ByAna Valens, writer at Creators.co
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If you're a big fan of anime fanservice, well, we have some good news for you. Nintendo Switch is about to land a new game from the anime series Senran Kagura. A press conference over in Tokyo exposed the world to Shinobi Rifure: Senran Kagura, an upcoming Nintendo Switch title based on the "rifure" massage. If you're unfamiliar, "rifure" is short for reflexology, in which a masseuse puts pressure on their client's hands and feet in order to massage their body.

If that sounds pretty sensual, then you're spot on. The game allows players to massage anime girls' hands and thighs, with plenty of blushing faces to go around. Check out some of the gameplay footage below. Warning, it's somewhat NSFW:

You can see what we mean. This is one Switch game you do not want to bring to work.

Don't be surprised, however. This isn't the first time a Senran Kagura game has landed on a Nintendo system. There were a couple releases in the series for the Nintendo 3DS, and each of them featured plenty of fanservice-fueled moments.

But the Nintendo Switch is different. From the very start, the console was billed as a wholesome, family-friendly addition for any household. This is the kind of console you can bring to class, use on a bus, or show off to your coworkers during the day. It's something you can proudly share with anyone in your life. Senran Kagura wasn't exactly billed as a major addition for the console.

Then again, that may be on purpose.

'Senran Kagura' Shows Nintendo Wants A Well-Rounded Console

Senran Kagura is the kind of series that appeals to hardcore anime fans and otaku viewers. Its fanservice elements, along with its stylization and writing, make it an extremely popular anime in Japan and throughout the world. But it's the sort of series that has a very specific, niche audience. It's not the kind you would market a family-friendly console off of, for obvious reasons.

But then again, maybe Nintendo doesn't want the Switch to be a family-friendly console. There's no reason to limit the Switch to AAA blockbuster ports and first-party hits. The Japanese publisher wants the Nintendo Switch to be versatile across demographics. From teenagers hanging out with their friends, to young adults taking in some quiet gaming time before going to bed, Nintendo wants the Switch to work for any and every occasion. And that's pretty impressive.

Looking back at the Switch's published and upcoming library reveals exactly that. Edmund McMillen's The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ hit the console within the opening launch window, and as any Isaac fan knows, the game is chockfull of blood, gore, scat and mature references. It's meant for an older audience, and it's beloved for its challenging gameplay and nuanced themes.

Meanwhile, MidBoss's 2064: Read Only Memories is slated for a Switch release in 2018. Seeing how MidBoss's game deals with some pretty serious LGBTQ issues, 2064 is not exactly a light offering to place on the console.

And then there's YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, from Ackk Studios. YIIK draws on plenty of '90s video game tropes, and the game itself is intended to mirror the Mother series in its presentation and Americana aspects. For that reason, YIIK has always appealed to older fans who get the satire built into the game.

Granted, Read Only Memories, YIIK and Isaac don't cater to an 18+ demographic. Senran Kagura is a pretty adult and fanservice-driven game for the Nintendo Switch in comparison. But comparing the game's upcoming release with other Switch titles reveals that Nintendo wants to keep the Switch's roster adult and diversified. They don't just want kids and pre-teens to use the Switch; they also want millennials, young adults and twenty-somethings to hop on and play.

Looking back at the Switch's pre-release marketing, that's pretty obvious. There sure are a lot of millennials using the console. It looks like that's exactly what Nintendo wants, and will continue to want, as 2017 bleeds into 2018.

How do you feel about Senran Kagura's appearance on the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below.

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