Senran Kagura Burst Will See A Physical Release In Europe

By Ishaan . August 9, 2013 . 9:50am

Don’t worry, Europe—you’re getting Senran Kagura Burst, too. Marvelous AQL and Zen United announced this morning that they will jointly handle publishing duties of the Nintendo 3DS brawler in Europe.


That isn’t all, though. While Senran Kagura Burst will be a download-only title in North America, in Europe it will see both a physical retail and download release. The game will be available in Europe in Q1 2014.


As previously detailed, Senran Kagura Burst actually consists of two games—the original Senran Kagura story, titled Skirting Shadows, featuring the Hanzo Academy ninjas; and its sequel, Crimson Girls, starring the Hebijo Academy ninjas.


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  • landlock

    Thank you Zen United. You rock. :)

  • KuroNathan

    Ahhhhhhhh, I wanted to go into my local game shop and ask for this just to see the reactions. Now i’m jealous of my euro counterparts

    • TheRealMalek

      Shop guy : “You want to reserve which game ?”
      Me : “Senran Kagura Burst”
      Shop guy : “Never heard of it, what’s the game about ?”
      Me : “Boobs and ninja”
      Everyone in the shop staring at me

      • ronin4life

        Yeah… the shop guy has “NEVER” heard of it…

        • idrawrobots

          Seemingly no one on Joystiq knew what my avatar is from, so it’s a possibility.

          • Edzo04

            Lol I saw your post about that pic on joystiq

      • SiliconNooB

        Banned in Australia?

        • Anesia Hunter

          Any country that banned Dead or Alive: Dimension will most likely not get SKB. However, I don’t remember if Australia was one of those countries or not.

  • ShadowDivz

    Europe is getting a physical release of Senran Kagura?!
    If that isn’t a plot twist, i don’t know what is.

    • KuroNathan

      but in reality, those physical copies are just download codes *dun dun dun* -shyamalan’ed

      • Anesia Hunter

        That’s a scary thought, even if it is a joke.

        • ShadowDivz

          It is isn’t? But kinda funny at the same time.

      • ShadowDivz

        *mind explodes*

      • echo78

        Thats actually what almost all physical PC games are now… :(

        • Tom_Phoenix

          Ugh….speaking as someone who buys retail PC games, that’s not true at all. Download codes are usually restricted to DLC and whatnot; most games still come on a DVD.

          • echo78

            Practically every PC game at stores by me just come with a Steam/other form of DRM CD-KEY and the DVD is useless.

          • Tom_Phoenix

            It’s not useless if you don’t want to spend hours downloading gigabytes of data off of Steam’s servers.

            That said, I do agree that it’s incredibly annoying that physical copies are essentially treated the same as digital ones. Hopefully, even if the recent German ruling regarding used software doesn’t end up applying to digital games, it might force Valve to implement some sort of “detach” functionality to facilitate the sale of used physical games.

    • Crimson_Cloud

      That was deus ex machina move alright. XD

  • zferolie

    I wonder why America isn’t getting a Physical Release but Europe is… do they think the market is bigger in Europe? Is Europe more lax on these sorts of games/styles of games?

    • raitouniverse

      I believe the niche market is more reliable in Europe. It rings true for anime/manga as well. Also, they’re less likely to make a big hubbub about it than over here in NA. It’s a much safer release in Europe than in NA.

      • malek86

        I don’t think the niche market is particularly bigger here. Sure there’s a bigger market for anime/manga, but for example I think most JRPGs actually sell less.

        It might probably be a matter of reaching consumers. Since internet and broadband in Europe is not as widespread as in the USA (especially within some countries), making a digital-only release would exclude a decent chunk of the market.

        • ronin4life

          Perhaps… but the internet situation isn’t much better in the US, especially in the rural areas.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Other ideas do come to mind — the licensing costs for EU may have been cheaper, allowing funds for a physical release. And has been noted before, if this ends up as some kind of super special truly limited package, Europe seems more willing to accept such things as well.

          • ronin4life

            Makes sense.

            Hmm… seems there are many factors to consider here. Hell, ZEN may be the only difference in deciding for Physical release for all we know.

          • KnifeAndFork

            Wouldn’t it cost more to localize in Europe due to multiple languages?

