A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Saving kidnapped children and defeating rival ninjas is technically the biggest message of the game, but heightened focus on fast-paced attacks against hordes of enemies reduces positive impact.
Positive Role Models
Players take on role of Joe Musashi, a ninja fighting to defeat terrorists. Nothing is known about him; there's no story from stage to stage.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is easy to understand but gets harder over time. Apart from dodging incoming bullets, ninjas will frequently appear in the middle of your path and become harder to eliminate. Even with new ability to rewind time to undo mistakes, it can be challenging to clear levels without dying repeatedly.
Violence & Scariness
Players toss throwing stars, ninja magic, kicks, or a katana to eliminate monsters, ninjas, thugs. Enemies fall down and disappear, with some very minor splashes of blood shown during strikes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sega Ages Shinobi is a downloadable arcade action game for the Nintendo Switch. The game is a remastered version of a 1987 hack-and-slash game, where a ninja faces off against a terrorist organization to save children that have been kidnapped from his clan. Players use ninja magic, throwing stars, kicks, or a katana to kill monsters, rival ninja, or guards. There are slight splashes of blood shown with strikes, and enemies fall down and disappear when defeated. Gameplay is easy to grasp initially, but the game gets much harder over time, requiring fast reflexes to get through later levels. Even with the new ability in the game to rewind time to undo mistakes, it gets tricky to clear some levels without dying repeatedly. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found here. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Sega Ages Shinobi.
Is It Any Good?
This challenging hack-and-slash arcade game cuts a new path onto Nintendo's handheld system with new features to test your reflexes. Sega Ages Shinobi takes the classic arcade game and transfers its fast-paced action seamlessly to the Switch, casting players as a ninja trying to free the kids of his clan from a terrorist group. The original game was a quarter-muncher because it threw lots of enemies at the player as they moved from one side of the screen to the other, often requiring sharp reflexes and a good memory to avoid the on-screen threats. This version is no different, with guards and shield-wielding thugs giving way to suddenly appearing ninjas and creatures in later sections. Even with Joe's ninja magic, his infinite number of throwing stars, and his hand-to-hand skills, it's still possible to lose a lot of lives making your way through each stage.
Fortunately, this version gives players additional content to give them a fighting chance. The most important feature is the rewind ability, which lets you undo any possible attacks that could cause you to lose a life. While you may still find yourself dying over some stages, the rewind is a huge frustration saver. The same can be said for the white ninja gear in the Ages mode, which gives you a few more hits before you fall while strengthening your attacks. Especially for newcomers to this title, this feature is a great way to ease into the side-scrolling action. If you haven't played the original, or if you're looking for a stroll down memory lane, Sega Ages Shinobi is a razor-sharp addition for your Switch.
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