What are the best ninja video games of all time?

asked by Daniel Molina
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    #1Tenchu: Stealth Assassins

    Tenchu: Stealth Assassins

    Tenchu: Stealth Assassins is an action-adventure stealth game. The game takes place in Feudal Japan and revolves around two characters; Rikimaru and Ayame. They are members of the Azuma ninja clan, who are loyal to Lord Matsunoshin Gohda. The Ninja clan serves his lord as spies and assassins to maintain the safety and honor of the Gohda province.



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    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on July 19, 2017
    "It is fun, however it is older now and there are other games that could possibly fill this category better. However it does bring nostalgia with it as a game that many might have played and remember fond memories of."
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    #2Ninja Gaiden

    Ninja Gaiden

    Ninja Gaiden is a side-scrolling action-platforming video game. It was developed and published by Tecmo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The story follows a ninja named Ryu Hayabusa as he journeys to America to avenge his murdered father. There, he learns that a person named "the Jaquio" plans to take control of the world by unleashing an ancient demon through the power contained in two statues. 




    Craig Cole
    Written on May 19, 2017
    "Whenever I need to be reminded that I'm not getting better at playing games as I get older I know that I still can't get through Ninja Gaiden. That's not to say it's not a great game with some ahead of its time story telling but it's just ridiculously hard. Still I do not regret re-buying it again for my collection."
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    Shinobi is an arcade game, developed and published by Sega. It was released in 1987 and ported to numerous systems. In Shinobi, the player controls a ninja named Joe Musashi whose mission is to rescue his students from a group of terrorists.




    Paul Mendoza
    Written on May 21, 2017
    "While I can't say the original arcade Shinobi was as good as the games that followed it it still has held up well for its age. Sure it's a bit simple, walk left to right, jumping and throwing knives now but considering that it's free to play on the internet achieve (no need to spend quarters) it's hard for me not to pick it up and play."
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    #4Mark of the Ninja

    Mark of the Ninja

    Mark of the Ninja is a side-scrolling action video game for Microsoft Windows PC and Mac computers. In the game, players assume the role of a present-day ninja who faces the conflict between ancient ninja tradition and modern technology.


    Windows, Mac


    Louis Fuller
    Written on July 12, 2017
    "I honestly am shocked at how well Mark of the Ninja handles being stealthy. Far too many games turn it into a boring and tedious way to make every step feel excruciating and random but as hard as Mark of the Ninja is it never feels like any mistakes are any but my own, plus the amazing art design really fits the mood perfectly."
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    #5Shadow Dancer

    Shadow Dancer

    A terrorist group is planting numerous time bombs throughout the city. The player, a ninja master accompanied by a canine partner, sets out on four missions to dismantle the bombs and destroy the criminal syndicate behind these acts. Shadow Dancer is a side-scrolling action game produced by Sega originally released as an arcade game in 1989. 




    Frank Kelly
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This was one of the greatest ninja video games I have ever played in my life. This game in particular really brings me back to my childhood. There is something very nostalgic about seeing a two-dimensional video game with 8-bit graphics. It is sometimes nicer and more relaxing to enjoy the simpler things in life."
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    #6Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

    Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

    Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is an action hack and slash video game developed by PlatinumGames and produced by Kojima Productions. The game takes the renowned Metal Gear franchise into exciting new territory with an all-new action experience.


    Windows, Mac, Android


    Betty Pearson
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Very gory. I know it's metal gear and it's to be expected, but I thought the whole thing was pretty unidimensional. The story telling is not bad, though, and kept my attention but the dialogues easily veer into the extra cheesy. I know it's anime guys, but a bit of originality when it comes to character development has never killed anyone you know? Other than that, fast paced, fun and mindless. And pretty good looking as well. "
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    #7Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a beat-'em-up arcade game released by Konami in 1989. Based almost entirely on the pilot animated miniseries from 1987, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles supported from one to four players.



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    Albert Munoz
    Written on July 17, 2017
    "Really fun and exciting for people who like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it has special feeling to it. However it is old, and there are other games that fill this category, however it does bring nostalgic feelings with it."
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    #8The Revenge of Shinobi

    The Revenge of Shinobi

    After being reduced to rubble by Joe Musashi, the crime syndicate “Zeed” has made a vengeful return as “Neo Zeed”. The Revenge of Shinobi (1989) is the second Shinobi game and features Joe Musashi as the Shinobi. 


