The game, which was to originally be released in September but was delayed due to 3DS hardware sales, was released November 11, 2011 in Europe, November 15 in North America, and November 17 in Japan.   The game was revealed in the June 2011 issue of Nintendo Power, along with Sonic Generations. 
Players control Jiro Musashi in arcade-style gameplay; similar to the original 2D games of the series. The game typically plays in a 2.5D sidescroll fashion, using 3D graphics. Although the game is primarily controlled with buttons, there are minigames that make use of the touch screen.