Sushi Striker, Switch's Charming Local Multiplayer Puzzler, is Available Today on eShop

Sushi Striker, Switch's Charming Local Multiplayer Puzzler, is Available Today on eShop

A fun multiplayer game to tide you over until Smash Bros.

While it's flown under the radar a bit amid all the hype for E3, Sushi Striker is a neat little competitive puzzle game for the Nintendo Switch and 3DS. And if you're looking for something to play with friends while waiting for, say, Super Smash Bros., you can buy it right now on the Nintendo eShop.

Sushi Striker poses a terrifyingly realistic scenario—the oceans have been fished out and sushi, the most delicious of dishes, is virtually non-existent. It then takes that scenario in crazy new directions, with wars between feudal states erupting over sushi. It gets weird.

I've been tooling around with it on my Switch, and while I haven't played enough to do a proper review, I do find it pretty fun. Basically, you try to rapidly connect similarly-colored plates as they race by on a conveyor belt, with Pokemon-like spirit animals offering special powers to help. Your ultimate goal is to outlast your opponent, who will decrease your HP by throwing completed plates at you.

When I checked Sushi Striker out at PAX East, I said it had the potential to be the next great couch multiplayer game on Switch.

It's an outstanding mix from a veteran developer, and it's immediately apparent that it will be a blast to play long-term. It's a natural fit for the Switch and the 3DS, where couch play has thus far thrived. Assuming it holds up, it has a chance to join Mario Kart, Puyo Puyo Tetris and eventually Super Smash Bros. as a top-tier local multiplayer offering on the Switch.

It may not live up to those lofty predictions—I find the puzzle aspect actually a bit button-mashy for lack of a better term—but it is pretty fun. At $49.99 it's a packed games, bringing with it online multiplayer and a sizable single-player campaign. Admittedly, that's a tad steep for what might be considered a basic downloadable game elsewhere, but its addictiveness potentially makes it worthwhile.

In any case, I'm interested to know if you ended up picking up Sushi Striker for yourself. If you want to try before you buy, you can grab the demo as well.

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Kat Bailey

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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