Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 95
    Sushi Striker is a diamond in the rough in Nintendo’s Switch lineup. This offbeat and peculiar puzzle game takes a ridiculous concept and manages to shape it into a shockingly deep, balanced, and varied low-key masterpiece. I was looking forward to checking this game out since it was shown off, but I never expected it to be this good. Don’t sleep on Sushi Striker, but be mindful that you’ll probably really want to eat sushi after playing it for a while.
  2. 90
    As far as pure entertainment goes, it's hard to look past Sushi Striker. The manic energy and silly sense of humour combine with match-3 gameplay that is far more nuanced than is the norm for the genre, and while I could take a hard pass on the way it appropriates some of the more irritating features of the free-to-play trends that dominate puzzle games, for the most part Sushi Striker is an end-to-end delight that probably didn't deserve to be localised at all, but I'm glad it has been.
  3. Jun 7, 2018
    90
    An easy recommendation thanks to its fun and unique premise and quirky, polished presentation. Control and local multiplayer grumbles aside, Nintendo’s latest takes you on a deliciously entertaining adventure that will keep you coming back time and time again. Eating sushi has never been so exciting.
  4. Jun 7, 2018
    90
    Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is one of the best surprises of this current year. A complex game that brings new content to the genre and, despite the fact that it has some issues, features an outstanding combat system.
  5. Jun 6, 2018
    85
    Sushi Striker is a surprising title, a striking example of Nintendo's virtuous politics.
  6. Jun 22, 2018
    80
    Sushi Striker offers surprising depth for a puzzle game that almost anyone could enjoy, as well as a substantial single player story with some great twists and turns. Despite some niggles with the game’s various control schemes, the core gameplay is fun, frenetic and fast-paced. Make no mistakes, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is one of the most well put together puzzle games on the Switch.
  7. Jun 22, 2018
    80
    Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is a deliciously clever approach to the match-3 genre that may satiate puzzle lovers’ tastes. The game’s meaty content and RPG mechanics are filling, but its long stretches of stagnant levels amount to a bunch of tasty appetizers as opposed to a full course feast. Altogether, it won't be the highlight of everyone's menu, as it costs almost as much as a full-priced Switch game. Nevertheless, if you crave a unique 1v1 puzzler, Sushi Striker is a delectable game backed up by a scrumptious story.
  8. Jun 19, 2018
    80
    Addictive game mechanics and a really nice Story Mode are the best features found in this new Switch and Nintendo 3DS puzzle game.
  9. 80
    Despite some wonky controls, Sushi Striker's insanely colorful presentation and stable of silly characters make it one of the strongest puzzle games currently available on the Nintendo Switch.
  10. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    With a wonderful cheerful story and plenty of enjoyable moments, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is a near-instant classic for the puzzle genre and an absolute treat to play.
  11. Jun 8, 2018
    80
    Playing it felt like a mix between watching an over-the-top anime and playing an advanced match-three puzzle game. The voice acting in itself was enough to keep me going back to it, let alone the ever-changing puzzles, fun and hilarious characters, delicious-looking sushi and adorable sprites.
  12. Jun 8, 2018
    80
    It’s fun title with some great RPG elements and a lot of nods and winks to the Pokemon series while still being its own thing. Nintendo has definitely once again struck gold with another first party title for the Switch.
  13. Jun 7, 2018
    80
    Sushi Striker is pure ridiculous fun, and while it leans heavily on its core gameplay loop, it manages to keep things engaging. Nintendo has proven they have a knack for the absurd, and Sushi Striker definitely feels like it could be the foundation of a new series.
  14. Jun 7, 2018
    80
    Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is a title that is abundant with charm and content that is hampered a little by a slightly unwieldy control scheme. That aside, it will take you a while to see all this great game has to offer - and even longer to get the annoyingly catchy yet brilliant theme song out of your head.
  15. Jun 7, 2018
    80
    Its premise may border on ridiculous, but behind its wacky veneer, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido hides an expansive package. Despite its short runtime, there's a lot of charm packed into its campaign, and plenty to do once the credits have rolled.
  16. Jun 7, 2018
    80
    At every turn in the story of Sushi Striker, with each line of dialogue, with each new combat mechanics introduced on the path of mastering the art of Sushido, the words 'joy' and 'fun' emerge on the screen.
  17. Jun 7, 2018
    80
    Sushi Striker The Way of Sushido is a frantic and fun action puzzle game that catches up with Puyo Puyo Tetris and Battle Chef Brigade in the circle of the best puzzle games available for Nintendo Switch. It's especially good in portable mode and in short bursts.
  18. Jun 7, 2018
    80
    Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is a crazy, over-the-top experience that gets better the more you play. The game feels incredibly polished, with a mostly satisfying battle system that gets surprisingly deep, and beautifully presented cutscenes that progress the story along nicely. The focus here is definitely on the lengthy campaign, although we can imagine top online players becoming intensely competitive with practice. It might not be able to completely blow you away, but our playthrough has left us with a pleasingly satisfying aftertaste. Make sure to give this a go if you’re intrigued.
  19. Jun 7, 2018
    78
    Sushi Strikers finds an original puzzle mechanic in a genre overpopulated by match-threes, but sometimes it’s too dense for its own good.
  20. Jun 7, 2018
    78
    Sushi Striker is a very good game, addictive and fun. The controls can be sometimes a little bit weird and it can get repetitive, but it’s a pretty interesting title overall.
  21. 77
    Despite a certain repetitiveness and joy-con imperfect controls, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is a delightful variation of the classic Match 3 in Bejeweled style, with some elements nicely taken from Puzzle Quest.
  22. Jun 8, 2018
    75
    Quotation forthcoming.
