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E3 2017: Sushi Striker: The Way Of Sushido

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Nintendo wasn’t kidding this year when they said they were spacing out their announcements. Thirty minutes ago, out of nowhere, the live Treehouse stream sprung an unannounced 3DS game on everyone….and boy is it an interesting one.

It’s called “Sushi Striker: The Way Of Sushido,” and It’s early enough that it doesn’t have a complete English translation yet. The story is that a village in ancient Japan has just discovered sushi, and a young man named Musashi loves the food so much that he’s dubbed himself the “Sushi Striker” and now travels the land looking for platters of fish meat to consume. He’s not alone either — competitive eating is BIG in this game’s world.

Your goal is to eat more sushi than your opponent so you can throw the plates at him and damage his health bar. Your character can only swallow a mouthful of the same sushi in one gulp, so as the plates rotate into view on three separate conveyor belts, you must choose and select all the same food within the time you have (according to the Treehouse the longest you can hold onto a sushi stack without eating it is seven seconds).

You might be saying, “I can’t possibly eat all this sushi by myself.” That’s where your helpers come in. As you travel through the game you’ll acquire coins on the map that will allow you to hire small fuzzy assistants. These creatures eat some of the sushi that you collect while battling, and when their meter reaches “full,” they can unleash a special ability that will aid you in the fight, such as a large attack or a defensive spell.

Sushi Striker is still in development and is planned for a 2018 release on Nintendo 3DS. Have a trailer. Don’t drink the wasabi.