Launching today on Nintendo Switch is Kunai, a "quirky, fast-paced action-adventure / Metroidvania". To celebrate, publisher The Arcade Crew has released a launch trailer for the game.
The new video shows off some of the platforming, exploration and combat you'll be getting up to as you play - who knew that a sentient tablet would make such an adorable hero? The game equips you with a sword, dual grappling hook-like blades, and "the most emotive operating system ever created", all in a bid to keep exploration "snappy, fluid, and entertaining".
We were also treated to another couple of videos just last month which gave us a closer look at Kunai's gameplay. If you're interested, make sure to check these out, too:
We'll leave you with a list of the game's key features. Think you might pick this one up from the eShop today? Let us know in the comments.
Relentless Agility: Grapple up walls, hop across enemies, and hover over hazards. KUNAI’s traversal between regions and foes is smooth, swift, and responsive.
Killer Weapons: Wreck havoc with a missile-deflecting sword, death-dodging kunai, and dual-wieldable machine guns. KUNAI’s formidable weapons grant a fighting chance in a world overrun by despair.
Overflowing Charm: Feel like >:[ after taking a hit, while swinging over hazards, and :3 when crouching to ambush the level below. KUNAI’s starring warrior wears all emotions on its slee- … er, screen.
Evolving Arsenal: Unlock powerful new abilities to ensure your tablet-powered onslaught is a state-of-the-art affair.
Colourful Visuals: A striking visual style gives each region an immediate identity, with palettes ranging from subdued to gorgeously rich and vivid.
Looks pretty nifty. Cue plenty of comments complaining about the number of Metroidvanias, but I say keep 'em coming!
Stumbled on this through the japanese news feed on my switch last night. I think it looks promising. I’m hoping for a review but I might dive in regardless. The combat looks promising and I like the humor and playfulness with the aesthetics. How long is it I wonder?
@Ooccoo_Jr I'm fine with metroidvanias, I'm just tired of every game being called that. I can't think of a better term though.
@Kalmaro Yeah I know what you mean. I see them as the natural progression of the Platformer and I don't remember anyone ever complaining that we got too many of those back in the day.
On a related note we really just mean "Metroid" most of the time don't we? I often feel we're being generous to include the "Vania" bit.
@Ooccoo_Jr More or less, it's redundant to call it metroidvania but it does roll off the tongue better.
I think the 'vania' part is justified if there is levelling up and/or inventory management for items collected and purchased, as that's what Symphony of the Night contributed to the formula. However, I still contend that the first Metroidvania was Wonderboy 3: The Dragon's Trap, it even has a SOTN-style prologue!
This game is awesome! The double Kunai (hookshot) mechanic feels incredible. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, folks!
@Brumblescope Just jump in and grab it man. I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s fantastic. Really exceeded my (already high) expectations. I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed, my guy
For anyone hanging out on Twitter watching the platformer scene... there are so many similar games in production or Kickstartered. Then they all have the same mechanics and copy one another even if they look different.
@Kalmaro hmmmmm maybe 2D action-adventure? 2D platform shooter story rpg? indeed pretty difficult...
Metroidvania feels more cachy, but indeed too many games might be called that way
@Kalmaro I think Action Platforming RPG is basically what any "Metroidvania" is.
@KoopaTheQuick Because that's not the same. I agree the that the term 'metroidvania' is stupid though
If we stop calling it Metroidvania, I better not ever hear one of you naysayers call a movie a Dramedy. I’m just sayin
Price point is a huge one. $17 USD ehhhh I'll wait until it's on sale and maybe pick it up for $5.
@The_Pixel_King I think you've convinced me. I might dive into this this weekend once work slows down. Thanks for the input!
@The_Pixel_King Good call. Been playing Kunai this evening and its a blast. Definitely one I’d recommend. Nice mechanics, pretty funny, and actually more story and character than I expected.
So glad you like it, and thanks for the feedback, @Brumblescope. The fact that you’ve taken the trouble to leave me another comment really means a lot, thank you.
I’m still loving the game, too. Gameplay mechanics, combat, narrative and presentation all combine to make KUNAI an easy 9/10 for me.
@Dirty0814 I appreciate that value is definitely subjective, but for me, it’s easily worth the price point it’s released at. As I said to @Brumblescope in the previous comment:
"I’m still loving the game. Gameplay mechanics, combat, narrative and presentation all combine to make KUNAI an easy 9/10 for me".
Just a heads-up is all. Whether you grab this one now or do indeed wait for a sale, just be sure not to miss out on it altogether!
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