The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriorsis a remaster/reboot of the 1994 SNES game The Ninja Warriors. The game was released in July in Japan, at the end of August in Europe, and on October 15, 2019 in North America. The game is available on both Nintendo Switch and PS4 for $19.99. A day 1 physical edition will be available for $29.99. Included in the Day 1 Edition is a printed manual, some stickers, and a poster. Due to the Norh American release delay the Day 1 Edition will include special compensation gifts in the form of two-character cards depicting the new characters Raiden and Yaksha. The game was developed/remastered by Tengo Project, the core team behind the SNES game, and published by Taito Corporation.
|Yaksha is short but she packs quite the punch!|
|The 1987 arcade game had quite a different look to it then the SNES version|
This simple story translates to 8 levels of left to right beat-em up action. Each character, except Raiden but we will get to him, controls in a similar style with 1 button to attack, 1 to jump, and 1 to unleash special moves. Combos are done by chaining basic attacks together until you finish off your foe with a cool move. If you get close enough to an enemy you can grab them and toss them around a few different ways. You can also jump horizontally, Ninja dashes forward instead of doing a horizontal jump, and unleash an attack on your enemies. Of course if things get too hectic you can unleash your screen clearing special attack, if your energy bar is full, and give yourself some breathing room.
|The large Raiden has some unique tricks...|
The lifebar isn't the only thing you and your partner share if you play in co-op mode. You also share the energy bar that is used to perform your special attacks. Thankfully your energy bar refills automatically in both modes so firing off a special move is never more than a few seconds away. Standard beat-em ups of the era used an ammo system that gave you limited uses of your screen clearing special. As cool as the energy bar system is, your bar goes back down to 0 if you are knocked off your feet. In co-op mode this energy bar drain applies to either player being knocked off their feet. The last unique feature of this game is the ability to block. I know that doesn't sound like much but the majority of beat-em ups of the era did not allow you, your enemies often could and did block, to block incoming attacks.
|...like turning into a bipedal machine gun!|
|As strong as Yaksha is, she can't move with tossable objects|
|The PS4 character select screen|
|The SNES character select screen|
|Facing tiny Wolverine wannabes on SNES|
|Challenging nimble female ninjas on PS4|
The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors is a fun and challenging game that truly makes you feel like you are playing an old SNES game. This is good because modern games have become quite grandiose with convoluted stories and large open worlds that a simple left to right beat-em up seems fresh. It is bad because the characters still move like molasses and cheap enemy attacks abound in this game. There are a few minor complaints I have about the remaster, character walk speed among them, but there isn't anything that keeps the game from being enjoyable. I still think they should have given the block function its own button instead of needing to hold down the attack button. Regardless of that gripe, this is definitely something I would have picked up if I hadn't received a review copy.
Final Verdict: Recommended!
|SNES Stage 1 boss incel vs|
|the PS4 Stage 1 boss Chad|
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