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Kemono Heroes

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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchFeb 27, 2020

Developer: Mad Gear Games

Publisher: NIS America

Genres: Adventure, Action

When the Moon God turns the inhabitants of the forest to stone, four Animal Ninja Masters must fight their way to Mt. Fuji and break his spell. Use swift moves, an arsenal of tools, and each Master’s unique abilities to save your home! Key Details: A Living Folktale: Discover a colorful world filled with charming and memorable characters, rendered in vivid retro-style graphics. The Art of the Ninja: Cunning moves, unlockable powers, and an array of deadly tools allow you to develop your own playstyle and conquer the trials of each stage YOUR way! Path to Mastery: Play alone or with up to 4 people with local multiplayer, harness each character’s unique abilities, and upgrade your weapons to challenge the Moon God.

Kemono Heroes Reviews

Kemono Heroes made me reminisce of trying to finish challenging Super NES games cooperatively with friends. In other words, it's an authentically retro experience that's sure to entertain a couch full of chums and you can't go wrong with that.

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Kemono Heroes doesn’t innovate, stand out, or provide a memorable experience, but at the same time, it had no single serious flaw I could think of. Its visuals are decent, its soundtrack is great, its controls are very responsive, and I really enjoyed its difficulty curve and progression system. It’s a very safe game that does everything it aimed to do pretty well. When I stop to think about it, I see no reason why I shouldn’t recommend this title to Switch owners. A cute, side-scrolling indie platformer with local co-op is basically what the console was made for.

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A retro game that tries to be really retro, not only capturing the essence of Super Nintendo-era games but trying to develop something that could exist on a Super Nintendo.

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In the end, Kemono Heroes was a decent experience, if not a particularly interesting one. Priced at $14.99, it will serve as a nice tie over experience for platformer fans, due to being a roughly one to two hour adventure. With multiple characters and achievements, the game’s replay value might sate a player for a couple more runs. Hopefully Mad Gear Games can take this and craft something extraordinary, as there is a good framework to build upon.

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