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Subject: How does this compare to Ninja All Stars? rss

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Alexander Corzo
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I have a 9 and 11 year old, and they really like Naruto (go figure). This game looks like it might have a recognizable them. I've also been looking into Ninja All Stars, do any of these games emulate or reflect something found in Naruto?

They seem like cool games, so anyone play both?

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Yashima is similar to Naruto in that it's mainly 'one on one' fights between super powerful characters that build up to an epic finish. Each character is unique and you add extra variation by picking a kami deck and adding it's cards/powers to the characters deck. The kami choices can also be used to balance out player skill level.

I haven't played ninja all stars but I've watched a ton of gameplay videos (I almost kickstarted it)... its more of a skirmish game. Lots of characters fighting at once and they are easier to defeat.

If you are just looking for miniatures I think the Ninja all Star ones are a good match for the Naruto theme but if you really want to get those epic fights then Yashima is your best bet. I would suggest watching gameplay videos for both... neither is super easy to pick up and learn because they are both very unique and original.
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I don't think there is a reasonable comparison between the two, but they're both quite good. NAS is best as a league game like Blood Bowl or other sports games, where Yashima can be enjoyed in a single play. I'm not sure I'd recommend either of them to young kids- NAS has a lot more nuance than most skirmish combat systems (only one of the six possible outcomes actually injures your target, and a lot of the strategy is in stacking bonuses and then choosing how best to use your result), and Yashima has a lot of fiddliness in terms of facing and card interaction. If they're already into card games, they can probably handle it, but it's worth considering. Yashima lacks the ninja theme, but "so you're an awesome wizard with a spirit helping you" is a pretty good hook.
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NAS takes all afternoon to play and is a HUUUGE investment between all the factions and extra "merc" stuff (I think theyre called ronin?). However, there is league mode that lets players have a small team that grows over time/plays.

Yashima is much cheaper, faster to play, but its main flaw is it balance issues as many combinations are flat out better than others.
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