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"Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido" (Nintendo)

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, using 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 as opposed to a touchscreen. The game does feature some scenes of mild, cartoonish violence over the course of the story, with some characters shown visibly hurt, but never showing any blood or graphic injury.

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 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. 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. 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?

Leave it to Nintendo to 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.

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’s difficult to follow the action and to see which plates are which 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, so 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.

RATING AND CONTENT

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Educational value: 0 out of 5

Positive messages: 3 out of 5

Positive role models: 3 out of 5

Ease of play: 3 out of 5

Violence: 2 out of 5

Sex: 1 out of 5

Language: 0 out of 5

Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5

Consumerism: 0 out of 5

GAME DETAILS

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch

Price: $49.99

Developer: Nintendo

Release date: June 8, 2018

Genre: Puzzle

ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Theme

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