But the real centerpieces of all this violence are the "Tate" and "Trance" modes, which are where it all gets strange. Every so often, an enemy will pop up with a star over its head. Hit it, and you'll enter Tate, a timed, button-mashing minigame that lets you cut your enemy to pieces with an explosion of slashes in front of a Japanese woodblock print. Get under 100 slashes, and you'll get a ton of coins as a reward. Go over 100, though, and you'll hit Trance mode. Here, your silhouetted samurai fights a hundred ninjas (four at a time) in front of a shoji screen, Kill Bill-style, as techno music throbs. Kill everyone before the tune ends, and you get a new item. Then it's back to more fighting.