Originally posted February 15th 2015 on the Seafoam Gaming forums
Title: Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues
System: Wii U (eShop)
Release date: 12/25/2014
The main game/story
In this sequel to the popular DSiware series, you take control of a ninja who must destroy cakes for… It honestly doesn’t explain what for to be honest, at least in this installment. Regardless, you use the gamepad or a wii remote in order to slice them as they appear, in the different modes the game offers. However, it is pretty similar to other games on iOS devices, but is it good on the Wii U? Let’s find out.
The menus are rather simple, with navigation mostly done via the touchscreen. The modes by themselves however consist of cakes or other objects being thrown up for you to slice, and it looks a bit rough on an HDTV. For a gamepad centric game though, it’s decent at best.
Music and sound effects:
Not too much variety here, with only a limited amount of forgettable tracks combined with the sound effect of sword slashes that you will hear quite often in the game. There is a narrator who gives you encouragement throughout the game modes, but it’s a bit hard to hear the narrator at times, mostly because the sound effect that plays the most often is the sword due to how much you need to swipe to earn points.
Like other similar games on mobile devices, the objective is to get a high score by slicing everything that appears on the screen as many times as possible. You do this either by sliding the stylus around, or by using a Wii Remote if you have one. The Wii Remote is the best method to play, as simply moving it around will slice the objects much quicker than going crazy with the stylus, though it’s rather simple and gets quite repetitive after a while.
There are other game modes to help fix this, which is a relief as a few of them are quite fun, offering different objectives to meet in order to get a high score. There’s even local multiplayer which consists of you and a friend either competing or teaming up to get the best score! With online leaderboards for the single player modes, it does add some replay value when you try to see how high on the leaderboards you can get, so if you don’t mind the repetitive nature of the game, it can be quite fun.
In conclusion, Cake Ninja 3 is an average game on the Wii U eShop. It does have a lot of replay value for high score fans who like these games, with achievements, local multiplayer and online leaderboards meant to help with the repetitive nature of this game. Unfortunately for those who were hoping for a long single player experience, it will get quite repetitive, even with the different modes.
Considering how it’s also the same price of every single NES Virtual Console game, it’s difficult to recommend when there are lots of other high score games available for the same price.
I give Cake Ninja 3 a 5 out of 10, and only recommend this to gamers looking for a high score experience similar to those found on mobile devices, if you are willing to look past the potential repetitive nature of this game.
Thanks to Cypronia for the review code.