    Windows, Android, iOS, PlayStation 3, Wii


    Adam Wallace
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "This is not a great solution. The Revenge of Shinobi, was re-released for the Wii Virtual Console in 2009 and on both the PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network and Xbox 360 via Xbox Live. It recently became a Sega "forever" game. While popular the game is extremely challenging and due to the fact it has very difficult controls. A search of the web shows a recent 2016 list of top ninja video games https://allabout-japan.com/en/article/1986/"
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    #9Shadow of the Ninja

    Shadow of the Ninja
    This game is a 2D ninja platformer similar to Ninja Gaiden in that the player platforms across a stage with ninja abilities while defeating bad guys.

    Other Platform

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    Albert Baker
    Written on July 1, 2017
    "Shadow of the Ninja is the best throwback to Ninja Gaiden out there. If side scrolling nija fun is your cup of tea then you should check out Shadow of the Ninja soon for hours of fun."
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    Strider is an adventure side-scrolling action game that features lightning fast combat in a massively interconnected world. Witness the return of the ultimate ninja: Strider Hiryu.




    Judy Adams
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "To put it simply, STRIDER is awesome! What a fun game to play. I love the plasma choices for the weapons, the gameplay is fun and addicting and has interesting landscapes, and I love that everything moves so fast. I don't like slow games, so this is right up my alley. Would highly recommend to any gamers."
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    #11Shadow Warrior

    Shadow Warrior
    This classic vide game is a first-person shooter developed by 3D Realms. Shadow's improvements included an introduction of true room-over-room situations, the use of 3D voxels instead of 2D sprites for weapons and usable inventory items, transparent water, climbable ladders, and assorted vehicles to drive.  

    web, Windows


    Kenneth Miller
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Shadow Warrior is a super fun throwback to the simpler times in gaming. But don't let the simplicity of sorts mean the experience is lacking in complexity. You will be immersed in the depth and reactions required to complete this game. Be prepared it is difficult and you will get frustrated at times but if you like challenging ninja games this is one for you."
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    #12Shadow Blade: Reload

    Shadow Blade: Reload

    Shadow Blade is a is an action-platformer set in a visually striking world where the ancient teachings of ninjas and samurai clash upon a modern landscape. The game is for PC/Console, mobile and tablet devices developed by Dead Mage. 


    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS


    Virginia Kennedy
    Written on April 8, 2017
    "Shadow blade reload is an action packed game about ninjas. It is very realistic and the graphics are great. You can play this game on a PC, mobile or tablet device so you have many options."
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    #13Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

    Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

    Recreate all the legendary teams from Naruto Shippuden or create your own team. Players will be able to switch characters during the fight. The roster spans the Naruto Shippuden story arc and captures the latest character appearances from the anime.


    Xbox One, PlayStation 4


    Echo Shen
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Again, I was hoping to find a list of options of the best ninja-themed videos games of all time, and this is only one. But it is a classic, and it is the best in my opinion, so I agree with this result."
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    #14Shadow Warrior 2

    Shadow Warrior 2

    Shadow Warrior 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by indie studio Flying Wild Hog and published by Devolver Digital. It is the sequel to the 2013 Shadow Warrior, the reboot of the 1997 original.


    Windows, Xbox One


    Aaron Martinez
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "I am a HUGE fan of the original Shadow Warrior game, and this game just gets it all wrong. None of the humor from the original is present, and unfortunately, like most remakes, this one really misses the mark. No need to re-invent the wheel, make it fun and funny, not frustrating and un-funny."
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    #15Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
    Shadow Tactics is a hardcore tactical stealth game set in Japan around the Edo period. The player will have to face battle against conspiracy and rebellion, and recruit specialists, spies and assassins.

    Amazon, Windows, Mac, iOS

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    Eugene Rios
    Written on July 30, 2017
    "Very fun to play, the reviews on Steam show that it is really good. It is also fairly new, and the graphics are pleasant to view. It has strategy to it which I enjoyed a lot. The difficulty has several levels, which it will challenge you."


Best What are the best ninja video games of all time
1Tenchu: Stealth AssassinsGames 32 Paid
2Ninja GaidenGames 26 Paid
3ShinobiGames 25 Free
4Mark of the NinjaGames 24 Paid
5Shadow DancerGames 22 Paid
6Metal Gear Rising: RevengeanceGames 21 Paid
7Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGames 16 Paid
8The Revenge of ShinobiGames 14 Free
9Shadow of the NinjaGames 13 Paid
10STRIDERGames 12 Paid

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