Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura Described as “Pure” and “Wholesome,” Only Features Asuka

Marvelous recently gave a surprise reveal with their first Nintendo Switch gameShinobi Refle: Senran Kagura. Many fans expected the game to feature ample levels of bouncing and exploding female breasts, however it sounds like the game might be a bit more on the puritan side, to match its destined hardware.

A new interview with Famitsu (via Games Jouhouo) and huge boob producer Kenichiro Takaki, it sounds like the game is deviating from its scandalous origins.

Takaki described the game as “pure” and “wholesome,” adding that they’re focusing on using the console’s HD Rumble to more accurately display character feelings. He said that for now you’ll have to use your imagination as to what they’ll use HD Rumble for.

If you watch the game’s announcement video, it’s pretty clear what they’re probably using HD Rumble for – if you catch my drift. Takaki said that he’s fascinated by the HD Rumble feature, and he predicts all kinds of things will be possible now via the new rumble technology.

Fans can expect your typical silliness and antics within Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura‘s story, however the only playable character will be Asuka. Takaki also said that you’ll be able to enjoy something differently in comparison to previous games.

Asuka’s visuals will be worked on from scratch, with the team focusing on maintaining the game’s anime visual. They’re also focused particularly on showcasing its lighting. The team is also looking at the other functions of the Switch console to utilize in game, besides its HD Rumble.

As for pricing and distribution, Takaki said the game will be digital-only, and it’s likened to a spinoff title, so it won’t be full price like the core games in the series. He also said that the Switch is extremely easy to develop for, and he’s already looking at other games he can make for the system.

Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura is launching sometime this year Japan, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

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  • Zanard Bell

    I hope to the God-Emperor Takaki is just shitting us and he’ll still put bounciness in Shinobi Refle (or is it Rifle?). Otherwise Nintendo really just needs to grow up.

  • Mr0303

    By the sounds of things it will be a short gimmicky game that will focus on the use of the HD rumble. That being said Takaki is a genius and he’ll be able to fully utilise the NS features.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Not sure what Nintendo has to do with it though.

  • Audie Bakerson


    Clearly it’s a yuri dating game!

  • Khirt

    If only…

  • InkViper

    This is starting to sound like a virtual pet/waifu simulator game.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    Pure boob holding

  • Just Some Guy

    I made a comment about it being a non-game before and got jumped by like 3 weeb apologists. If they’re reading this now they can eat my ass.

  • Heresy Hammer

    That would make it actually interesting.

  • J_Joestar

    We still had the bounciness in all the 3DS games, Nintendo isn’t really involved with developing this.

  • J_Joestar

    Just Asuka?
    but… but… i want Beansprouts >_<

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    “Asuka only”
    Nintendo platforms keeps getting less and less girls added.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Only involvement Nintendo has to do with the Senran games is not showing them during their directs and keeping it off the front page of the Eshop.

  • Matz

    Sounds like some sort of dating sim, too bad I wanted a Senran Kagura 3

  • CDan

    Make it delicious Mirai—only and forget about the rumble :^)

  • RichardGristle

    1, 2, Switch: SK version.

  • AwesomeAussie27

    Honestly, this sounds like the most disappointing Senran Kagura game in a while.

    As long as this is a stepping stone towards something bigger for the next project.

  • FreshSnug

    Of course not. It’s Nintendo.

  • DariusQ

    Pure & Wholesome. Yeah, suuure it will be.

    For anyone keeping score, moe is technically pure too. What makes it lewd is when your dirty mind fills in the gaps. =)

  • Loli de 42 Anos

    one on hand I’m a bit dissappointed since I wanted an SK3, but at the same time I think this might be an interesting experiment, I always felt that the Graphics left a bit to be desired when compared to the official art (SPECIALLY when it comes to Daidouji). so if they are reworking the graphics on the Switch, it must mean that they got something else in store for the future.
    Also featuring only Asuka might be good to re-establish her as the main protagonist (let’s face, she kinda faded a bit due to the other girls being more interesting or charismatic).

  • Loli de 42 Anos

    nah, were talking about the guy who made a cool beat-em-up with an interesting plot from the premise of “I wanna see boobs in 3D”. and he did say in interviews that he would never make a game without content using boobs as an excuse because to him “it would feel fake, or unjust”.

    so… yeah, this might not be what we wanted, but I’m sure he’ll come up with something interesting.

  • CRES

    Remember guys, back when Peach Beach Splash was first revealed our Lord of Boobs did say that an action game was in development at the same time. I personally was hoping that the HD rumble would just be a feature of say the dressing room, and it would be part of a full game, but hopefully this is just a cheap $5 project while the next main SK game is in development.

    PS: In before the rest of the cast is available as DLC.

  • TylorW

    Anyone else think that this is going to be a “What-if” story that shows what might have happened if Asuka decided to go out with that guy back in Senran Kagura Burst?

  • Fenrir007

    Oh, please, let this be true!

  • Fenrir007

    “This is starting to sound like a virtual pet/waifu simulator game.”

    I’m okay with this!

  • You might actually be on to something.

  • TylorW

    That might explain the “pure” part, as maybe they’re trying to say that the guy genuinely cares about Asuka whereas plenty of other guys would only see her for her “assets” (might be a good little aside for people in real life looking at the series and making judgments based on the covers alone).

    Also, it would be an interesting take on the SK series, as we’ve always seen the shinobi side of the girls life to the point where we forget that they have to live normal lives besides (the only real reminder as of late was the Crimson Girls getting jobs). Would be kind of cool to see how those sides of Asuka clash and affect those outside of her shinobi life.

  • Zack Attack

    Am I the only one that is disappointed by this? I guess I will give it a try still if it’s $20.

  • James Hewitson

    Your not the only one, A dating sim with one girl is just wtf. If Takaki-san wants his game to bomb then he’s going the right way about it imo.

  • James Hewitson

    A dating sim with one girl it sounds like (..)

  • gwadahunter2222

    No Katsuragi, Haruka nor Ryona I understand but no Yumi, no Ikaruga, no Hibari, no Yomi,no Miyabi, no Murasaki, no homura, no Murakumo, no Hikage.

    Mr Takaki we need to have a serious discussion.