A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Products & Purchases
This is an updated remake of a 1994 Super Nintendo game.
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.
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.
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