Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus Coming To Europe And Australia This Year [Update]

By Ishaan . August 6, 2014 . 3:09am


Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus and Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit are being released in Europe and Australia later this year, Marvelous AQL have announced.


Both games will be released as downloadable titles for the Vita via the PlayStation Network in Europe and Australia and are scheduled for release in Q3 2014.


Update: A trailer for Shinovi Versus (above) mentions that the game will be released in October.


“We were surprised and delighted that the Senran Kagura series has been so well received in Europe,” said series producer Kenichiro Takaki. “ The team is very excited that these new titles will soon be released for the rest of the world to enjoy.”


North America will see Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus this Fall. Meanwhile, in Japan, Marvelous are gearing up for the release of Senran Kagura 2, which will be released on August 7th. That game has not been announced for Western release yet.


Thanks to Siliconera reader British Otaku for pointing out the Shinovi Versus trailer!

  • BizarreJelly

    Before it turns into a GOD DAMMIT DOWNLOAD ONLY discussion, at least we get it right? It sucks we’ll miss out on a limited edition though, hopefully there will be something for that.

    • .:Raphællius:.

      Be honest, you actually wanted it to turn into a Download Only discussion. Ahahaha!

      • BizarreJelly

        Eh i’m alright either way! I don’t mind people letting out some ventage :P it’ll always be the case and it’s understandable. I’m just happy to get it either way.

        • SakuStar Light

          THEM DOWNLOAD ONLY GAMES…..yeah boobs always turn into a download only…….

          • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

            hey download only games.. means no physical evidence >:3

          • SakuStar Light

            …..T_T you truly honor the dirty deed in me… :D no evidence means <.> no one knows my secret waifu XD

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Now I will one up Xseed, and deliver unto all of you… UNCENSORED. BOOBIES!

  • D-Omen

    Amazing! Now to find a Vita for cheap.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Woo-hoo!!! ^o^/

  • NyaBoy

    Shinobi Versus and Bon appétit are download only for Europe ?

    • British_Otaku

      Yep, the Marvelous translator/representative I talked to suggested that it was advice from the Japanese branch.

    • darke

      FYI, Bon appétit was download-only in Japan, so it’ll likely be download-only everywhere.

  • Alex Sargeant

    OH! Bon Appetit too? That’s awesome. I’ve played the import of Versus but I’d love to get Bon Appetit.

    Really hoping this all leads up to Senran Kagura 2. That game looks amazing compared to how all this started. I mean there aren’t even a lot of games in this series to begin with. That’s a hell of a lot of improvement very quickly.

    • Fronkhead

      This, even things like the animation in Senran Kagura 2 is leaps ahead of Shinovi Versus and Burst, which should ensure every future title looks really great now.

      • PreyMantis

        Yeah, those boob physics!

    • British_Otaku

      Senran Kagura (Burst) started as a budget first year 3DS game from developers who are largely famous for budget projects with Onechanbara (which started as a 2000 yen title before the recent Wii and Xbox 360 and PS4 installments) being one of their better works along with Toshinden (first PS1 fighter iirc).

      The amount of sales they got was always going to lead to a massive jump in quality, even Burst makes a lot of nice additions to the original 2011 SK game.

  • Luffink

    Well shit, I wanted this game with its physical edition, but if I buy the USA version I wouldn’t be able to buy the DLCs

  • Siery

    Fuck yes, finally. Waited so long for an announcment.
    I dont even care that it is digital only.

  • Download only? no buy then.. not that i got a Vita yet but if they where retail i would get a Vita. maybe il import sometime in the future

    • PreyMantis

      Maybe they’re thinking of the implications of buying the games on a store where people are quick to judge?

    • Mnoz

      Dekamori/Bon Appétit is download only in Japan too.

    • darke

      Have there been any Vita games that were download-only in Japan, that were not download-only in the west? I can’t think of any myself. So Dekamori was always going to be download-only.

  • Firion Hope

    Wait they’re both scheduled for Fall in EU or am I misreading? Because Kenchiro’s twitter just said that Dekamori would be coming Winter 2014 for the US as opposed to Fall.

    Well either way I’m happy to have a release time as vague as it may be.

  • Not surprised Bon Appétit is, shame that Versus didn’t get limited physical release but that’s cool.

  • Seraph

    I don’t mind if this is digital. I got the Collector’s Edition of the Japanese version so it’s all good.

