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Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword Journeys West in 2012

Posted by James Newton

Ken-do attitude

You might remember our recent story on Samurai Hirari Sakura, a samurai sword fighting game that hit Japan's 3DS eShop last week. Nintendo of America has now confirmed the game is on the way to North America next year with a new name.

Called Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword, the downloadable 3DS game is due out in January for an as-yet unspecified price. You can see more about it at the Japanese Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword website.

Nintendo Adds Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword to an Impressive Downloadable Lineup

A new game is headed to the Nintendo 3DS™ system, and it won’t be available in stores. Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword™ lets players travel to ancient Japan and guide a young warrior as he battles waves of enemy soldiers to save a princess. He must identify the enemy’s attack move, dodge it by a hair and counter-attack with his own mystical Sakura Sword to win the battle. The game launches in January.

Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword is just one of many high-quality, Nintendo-published downloadable games that can be found in the Nintendo eShop.

On Nov. 24, Nintendo will release the original 2D version of Metroid™ II: Return of Samus™. This Game Boy™ classic has intergalactic bounty hunter Samus™ Aran battling Space Pirates as she seeks to destroy Metroids on SR388. The game lays the foundation for the smash hit Super Metroid™.

In December, Pushmo lets players try to push, pull and climb their way to the top to solve more than 200 3D puzzles. Play as Mallo, the hero of the game, who is small in size but has a big heart and big muscles to match. Players will use him to move the giant blocks that make up the Pushmo puzzles. Solving the puzzles will free the kids who were accidently trapped inside them. There is also a Pushmo puzzle creator so players can make their own puzzles and share them with their friends.

Players who can’t wait to get their hands on these games can check out some other downloadable games that are available right now in the Nintendo eShop, such as Freakyforms™: Your Creations, Alive! The game lets players create all kinds of wild creatures and bring them to life. No drawing skills are needed, so players of all ages can give it a try. Then they can customize the color and the look, and add eyes and a mouth before the creature comes to life and explores its world.

Also currently available is 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure™. The classic Kirby™ game has been re-mastered in 3D. Players explore the world of Dream Land and help Kirby cross land, sea and sky in his quest to restore the Star Rod.

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User Comments (15)

brandonbwii

#2

brandonbwii said:

The description makes it sound like Punch-Out: Samurai Edition. Not complaining though.

brandonbwii

#4

brandonbwii said:

@3
My thoughts exactly. It's somehow both nostalgic and off-putting imo.

A little disappointed that Nintendo didn't mention Dillon's Rolling Western in the press release though. Nintendo's eShop presence is becoming more and more impressive. Love that they're releasing some really original titles on the service.

donssword

#6

donssword said:

This title looks great. If it has one-hit kills, it could inherit the throne of Square's old Bushido Blade series. BTW - Kendo is one word, not hyphenated,

gojiguy

#8

gojiguy said:

@Donssword

That's the joke. Its a play on words. Instead of "can-do attitude" its "ken-do attitude"

Anyways this is cool, but I'm really hating the huge amount of delay between when Japan gets eshop games and when we get them. Remember when Nintendo was dedicated to worldwide releases? I guess they forgot about that with 3DS...

DangerousDreams

#14

DangerousDreams said:

I'm glad that Nintendo is localizing Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword in NoA, Variety is the spice of life!

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