Senran Kagura Peach Ball will not be censored in the West

Get ready to have a ball

There seems to have been a wave of censorship lately in games, which has caused fans to worry that their favorite upcoming titles are going to be tweaked beyond recognition from their original Japanese release. That is not the case with Senran Kagura Peach Ball. Marvelous has confirmed that the localized version will not be censored, and is content-complete with the Japanese release.

SENRAN KAGURA Peach Ball Confirmed for North America

Senran Kagura goes full-tilt

Torrance, Calif. – April 5, 2019 – XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that the publisher will be bringing the frantic pinball and playful fun of SENRAN KAGURA Peach Ball, the latest entry in the genre-spanning SENRAN KAGURA franchise, to North America for the Nintendo Switch™ system this summer. The title will be available digitally in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch and with a limited physical release available for pre-order at XSEED Games’ online store and other select retailers, both priced at $39.99.

Clothes-shredding brawlers, rhythmic cooking contests, sunny water gun fights, massage therapy – what’s left for the shinobi students of SENRAN KAGURA to try? Well, there’s always pinball! However, Haruka’s “experiments,” conveniently located in the local arcade, have once again caused havoc for the girls. This time, her concoction has mentally turned some of her fellow shinobi into animals. The only way to reverse the effects is by using the mystical Peach Ball, which just so happens to fit perfectly in a pinball machine.

Plunge into this new adventure and flip, bump, spin, or ricochet the Peach Ball into the confused shinobi to return them to their normal selves. With customizable tables, special minigames, a story mode, and fan-favorite additional modes including diorama mode and the Dressing Room, SENRAN KAGURA Peach Ball is set to be one of the hottest pinball games yet.

About SENRAN KAGURA Peach Ball

So...this is going to take some explaining. Haruka, the mad scientist of Homura’s Crimson Squad, is up to her usual experiments again, brewing up mysterious concoctions with unknown effects. Unfortunately for her fellow shinobi, she’s chosen the local arcade she works at as her laboratory, storing her experiments in the bathroom. After an accidental outbreak infects five of her shinobi friends, she learns that her latest concoction can transform those exposed it into animals, at least mentally.

Now, with Asuka, Yumi, Yomi, Ryona, and Murasaki causing wild havoc in and around the arcade, Haruka has devised a way to return these shinobi to their senses – the mystical Peach Ball. Applied to a subject’s body repeatedly, with the proper vibrational force, it can undo the effects of her experiment. Conveniently, it’s just the right size for a pinball table. Now all Haruka needs is a skilled assistant to operate the table, bopping each shinobi girl with the ball until she comes around.

SENRAN KAGURA Peach Ball is developed by HONEY∞PARADE GAMES, Inc. and will be published by XSEED Games for Nintendo Switch™ in North America this summer. The title will be available digitally in the Nintendo eShop and with a limited physical release available for pre-order at XSEED Games’ online store and select retailers for $39.99. This title is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB on Nintendo Switch™.

Kenichiro Takaki shares details on why he left Marvelous, claims biggest reason is 'restricted sexual depictions'

A change that might impact Senran Kagura just a tad

A few hours back, we shared the news of Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki leaving Marvelous after 13 years. We knew that Takaki had an interview with Famitsu discussing why he left the company, but it hadn't been translated yet. Now we have the full details from that interview, which you can find below.

- the biggest reason he left Marvelous is due to the recent policies that have restricted sexual depictions
- Takaki says that while sexual content tends to get criticized a lot, it has just as many people who enjoy it
- Takaki says he believed that variety in the games industry was protected, but found it not to be the case at Marvelous
- Takaki welcomes restrictions and regulations that are made to protect certain genres and surroundings
- that said, Takaki feels this recent trend is happening for the purpose of shutting things down
- Takaki wants to work on an orthodox fantasy-like game that he used to be crazy about when he was a child
- Takaki has joined Cygames, and is currently working on a title for consoles
- Takaki will continue working on Senran Kagura and will make sure those games get finished
- Takaki is also currently part of a new multimedia project at Marvelous that involves a game and anime
- this new game isn't tied to Senran Kagura, but it has beautiful girls
- Takaki points out that the girls' clothing won’t be coming off, and describes the game as an orthodox hot-blooded game
- development started about a year and a half ago, and it features a girl riding a bike
- Takaki wants to make something amazing that will make people think it’s cheeky coming from him

“The place I work and the nature of my work may change, but I won’t and will not change what I want to show. I’m a video game fan down to the core and I say dirty jokes and spout a lot of nonsense [laughs], but when it comes to making games, I always give it my best.”

