This game tests your reflexes in the martial arts world in yet another
physically demanding Wii game incorporating the impressive motion controls with the remote (make sure your sensor is very well placed for this one for maximum results). The remote basically controls your action movements as tour character
movement is always guided (no use of the nunchuk).
Ninja Reflex tests your actions
down to the millisecond (results pop up on the screen after you complete each action). Players can customize their experience by choosing their own ninja name through random combinations (sensei speaks your first name…yes, with the -son
at the end, so you don’t get too much freedom here).
Mild physical and mental stamina help as you journey towards high ninja skills
through your sensei teacher/guide. Six challenges await warriors willing to test
their reflexes. Hashi takes a page from Mr. Mayagi in The Karate Kid as players
catch flies with chopsticks. Nunchaku tests your nunchuck skills (without using
the Wii nunchuk) as you deflect air attacks. The katana tests your sword skills
set in a bamboo forest. Players also hunt koi (fish), get quicker through a
firefly test (hotaru) and complete some nifty throwing star attacks (shuriken).
Players might expect bonuses for most targets hit in a row or related incentives
in all three of these challenges, but don’t get them.
After practicing the skills, players can test to see where they can place in the
belt rankings beginning at white. Make sure you’re ready because you risk losing
your current progress if you don’t pass. You can even achieve a 3rd degree black
belt (11 belt rankings total) at the game’s pinnacle. Multiplayer modes allow
for up to four players through three different difficulty levels. The turn based
play in this mode probably helps players from constantly bumping into each
There is also a guided meditation session, which actually guides you through
techniques to relax and sharpen your reflex time. Take a break? After all the
physical activity, a break might be welcome for some players while others might
scratch their heads at this rare mode. A nice all ages title (though some
parents might have issues with the demon and mediation elements) with a great
price. If testing reaction speed and hand eye coordination can help you in this
game, then why not other titles as well?
Also a great introduction game for the Wii system, but the martial arts theme has limits. This game has the potential for massive expansion with the incorporation of movement through the nunchuk. This theme could’ve gone further as well (how about a bright green bamboo forest reenactment of the amazing House of Flying Daggers film sequences in the katana test?) The lack of deeper bonuses and simplistic play may not be enough for some
gamers, but overall a good title (**1/2 out of four stars) that will certainly keep you physically active while developing your gaming reflexes. Also available on Nintendo DS. Rated E10+ for mild violence.
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