Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword

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Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword
Hana Samurai: Art of the Sword
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Cover art
Developer(s)Grounding Inc.[1]
Director(s)Noboru Hotta
Designer(s)Keita Watanabe
Yasunari Hiroyama
Yukio Futatsugi
Noburu Hotta
Masao Suganuma
Composer(s)Kenji Yamamoto
Toshiyuki Sudo
Daisuke Matsuoka
Platform(s)Nintendo eShop
  • JP: November 16, 2011
  • NA: February 2, 2012
  • PAL: October 11, 2012[2]
Genre(s)Action-adventure game
Mode(s)Single player

Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword is an action-adventure game developed by Grounding Inc.[1] and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS's eShop.[3] The game was released in Japan on November 16, 2011 as Hirari Sakura Samurai (ひらり 桜侍), in North America on February 2, 2012,[3] and in PAL regions on October 11, 2012 under the title Hana Samurai: Art of the Sword.[2]



A young, nameless samurai hero sometimes referred to as "Sakura Samurai", trained by an old kappa and dubbed as the Sakura Samurai (or Hana Samurai), travels the game's world to rescue a kidnapped princess called Cherry Blossom, a daughter of the cherry blossom god in the Land of the Rising Sun.


Audrey Drake of IGN gave the game a 9/10 for its distinct charm, art style, and fulfilling gameplay.[4] Vaughn Highfield of Pocket Gamer gave the game an 8.0/10.

Nintendo Life gave the game an 8.0/10 saying that Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword may not be the prettiest game on the eShop but it sure is one of the most challenging, striking a good balance between difficulty and precision.[5]

Appearances in Other Media[edit]

The character Sakura Samurai appears as a trophy in Super_Smash_Bros._for_Nintendo_3DS_and_Wii_U. Exclusively in the 3DS version of the game. Sakura Samurai also appears in Super_Smash_Bros._Ultimate as a collectible Spirit.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Grounding Inc.'s product page". Grounding Inc. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Jack Dawson (2012-10-04). "New downloadable titles announced for release on Nintendo eShop". The Nintendo Channel. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  3. ^ a b "Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (3DSWare)". NintendoLife. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  4. ^ Audrey Drake (February 2, 2012). "The best thing to hit the eShop since Pushmo". IGN. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  5. ^ Jon Wahlgren (January 30, 2012). "Patience, young grasshopper". NintendoLife. Retrieved 20 February 2012.