Yes I'm making a thread about THAT game. Yes it is a game about well endowed ninja girls from a good ninja academy fighting well endowed ninja girls from an evil ninja academy. Yes, special attacks sometimes revolve around costume changes (not actually that uncommon in modern Japanese action beat 'em ups, but usually not like this) and you can dress up the young ladies in various pandering animeish outfits.
Yes the producer of this game's sequel once said, and I quote
Tits are life, ass is hometown.
Well try to ignore all that for a second; this game is a shockingly competent beat 'em up that runs smooth, sounds great, has tons of content (the entire original Senran Kagura is included as the Hanzō Academy/Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows missions) with a real deal writer behind it who most recently worked on Ace Attorney 5!
Well, I said try to ignore it/laugh at the hilarity of it all. Hyper inflated breasts to go along with lightning fast beat em up content that goes on and on forever. There's Frantic Mode (L+R at the start of a match) you can choose at the beginning of the fight to shed your armor like street clothes (usually a school uniform, ninja suit or some other bit of weird anime fetish garb, with tons and tons that you can unlock) to drastically decrease your defense (90%!!!) and radically improve offensive power(750%!!!) and speed to the point of giving you nearly unlimited combos. I freaking love this mode although I think the bathing suit it puts you in is a bit much and nowhere near as attractive as some of the regular outfits. Your characters level up as you go through missions and while the story might require a certain character for a story mission you can go back and play through any of them with any character. They all play quite a bit differently from each other, some with frankly ridiculous special attacks while others have more grounded offense.
There's 12 characters in this game, ten regular, five on each side (good ninja school Hanzō Academy and five from evil Hebijo Academy, one hidden for each side) The story mode has two paths as mentioned and unless the mission specifies a character you can use anyone on the roster for any mission. They do level up the more you use them.
Probably not safe for work. I wouldn't play the game at work either.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why no Screenshots?
Hard to find cleanish ones.
well, here's a few.
Story mode select screen. SK 1's mode is recommended for beginners.
Evil ninja academy roster.
A relatively short combo string. This game is generous with the timer but I've only played the game for two hours and have been well over 600.
What is this Ying/Yang nonsense?
You increase your Ying gauge by fighting in Frantic Mode/when your costume is ripped off. Maxing it out will grant you even more benefits for those who espouse total offense over all else.
Yang is increased by staying in your clothes/transforming into Shinobi Mode. This gives you more combos, longer aerial combos, better defense, quicker recharge on your Ninja powers.
Luckily as far as I can tell this game doesn't do any of that awful Ogre Battle style balance issue and you can max both out without having to balance them. Eff taoism, Full Ying and Full Yang baby. Also Ying style/frantic mode is hilariously fun. You move like Sonic and do combos like banned MvC2 characters...and you die in around five solid hits. There is seemingly some reward for beating every mission in Frantic mode.
What about Shinobi Versus?
That's a Vita game and sequel to this one. It's a 3D brawler (think Dynasty Warriors) with a versus mode. If this game does well enough XSeed has more or less said that they'll bring this one over too. The producer of the series has also said that Burst isn't the last 3DS game he has in mind. Bless this man. You can also just import the Vita game if you want, but you'll miss the surprisingly decent writing unless you understand Japanese.
Is this game digital only?
In America, yes. It's coming out in early 2014 in Europe in both retail and digital.
Why isn't there more media on this game in this thread?
Because I don't want to be banned. Even the instruction manual is NSFW.
But this game got a T for Teen from the ESRB, It can't be that bad, Xenogears of Bore!
It's a lot of flesh but no nudity. Very few adult situations beyond hints of nudity. Cartoony as fuck violence. Seemingly little to no blood. Just a lot of anime girls being anime girls and solid beat em upness...with some visual novel bits thrown in because why the fuck not.
Why are the controls on the character viewer screen so bad?
I have no clue but to say that I use the gyro instead.