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Arcade Archives: The Ninja Warriors coming to Switch

Play the original before the remake

The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors is a newly-revamped adventure coming to Switch later this year. Turns out we'll be able to experience the title that inspired it as well. Arcade Archives: The Ninja Warriors is coming to Switch, but we don't have info on a release date at this time.

The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors goes gold

Going for gold

That's officially a wrap on the development of The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors. Taito has announced that the game has gone gold, which means development is finished. We know the title will hit Japan sometime in July, and is also coming to NA/EU later in the year.

The Ninja Warriors: Once Again renamed The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors for localization

No warped wall in this game

Earlier this week, TAITO confirmed that they were bringing their latest Ninja Warriors title to the Switch in North America and Europe. We've been covering this game for quite some time now via the Japanese side of things. Over in Japan, the title is called The Ninja Warriors: Once Again. Thanks to the ESRB, we now know that the English version is called The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors. Check out their game summary below.

This is an arcade-style action game in which players control one of five ninja androids through missions to overthrow the government. Players traverse side-scrolling levels and use punches and weapons (e.g., blades, kunai, nunchucks) to battle soldiers and enemy ninjas in constant combat. Battles are highlighted by cries of pain, explosions, and screen-shaking effects. Red blood-splatter effects occur when enemy characters are hit. Some female ninjas are depicted with jiggling breasts; a handful of enemies wear outfits that partially expose the sides of their breasts.

The Ninja Warriors: Once Again set for release in Southeast Asia

hitting Switch in Japan July 2019

According to Play-Asia, The Ninja Warriors: Once Again is going to get a retail release in Southeast Asia. They have the game listed as "The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors," with an expected ship date of July 25th, 2019. This version of the game includes support for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, English, Korean.

Check out the preorder here (thanks Ermenpalmer!)

The Ninja Warriors: Once Again hitting Switch in Japan July 2019

Once again...with feeling

What is The Ninja Warriors: Once Again?

Based on the 1994-released The Ninja Warriors: Again, which is a Super Famicom arrangement of the 1987-released arcade game The Ninja Warriors, The Ninja Warriors: Once Again is a 25-year-later remake from the Tengo Project main staff that brought you the original games. While retaining its 16-bit style, The Ninja Warriors: Once Again significantly enhances the character resolution, pattern amount, and more to match the latest hardware. In addition to two new playable characters, The Ninja Warriors: Once Again implements a two-player co-op mode that was not available in The Ninja Warriors: Again.

New Characters

In addition to the three characters that were playable in the Super Famicom version, The Ninja Warriors: Once Again adds new characters Yaksha and Raiden.

Specs

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Switch
Publisher: Taito
Developer: Natsume Atari
Release Date: July 2019 (Japan)
Price: TBA
Genre: Ninja taijutsu action
Players: One to two
Notes: Time Attack Ranking supports online

The Ninja Warriors: Once Again was announced for Switch quite some time ago, but things went quiet for a number of months. At least now we know the title is moving along! It's slated to launch for Switch in Japan sometime in July 2019. Details on NA/EU releases are yet to be shared.

The Ninja Warriors: Once Again - off-screen pics

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As we heard it would be, The Ninja Warriors: Once Again is on display at TGS 2018. It looks like the display for this game is really tiny, so it might be hard to find on the show floor. Let's hope word spreads and people continue to give it a shot.

The Ninja Warriors: Once Again officially announced for Switch, releasing worldwide in 2019

Taito talked a tiny bit about a project called Ninja Warriors Again back in July, but now they've come forward with the debut trailer and a name change. The game, now called The Ninja Warriors: Once Again, is set to launch for Switch worldwide in 2019.

This game is a port based on the 1994-released console game The Ninja Warriors Again, but will include updated graphics, 16:9 screen support, new characters Yaksha and Raiden, and local two-player co-op support. The Ninja Warriors: Once Again will be at the Indie Game Corner Natsume Atari booth at Tokyo Game Show 2018, with Kunoichi, Ninja, and Kamaitachi available to select.

You can check out more screens and art at the official website

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