  • SupaPhly

    thank sony the vita is region free

    but I don’t understand, we got Burst as a physical copy, what the actual fuck

    • nonscpo

      Hey be grateful you got the physical release, North America didn’t get it and they are only getting a limited release. All in all seems fair to me besides the vita is region free so you can always import.

  • Kayriss Wins

    So for the time being it can be confirmed that they’re getting the Digital version only atm? while North America is getting a limited physical release? this is a complete reversal from Burst’s release since Europe got Physical copies and we didn’t… interesting…

    • ehtnah

      this isn’t interesting, this is unfair! a release should be digital only for both regions or physical for both (Us and EU). how in the world can a company expect that a group of customers support them when they obviously say to that group “we don’t care about you”….
      if senran 2 is digital only, I will simply ignore it…

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        What are you taking about? It’s not easy to get the same both for both sides of the world.

        • ehtnah

          other can do it… like atelier or mugen or time and eternity…. both region have physical copies…..
          I won’t pay more (euro currency but dollars price…. easy too….) for less.

          and why should it be easier to do a physical copy in US than in Eu? it should be as easy/complicated in both side (no translation).

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            None of those were brought over by AQL so.
            It depends on what the game is and who’s doing the localizing, Euro gets physical at times that we don’t.
            If you want to import that’s fine but just know that you’re taking sales away from future localizations to your region.

          • ehtnah

            and when it happens it’s unfair for you (US) too, event if it’s more often the opposite (like HN rebirth, akiba’s trip 2, hakuoki etc…).

            burst should have been physical for everyone (lots of 3ds thank to pokemon) and shinovi digital only for everyone (vita is too risky).

            oh I’m not afraid my region is already in the “we think about it if we have time… maybe… someday… just to make money….” category ^^” look at drakengard 3, SMT4…..

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            -shrug- whatever it’s not unfair to me because I’m not bothered by digital only releases. I see the benefits in buying digital as well as buying physical.

          • Same, I would like to point them out, but that will jsut gerate more “bloody-discussion” I will just say… I like the fact that ps-vita is a portable system, and make max use of that fact is my number 1 intent :3

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            It’s a space vs convenience for me,I do like the extra benefits you can get from physical, but I also like it because well at least the vida at the moment I’,m stuck with a 4gb. a game
            On the other hand If i can’t go out and buy a game or if I don’t feel dealing with the wait and cost of shipping then I can get a game I really wanna play in only a few hours depending on how big it is. There’s also that benefit of not having the risk of losing it because I like with children.

          • sadly ppl don’t understand that, and keep importing from opposite territory…

      • Kayriss Wins

        “we don’t care about you” that’s exactly how I felt when Europe got that Life and Hometown shirt and holographic poster… but your right it should be the same all region round

        • ehtnah

          yes and you are especially right for this one (3ds region lock sucks… give me my rune factory 4!).

          I hate unfair treatment…. even if it’s unfair to US only. we are all customers…. they should treat all of us like kings and queens (to own our precious money of course ^^).

  • Happy boobs delivered around the world :)

  • Ragnab

    Well, whatever. I’m gonna import the American physical regardless. Already have the Jp version an the DLC.

  • fyi1191

    Wrap the world in happy boobs!

  • Go2hell66

    If senran was so well received why is this digital only. Why must you lie to my face!

    • D-Omen

      It might be that they don’t have enough faith in the size of the Vita’s userbase compared to the 3DS? Still, I wish they made a limited physical edition like XseeD in the US.

    • Fronkhead

      If you walk into any high street or specialist games shop in the UK the answer is right there: shelf space for Vita software is nearly non existent over here.

      And I suspect Zen United aren’t involved with this one like they were in bringing over Burst, that could also be as likely an explanation for the lack of a retail release. This single image’s worth of stock is larger than the entire Vita selection in the same store, for example.

      And the market for physical Vita games at retail (on any retailer, online and high street) is smaller than the market for even original DS software, sad times indeed.

      • DizzyGear

        The EU is bigger than just the UK.

        • Fronkhead

          I wasn’t doing an absolute comparison of numbers, but a relative comparison. Whether the EU is bigger than the UK is irrelevant since the market for Vita physical software is going to be at the bottom everywhere else as well.

          If Vita’s software market is a fraction of other platforms in one country, then it is reasonable to assume it is the same in other countries within the same region.

          Ergo, the same conclusion can be made for the whole of Europe.

