Review: Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Nintendo Switch)

Take on the role of Musashi, a young hero with an above average appetite! Unearth the mystery behind Musashi’s missing parents and the infamous Sushi Struggles, and defend your homeland from the invading Empire so that everybody can enjoy sushi in peace once again.

Pros:

  • Anime graphics along with awesome Anime cutscenes.
  • 2.7GB Download size.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorial.
  • Gameplay- Match the colors of the plates to increase your powerful attacks and defeat your opponent.
  • Touchscreen support.
  • World map level select.
  • Can replay levels.
  • End of level performance breakdown. Earn 1-3 stars by doing the side optional quests.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Skip cutscene button.
  • Sprites-  Collect them and have them in your team to increase your attack prowess. Sprites can be upgraded and earn their own EXP. They can unlock new special attacks and add buffs etc.
  • Earn EXP and level up to increase your stats, Unlock new abilities.
  • Presented as a fighter game.
  • Fast frantic finger workout.
  • Boss battles.
  • Equip items to manipulate the board like speed up and speed down lanes.
  • The game takes place on a set of three lanes for each player, Then there is a shared lane in the middle. You need to match up colored plates to collect them which in turn are thrown against your enemy to cause damage and when their health hits zero you win.
  • Fun to play.
  • Quick to learn.
  • A lot going on.
  • Big bright world.
  • Short levels.
  • Perfect on the go game.
  • Good time waster.
  • Reasonable upgrade pace.
  • Can get addictive very easily like sprite collecting or how fluid the gameplay is.
  • 100 sushi sprites to find and collect.
  • Over 40 different sushi dishes on the plates.
  • Catalog keeps track of collected sprites and sushi plates. Each has a brief description of each complete with stats.
  • Striker loadout- You can set which sprites to have in your team (3) and any items to affect the gameplay. Endless possibilities.
  • Autosaves regularly.

Cons:

  • No colorblind options.
  • Hard to play with the controller.
  • Steep learning curve but only as the screen looks so busy your brain just goes off on one.
  • No leaderboards.
  • Not everything gets explained.
  • Can miss unlocked items notifications.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Nintendo go for a more RPG approach to the popular match 3 style genre. It pulls it off but not without its hitches. Being able to quickly identify the small colored plates and match them up is a real eye strain and mission in itself. You eventually adjust and for that, you get an endless amount of solid fun gameplay. I wish it had a kind of endless mode and explained things a bit more and maybe a slower option especially when first playing. That said its a great entry and really fits the Switch, Must be played with touchscreen for the full experience as the controller is just too slow. So if you want a puzzle game mixed with action and RPG elements then you are well and truly catered for. Just bear in mind the beginning will be tough but power through it and reap the rewards.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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