When Sasuke aired in the U.S. as Ninja Warrior, it garnered an immediate cult following. It was inspiring to see world-class athletes and regular joes alike perform superhero feats as they tackled the most challenging of obstacle courses. It spawned an American spin off and is popular enough to be aired on broadcast television. Now for the first time, fans can see if they have what it takes to conquer Mount Midoriyama, at least in video game form.
Launching this March 19, 2019 will be America Ninja Warrior Challenge on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game, published by GameMill Entertainment, will have two modes. A couch multiplayer mode where players can test their skills against friends and family and a challenging career mode where you compete and train your way to the final stage.
Tim Flaherty, Partner at GameMill Entertainment, says:
American Ninja Warrior has continuously grown in popularity over the past 10 seasons and we are thrilled to partner with NBCUniversal to bring fans an authentic and action-packed American Ninja Warrior experience on gaming consoles for the first time. We are excited to unveil the many challenging and fun features in the coming months, which are designed to allow players to step into the shoes of their very own American Ninja Warrior competitor.
For being released on the current generation of game systems, I feel the graphics could be better. However, GameMill is more casual games publisher so maybe they’re not trying to attract hard core gamers. I’m also a bit curious of how the gameplay will be if it might be a simple side scrolling platformer or if it will implement rapid button mashing elements like the Track & Field games of my youth since I’m sure speed will be a key component. Although in the trailer, there are segments of timed button pressing to prevent falling off the obstacles.
This is an announcement for the game, so there were not many details included. Maybe in the career mode, they will implement RPG elements where you level up and raise statistics in categories important to completing the different obstacles. Speaking of obstacles, I see iconic ones like the salmon ladder and warped wall made the cut. It doesn’t look like it, but it would also be cool if you could compete and interact with some of the popular Ninja athletes like Jessie Graff and Drew Drechsel. At least commentators, Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila are in the game.
Check out the trailer below: