A collection of problems plague this family-friendly beat-em-up ranging from the voice to the look to the sluggish controls
While I’m always happy to see new beat-em-ups make their way to the Switch, I also tend to be a pretty harsh critic. The fact that the eShop is filled with some excellent choices makes that much easier from the critical side, but I do take pity on newer entries who want to make their mark. In the case of Ninja Kidz though, we’ll cut to the chase. This isn’t in the running. At all. Not even remotely. Unfortunately you can pretty well throw any area you like at the game and you’ll hit concerns and problems. When you first get started you kind of try to sidestep the cheesy story and voice work, but then the moment you hit gameplay your expectations drop even further. Contrasted with the colorful drawn animation in the cutscenes the sloppily-composed 3D figures almost look like they’re from another game. Looking for the silver lining you can then hope that at least the gameplay itself will be redeeming, but that’s a letdown as well with limited moves and sluggish controls. An unfortunate out-and-out mess, no matter how approachable it may be for kids.
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