#The Nice Yokai Battle +Hell Deluxe – Destructoid

The Nice Yokai Battle +Hell Deluxe – Destructoid

Ja! Ja! Jajamaru!

I’ve held water for Ninja Jajamaru-kun for some years now. I bear in mind choosing up its plum-hued cartridge and deciding it was well worth the $5 simply to see what was on it. My hunch was right; it was certainly price $5. Whereas it’s a relatively fundamental arcade-style title, it seems like the proper encapsulation of the pre-Zelda Famicom market. It’s distinctly Japanese and already made to really feel antiquated by Tremendous Mario Bros., which was launched a few months prior.

I usually consult with the Ninja JaJaMaru sequence as “almost-classics.” They at all times appeared to be a number of steps behind no matter was widespread on the time. A follower, not a frontrunner, and it’s onerous to inform if the video games have been an earnest try at being something extra.

Japan has had a set of Ninja JaJaMaru video games since 2019, and I actually didn’t imagine there was any chance of that making its method anyplace else. I’m blissful to see that ININ Video games and Metropolis Connection have been keen to put within the effort to localize these area of interest video games. I’m swollen with enthusiasm to speak about them once more. Nonetheless, I’m in an ungainly place. As a lot as I would like folks to expertise these video games, they’re undoubtedly not required studying to start with, and the precise package deal is relatively missing.

Ninja JaJaMaru: The Nice Yokai Battle +Hell Deluxe Version is a bundle of two apps. The primary is a collection of 5 of the traditional side-scrollers in Ninja JaJaMaru: Retro Assortment. Subsequent, there’s Ninja JaJaMaru: The Nice Yokai Battle +Hell which is a tribute recreation. I’ll most likely circle again and overview the 2 RPGs included in Ninja JaJaMaru: The Misplaced RPGs at a later date, however since there’s no method to purchase it as a part of one bundle, I’ve left it on the aspect for now.

Jajamaru Daibouken
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Ninja JaJaMaru: The Nice Yokai Battle +Hell Deluxe (PS4, Change [Reviewed])
Developer: Metropolis Connection
Writer: ININ Video games
Launched: February twenty first, 2023
MSRP: $29.99

Beginning with the Ninja JaJaMaru: Retro Assortment, you get a blended bag. For readability, these are the video games included:

  • Ninja JaJaMaru-Kun
  • Ninja JaJaMaru’s Massive Journey (JaJaMaru no Daibouken)
  • The Nice World Journey (Oira JaJaMaru! Sekai Daibouken)
  • Operation Milky Approach (Ninja JaJaMaru: Ginga Daisakusen)
  •  Tremendous Ninja-kid (Tremendous Ninja-Kun)

Even when The Misplaced RPGs had been included, it’s hardly a complete collection of video games. The Ninja JaJaMaru video games technically began with Ninja-Kun: Majō no Bōken an arcade title by UPL and revealed by Taito. It was ported to Famicom by Tose and revealed by Jaleco in 1985. Jaleco then took that framework and spun it off into the JaJaMaru sequence, however the relationship is slightly murky. UPL would go on to develop Ninja-Kun II, whereas Jaleco made extra JaJaMaru video games.

In any case, you may make the declare that these are two separate sequence, but when that’s the case, why is Tremendous Ninja-Kun (localized right here as Tremendous Ninja Child) right here? If Tremendous Ninja-Kun is right here, why not the unique Ninja-Kun?

This can be nit-picking, however the lack of sure video games makes the collections really feel lower than definitive. A private disappointment is the shortage of the Wonderswan-exclusive Ganso JaJaMaru-kun. I additionally would have appreciated the Ninja JaJaMaru-Kun: Onigiri Ninpōchō titles. There was one on Saturn and one other on PlayStation, and regardless of the phrase “gold” being the one distinction of their title, they have been fully totally different. Neither are on this assortment, although, which is a drag.


