is no problem when you get down to it unless you are a heavy importer.

          • Guest

             Eh you have to buy a Japanese 3DS so if money is tight like he said it is, then yeah it can be a problem..

          • British_Otaku

            How isn’t the knowledge that what should be a potential thousand games for you to buy on a system is chopped in a third? Or that the version localised in your region could be cut in half (One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP in Europe)? Or simply hard to find and expensive for the European version but common and identical for North America?

            Less games for a games system is a problem.
            Prior to the 3DS, if you wanted to play Inazuma Eleven on your DS, all you needed was to choose whether to import from Europe or Japan. In the UK, I’ve imported 999 on the DS (not localised here along with many other DS games) and will probably import the later Layton games to play the London Life RPG in London.

            Next time, a 3DS title goes to one or two regions and leaves someone out for a year or till it gets ported onto the (hypothetical) 9DSWare store in the future (see Shantae which is rare as hell and waited this long, besides emulation) or if it is never released again.

            You will need to buy three 3DSs and that game, instead of just getting the game to play it.

          • Herok♞

             You sound like a heavy importer, What I meant by that is if someone was just going to buy a occasional game from another country it doesn’t really matter to them because less then 10% of the games they buy for the system were going to be imports anyway. I know it is a problem for people who consistently buy games from other region but it isn’t for the average joe who just buys one or two games from a different region. I don’t like region lock either but it doesn’t bother me because I don’t import a ton of games, just a few here and there.

          • Solomon_Kano

            I’m not a heavy importer by any means but, for those games that I know won’t ever see a translated release in the US, on another platform I can at least still play it. On 3DS I’m just flat out of luck. Like the One Piece game for it that came out in Europe. On DS, I could’ve imported that and played it in a language I understand. Thanks to the 3DS’ region lock, a game that was otherwise playable I can now never touch.

            Region lock is a thing that only gets more annoying with time, since as a system’s library gets larger there will inevitably be a deepening number of titles that never make it to your territory.

    • LynxAmali

       Isn’t Senran Kagura a Marvelous title?

      That might be why. The Ikki Tousen games, at least the PSP games to my knowledge were Marvelous titles (No pun intended, no matter how much I wish.) It could be running off of the same idea, albeit with a completely different sprite style.

      Also; get to playing Xross Impact. It definitely improves on all of the ideas that the other titles had.

    • Welcome to the site!

      The reason you’re seeing similarities to Ikki Tousen is because Senran Kagura is created by Kenichiro Takaki, one of Marvelous AQL’s producers, who also worked on the Ikki Tousen games. 

      Also, while Marvelous AQL are the publisher/producer, the hands-on development work for the Senran Kagura games is done by Tamsoft, to my knowledge. Tamsoft were also the developer of the Ikki Tousen PSP games, and they worked on the Toshinden games on the PS1 as well.

  • Rolling Guy

    That “We’ll see” pretty much translates to some more years. Just look at WoTS4. It had been out in Japan for a long while now and it’s only just being released next month. Well, according from my research.

  • maxchain

    “Other stuff the title is well known for,” eh?  Clearly he must be talking about the sweet soundtrack.

  • If Senran Kagura will be localized in NA, but no one bring it to EU, well… I will be forced to sell my EU 3DS, RE: Revelations and LoZ: Ocarina of Time, and order NA version of 3DS. People, I can’t found words, even a swear-words, to describe my hatred towards region lock stuff. God, please, punish Nintendo.

  • Expected answer for Akiba’s Trip.
    Hopefully they do release Senran Kagura Burst, I’ll settle for download.

  • ForteWily

     Why do I get the feeling that they are waiting for the retail/digital download service (you know like what is happening to NSB 2)?

  • Ark

    I’m all in for Senran Kagura

  • Aw. And here I was hoping for Akiba’s Trip, because it seemed like a hilarious premise.

  • Was kinda hoping they would bring Akiba but hey, Ragnarok!!!! Also more motivation to stuff more kanji into my brain faster(✿❛◡❛)ノ:..。♦♫♦*

  • Guest

    “And it is a solid beat ‘em up in addition to all of the other stuff the title is well known for.”

    ( . )( . )

    • Bentan

      yeah baby yeahhhh

  • sherimae1324

    so akibas trip wont make a trip to the west……. thats bad….. –__–

  • Can’t really blame them for turning down Akiba Trip. It’s not that great of a game and if they did localize it I’m sure all the big newspapers in the U.S. will have those “Japanese games degrade women!” articles again.

    • puchinri

      Not giving a flat out no to Senran Kagura is worse though. At least you still have male vampires in Akiba’s Trip.

  • CobbleCake

    I could careless for Akiba’s Trip, but I’ll be all over Senran Kagura if it gets released here if you know what I mean.

  • They won’t localize a decent game like Akiba’s Trip, yet they bother to bring over a crap game like Unchained Blade (compared to a good wizardry clone like the Elminage series). Xseed is really only good for Falcom titles it seems. 

    • have you actually played Unchained Blades?  it is a really good game

    • JazzyMan123

      I guess you didn’t read Tom’s comment on the Unchained Blades article then. Really, try actually playing something before you start slandering them.

