Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle +Hell – Deluxe Edition is a collection of retro games that leave a mixed impression because of the lack of care of the City Connection developer. For those of you who don’t know, Ninja JaJaMaru is a classic action-scrolling action game series from the Famicom era, but rarely translated and released internationally until it switched to MSX. However, few people know that the original game mentioned above is actually just a spin-off of the arcade game Ninja-Kid developed by UPL and reused by Jaleco for the main character.
In addition to Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle +Hell which is a new game, this collection also includes 5 classic games fully translated into English, although this is not so important compared to the game’s fairly simple gameplay. . These are Ninja JaJaMaru-Kun, Ninja JaJaMaru’s Big Adventure (original Japanese title JaJaMaru no Daibouken), The Great World Adventure (original Japanese title Oira JaJaMaru! Sekai Daibouken), Operation Milky Way (original Japanese title Ninja JaJaMaru: Ginga Daisakusen) ) and Super Ninja-kid (original Japanese title Super Ninja-Kun).
Although Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle +Hell – Deluxe Edition comes with a number of retro games that are representative of this series, this is not a complete collection if not missing a lot of other important names. . The writer can list some typical absent faces such as Ganso JaJaMaru-kun of Wonderswan handheld game console as well as Ninja JaJaMaru-Kun: Onigiri Ninpouchou on Saturn and PlayStation with completely different 3D gameplay. their 2D “good brethren”.
From the perspective of players who love retro experiences, the quality of Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle +Hell – Deluxe Edition also has many things to discuss when it brings a feeling of high and low gold mixed between the titles included in the game. this collection. For example, Ninja JaJaMaru-Kun and Ninja JaJaMaru’s Big Adventure are two exciting experiences considering their original release dates back to the mid-1980s. Similarly, Operation Milky Way has a major overhaul of gameplay compared to the previous installments. previously released.
The least exciting are Super Ninja-kid and Ninja JaJaMaru’s Big Adventure, but it’s hard to determine which is the most “wrong” game. The Super Ninja-kid experience is not fun. The Great World Adventure, also known as Maru’s Mission, is designed for the Game Boy handheld game console, not only lacking creativity but extremely short duration as well as a non-challenging experience. Interestingly, the translation of this game was reworked to keep the original identity and add a color DX version instead of the original monochrome.
However, the software that runs the emulator for retro games is designed to be unnecessarily cumbersome. Simply described it feels like each retro game in this collection is run by a different emulator, but the developer doesn’t have the person to design the launcher and interface for all of those titles. Instead, Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle +Hell – Deluxe Edition is divided into 2 different games including Retro Collection containing the 5 classic games mentioned above and the new Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle +Hell.
Additional features for this collection also do not score in the heart of the writer when there are only very basic artworks. Worth mentioning, this collection also has bugs that ruin the Ninja JaJaMaru’s Big Adventure experience. This error causes the game to hang and cannot continue to play. Although the developer said that there will be a patch to solve the problem, I waited for more than a month and still couldn’t find it, so I decided to post when “face but not satisfied”. In contrast, the Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle +Hell experience is very enjoyable.
This brand new part of the game not only improves the pixel graphics to look less painful than the classic games in the series, but also improves the gameplay to be more flexible. In particular, Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle +Hell has a huge number of unlockable characters with their own abilities, helping to expand the depth of the game experience. The performance of the collection is quite good, but if you want a nostalgic experience, the sad news is that the included CRT filter can reduce the frame rate quite annoyingly, at least on the Nintendo system that the writer experienced. .
After all, Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle +Hell – Deluxe Edition offers a very engaging 6-in-1 experience that evokes many nostalgic feelings. The biggest minus point of this collection is that the quality and selection of the games are not reasonable, plus some problems such as game crashes and bad performance when using the CRT filter, which inadvertently reduces the quality of the game. excitement of the experience quite a lot. If you are a “hard fan” of this series, this can be quite a collection worth considering and vice versa.
Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle +Hell – Deluxe Edition is available now for PC (Windows), PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
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