The first thing you probably think of when you hear the name Senran Kagura - if you've even heard of the franchise at all - is questionable imagery of girls in bikinis. Published by Marvelous Entertainment, the series is a Japanese-developed affair that centres around female ninjas almost always in various states of undress. Perhaps the sort of IP most Western businesses - or, indeed, consumers - will dismiss but Senran Kagura sells moderately well and has been appearing with increasing frequency in the games media, particularly with recent spin-off Peach Beach Splash.
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In Japan, there is an array of hotel options. There are traditional inns, business hotels and places like Hotel Akaikutsu above where people go to screw each other's brains out.
And when they finish, they can play video games. Love Hotels have their origins in the post World War II years, when prostitution was legalized in Japan for a period due to fears that American forces would run amok.
A literally cottage industry sprung up with rooms being rented by the hour for daily "rest". After the occupation ended and the turbulent s began, love hotels began to dot the urban landscape. What originally were simple rooms for trysts became gaudy playpens.
Even Nintendo, which started out as a playing card maker, owned love hotels in Kyoto. Japanese houses and apartments are traditionally cramped, and even married couples visited love hotels for some private time away from the .
Around love hotels, prostitution also flourished. By the heady s and s, love hotels were long a staple of city life.
Back when the Wii and the PS3 were first released, select love hotels would proudly promote that they had the latest, cutting-edge game hardware — as well as that trusty old standby, the PS2, a love hotel perennial favorite. The consoles are typically either located in the room or can be ordered via room service, often with a surcharge for games.
Now, a hotel in Kobe called "Swing" is under investigation for renting games like Mario Kart Wii and Resident Evil 5 to guests, a violation of Japanese copyright law. In Japan, renting video games and consoles is generally not permitted.
According to the Japanese reportsthe hotel in question is a "camouflage love hotel", meaning that it looks a bit classier than your typical love hotel, but functions in much the same way, renting rooms by the hour. The hotel, however, does say it accepts families and vacationers as well. Last fall, five individuals rented games at Swing, prompting a crackdown from the cops.
The hotel, however, offers consoles for guests' enjoyment free of charge. This all falls into the gray area of Japanese law, but Nintendo was able to successfully side-step all this during the s and s when the game company released Famicom and Super Famicom coin-operated consoles.
Guests in hotels could feed the "Famicombox" or "Super Famicombox" yen and play various games for anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes a pop.
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