If you wanted to play a beat ’em up game that offers plenty of mayhem and 90s nostalgia, you should keep an eye out for the next one. Jitsu Squad. Pre-orders are currently open and the game is considering a winter release.
The gameplay is meant to help you channel your inner animal and demonstrate the best and fastest moves. After watching the trailer, Jitsu Squad it looks very fun. ININ Games will bring this Tanuki Creative Studio title to Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS5 this winter. There is no set date as of this writing. A digital-only Xbox Family release is planned for a later date. You can pre-order by visiting ININ Games.
The story involves the legendary Kusanagi Stone which contains the soul of a powerful demon. The stone is able to grant divine powers to those who are able to awaken it, but it has remained hidden for centuries. Enter Origami, the Dark Lord. He ends up summoning ancient warriors to find the Stone. The warriors were cursed by Origami, turning them into animals.
A mysterious monk named Ramen is able to save four warrior souls, allowing Hero (the shinobi), Baby (cyber ninja), Jazz (master of kung fu magic) and Aros (the dragon slayer) to form the Jitsu squad. There are 8 planets to defend and many enemies to defeat.
The game was created to give players the feel of old school brawlers from the 90s. The visuals use a hand-drawn cartoon style. The game is meant to be easy to learn, but hard to master. You can play solo or cooperatively with other players (up to four people) against waves of enemies. There is also the option to team up with a friend in the 2-player team mode, which will allow each player to choose up to 2 characters.
The fighting style will use massive combo chains and flashy moves. There is also an upgrade system involved and unique secondary weapons for new combos. If you manage to master the mechanics, you can create more than 100 combo chains. There are infinite juggles and Super Specials as well as character transformations in the game.
You can see many gameplay features in the trailer. I like the chaotic atmosphere of the whole. It is quite difficult to understand what is happening on screen during some battle scenes. There is a stage where you have to fight enemies while surfing on lava!
And I like animal-inspired character designs. Look at this little raccoon!
The game’s soundtrack was created by the singer of ‘Crush 40’ Johnny Gioelifamous for the iconic sonic the hedgehog music. The trailer uses Gioeli’s single “Surfing on the Lava”.
As for the recognition that Jitsu Squad received, it was nominated for this year’s Dutch Game Awards in October, in the categories ‘Best Debut Game’ and ‘Best Art’.
Come to the Jitsu Squad Collector’s Edition, ININ Games has partnered with Games Rocket to create the exclusive limited editions. Pre-orders can be placed by visit gamesrocket.com. It will cost you US$69.99.
The Collector’s Edition will include the following:
- Game for Nintendo Switch, PS4 or PS5
- Collector’s Edition Box
- A colorful playbook
- Japanese style F hand
- Handmade surfboard
- art book
- The soundtrack on CD
- acrylic diorama
- paper wheel
- Reversible poster
- Set of postcards
- A sheet of stickers
Let’s talk about Dutch indie studio Tanuki Creative Studio, it was founded by Dave Baljon in 2016. Baljon then partnered with animator/composer Sebastien Romero in mid-2016, with full-time development starting in 2018 Released on Steam in March of this year, Jitsu Squad is the studio’s first game. An Arcade version is planned by exA-Arcadia Japan.
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