American Ninja Warrior Challenge, Based on the Show, Will Release in March

The popular obstacle course competition show American Ninja Warrior is getting its own video game on consoles, titled American Ninja Warrior Challenge.

If you’ve ever had the urge to run the Quintuple Steps and go up the Warped Wall from American Ninja Warrior, this upcoming game might serve as a possible substitute. The NBC competition show is getting an official video game tie-in, titled American Ninja Warrior Challenge.

The game will feature the actual hosts from the television show, Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, to provide commentary as players attempt to complete these infamous and highly-physical obstacle courses. Challenge provides local couch multiplayer, while also including a “challenging career mode” that will take players all the way to Mt. Midoriyama should they prove to be successful.

American Ninja Warrior has been on the air for ten years, currently on NBC and previously on G4 (rest in peace). The show is based on the Japanese obstacle course show Sasuke, which was renamed Ninja Warrior on G4—because, you know, athletic Japanese people are ninjas, apparently.

Per a press release, Tim Flaherty, Partner at developer GameMill Entertainment, released the following statement:

American Ninja Warrior has continuously grown in popularity over the past 10 seasons and we are thrilled to partner with NBCUniversal to bring fans an authentic and action-packed American Ninja Warrior experience on gaming consoles for the first time. We are excited to unveil the many challenging and fun features in the coming months, which are designed to allow players to step into the shoes of their very own American Ninja Warrior competitor.”

From Chris Heatherly, EVP, Games & Digital Platforms at Universal:

“Millions of fans around the world have been inspired and entertained by American Ninja Warrior since it first debuted and it has transformed into an unrivaled pop culture phenomenon. American Ninja Warrior Challenge lets players test their strength and endurance on iconic obstacle courses to become the ultimate Ninja competitor.

The most recent game from casual game studio is GameMill Entertainment is Nickelodeon Kart Racers, which as you can see from our review, is not a good game. We’ll have to see if American Ninja Warrior Challenge lives up to the legacy of Activision’s work on similar game-based-on-an-obstacle-course-show Wipeout: The Game.

As with any video game, we’ll wait until we get our hands on the game before passing judgment. Check out the trailer and several screenshots below for yourself. American Ninja Warrior Challenge will come to Switch, PS4, and Xbox One on March 19.

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Chris Compendio

Chris is a writer currently based in the Philadelphia area. They are currently writing for film website Flixist, podcasting for Marvel News Desk, and were an editorial intern for Paste Magazine's gaming section. They graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a creative writing major.

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