XSEED has announced that they will be delivering a localization of cooking rhythm game Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit to American shores this winter, according to Siliconera.
Previously known by its Japanese title Dekamori Senran Kagura, this game is a spin-off of the previous Senran Kagura titles. Instead of deadly ninja combat, Bon Appétit pits Senran Kagura’s cast of shinobi against each other in one-on-one cooking matches that play out as a rhythm game. Those familiar with the series’ signature gimmick can probably guess that, for some reason, the losing contestant gets their clothes shredded as the cooking battles go on.
This news comes hot on the heels of XSEED’s previous announcement that Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus would also be seeing an American release.
The game will release this winter on PS Vita in North America. Just like the Japanese version, it will be available only as a digital download.
Color me completely surprised. This is one of those games that I thought would just be too weird to be viable for a Western release, but apparently XSEED feels differently. As for the game itself, I’m reserving judgment until I see some more of it; my impression is that this game is meant more as a fanservice delivery vector than an interesting rhythm game. Then again, I had a similar impression of Senran Kagura Burst before I played it, and it ended up being one of my favorite 3DS games. If nothing else, a localization of the awesome-looking Senran Kagura 2 seems almost certain at this point, if they’re going to the trouble of bringing this one to us.
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