      And really now, UB is far from a ‘crap’ game and ‘a Wizardry clone’, and this is coming from someone who actually played it.

      • It’s a wizardry clone, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that; the fact that you took that part of my response as an insult is telling. And no, I wouldn’t use someone else’s opinion to arbitrate what I should and should not buy, I don’t come to this website for its “reviews”. Japan has a lot of wizardry clones, and there are better ones than this. 

        The art style is atrocious enough, this download only title is really not worth the effort that they could have but into, say, Brandish for the psp. 

        • JazzyMan123

          Well, to each his own then.

          And regarding Brandish, here, from an interview with Ken Berry:
          “We wanted to work on Brandish, but could never work out the timing as either Falcom or ourselves were always busy with other projects. Sadly, that’s a project that just happened to fall through the cracks, but could perhaps be revisited if PSN sales of PSP titles see a big jump now that the PS Vita is on the market and people are able to download PSP games to it.”

          And I’ll just leave Tom’s piece here, though you can ignore it if you wish.

          “I think I’m more pained by the grumbling about it being “just a Wizardry clone,” or the questioning of its quality, than I am by the grumbling about its price point. I mean, it’s one thing to describe a game as being fun and addictive, but if you haven’t experienced it for yourself, it doesn’t mean a whole lot — especially not when it comes from a company spokesperson, what with bias and all.

          All I can do is assure you that it really is a very high-quality game. It’s possibly the best first-person dungeon crawler I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. I greatly prefer it to Wizardry, personally, and would even rank it side by side with my precious Dinosaur: Resurrection (a compliment I do not make lightly!). From a gameplay standpoint, it’s a brilliant fusion of so many different gameplay styles — it’s like they took the basic framework of Wizardry, mixed it with Shin Megami Tensei demon negotiation, added an interesting take on the FFX sphere grid, threw in a dash of the Shadow Hearts judgment ring and a pinch of rhythm game and topped it all off with a great ambient soundtrack, well-designed dungeons, varied and unique character designs and a story that’s one part Wizard of Oz and two parts Bas+ard!!.

          And the best part is, all those disparate elements actually work REALLY WELL together — it doesn’t feel slapdash, it feels well-planned and well thought-out.

          I think anyone who enjoys dungeon-crawlers will be absolutely HOOKED on this game. And anyone who enjoys JRPGs… well, you’ll like it too! It’s got a little something for everyone.”

          “It’s the “clone” part I take issue with, not the “Wizardry” part. The word “clone” has a negative connotation — as if it’s just a copy, without adding anything new or different to set it apart from the original. Unchained Blades is very much in the same genre as Wizardry, and seems to have taken a lot of inspiration from it… but it’s no clone!”

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      And with that statement there, i can guarantee you are just smoking bull here consider you don’t even know how different UB compared to Elminage series.

    • puchinri

      If you replaced Unchained with Senran Kagura, I totes would have agreed~.

  • Anesia Hunter

     btw if you guys can and/or want to request and support the requesters for the senran kagura games then please post in this thread.


  • puchinri

    That’s a little disappointing. I mean, I actually think Akiba’s Trip is way safer of a title to consider. I wonder if they’d consider Conception at all?

    • Solomon_Kano

      While Akiba’s Trip would be safer in one sense, it seems that Senran Kagura is safer from a sales point with them supposedly getting a lot of requests for it. Not to mention the PSP’s situation with piracy.

      • JazzyMan123

        Yeah, piracy. Sadly, UB is already being pirated on several sites and so is Gungnir. Bunch of bastards.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Crazy. It’s a shame to see the folks at Xseed and Atlus do such good work just to have some lowlifes pirate the games. It’s really disappointing.

          • JazzyMan123

             Yeah, sad. And you can bet that they are going to do the same to Growlanser too.

          • sherimae1324

            im no pirate oni-chan!!! im a…. Bandit i take the GAME by the time it hit the 
            SHELVES! ufufufufu ^_^

        • Anesia Hunter

           i don’t see a point in people pirating games that are getting localizations. i know piracy is illegal and in some cases very wrong, but i do sympathize with people wanting games that might never be sold in NA or EU. (we’re still waiting on vocaloid games. -_-) but i do find it amusing though when some people take the time to make english patches for those games.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Sorry, but I can’t see a case where piracy in this current market is anything but very wrong. Unless one must have the most special of special editions, it is not hard to find import games for little if anything above street price. Many Asian (non-JP) versions will even have English language instruction sheets.

            Even the English ‘patches’ are not quite at a ‘gray’ since in order to access them on things beyond a PC, some level of modification is usually required.

      • puchinri

        Ahh, I forgot about the pirating. Good point. That’s a shame. :/
        On the brighter side, lovin the Bolin icon. (And so can’t wait for the second season!)

        • Solomon_Kano

          Ah, another fan of Korra! I can’t wait for the second season either. Should be good.

          • puchinri

             Yup! I know~! The wait is going to be so horrible, but it’ll be worth it. ♥
            (I’m hoping they leave Republic City too, because I need to see the rest of the world.)

          • Solomon_Kano

            Yea, me too. I really wanna see how the Fire Nation looks now.

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  • Locklear93

    Senran Kagura is STILL one of only two games that would get me to buy a 3DS.  Here’s hoping.

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