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Again we still don’t know if they are doing all 5 or just as noted using the American English translation and modifying.

      • ronin4life

        I find it the complete opposite: This is Ninendos weakest region, where several countries banned DoA D from sale.

        • raitouniverse

          Niche market is referring to JRPGs mostly. That’s why you see Europe getting jrpgs before NA. That’s why they got Xenoblade, Last Story and Pandora’s Tower before NA. There are quite a lot of recent examples of leaning towards Europe for these kind of games. So I’m not entirely surprised by this move.

          • ronin4life

            That is a Nintendo thing:They have been releasing earlier in the EU with added bonuses for the last couple of years.

            The non nintendo games get treated the same as ages before: Just look at harvestmoon or Anything Atlus.

          • raitouniverse

            Right, but there must be some reason Nintendo continues to do this. This isn’t a completely random decision.

          • ronin4life

            Like I said before: that is Nintendos weakest region. They are trying to build it up and make up for their past failings.

            This is also a major factor behind their region lock: To keep Europe isolated to foster it.

            This is all conjecture of course… but I do feel strongly that it isn’t far off.

          • Pyrotek85

            I hate to agree but those are good points. If it were region free I’d probably import, but since it’s not I’ll be downloading.

      • outlawauron

        You’re very off as Europe consistently ignores JRPGs, with the region typically only selling 10-25% of what it does in the US.

    • SirRichard

      In addition to all the other reasons people stated, it could be as simple as the differing mentality of the publishers. XSEED do not feel that a retail release would be supported or all that feasible, but Zen United feel that they have a large enough audience to justify it. The other point mentioned is that Zen and Marvelous are jointly handling the publishing duties, so it’s probably easier on Zen.

      • Anesia Hunter

        Actually, it’s been said that they did try to push for physical, but due to budget issues and stuff, Xseed can’t do physical release for SKB.

        Regardless though, I’m happy that we’re getting the game even if it’s DD-only. But, I will admit that I am a little jealous of EU fans getting physical releases. But in the end atleast we all get the chance to enjoy SKB and later on hopefully Shinovi VS too.

    • I feel like it’s as much a case that it’s because the publishing duties are being split in Europe– meaning Marvelous AQL and Zen United are probably splitting the costs of physical release and any localization adjustments to the text after XSeed is done with it.

    • Tenshiken

      Apparently from what Tom said on the forums, Zen United used Xseed’s localized version of the game so they didn’t have to spend money localizing the game straight from Japan, therefore leaving enough resources for a physical release.

  • Arizato

    Too bad it will be delayed until 2016. I’m not trusting Zen at all after the Persona 4 Arena fiasco. I’m still happy this is coming here though.

    • Sentsuizan_93

      As bad as the delay was for that, I don’t think this will apply to Senran Kagura. The fact this is being brought up again a few months after the EU release of P4A is just a bit ridiculous now. I’d rather drop this issue and move from it instead of starting up something unnecessary.

      • Arizato

        It isn’t just Persona 4 Arena though. Both Blazblue Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift was delayed in Europe as well. Zen has almost always had problems with delays.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Point was made, and those folks in EU are quite aware of the entire Zen situation. Please do move on.

  • Damn, nice Europe =). Definitely getting it when it becomes available as a download in North America, but I might have to import it from Europe as well just because I want it lol

    • Anesia Hunter

      So, you’re going to buy another 3DS then or is this physical copy just for collector’s purposes?

      • Just for collectors purposes lol

        • British_Otaku

          You are better off importing the Japanese version of the first one (it has a nice booklet) or the preorder bonuses of the first two as they were mini-art books, near the whole soundtrack plus a drama cd.

          • Oh! I see. I’ll look into doing that then. Thank you =)

          • British_Otaku

            No problem. To be more specific, the preorder bonuses go by the name “_______ File”, the first 3DS title had “Himitsu File” (can be found on Ebay, pretty expensive, but the guy is open to negotiation on prices) and the second 3DS title Burst had “Gokuhi File” (easy to find for around $30 on Ebay)

            Also, Shinovi Versus on the Vita had a full limited edition AND one of those files (Maruhadaka) if you are looking out for more goodies related to the games directly. The file relatively speaking is easier to find and middle of the road for price, I would rather get the whole thing though.

