Entertainment: Samurai Pizza Cats

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Developer: Tecmo    Publisher: Tecmo    Release: 07/19/91   Genre: Action

I remember Samurai Pizza Cats as that weird anime that came on at the

crack of dawn before Sailor Moon when I was in high school. The series,

about a mechanical Little Tokyo full of cybernetic anthropomorphic

animals starred a trio of pizza delivery cats who were also samurai

(originally ninjas). The English dub tossed aside its more serious tone

for one of comedy, full of pop culture references and self-awareness.

And it was completely awesome. What I didn’t realize was its age, dating

back to early 1991, which means it was ripe for a video game adaptation.

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Tecmo created a fusion of Ninja Gaiden and Mega Man in Samurai Pizza

Cats that is also one of the NES’ best action games.

Each level in Samurai Pizza Cats plays out is if it were a random

episode of the TV series. Generally Little Tokyo is under siege by

minions of the Big Cheese, who is also the current ruler of the city and

the Samurai Pizza Cats must stop each of his plots. There is an

eventual narrative thread that pops up late in the game as a mysterious

Dr. Purple is enlisted to create a super weapon for the big cheese,

leading to the game’s conclusion.

I am used to licensed titles being absolutely terrible and usually

sporting the Acclaim/LJN banner. However Samurai Pizza Cats bucks that

trend. It is right up there with Konami’s Bucky O’ Hare

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and Sunsoft’s Batman games as a lesson in how to treat a license with

respect. Not only does it manage to shoehorn everything that made the

show so fun but it does so naturally. You would be hard pressed to find

many titles that are better than this and it’s a damn shame it wasn’t

brought over in one form or another.

At the start of each level you can pick from any of the main trio.

There are slight differences between characters: Polly’s claws has the

shortest range while Guido reaches the furthest with his spear. Their

special powers also differ but largely fall in the category of

projectile weapons. For the most part it comes down to who is your

favorite. Special attacks have three power levels and use the ninpo

meter. The name might be different but it functions largely the same as

ninja magic in Ninja Gaiden.

In addition to the main heroes you can call on the members of the

Rescue Team for assistance. Each has their own unique ability to access

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new areas such as breaking rocks, flight, swimming and digging. They

also have many of the same special attacks as the main cast essentially

giving you seven characters to play as. To avoid abusing them the game

limits their use with the Help meter. The longer you use them and their

abilities the faster it depletes. It slowly refills once you switch back

to your chosen character. In practice it is not limiting at all and

pretty clever. It is like a better version of TMNT NES.

What makes Samurai Pizza Cats so great aside from its general

mechanics is its level design. It is a greatest hits of the best NES

games. You have special skills like Ninja Gaiden, the platforming of

Mario, the level selection and mechanical design of the later Mega Man

games and the character swapping of TMNT. Yet despite this melange of

ideas it retains its own identity. Every level is massive with multiple

paths to the end boss. Many of these paths and their secrets require the

different members of the Rescue Team. This leads to entire new areas

like an underwater lake or treacherous platforming segment. I say

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treacherous but the only danger is falling and retracing your steps. The

design is creative and will loop around to itself or make paths

converge. Combined with the sheer variety in the series and you have a

game that rarely repeats itself.

The ease of the game almost ruins all of the game’s side characters

and extra features. Perhaps this was a response to Ninja Gaiden’s

extreme difficulty, who knows? There are very few bottomless pits with

most leading to underground passages and items. Despite life restoring

hearts being in short supply you will still rarely die as items respawn

after leaving the screen. It isn’t until the last third that the

challenge picks up and provides a test for dedicated platforming fans.

In spite of this the game is immensely fun and less stressful than most

8-bit action titles.

It is too bad the animated series was localized too late for the game to receive the same treatment. Tecmo created a fusion of Ninja Gaiden and Mega Man in Samurai Pizza Cats that is also one of the NES’ best action games. © Provided by Sayewonn Wisseh It is too bad the animated series was localized too late for the game to receive the same treatment. Tecmo created a fusion of Ninja Gaiden and Mega Man in Samurai Pizza Cats that is also one of the NES’ best action games.

Samurai Pizza Cats easily stands shoulder to shoulder with the very

best on the NES graphically. Parallax scrolling is used liberally with

the backdrops exhibiting a level of detail not too common for the

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platform. It even bests Tecmo’s own Ninja Gaiden 3

in a few areas, namely character animation. The game also benefits from

the diverse world of the series and has mechanical enemy designs that

rival the best of Mega Man’s NES entries. The music doesn’t reach the

same heights but is unobtrusive with a few catchy tunes here and there.

In Closing

It is too bad the animated series was localized too late for the game

to receive the same treatment. Samurai Pizza Cats is one of the

finest action platformers for the NES. A fan translation exists that

manages to keep the same tone as Saban’s English dub. For those who do

not want to go that route the game requires no Japanese knowledge. It is

worth it to experience such an excellent game.

9 out of 10 © Provided by Sayewonn Wisseh 9 out of 10

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