  23. Jun 7, 2018
    75
    This is a perfect, crazy game to play thanks to the short fights. The gameplay does offer a depth you would not expect and together with the funny story about sushi this is an excellent title to play on your commute.
  24. Jun 7, 2018
    75
    One of those hidden gems that may make your summer funnier despite its repetitiveness.
  25. Jun 9, 2018
    74
    If you're looking for a wacky and colourful competitive puzzler that can be enjoyed by casual and hardcore gamers alike then Sushi Striker is a solid experience. Just don't expect it to be as fulfilling as consuming 100 plates of raw fish.
  26. Jun 22, 2018
    70
    An enjoyable puzzle adventure with an excess of charm behind its silly characters and lovable premise. However, its lacklustre presentation and 3DS origins mean the overall package suffers on Nintendo Switch. It simply doesn’t look very good, which is detrimental for a puzzler so reliant on its outlandish world.
  27. Jun 10, 2018
    70
    Your first impressions of Sushi Striker probably won’t do enough justice to the surprising depth hidden within. While it can feel derivative of the genre at times, there really is a great hook hidden in the core systems.
  28. Jun 8, 2018
    70
    Despite its imperfect transition to Switch, Sushi Striker is one of the more enjoyable puzzle games in the console's library. With a substantial campaign that's propped up by clever mechanics and a charmingly ludicrous story, the game offers a wealth of single- and multiplayer content to dive into. The controls suffer a bit in the move to Switch, and the campaign is stretched out for too long, but the fast-paced puzzle-matching gameplay offers a surprising amount of depth and is a real treat.
  29. 70
    A relatively original and enjoyably bizarre puzzler, that seems more at home on 3DS than Switch but still offers plenty of seafood-themed fun for everyone.
  30. Jun 7, 2018
    70
    While its premise is absurd, Sushi Striker's core action/puzzle mechanics are undeniably fun and initially addictive. It wears a little thin though, with the campaign becoming laborious well before it comes to an end. Thankfully the multiplayer is superb, and is a perfect fit for both the 3DS and the Switch.
  31. Jun 7, 2018
    70
    A fun, fast, frantic puzzle matching game that hopefully won’t frustrate you to the point you want to throw your Switch like one of the game’s plates.
  32. Jun 7, 2018
    70
    Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido has all of the trademarks of an inventive Nintendo title, including its odd but bold story, memorable characters, and easy to pick up gameplay. Unfortunately, once you bite into it, the experience isn’t as developed as it could have been. There’s an attempt to expand on the action-puzzler format, and while some of the choices work, there are some ingredients that make the entire meal less than satisfying.
  33. Jun 7, 2018
    70
    Nintendo tries to make a step forward in mobile type experiences but does not satisfy everything we could have expected after finishing the story. Gameplay mechanics are fun, but the game lacks the appeal of other puzzle-RPG games we've seen before.
  34. Jun 7, 2018
    68
    Sushi Striker is a fun and inventive puzzle game bogged down by some iffy controls and a very repetitive structure.
  35. Jun 19, 2018
    65
    If you are looking for a bit of light-hearted fun or are a big puzzle game fan, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido might be a worthwhile investment for you. If you are looking for a deeply engrossing game that will pull you in for hours, maybe give it a miss.
  36. Jun 7, 2018
    65
    It almost works better in a straight TV show format than it does as a deep puzzler with RPG elements.
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  1. Jun 7, 2018
    An eccentric action puzzle game sits a little uneasily in this full-fat package.
  2. Jun 7, 2018
    Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido is the sort of game that may get trampled in the run-up to E3, but in five years is going to be seen as some kind of ludicrous masterpiece. Get ahead of the curve and pick it up at launch tomorrow.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Jun 9, 2018
    8
    What a surprise! I picked this game up, taking a gamble, and I have been nothing less than impressed. The art style is crisp, the gameplay isWhat a surprise! I picked this game up, taking a gamble, and I have been nothing less than impressed. The art style is crisp, the gameplay is fast and incredibly fun, and the music is appropriate. This is a perfect "pick up and play" puzzle game that is easy to start, with a lot of depth to discover. I truly believe this will be a hidden gem for the Switch, but hope that other players will give it a chance. There is a free demo on the eShop, I implore you....at least give the demo a try, it doesn't cost anything. Full Review »
  2. Jun 8, 2018
    10
    Sushi Striker: Way of Sushido is a creative and incredibly fun videogame. It's not a piece of art, although it has a fun, light-hearted andSushi Striker: Way of Sushido is a creative and incredibly fun videogame. It's not a piece of art, although it has a fun, light-hearted and creative plot, but that's okay: this game is not made to be taken seriously. It's not the big single-player epic, but it's a near flawless action-RPG-puzzler videogame, and it fits the switch fantastically. This game, whatsoever, is not for everyone, but for those who enjoy it, it's a masterpiece. Since there hasn't really been any game like this before, I recommend anyone interested to check the free demo in the Nintendo Switch EShop( although personally I think the 3DS version is superior in almost every way besides graphics). A common complaint among people who haven't played the game is the price, but this game is well worth 50 Dollars. I've played the game non-stop(14 hours), and I'm about 20% in the story mode. There is also online play, beautiful graphics and a concept never found in any game before. (It has nothing to do with bad Match-3 mobile games). Full Review »
  3. Jun 8, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I'm definitely liking this game. The only "rush" is the 7 seconds you get to link all the sushi you can to kick your opponents a$$ lol
    The storyline is well thought out, dialog is hilarious, art style is perfect, and the voice acting fits. You can replay older levels to level up and there's no limit to how many times you can do so. If I could liken these to a game or two...I guess I'd say any match 3 or more with Pokémon (Sprites).
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