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[Nintendo Switch] Sushi Bar Express Review

[Nintendo Switch] Sushi Bar Express Review
  • On April 3, 2023

Sushi Bar Express from Funbox Media is an arcade style in which you must work towards becoming a top chef. Learn more in our Sushi Bar Express review!


Sushi Bar Express from Funbox Media is an arcade style in which you must work towards becoming a top chef. You’ll need to learn on the job as you go since you’ll be getting a ton of clients the food they need… as fast as possible! The good news is that you’ll be able to learn from your master how to slice, dice, roll, and hammer sushi into shape. This is a lighthearted and colorful all-ages experience that will keep you busy at all times.

The first handful of levels will act as the game’s general tutorial that will teach you the basics. A client will order 2 ika sashimis. Ika will be located on the right side of the screen, from where you can grab it by moving the cursor with the left analog stick and then selecting it with the A button. After that, you’ll have to slice the ika, so you will select the knife with the cursor. Once you’ve sliced the ika, it will be time to move it to the plate to serve it to your customer.

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But that’s not all! You’ll also have to select the sake from the upper right corner of the screen and give your client a nice pour. Once that’s been taken care of, it will be time to pour some of the world-famous shoyu used by the sushi master. The last step before being able to serve this order will be to add some wasabi to the last cup on the tray. Wasabi is located in the upper left corner of the screen.


You need to act fast as each order comes in, or else your customers will run out of patience! You can check their patience level gauge at the bottom of their orders. They’re represented by the red hearts that are still full. If a customer’s patience level reaches zero, then you will lose that order! For each day, you’ll need to work towards reaching a specific profit goal. The faster you are at completing each order, the bigger your profit margins will be. Oh, and as you complete orders, you should collect the special coins that float around! Some ingredients will need to be sliced with the big knife. These include kohada, kani, tako, and eel.

So far, I’ve only talked about sashimi, which is why you’ve been reading about slicing this or that and nothing more. And, you know, serving all of the sake and shoyu that your clients require. You’ll soon move on to also having to make nigiri sushi, which adds some extra steps. Remember the ika sashimi? Well, your first order will now be for two ika nigiri. You’ll have to use the large bowl of gohan on the left side of the screen to make that nigiri. You’ll have to select the ghostly hand next to it to roll up some rice, then take some ika and slice it so that you can place it on top of the rice before serving it on a customer’s plate.

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You’ll also be making uramaki sushi. That’s the rolled variety that you’re probably more familiar with. You’ll start with rice as the base. Once you’ve added two balls of rice, you’ll need some nori on which to roll the rice. Once the rice and nori are on the center of the screen, you’ll need to use the bamboo roller mat on the right side of the screen. You’ll also need to add ikura to some of them and then add one extra ingredient for some of them.


The last one you’ll need to learn how to make is futomaki sushi. You’ll start this particular tutorial by making one ikura futomaki and one ika futomaki. For this one, you start with some nori and then place the rice. After that’s taken care of, you add some ikura for one of them. For the other one, you’ll add the ikura, then grab some ika, slice it, and place it on the roll before serving it.

You can tell that the game was developed for PC and ported to the Nintendo Switch because the speed at which the cursor moves is very slow, which wouldn’t happen when playing with a mouse, so you can complete a lot of orders at a much faster pace. I suggest that you go into the options menu and move the speed bar all the way to the right so that you can move the cursor as fast as possible and pour all of that sake and shoyu for your customers at a faster pace.

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The best way to play this one is with the console’s touchscreen in Portable or Tabletop Mode or when playing on a Nintendo Switch Lite. That way, you’ll be able to quickly tap ingredients to move them onto the cutting board, slice them up, and then tap them into place for each order. Touch controls also make it extremely easier to pour sake and shoyu, as well as place the wasabi on each order.


Sushi Bar Express is an arcade-style experience in which you’ll learn as you go. Things will start off easy enough as you prepare some sashimi for your customers and pour them the sake and shoyu they need. More and more ingredients will be added as you progress through the game, and you’ll soon have to also work on making nigiri, futomaki, as well as uramaki. Do know that the music is very repetitive, so that might get in the way. Sushi Bar Express is out on Nintendo Switch at a $29.99 asking price.

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This Sushi Bar Express review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Funbox Media.

Review Overview

Arcade style sushi making experience