          • DizzyGear

            No it cant. The Vita still enough shelf space in stores like Mediamarkt and Gamemania over here.
            The only places the Vita is pretty much gone is toy stores. Than again most of those only carry AAA and casual games anyway.

          • Fronkhead

            It has shelf space, yes, but it’s nothing like the shelf space allocated to other platforms’ software.

            You’re still missing my point: even if Vita is doing better from a sales perspective in Germany, it’s still going to be relatively behind the other platforms that matter.

            It’s highly unlikely that the market for Vita games at retail is anywhere near the other platforms (bar Wii U). If I’m a publisher and I only have a certain amount of resources to dedicate to bringing over a game to retail, I’d obviously choose a different game over Shinovi Versus, since I’d get a higher return on my investment.

            It might be worth looking at how Vita retail software is doing over at a big online retailer of physical goods like, thinking about it. On Amazon UK, only one Vita game sits in the top 100 for videogame sales: Minecraft, at number 68. That’s telling.

            Edit: there are *Zero* Vita games in the top 100 videogames on Amazon Germany.

          • DizzyGear

            And the only Vita item in the top 100 videogames is the 16 GB memory card. Your point?

          • Fronkhead

            I had a look at the top 100 sales over at and there are zero retail Vita games currently in the top 100. I think that’s more telling about the state of Vita software sales over the existence of shelf space…

            (Over on Amazon UK, there is one game in the top 100: Minecraft at 68).

          • darke

            But how much more? There are more copies of Senran on that shelf, then there are copies of *all* the vita games sold by a dedicated games store; or for that matter games+electronic stores, in Australia.

            Of the five local stores I irregularly visit, all of them are pretty much the same in that respect; about equal amounts of space dedicated to xb1/360/ps4/ps3/3ds, slightly less for WiiU/PC (PC? More “Wall of Warcraft”, it’s mostly just boxes of blizzard or MMO’s really…), and then a single tiny shelf like that with Vita games on it.

            This can’t just be coincidence that both the UK and AU aren’t stocking Vista physical titles; the only thing we share in common is most of the language and The Queen. :P

        • kinda saddens me but you are so right, Uk is not the only country out there, we(other country’s) also have the same problem usually PS-Vita shelf’s are very scarce as well. (Honestly I don’t mind, since I’m a digital only buyer)

    • Vesperion

      Cause It’s that weird trend where the U.S and Europe take turns with retail and digital releases

  • michel

    Ok, I’m glad, but… almost two years after the original, and digital only… aufff… if they manage to add some censorship the masterpiece will be complete…

    • Fronkhead

      Edit: replied to the wrong post!

  • Anoia

    This is most likely due to Zen United’s fear of the vita more than anything. Marvelous can’t release physically in Europe so this probably means Zen United turned it down and this is the last resort.

    • Fronkhead

      This. I don’t think Zen United are involved with this (usually they would announce it themselves) so I’m guessing Marvelous are publishing it themselves and they can only do it digitally as you mention.

      Given how little shelf space there is here in the UK for any Vita games (it’s practically non existent at retail, with mostly the big first party games and old launch software showing up in stores like GAME and Tesco) it makes sense that Zen United would skip out on it compared to how the situation went with Burst where stores (even GAME in Hamley’s, a big toy store) were lining up copies of the game and it was all a good laugh.

      • darke

        Yeah, that is about the entire shelf space devoted to Vita Console+all games in the local ‘gamestop’ branches (EB Games) in Australia. You can see why physical is an afterthought for Vita.

        • Fronkhead

          Thanks for the heads-up. I guess this outcome was to be expected now that Sony have repositioned Vita as an indie portal and remote play platform in the west. Wouldn’t be surprised if PS Plus had something to do with the demand for retail games on Vita too.

          On a slightly related note, I’m not against digital releases at all in the most case, but it hurts so much more on Vita thanks to the pricing of Sony’s low-performance memory cards (a 32GB card is almost 5 times the price of a 32GB class 10 SD Card).

          • darke

            I gave a little bit more detail in a thread down below, but yeah; physical is mostly dead here. Either because Vita is mostly dead, or because we mostly just import from the EU/US (one of the bigger online retailers I know a few friends use: check their ‘about us’ webpages, and they’re UK based), or because we use digital, or like myself I’ve got a US PSN. :P

            I think the PSN does have much more significant effect on the Vita game sales too. People bitch about the PS4/Vita becoming IndieStation consoles, but for most ‘mature’ gamers (in 2012 if I’m remembering correctly the average age of the Australian gamer was 32; other stats I’ve seen is 30 for world-wide) the two free Vita games you get a month are probably more then enough to keep you entertained, assuming you’re actually interested (and not to mention the two free for PS3, and maybe your new PS4, or your games on your computer, or your random games on your phone…).

