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]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
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
Release date(s)
  • 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, 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 an 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]

Woolie of the Two Best Friends Play web series rated it at number six on his Woolie's Super On-Time Top Ten [video games] of 2012!, specifically referencing its use of dodge and attack mechanics, comparing them to that of the Punch-Out!! series.[6]

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. 
  6. ^ Madden, Woolie. "Woolie's Super On-Time Top Ten of 2012!".