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The Ninja Warriors: Once Again coming west

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The Ninja Warriors: Once Again coming west

Western release published by German company United Games.



The Ninja Warriors: Once Again is coming to North America and Europe via German publisher United Games, the company announced.

United Games did not announce platforms, a release date, or an official western title for the game (other than “a new Ninja Warriors title”). In Japan the game is known as The Ninja Warriors: Once Again, and in Asia it is known as The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors. It is due out in both territories for PlayStation 4 and Switch in July.

In North America and Europe, The Ninja Warriors: Once Again will be distributed both physically and digitally. In addition to a traditional retail version distributed by newly founded publishing label ININ, a limited physical edition marketed through Strictly Limited Games as limited editions will also be available.

“We are proud to work together with Taito Corporation, which has been a legend in the Japanese game industry for many years,” said United Games CEO Helmut Schmitz in a press release. “We look forward to and are convinced that this cooperation will be a great success.”

Read more about The Ninja Warriors: Once Again here.

Source: Gematsu



 

Chacranajxy

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I thought we already knew it was coming west.

Well, whatever. This game looks awesome, and I want it.
 
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Miku Miku

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Looks extremelyyyyyyyyy similar to the SNES game.

But I'm still getting it.
 

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Wild Guns Reloaded was expensive, overpriced I dare say for what it was.

I had to wait for sale to buy it.

I want this but I expect this will be even more pricey.
 

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Not to be one of those ppl, but why not put effort into making a completely new game?
 

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Ol'Scratch

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Not to be one of those ppl, but why not put effort into making a completely new game?
Honestly not cost effective yet. This could easily sell twenty three copies and be done. If it sells more than they will know that there is a market and then is the time to think about something new. There has been a wee span of time since the last one and the OG SNES port was kind of not the best to be kind.
 

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Big fan of the original on the SNES and I love how the game looks more like the original 3 monitor arcade with all the changes.
Wild Guns: Reloaded was a huge disappointment, but I have high hopes Once Again. Will patiently wait for a PC version.
 
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How does it play, I don't tend to like beat em ups without up/down movement. But it almost looks like Shinobi (1, which i love), when you try to melee everyone at least, except the levels tend to be a plainer left to right with less elevation changes or jumps? Is it kinda like a Kung-Fu Master sequel?
 
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That's kind of the point but it still is "upgraded".

It looks too floaty because of having expanded animation.

One great thing about 8-bit and 16-bit gaming was it's twitch gaming. And while the speed is the same, these extra frames of animation in newer 'retro-like' games miss the mark on that oldschool twitchiness.

Here's a cool video about keyframes and their importance
 
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So it all points out to $30 digital in the US. That's a hard pill to swallow, I would bite for $20 at most.

Edit: Jeez I'm repeating myself.
On the plus side, there is a physical release that'll most likely release around that price, which might be a better value proposition, although It's called "The Ninja Saviours: Return Of The Warriors" though over here, which is a way shittier name, but it was probably changed so not to conflict on the UK Ninja Warrior show's trademark. Pre-ordered my Switch copy and can't wait for it to hit shelves over here!
 
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This just like the other beat em up isn't worth 30 bucks. I wonder if Sega is going to price SoR4 at 30 as well.
 

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I saw the Asian version at a shop in Korea today. It was going for W38,000, which is about $35 or so. Thought about picking it up, but I decided to just wait for the digital release in August. It is also called Ninja Saviors here BTW.
 

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This looks excellent and it's clear they've put in a ton of effort for extra stuff. DAY 1 (or at least as soon as I'm back home).
 

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Dammit, looks like I have to create a Japanese account to download this. No way I can wait another month.
 

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It looks too floaty because of having expanded animation.

One great thing about 8-bit and 16-bit gaming was it's twitch gaming. And while the speed is the same, these extra frames of animation in newer 'retro-like' games miss the mark on that oldschool twitchiness.
While I am a fan of the concept that less is sometimes more, I don't think it's the case with this game. The Ninja now has a real "weight" to him. Goes for other games as well, like Sonic Mania.
 

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Update: Found it out. Yes, it is.

Can someone, who has it, confirm if it is possible to turn on a red blood splatter from green in Asian and Japanese versions? I have noticed its presence in one of the trailers.
 
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Update: Found it out. Yes, it is.

Can someone, who has it, confirm if it is possible to turn on a red blood splatter from green in Asian and Japanese versions? I have noticed its presence in one of the trailers.
Yup I was able to turn on the blood effects.

BTW this game fucking owns. :)
 

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So just want to post some brief thoughts about the game.

I'm not quite sure what to call it. It's not a simple "remake", because the gameplay is similar, but has been expanded so much that it plays like a completely new game. I would say it's not exactly a "sequel" either, because all the enemies and stages are identical. What they did was expanded the playfield so it's a lot more like the 3:1 monitor setup of the original Ninja Warriors. New ranged attacks and dashes are now an integral part of the gameplay, because otherwise it's hard to reach enemies that are far away. So maybe the best way to say is it's a "reimagining" of the original game. It's like taking all of the original game, putting it in a much bigger environment and pumping up the graphics.

For those who haven't played the game before, yes it's like Kung Fu Master...sort of a beat em up except you can only move left, right, and jump. But the game plays a lot more like SOR where you have combos, throws and special moves.
 
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Loving this game, fantastic remaster.

But what a shitshow the western release has become. The US release is now pushed back again to October 15.