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The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Retro-inspired action arcade classic needs no quarters.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The player's encouraged to keep going, no matter how hard things get, or how many times they die. But you're also rewarded for doing well, which requires you to be quick on your feet…and with them, too.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hero is fighting an army of evil, and nothing will stop them, except you. The odds are against you, so you must persist and keep going.

Ease of Play

The game's controls will be familiar to fans of similar arcade games, while newcomers will figure them out quickly. The game has two difficulty options, but neither take it easy on you.

Violence

Players use a variety of melee weapons, as well as their fists and feet, to take out the bad guys. But while there's some blood spilled when someone gets hurt, the pixelated graphics keep this from being, well, graphic.

Sex

Some female characters have large breasts that jiggle, and some wear outfits that show some of the sides of their breasts, but the pixelated visuals limits the sexual impact of the imagery.

Language
Consumerism

This is an updated remake of a 1994 Super Nintendo game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors is an arcade game for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. An updated remake of a 1994 Super Nintendo game, this has you using a variety of melee weapons, as well as martial arts skills, to take down a seemingly endless army of soldiers. But while this does result in some blood being spilled, the game's pixelated graphics keep fights from being bloody. It also keeps this from being sexy when some female characters show up with bouncing cleavage or wearing outfits that show the sides of breasts. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.

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What's it about?

In THE NINJA SAVIORS: RETURN OF THE WARRIORS, Earth has been taken over by Banglar the Tyrant, who commands an army of mutants, robots, and brainwashed soldiers. In hopes of taking him down, the rebels have sent robot ninjas to kill Banglar and restore freedom to the world. Playing as one of those ninja 'bots, you have to take down Banglar's forces while constantly moving to the left in this updated remake of a classic side-scroll beat-'em-up from 1994. Players will use weapons, as well as their fists and feet, to eliminate all threats and try to free Earth from this tyrant's clutches. Do you think you have what it takes to save the world?

Is it any good?

This old school arcade game will appeal to both retro gamers and people old enough to remember when this stuff was cutting edge, but not all gamers will see the appeal. An updated version of a 1994 SNES game (which was itself an adaptation of a 1987 arcade game), The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors is a 2D side-scrolling beat-'em-up in the vein of Double Dragon, Battletoads, and the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. Moving ever rightwards, players have to mash those buttons to use melee weapons, researchable special attacks, and martial arts to take out a seemingly endless parade of really tough enemies. Good thing you have your choice of three robot ninjas, like Ninja, who has nunchakus and a jetpack. There's Kunoichi, who has had a pair of sais, good legs for jumping, and an electric shockwave attack. Finally, there's Kamaitachi, who's basically Kunoichi, but with scythes instead of sais.

As for what's been added to this remake, not only does this update the visuals while artistically (and intentionally) keeping them retro-inspired, it also adds a two-player co-op option as well as two new playable characters. But while fans of the original and people into retro games will have fun hacking and slashing their way through all the bad guys, gamers who are younger and don't appreciate the classics will think this is dated. It's also irritating, no matter how old you are, that you only turn the music down to low instead of completely off, which is even more annoying than having it on full-blast. Still, for those who kick it old school, and want their button mashing skills to be challenged, The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors is an old school action classic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence. Is the impact of the violence in The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors affected by the retro visuals that don't show blood or gore? Would the impact be intensified if the visuals were more realistic in nature? Does it matter that you're constantly fighting and killing people in the game?

  • Does it bother you that some of the women in this game jiggle like they're not wearing bras, while others have the sides of their breasts exposed? Would anything change if they were more covered up? Why do you think the developers decided to show images of women this way?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
  • Price: $29.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Taito
  • Release date: October 15, 2019
  • Genre: Arcade
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: October 15, 2019

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