I’ve lined three of the titles on this assortment in particular person articles right here on Destructoid: Ninja Jajamaru-Kun, Jajamaru no Daibouken (Ninja Jajamaru’s Massive Journey), and Ninja Jajamaru Ginga Daisakusen (Ninja JaJaMaru: Operation Milky Approach). These overviews nonetheless apply and go into better depth than I might match into this overview.

To summarize, the previous two video games are charming titles which have plenty of clunk that transcend what you’d usually anticipate from the time interval they have been developed in. Operation Milky Approach, however, was a giant overhaul to the sequence. In plenty of methods, it’s a greater recreation; far much less janky than you’d anticipate from taking part in the remainder of the sequence. Nonetheless, it additionally seems like plenty of the allure was stripped away.

Ninja Jajamaru: The Nice World Journey was localized in North America beforehand on Sport Boy as Maru’s Mission, and it is vitally insubstantial. Not solely is the design lackadaisical, but it surely’s additionally extraordinarily quick and simple. The builders have re-translated the unique model to a minimum of give it again its identification. In addition they included a DX model that colorizes the beforehand monochrome title. So, that’s definitely price one thing.

Lastly, Tremendous Ninja-kid is okay. It’s a fairly flimsy recreation in its personal proper in comparison with different SNES video games that got here out on the time, but it surely’s not horrible.

Ninja Jajamaru-Kun Collection Gamapakkun
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Rusty shuriken

What’s horrible is that the emulation doesn’t appear nice. You could have the choice to activate a CRT filter, which is cool, however on the Change model it completely tanks the framerate. These filters really usually do require fairly a little bit of computational energy, however somebody ought to have most likely examined to ensure these have been purposeful on the Change model. I’m unsure if issues are the identical on the PlayStation.

You may simply play with the CRT filter off, however I can’t clarify what’s fallacious with Ninja Jajamaru’s Massive Journey. The bosses don’t perform correctly. There’s one thing screwy with the hit detection and timing of them, like they’re not really the place the sprite seems. You may beat them by firing of their normal neighborhood, however then they only die. I did some testing with each the filter and the bosses to see if I might determine what was the reason for them to misbehave, however then I noticed I shouldn’t be doing ININ’s QA, and gave up.

That is terrible. On the naked minimal, it’s best to anticipate that the video games in your recreation assortment work correctly, however that’s simply not the case right here. Since I’m a bit delayed on this overview, I saved checking to see if a patch can be launched, however as of writing, there was none.

Ninja Jajamaru-Kun Collection +Hell
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Naked minimal

Ninja JaJaMaru: The Nice Yokai Battle +Hell is a bit more inoffensive. It type of expands on the gameplay of Ninja Jajamaru-kun, and that’s so far as it goes. You platform round and defeat enemies. Then it makes a huge deal of your success by showering you in cash and unlocking new characters.

It’s not horrible. I performed it with my nephews lately, they usually dug it. It’s only a bit understated. When purchased in a package deal with the Retro Assortment, it is sensible as a tribute to the opposite video games. As a standalone product, I can’t actually suggest it.

In reality, it’s considerably tough to suggest the bundle as an entire. I’m fairly blended.

On one hand, I recognize that ININ Video games lastly took these video games out of their homeland. Like I mentioned, I would like extra folks to expertise these video games. The value they’re asking for the total bundle additionally isn’t that extravagant. Nonetheless, I’m not right here to overview their enterprise mannequin.

The Ninja JaJaMaru: Retro Assortment and Ninja JaJaMaru: The Nice Yokai Battle +Hell are each completely ramshackle. Whereas the latter is usually inoffensive, the previous is fairly disappointing. It’s good to have these video games translated and obtainable once more, however one among them doesn’t even perform correctly. The UI is horrible, the extras are barely price it. It’s a patch or two away from the naked minimal, and I don’t suppose it’s unreasonable to anticipate that it ought to already meet that high quality.

[This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]


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