Marvelous AQL developer Kenichiro Taka has described as "terrible" an article in Official Nintendo Magazine which called upcoming beat 'em up title Senren Kagura Burst "insulting to the intelligence of gamers, damaging to the reputation of the industry, and alienating and harmful to women."
Commenting on Twitter Taka said:
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Senren Kagura, which roughly translates to War Dance, features high school students who are presumably under the age of 18.
Despite this, when characters activate special attacks a cutscene shows all of the girl's clothes (except underwear) flying off her body before she attacks her enemies. The camera then lingers on her breasts and nether-regions before gameplay re-commences.
Describing his reason for creating the game Taka said: ”I started to think about what I wanted to see in a game on the Nintendo 3DS and within thirty seconds, I came up with it. It was boobs.”
The game itself sees the girls take on monsters using martial arts and, presumably, whatever clothes they have left. ONM's Chris Rooke advises against buying the game upon its release on February 28th at retailers and from the eShop from a day earlier on 3DS due to its treatment of women.
Japan has different cultural expectations but Senren Kagura Burst appears to be taking things a step too far.