            Good luck collecting.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    I’m more surprised that this is getting a physical release in Europe. O_o
    But this is excellent news!

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Just the friendly reminder to keep things on the topic of the thread. Thanks.

  • idrawrobots

    You have come a long way Europe.

  • Go2hell66

    Just as long as zen sticks to that release window im happy

  • Anesia Hunter

    Btw is EU version uncensored too?

    • Maybe not in Germany.

    • British_Otaku

      No word yet, since the region is much more vast between PEGI, USK (Germany) and Australia… It may get a higher rating or get ages hidden or something. Perhaps more. >_>

  • digitaldevil0

    Realy happy about all the good news for us European 3DS owners, but still waiting for SMT IV release date :(

  • KazukiNanbu

    WHY??!! I want a physical copy too!

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      me too :/

    • MoriyaMug

      They obviously had some help with defraying the cost of manufacture in the EU. Flash memory-based carts are expensive as hell to produce.

  • Serpenter Rex

    Oh gods yes, its like all of my hopes and dreams of the past week have been answered in this one post.

  • RovCal

    that’s it I am buying an European 3ds.

  • Kayseur

    I was thinking of importing a NA 3DS just to play this game (along some others), but now I’m totally sold for an EU one. I’m often complaining about Vita’s publishers here, but they’re doing a good job with the 3DS.

  • Alicemagic

    Basically, this is the best thing that ever happened to me

  • transferstudentx

    i finally see a worth in my 3ds

  • I’m really hoping XSeed will retaliate with an ultra-limited internet-only collector’s edition. Kickstarter-style maybe.

    Wouldn’t this move at least 10000 units?

  • ReidHershel

    This is great for Europe and I’m happy, but god damn, from this to Phoenix Wright, I really hope DD only won’t be the future of these games, I will happily buy them though

  • kroufonz

    if only there is no crap like region locking i wouuld gladly importing this:(
    damn xseed step up your game!

  • Bigabu Beaze

    See Europe you do get better stuff than NA.

    • British_Otaku

      It isn’t really “better” as much as two options with how to buy a game instead of one option. That said, I’m definitely double dipping if it’s physical.

      No awkward downloading to my brother’s system, then having to transfer everything to my future PAL 3DS. Being able to share the game with a friend. It’s good.

  • Just Tim

    Congrats to the entire continent of Europe, getting a physical copy!

  • KnifeAndFork

    Why does Europe get physical copies and the U.S. gets digital only? This is happening with Nintendo and Sony these days….

    • Just Tim

      One of the things I notice in the US is the collector’s prices on niche games.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Below is a discussion of the reasons pertaining to this game at least. Let’s not turn things into another world war.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    *sigh…..* nothing beats new game smell at lest the states are getting something too

  • Nanaki

    Slowly ticking down to an age where download only is the norm due to resources and cost efficiency.

  • Aristides

    I take it we can’t play the EU version on a US 3DS? Damn… I banked on the wrong 3DS…

    • Shizumasa

      The same goes for us Europeans who can’t play US version games that were only released in the US.

  • Bobby Jennings

    I’m upset….I wanted the physical copy :(

  • Neppygear

    omg lol Zen United I feel so sorry for my fellow Europeans who actually want this

    Get ready for Senran Kagura Burst in 2019

    • British_Otaku

      We’ll see. I have my doubts of Zen after P4:A and BlazBlue, but they can’t be bad ALL of the time… Can they? >_>

      *Importing Burst from Japan regardless*

      • Neppygear

        Out of all their games, they released exactly one of them on time. Not supe encouraging, tbh.

  • Kyosuke Yoshino

    Is there a chance for limited edition?

    • British_Otaku

      There wasn’t a limited edition in Japan for either of the 3DS games, but a mini-art book + soundtrack (almost full, 31 tracks for both) and drama CD (5 and 4 tracks respectively) as a first print bonus sort of thing.

      Perhaps we could get that or something else, I wouldn’t mind figures or whatever they think up.

  • $7573679

    Finally we gets rewarded for being the biggest perv… purchasers!

  • Crimson_Cloud
  • VolticWind

    I’m actually glad we in the States get the digital version only. Imagine going to the counter at Gamestop and placing this game down, only to get strange looks from the cashier. I would practically die from embarrassment.

