There are, no doubt, loads of retro games of all flavors and degrees of quality on the Switch, and among them Tanuki Justice stands out as probably one of the most authentic not based on a property I’ve seen. The thing is, that’s both a good and a bad thing depending on what you’re looking for. It is absolutely cut from the classic side-scrolling mold of the likes of Shinobi and many others, with trying to take out your enemies while on the run and avoiding their attacks. When you’re fully powered up with pick-ups that enemies will drop it’s pretty exciting and you may even feel a bit invincible as you plow your way through… until you don’t anymore. The other very retro thing the game does is heavily incentivize your success with the fact that once you die and get thrown back into the action at roughly the same point but without those power-ups most of the time your adventure is going to go south quickly from there. With some skill, experience, and luck you’ll be able to turn things around in the right spots but that’s all part of the challenge here, and folks looking for a fresh taste of that style of play should enjoy themselves with it.
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