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Unsheath Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword on 2nd February

Posted by James Newton

$6.99 to pay

Nintendo has revealed the North American release date for Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword — 2nd February.

The Nintendo-developed sword fighting game will cost you $6.99. No European release details have been revealed yet, so sit tight.

Here's a recent trailer to get you ready.

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User Comments (56)



JustAnotherUser said:

Another great 3DSWare game.
Looks a fun pick up and play game, can't wait for it to come to the UK.



Yoshifan523 said:

its nice to see nintendo taking advantage of the 3dsware service with releases of such classics as freakyforms, pushmo, and this game. it seems to me nintendo is really trying to boost sales on the 3dsware service.
p.s as mentioned above, with such great games on the e-shop, I have no idea what to do with my 3ds pre-paid card!



bboy2970 said:

Nice! My eShop purchases are now lined up for the next two weeks! I enjoy actually having some idea of what a Thursday will hold. Here I come Mutant Mudds and Sakura Samurai!



Aqueous said:

Ahh, I was thinking of getting either Pushmo or Zen Pinball with the last of my eshop cash but I think plans just changed.



Birdman said:

Eh, I'm waiting for the review on this one, and even then it'll be between this and Mutant Mudds.



bboy2970 said:

America is getting a lot of great release dates lately! This is the way it should be all the time!



joevox316 said:


@bboy2970 I agree. It's nice to be able to know what's coming so I can set aside some money. Now I shall be setting aside $17 for Mutant Mudds and Sakura Samurai!



dan561 said:

Anyone else think, at least from the trailer, that the game looks really bad? Combat seems slow, predictable and unrealistic (I know realism isn't everything, but it usually results in less immersion and enjoyment). Graphics look poor, and the "idle" animations are the same repetitive, annoying and completely un-subtle ones that we had back in Ocarina of Time - look at 0:56 for the head-bobbing shopkeeper. I'll still give it a try if the review's good, probably.



Blue_Cat said:

@dan561 I’m kind of with you. Not that I’m going to pass judgement so early - the game may be fun for some - but to me, it doesn’t seem very interesting, and I don’t like the graphics (although everything looks better in 3D).

Anyway, at least Nintendo is supporting the e-shop with new IPs! If this one doesn’t interest me, the next one (Dillon’s Rolling Western) at least has caught my eye!



Kagamine said:

i agree with @dan561 and Blue_cat it seems pretty bad to me. however i will consider it if the review is good. The combat just seems way to slow and i don't like the art style a whole lot



TimboBaggins said:

This looks like a pretty well developed game considering it is for 3DSware, and thats a very good thing.



CosmoXY said:

@ Koops3 - I hope there's StreetPass, I always like any of those kinds of extras.



BenAV said:

I'll wait for the reviews.
It looks like it has potential to be good, but at the same time it could be terrible.



FonistofCruxis said:

I agree with dan561, Blue_cat and Bossmank. The combat doesn't seem that good and I hate the art style, the characters look so ugly.



BudDudSlash said:

The gameplay looks like it could be way fun- but that must be the ugliest protagonist I've seen in a game in years. Awaiting a review!



bahooney said:

Wow! I'm really happy NOA posted a heads up about this! Looking forward to this game greatly, although I'm torn between this and Mutant Mudds... gotta save cash for Uprising and Xenoblade!



joevox316 said:

To those saying it looks have fair opinions but I think it's just that it wasn't what you were expecting. To me, it looks unique. Almost like a strategy game mixed with an action game, or a more advanced version of Megaman Battle Network or something. Only being able to move in four directions like that during combat seems really interesting to me (realistically, you'd be wanting to face your opponent anyway). I also personally love the art style. Makes me think of Japan and Nintendo. I think it does it's job well.



Karakato said:

Well, I know now what I'm getting for the next two weeks. Time to buy another Prepaid card. Getting a Punch-out Vibe here.



Radixxs said:

If this gets a strong review, it makes my eShop decisions much more difficult.



WolfRamHeart said:

This game does look rather unique. I like that Nintendo is coming out with some new and innovative titles for the eShop lately. I will probably pick this one up.



SyFyTy said:

This has a feel of an oriental Mario with swords, defeating them in [sword] fights to collect the coins, moving from location to location; I like it, been looking forward to this. I really enjoy to art style as well. A good art style goes a long way with me too.



Djrr-ific said:

Alot of 3DSware for the US lately...

when is Europe gonna' get some? (this, Mutand mudds, VVVVVVV, that other samurai game..)



LittleIrves said:

Do want. And I'm loving that Nintendo seems to be pricing most of their eShop games at $6.99, instead of the 9 dollar titles by 3rd parties (Mudds, V6). More than enough value in Freakyforms and Pushmo to warrant the price. Still think the iOS pricing paradigm is very, very dangerous. Anything that causes people to think a game priced at $2.99 is too expensive is problematic.



pikku said:

I dunno, it definitely looks good, reminds me of an N64 game, but I think I'll wait for the review, though I will most likely end up buying it eventually, sometime after I get Pushmo, Mighty Switch Force and Mutants Mudds.



sinalefa said:

To call this game ugly is like saying Megaman 10 looks blocky and pixellated. It is meant to look retro.

As with Kid Icarus Uprising, I will read reviews before I get it, but I have to admit it looks really interesting, and the trailer looks much better in 3D.



Mattiator said:

If the combat has more depth than what I'm seeing, I'll look into it. IGN gave a very positive hands-on preview of it (surprising to me considering the bashing they gave Dillon's Rolling Western, my personal pick of the known upcoming titles), but I'll probably wait on the reviews.



TimboBaggins said:

I am really excited about this one. Kinda reminds me of a japanese samurai cartoon version of Infinity Blade. This seems like its pretty deep and may actually consume some of my time. I like puzzle games like Donkey Kong vs Mario and Pushmo, but if they keep producing neat little gems like this game I have a feeling I am going to give nintendo all my money



Karakato said:

To those of you who are still unsure on what the game is, here is an early review that scored the game an 8.5. REVIEW



shadowkaby said:

Thanks for the review's set me a little closer to buying the game...
But I;m still unsure...the demo video made it seem very slow combat wise
but it does look great, with even a hint of okami-ish character design(japanese feel sans sumi-e brush work)



TNLGUY said:

It does look painfully easy, but if word on the streets is right, it gets faster and harder. Here's hoping, as this game has potential.

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