Capcom were recently in the headlines over allegedly blatantly copying an indie developer. Hopefully they’d recovered from that, because they’re up there again – this time, on the other side of the fence.
Now though, there’s Lego’s browser-based Ninjago Spinjitzu Smash!, and the similarities are striking.
Not only does it look pretty similar, but the gameplay’s not too different, either. You’re placed on a 3×3 grid, facing off against your opponent who has their own nine-square space. As with most games, the battle is won when your opponent’s hit points decrease to zero. You can speed the process up by selecting special attacks from a series of Spinjitzu battle cards, and throwing kunai with the space bar. Sounds awfully reminiscent of the mechanic in MMBN, right down to the equivalent of the Mega Buster. A closer look at the Spinjitzu cards reveal abilities that closely resemble the Battle Cards in MMBN, too.
Could just be a coincidence, you say? A clever sod has looked inside the source data for Ninjago Spinjitzu Smash! – and has found a bunch of legitimate Battle Network graphical assets hiding inside. Oops…
So – Capcom, how do you feel now the shoe’s on the other foot? Is imitation still the sincerest form of flattery? This one might take the homage a little too far.
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