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Finally, an action-puzzle game that replicates one of my favorite pastimes: eating sushi at a sushi boat restaurant. Except with a bit more combat.
As Nintendo's proven time and time again this year: the 3DS is still not dead after a surprising slew of announcements for games that are still incoming for the portable console. Their latest addition is Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, a new action-puzzle game from the developers behind NES Remix that was revealed today during Nintendo's ongoing Treehouse livestream for E3.
Sushi Striker is a vibrant game with colorful characters, a world map, and even leveling up. You play as either a boy or girl—your choice—as you venture away from your village for the first time in a world that's torn between two sides, post-war, over sushi supply. The core battles come in the form of a Match-3-esque matching of plates of sushi. Matching plates together sends them flying towards your opponent, as you are able to build combos and more.
At first blush, Sushi Striker strikes (sorry, couldn't resist) me as a potential downloadable title. But its "substantial map," as Treehouse representatives noted, means the game is far more expansive than it may seem initially. Players will have to backtrack in some cases to sorta-grind if they hit an opponent that is too challenging, giving way to the game's potential complexity. As shown on the Treehouse livestream, it seems like the game will be localized for the English language, even if the demo on display was purely in Japanese.
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is currently in development for the 3DS and a release window of 2018.