One of my favorite hobbies is to play cards or hit the local casino. Although I own games like Vegas Dream and Casino Kid on the NES, I’ve never had much desire to play gambling video games. Watching the trailer for Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo: The Card Warriors peaked my interest enough to give it a shot. It had just the right amount of zaniness that I couldn’t resist.
This game looks and feels like a later Super Nintendo release. The standout feature that surely makes it stand out from all other gambling games is that it parodies Super Street Fighter II, a game that anybody who gamed in the mid ‘90s has played thoroughly. The intro mirrors Ryu attacking with a fireball, only here it’s a dealer shuffling cards. The stage select features a map with players to battle around the world. Like Street Fighter II, each stage is in a different country – outfitted with the stereotypical fixtures of what that part of the world may look like. Finally, at the end of each card battle the winner taunts the losing player with a cringe-worthy insult, exactly how the end of a fight looks in a classic Street Fighter bout.
This game is very simple to play and doesn’t have a whole lot of extras to it. It’s simply the game of blackjack in battle form. If you’ve never played blackjack or are unfamiliar with the rules, it’s easy to learn. Any casino site will teach you the basics of the game, as well as betting strategies. There is a Simply Blackjack mode in this game where you can practice just playing the game. This is a good way to learn if you are playing for the first time, but it lacks any excitement. Also featured is a Party Mode in which you can play at home with up to four players. I love blackjack, but I can think of dozens of other games on the Switch that would be a better party game, but at least they included this feature.
Single Player Combat is the meat and potatoes and where I spent most of my time. In this you pick from a pool of 10 different characters from across the globe. You then go head to head against another card player. You jet across the world to sit at a blackjack table in your opponent’s country. There are 10 rounds of competition, and at the end of the last round, the player with the most money wins. You each start with 1000 chips. The minimum wager is 50 and there is no maximum. You battle all of the opponents until you reach the bosses. Given my experience with actual gambling, this game was pretty easy for me and I won every round handily. If you know the basic strategy of blackjack and have a smart betting system the game should be a breeze. If not, it’s a great way to practice.
This game features rocking 16-bit music that resembles any great Japanese head to head fighter from the ‘90s era. Every stage features a different track that goes along with the country’s theme. The graphics also look like they are modeled after Super Street Fighter II. The characters are all unique, although not nearly as memorable as Blanka, Zangief, or Chun-Li. Each character does have a small backstory, making it at least a little entertaining to play through the game as multiple characters. The blackjack table takes up most of the screen, but on each stage there are several items in the background that match the corresponding country. The game is very simple to control, as all you are doing is choosing your bet and whether to hit, stay, double, split, or take insurance. Lastly, I got a kick out of the writing in the game, as the insults the winner throws at the loser are pretty funny and straight out of the 1990s.
I can’t say Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo does anything mind-blowing, but they managed to make a pretty fun and amusing blackjack game. The Street Fighter parody elevates the game above what would be a rather humdrum experience. Even so, the game does lack many features and was really easy to complete. Someone that adores the game could try and go through it with every character. The question to ask is how much time do you really think you’re going to put into the game? Personally, I can only have so much fun gambling when no real money is involved. The $7.99 price tag is a fair asking price and it’s worth considering for those looking to play a simple game of blackjack or just want to learn the basics.
Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors Review
Final Thoughts: WORTH CONSIDERING
Who would have ever thought we’d see a parody of Super Street Fighter II in blackjack form? The concept works and it’s a fun game, but it’s lacking in the features department and the gameplay becomes stale after several rounds. The ‘90s references and music help prop the game up.
Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors was reviewed using a final retail Nintendo Switch download code provided by the publisher.
Aaron got his NES in 1991 and has loved and collected video games ever since. In addition to gaming, he enjoys Stephen King novels, Twins Baseball, and his cats.