    • British_Otaku

      You could get both you know… >_> Or the third option, buying a physical copy online.

      I’m probably going order Senran Kagura online, because that’s what I do. No worrying about walking to a busy store where they have no stock, no worrying about them not having staff who know what they are talking about and still the pleasure of either having it within minutes of spending my money physical or digital.

      It is hardly like the cashier sees you that often, knows the reputation of that game or cares about you aside from trying to push preorders and used games on top of whatever crap you bought rated T for Teen (so it isn’t even their job to ask for ID or profile you there).

    • Neppygear

      How weak. I can purchase the likes of Hyperdimension Neptunia and Disgaea in stores with *pride*.

      • VolticWind

        I have no trouble with buying games like Neptunia V at a store cause there aren’t 8-9 girls on the cover flaunting their breasts to the beholder. I have a friend who works at the Gamestop I go to, a girl, who is very judgmental about this stuff.

        • Neppygear

          Neptunia mk2 had a bunch of half-naked underage girls, tho. One would think that’d be more awkward than Senran Kagura.

          ‘sides, Zen United are known for almost never using the original cover art. The only time they did that was for Flopsona 4 Arena.

          • VolticWind

            Actually mk2 was a game I bought digitally for specifically for that reason, the cover art was too creepy for me. Contrary to what many would believe, just because I play that game doesn’t mean I have a Lolita complex. I prefer a more mature body unlike Trick, who I think is one of two reasons that game was rated M in the first place.

        • ShadowDivz

          Well maybe she should get off her high horse and try walking amongst the commoners once in awhile.
          (be open-minded)

    • ShadowDivz

      You mean “imagine being as awesome as can be, buying a game with huge boobs on the cover”?

      Yeah, it’s called Dead Or Alive Launch Date.

    • Bigabu Beaze

      So you don’t but Highschool of the Dead or Triage X manga from B&N?

      • VolticWind

        Funny enough I don’t read mangas like that except for To Love-ru Darkness which is japan-only anyways so I read the fan translated version online. I’m considering buying Monster Musume from Amazon though.

  • shadowind

    I’m glad it’s getting a physical release in Europe, it’s just a crying shame that it’s from those fucktards at Zen United which means that it’ll probably come out in the year 2500000!

    • Bigabu Beaze

      Enough with the negative comments on Zen. At least your getting the game. Its better late than never.

      • shadowind

        OMG!!!! I never knew it was a crime to post negative comments here about Zen United or are you just bitter and pissed off that there’s going to be an physical release over here in Europe and there’s not going to be one in North America, am I correct?

        • Bigabu Beaze

          Oh man you got me! Look at the comments dork every one is about Zen taking too long. “We will getting Burst in 2019 hurr durr.” My point is that Zen at least better than other companies ie Capcom.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Battles are over guys. No more.

        • Sylveria

          Well that’s a bit of an over-reaction. Though I do love how you’re bitching, but also gloating about what you’re bitching about.

          • shadowind

            Why am I over-reacting and supposedly gloating as well unless you’re reading into something that’s not even there? I’m just being sarcastic over the fact that it’s the losers at Zen United that’s publishing the game in Europe and I know that quite a few people would agree with me about it being a crying shame that it’s not another publisher doing so.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Leave the stupid anger somewhere else. You can discuss legit Zen United concerns without them.

          • shadowind

            I never knew people weren’t allowed to be sarcastic about Zen United here, especially considering all the fuck-ups they’ve done over the years in Europe, in particular with the Persona 4 the Arena fiasco which a lot of people are still pissed off over, and will be for a long time to come, especially as the game came out at what practically amounted to full price in Europe, so I hope you can understand if I say that I won’t be changing my mind about being sarcastic towards them any time soon.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Sharing your concerns does not need to involve the name calling you have done here and in other posts. Just leave that one part elsewhere.

          • shadowind

            But what about the other people who are being insulting towards me, are you going to tell them off as well and in any case, I can understand where you’re coming from, but at the same time, I and a lot of other people have very valid concerns about Zen United releasing the game in Europe, so don’t be too surprised when it’s announced that the game’s been delayed at the end of the day! (Although hopefully it won’t happen, but then again this IS Zen United we’re talking about here!)

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