Senran Kagura producer leaves Marvelous, remains producer on the series

Senran Kagura remains close to Takaki's chest

Senran Kagura series producer Kenichiro Takaki has left Marvelous after staying at the company for 13 years. Takaki will now be spending time at his own subsidiary called Honey Parade Games. Even though Takaki is leaving Marvelous, he will remain on as the producer of the Senran Kagura series. Full details on this interesting situation will be revealed via an interview in this week's Famitsu.

Thanks to Nintendofan92 for the heads up!

Senran Kagura creator retweets Nintendo Direct announcement

Today's Nintendo Direct could very well have some information on the Senran Kagura series. Kenichiro Taka, the producer of the Senran Kagura, has retweeted the announcement of today's Nintendo Direct. As we said yesterday, we usually see developers retweet Nintendo Direct announcements when they have some sort of ties to the presentation itself. Could we be seeing news of a new Senran Kagura game in the Direct, or perhaps localization info?

Senran Kagura creator talks about the Peach Ball presentation shutdown fiasco, says there's a 'good chance' the next Senran Kagura series will hit Switch

Senran Kagura series producer Kenichiro Takaki recently sat down with Inside-Games to talk about all things Senran Kagura. The interview started off with a snippet about the craziness that went on with the first big Peach Ball: Senran Kagura presentation.

For those who don't remember, the presentation featured both gameplay and real-life women who were scantily-clad. At one point, it seems things got too risque, and the presentation was shut down by YouTube. Takaki looks back on the experience in the snippet below.

“We did try to be careful not to get banned, but ended up getting banned in the end… which really isn’t good, but it made me a little happy [laughs]. When we got the ban people on Twitter were like ‘they got banned lol’ so then others were like ‘what, what?’ and then the viewer count for the side that didn’t get banned over at NicoNico went up a lot [laughs].”

Peach Ball wasn't the first Senran Kagura game on Switch, and it appears it wont be the last. When asked if the next Senran Kagura series would come to Switch, Takaki offered up the following.

“I can’t say anything concrete for now, but yeah, there’s a good chance.”

Senran Kagura producer doesn't have concrete plans for another installment on Switch, but can't rule things out

Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki certainly isn't done making Senran Kagura games, but he's not quite sure where the next installment will take him.

In an interview with Inside Games, Mr. Takaki was asked about plans for another installment on Switch. While he said there's nothing concrete in the works right now, he did state that he can't rule out a new entry on the platform.

Takaki actually said he'd like to work on something with more traditional gameplay mechanics, such as a shooter or action game. He also shared interest in creating an experience that was simple to play. Whether he means something new completely, or a Senran Kagura game that uses these features, remains to be seen.

Peach Ball: Senran Kagura × Animate Cafe collaboration revealed

I guess cafe collaborations to promote Peach Ball: Senran Kagura are going to be a reoccurring thing! The second Peach Ball: Senran Kagura cafe collaboration has been announced, and it's being held at Animate Cafe locations. The collab kicks off Jan. 17th, 2019 and runs to Feb. 26th, 2019. Just as last time, there will be Senran Kagura-themed drinks, meals, and special merch to grab. Check out all the goodies here!

Peach Ball: Senran Kagura - DLC set 4 footage

The 4th DLC set for Peach Ball: Senran Kagura released in Japan recently, and we ran through what the pack offered in an earlier post. Now we have some footage of the content to check out!

Peach Ball: Senran Kagura - DLC set 4 now available

A new DLC pack has been made available for Peach Ball: Senran Kagura. Here's what the DLC pack includes.

- two costumes, each in 5 different colors
- "Showgirl Hat" and "Showgirl Stick" items
- "Miwaku's pose" and "Gurusatsu pose" motion dioramas
- 5 different ball designs

Check out more screens here


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