Samurai Jack: Shadow of Aku for Nintendo GameCube
Earning dedicated fans with his Cartoon Network series, Genndy Tartakovsky's stylized, sword-wielding hero comes to consoles for the first time in this fighting adventure, which finds Samurai Jack conquering two dozen mission levels in four realms of action. Before he's through, he'll face off against Aku, Mad Jack, The Scotsman, and other arch-enemies familiar to fans of the show. To provide a sense of the hero's expertise with his blade, players can perform over 25 "signature" moves, designed to animate fluidly from one to the next no matter what the combo. A "Sakai" mode slows down the action, allowing for precise, deadly attacks. The hero can also make use of Shurikens and a bow and arrow, when the situation calls for a bit of distance. In addition to the battles, Jack is faced with puzzle-solving challenges, in which the game's interactive environments play a big role. Developers at Amaze Entertainment worked with the animated series' creators to produce a look that matches the show's animation style.