Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Fast, fun sushi puzzler slowed down by fishy controls.

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Positive Messages

Story features themes of friendship and helping others, with Musashi's ultimate goal being to defeat the oppressive Empire, free the captive sprites, and provide sushi to all the hungry people in the land.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Musashi is an idealistic hero who doesn't hesitate to help others in need. Other characters are also positive role models, working to help others and fighting to make the world a better place.

Ease of Play

Although the mechanics seem relatively simple, in practice it's more complicated. This is especially true if you're using button controls instead of touch controls.

Violence

Players damage opponents by throwing plates or using special powers. There's also some cartoon violence in cutscenes, including characters getting beaten up offscreen. No blood or gore is shown.

Sex

There's some female characters shown with exaggerated proportions in some revealing, suggestive outfits and poses.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is an action/puzzle game available for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS game systems. Players set out on a quest to save their land from oppression through the mastery of the lost art of "Sushido." Players battle by throwing stacks of empty sushi plates at their opponents, utilizing various magic powers to boost their abilities. The game has a simple premise, but the controls can take quite a bit of time to get used to, especially when using a controller instead of the touchscreen. The game has some scenes of mild, cartoonish violence over the course of the story, with some characters shown visibly hurt, but no blood or gore is ever seen.

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What's it about?

SUSHI STRIKER: THE WAY OF SUSHIDO is a game in which sushi isn't just a tasty bit of food, but it's a truly magical dish. This is a world without fish, where sushi is conjured up by mystical creatures, dubbed "Sushi Sprites", and where the desire for sushi led to epic war that decimated the land. Players take on the role of Musashi, a young child whose parents disappeared during the Sushi Struggle war. After a fateful encounter with Jinrai, a powerful Sushi Sprite, it's discovered that Musashi has the potential to learn the Way of Sushido, defeat the Empire, and bring the joy of sushi to all. Players join the fray by chowing down on plates of sushi and attacking opponents with their stacks of empty plates. You'll have to move quickly to match multiple plates of the same color and use your arsenal of Sushi Sprite powers to gain the upper hand in fast paced food fights. You can defeat the Empire in the game's single player story mode or test your Sushido skills against friends in both local and online multiplayer.

Is it any good?

All throughout our childhoods, we've been told not to play with our food, but leave it to Nintendo to find a way to fly in the face of that advice and turn food fighting into a martial art. And if duking it out at a sushi buffet magically conjured out of thin air seems strange to you, that's barely scratching the surface of the absurdity that Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido has to offer. If you try to make sense of the game, you're just going to get more and more confused. From its premise to its characters, Sushi Striker is so unapologetically over the top that you just have to roll with it. Whether that's a dragon roll or a spicy tuna roll is up to you, but either way, it's definitely got a uniquely entertaining flavor.

As crazy and fun as Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido's premise might be, the gameplay is where things get a bit "fishy." There's so much happening on the screen, it can be hard to keep track of what you need. It can also be difficult to follow the action and see which plates are certain colors until you commit to a chain. It's even more frustrating if you're using a controller versus the touchscreen. The game was originally announced as a 3DS exclusive, and it shows. It's much easier to slide a stylus or finger across the screen and to tap icons to activate special abilities than it is to use the joystick to move a cursor around the screen. It's still a lot of fun to play, but if you don't stick with the touch controls, you're just adding a whole new layer of complications to an otherwise fantastic experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the violence in Sushi Striker acceptable because it's clearly cartoonish in nature? Why should you never throw plates at people?

  • What are some positive ways to make new friends? How can a person you've had conflict with today potentially become a friend later? How can you improve your communication skills to strengthen friendships?

  • What are some types of food that kids enjoy eating? What are some ways to encourage kids to try different types of food? How important is it to maintain a good, well-balanced diet?

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