            Seriously it wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of people have bought a Vita just because they thought some of the free games they got on PS+ looked like they might be interesting; I know that’s why I bought one. It’s just I’ve bought games other then the ones I get for free, I’m not entirely sure many people are… and if they are, it wouldn’t surprise me if they’re just buying digitally in sales and such as well.

        • ShadowDivz

          It’s called EB games in australia too?
          I thought it was only called that in canada.

          • darke

            Yeah, EB Games/Electronics Boutique used to be a big american brand, then branched out to Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and a bunch of other places.

            When the US’s Gamestop bought them out they rebranded everything in America (I think) but the international operations of EB Games were setup as a subsidiary holding company within it since they were setup that way inside the original EB Games.

            UK’s EB Games got bought out and rebranded as GAME from memory.

            Anyway, that’s a too longwinded story about corporate take overs. :)

  • DizzyGear

    Video Games Plus and Play Asia must be laughing their asses off all the way to the bank with all these digital only releases for the EU.

    • Guest

      This title is also digital only in America though

      • DizzyGear

        Shinovi Versus has a psysical release in NA.

        • WhyWai

          Only as Limited Edition (Quantity)

    • darke

      The thing is, ‘Europeans’ (because as everyone knows, Australia is in Europe) tend to buy the US versions and import them anyway since it’s significantly cheaper.

      Have any of those stores every commented on their sales trends of one-region-physical vs all-region-physical titles?

      • DizzyGear

        I suppose the official term is PAL zone but that does not make much sense either these days.
        I do know Drakengard 3 and Conception 2 are still on the best seller list of VG+. Both games do not have a psysical version in the the PAL zone.

  • Fronkhead

    Before people start complaining, the view from the publisher’s point of view should be understood. Firstly it’s clear Marvelous are handling publishing duties, and they can’t publish in Europe.

    Secondly it seems Zen United (who released Burst physically in Europe) have passed on this. But it’s really not surprising when you consider the size of Vita retail in Europe.

    For the UK, one of the biggest markets for videogames within Europe, Vita stands at the bottom for retail software sales, behind the 9 year old DS.

    Looking through Amazon UK it is telling: there’s only one Vita game in their top 100 sales, and that’s Minecraft at number 68. Tomodachi Life (which isn’t even a big game) on 3DS sits at number 3 at the moment.

    It is perfectly reasonable to assume the same relative pattern applies to other countries within Europe, and I can completely understand why this game isn’t being released as a retail copy in Europe from this, as nice as it would be to have the game card sitting on my shelf.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    How much is this going to be censored for the aussie release?

    • darke

      She’ll be right mate; they all have ample breasts so no-politicians’s going to threaten to ban them for being too flat chested. /sarcasm

      Honestly I don’t think even Mon Mon would have had a problem coming over; it’s just IF didn’t bother since it wasn’t economically worth dealing with the censorship board.

  • British_Otaku

    Marvelous Europe posted up videos yesterday with more precise dates:

    These are the same months and trailers displayed when they were at Hyper Japan in London.

  • Linkmstr

    That pixelated shadow.

  • You know may as well abolish physical copy in Europe because we sure do get the short end of the stick.

  • James Hewitson

    It’s great to see them coming to Pal region but I’m keeping my Us version preorder, sorry guys but I like my physical copies thankyou

  • persona_yuji

    *sigh* OH well… can’t say I didn’t expect that.

  • Learii

    will they released retail or only as download in NA?

    • Mnoz

      Shinovi Versus has a limited edition physical copy in NA. Bon Appétit is Digital only everywhere, even in Japan.

      • Learii

        oh ok thx

  • Eddie

    Had a weird déjà vu moment, I remember this game being the last post on Andriasang before it closed down back in 2012…

    • Aristides

      Oh Andriasang how i miss you so ;_;

    • SobriK

      Pretty sure that’s the image Anoop used in the sign-off post now that you mention it.

      • Eddie

        Yeah surprisingly the sites still intact

    • dboyz

      Andriasang lead me to siliconera =/

    • Weeb

      R.i.p Andriasang. You were too good for this world.

