Ninja Reflex Wii Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.9
Graphics 8.2
Sound 7.9
Value 7.8
Distributor: EA
Classification:
 PG
Reviewer:
Edward Millarion

7.8


Ninja Reflex

Ninja Reflex is the latest Wii title to offer a variety of "mini-games" to the gaming market which is based on the allusive Ninja where you must learn the way of the Martial Arts. If your heart and mind are open, the lessons will be passed onto and you will move like the Dragon and not the turtle!

Utilizing the capabilities of the Wii, Ninja Reflex gives the gamer access to 6 different games in some entertaining game modes that will definitely be enjoyed by the younger gamer. The only downside to Ninja Reflex from a more mature specific is that the title does not offer too much new to the genre and if you are after a more satisfying experience, than Ninja Reflex may not be the title for you.

Features:

  • Develop the reflexes of a Ninja and test your skills against up to three friends.
  • Master eleven belt ranks on your way to attaining your 3rd Degree Black Belt.
  • Six core Ninja training exercises with several variations and difficulty levels for each game - Shuriken: Defend the courtyard from attacks on all sides with throwing stars - Hotaru: Test your quickness against the flash of a firefly - Hashi: One who can catch flies with chopsticks can accomplish anything - Koi: Capture koi fish with your bare hands - Nunchaku: Crush incoming aerial assaults with your nunchucks - Katana: Strike down demons with your Samurai sword in a bamboo forest
  • Choose a unique Ninja name from over 25,000 combinations.
  • Calm your body, mind, and spirit with meditation lessons from your Sensei.

So the premise behind Ninja Reflex is to your Wii controllers to master the art of the Ninja by playing six different mini-games. My favourite mini-game on Ninja Reflex is Shuriken where you need to throw "virtual" Ninja stars at your enemies and is actually quite fun.

Koi is another game where you must move a virtual hand over a Japanese fish pood in order to snatch the fish from the water when they are near the surface, whereas Hotaru turns you into a firefly catcher as you must catch fireflies when they appear on the screen and is more of a button masher than a true test of skill as you only need to push a button when the flies appear. Next off the sword is Hashi which has the player using the control to catch flies as if using chopsticks and is quite amusing.

Katana is of course a sword game where you must use the controller as a sword to fend off your enemies. I would have enjoyed Katana more if their was more bloodshed but given the rating, that's another story. Lastly, there is Nunchaku where you need to mimic certain patterns on the screen and then flick objects out of your way as they come hurtling towards you.

As you progress through the game, you are awarded different colour belts and new twists to the mini-games that get harder and harder as you progress. The title supports an interesting multiplayer mode of up to four players and allows you to compete in Shuriken, Hashi and Hotaru. The other games are more individualist but can still be played by more than one player, you just have to sit back and wait your turn.

Graphically, the title is rather animated and colourful on the Nintendo Wii that almost has a Japanese anime feel to the title with its clichéd graphics and over the top sound effects. With that said, the title reminds me of those old eye toy games but with better graphics and more entertaining gameplay. Musically, the title has a great soundtrack that matches the genre perfectly.

In conclusion, Wii retails for a rather affordable price of $69.95 that is entertaining, although not as classy as the official Nintendo games. Younger gamers will thoroughly enjoy the title with more mature gamers finding it a little meaningless. Good graphics, an interesting gaming engine, Ninja Reflex will allow you to learn the art of the Ninja! Check it out!






 
 



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