While European players were able to get their hands on a physical copy of the robust brawler Senran Kagura Burst, North America was left with the 3DS eShop as their only option for accessing the game. This may change for future iterations of the series, however, according to posted responses on publisher XSEED's Facebook page.
When asked whether XSEED would release more Senran Kaagura titles in North America, a representative of the company replied that sales figures for Burst were good enough to leave that consideration open. XSEED was subsequently asked about physical releases for the titles, including the Vita's Shenran Kagura: Shinovi Versus and a physical re-release of Burst. Unfortunately for those wishing for the latter, XSEED says that ship has sailed:
A physical release wouldn't be out of the question for SV if we did it, but unfortunately it's too late for us to go back and redo Burst.
Even so, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson for the 3DS remains something XSEED may be willing to pick up for localisation in the future. The company expressed its gratitude to buyers of Burst and appears willing to use the title's sales numbers to push the viability of physical copies for subsequent pickups in the series, whichever they may be:
For all the people that supported Burst with an eShop purchase, we really appreciate it. The "no package no buy" reasoning really doesn't work because in this case the eShop release could be considered almost a "proof of concept" where we prove to the retailers (and ourselves) that there's a market for this series, which in turn gives us much more clout when trying to convince retailers to stock a physical release in the future because we have hard eShop sales numbers to prove it can sell.
Would you want a physical copy of the next Senran Kagura title, even with the potential situations European publisher PQube facetiously admitted could arise? Let us know below.