    • Edzo04

      Yup I remember the last post on andriasang. Had senran kagura boob t shirts. That site closing is the only reason I use siliconera. I miss anoop

  • Silver

    Q3? So it’s this or next month, huh?
    edit: ignore this, just read it’ll be october…

  • Darkrise

    I wish I had a Vita….

    • Nesther

      Get one. They’re cheap as shit nowadays.

      • Darkrise

        No spare cash.

  • carlospsp

    rest of the world: europe and australia… ok….

    • Letrico

      … what? English games are either US/Europe and usually Australia is included as part of Europe region. Japan got the game already in japanese, Asia probably have it in chinese already.

      With 2 region of games, US and Europe(PAL) covers the english speaking world aka the rest of the world since US was already announced?

      • carlospsp

        You should try to find more informations about where the console/Handheld game market are growing more in these last years, and WHERE it is ‘creating’ new clients. And it is neither only asia with their MMO freaks.

        So, calling Europe, Australia like the rest of the world is a real joke.

        Not trying to get into a flame war here, just pointing out how i feel about this ‘mapping’ of game companies.

        • Letrico

          …and I still do not see your point?

          I am merely stating the regional fact of the western game which consist of NTSC/PAL which generally mean US/Canada and Europe(In case you didn’t know, Europe covers the entire European region).

          If this were to be released in 3DS with region locking, it will not be locked to specific region with other region missing out.

          I am not sure where is the place you mention as ‘creating’ new clients and where the handheld market is growing, cbf to search for a worthless information since you didn’t bother finding anyway.

          I still do not understand what is your point that you condemn the word rest of the world? Japan have the game, Asia have the game(US), Middle East have the game(PAL), Europe have the game (PAL), US have the game, Canada have the game, South Africa have the game. Literally, the rest of the world can play this game now as it was Japan only and it is going to be released in US and Europe now.

          Please enlighten me with your knowledge.

  • Raltrios

    They’r wrapping the world in happy boobs, just as promised.

  • Kornelious

    Still no release date in the west yet?……I can never tell with them because they always give a placeholder date and then push it back when we get about a week away from it…..

    And it doesn’t help that since Placeholder’s are usually set at the end of the month and for September that is a Tuesday, The day games normally come out….So I don’t know what to believe! :(

  • Kornelious

    Still no release date in the west yet?……I can never tell with them because they always give a placeholder date and then push it back when we get about a week away from it…..

    And it doesn’t help that since Placeholder’s are usually set at the end of the month and for September that is a Tuesday, The day games normally come out….So I don’t know what to believe! :(

  • James Reilly

    Guess Europe gets the short-end of the stick this time. Is it because EU region sales for Burst were poor?

    • landlock

      Doubt it. MarvelousAQL just want all the pie themselves instead of going to a third-party publisher I guess. Oh well, they lost my sale.

  • Nix da

    Hmm looks better than the 3ds one.

  • -Misaki-

    I will skip SK2, but never gonna skip this.

  • Neppygear

    Yay, digital-only. That’s my favourite kind of release.

    I wonder how much DLC I’ll be locking myself out of by importing the US version…

    • DizzyGear

      2 Extra characters and allot of costumes.

    • Elliott Moon

      they could have at least done a limited run like they are doing for the US heck the first game was physical in Europe its god dam stupid to not release a physical copy in Europe, who do we have to shout at on twitter?

      • Neppygear

        I know, right? It’s a complete bummer, but sadly just yet another digital-only Euro release. I think this may be this year’s 500th.

        • Elliott Moon

          At least we are getting freedom wars as a retail game now.

          • Neppygear

            The exception that proves the rule.

  • Well this is good new’s… bring it!

  • Downloadable =[

    Aww man, I may look at the US version, I already have the platinum trophy from the JP version so may wait till it hits a sale, which I tend to do with most Digital only releases

  • TheSwordUser

    My wallet is ready.
    On physical vs digital – few months ago I imported US copy of Conception 2 since european version wouldn’t have physical one.
    In the end I was disappointed because all this copy had was soundtrack (which I have yet to listen to anyway) and, well, box for the game itself.
    That was the day I’ve learned that PS Vita games don’t ship with instruction booklets (up until then I had only digital games on vita), making physical copies for me completly pointless.

    Might as well buy digital because manuals are only digital now.

    • ShadowDivz

      I noticed that too, it is kinda weird.

  • Kok Hay Choi

    Seriously, Australia? If this can release, why not monster monpiece???

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