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Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance (Electron)

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Print advertisement - Power Play 12/1988:

    Das ist das Letzt!

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Back Cover - ZX Spectrum (UK):
    Once beaten, but not destroyed, the evil Shogun Kunitoki used all his mystic powers to transport himself through time and establish a new empire of tyranny in modern day Manhattan.

    In fear of Kunitoki's growing powers, the arcane gods use all their wisdom to bring you, the Last Ninja, across the abyss of time and confront your arch-enemy once more.

    You arrive in this frightening and awesome modern world bringing nothing with you save your intelligence, skill and cunning and a burning desire for vengeance.

    Will this be the final battle? Can you vanquish Kunitoki once and for all?

    To help you complete your quest we give you free. . .
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    Contributed by Jeanne (75604) on Apr 17, 2011.

Back of Box - Commodore 64 (US):
    Full Martial Arts Action
    Fight through over 30 enemies in 7 challenging levels.

    A Variety of Lethal Weapons
    Dispose of this Shogun thug, and his shurikens and pass keys are yours.

    Detailed 3-D Graphics/6 Soundtracks
    Lost in the sewer? Meet those baby gators flushed under the city years ago.

    NINJAS INVADE N.Y.

    The Daily E

    Back With A Vengeance

    New York: An elite corps of Ninja Warriors has unleashed a fury of ruthless violence on the streets of Manhattan, according to Police Commissioner Mark Cale.

    Though the identities and motives of the black-clad assailants are unknown, a centuries-old vendetta is thought to be behind the rash of killings.

    "We've armed ourselves with nunchukas, shurikens, and swords in order to deal with this threat," said Cale.

    Amidst a general clamor for protection, Cale asks that people avoid Central Park and its environs during the current unrest.

    A City on Edge:
    Culture of Violence


    Contributed by JudgeDeadd (12363) on Jan 09, 2010.

www.commodoregaming.com – Wii (UK):
    The Ninja, known as the Mystic Shadow Warriors, were the elite fighting force of Ninth Century Feudal Japan. The evil Shogun Kunitoki has once been beaten but has gathered all his mystic powers to create a modern day tyranny in Manhattan.Encounter your arch-enemy Kunitoki within the urban jungle and conquer him with your Ninja style skills.

    Transported to Manhattan of 1988 by an unknown force, the Ninja leader Armakuni needs to find a way to defend himself against the unknown dangers that lie before him.

    Will this be the final battle ? Can you vanquish the evil Kunitoki once and for all ?

    Contributed by gamewarrior (5065) on Aug 22, 2008.

U.K. Advertisement:
    Born in a time of peace, lived in a time of war;
    the shadow warrior returns. Leaping the abyss of
    time he comes to fulfil his destiny!

    DATELINE: 1988 Manhattan THE TIME: Now
    THE QUEST: to destroy the eternal evil... KUNITOKI!

    Contributed by *Katakis* (37838) on Apr 19, 2006.

Unknown Source:
    The Ninja, known as the Mystic Shadow Warriors, were the elite fighting force of Ninth Century Feudal Japan. They were dedicated to the fine tuning of their bodies into killing machines. Their attributes were many and varied; they were masters of weapon craft, assassination, stealth and invisibility and many believed them to be in control of the supernatural. A real master of the art of Ninjutsu could even anticipate an opponent's moves...and thoughts.

    To achieve this high level of skill all initiates had to undergo years of rigorous training. Correct application of these skills required cunning, dexterity and total mind control. Students of the Ninja arts drove themselves on try to achieve the state of self-perfection and a closeness to their god. Therefore martial arts fighting disciplines became the highest, most honorable path to this perfection. Unfortunately, some Ninja were to abuse their powers...

    The Ninja were nearly wiped out of existence during a purge in the Twelfth Century. But now they are back and more powerful than ever...Back with a vengeance!

    The struggle with the Evil Shogun, Kunitoki, had taken its toll. For many months after regaining control over the island of Lin Fen, Armakuni, the new master of the Ninjutsu, fell into a deep depression at the loss of his brethren. He reflected again and again upon his struggle against Kunitoki, and always came to the same conclusion - it was only the end of a battle, not the end of the war.

    After more than a year of languishing upon Lin Fen, Armakuni was prepared to reinstate the way of the Shadow Warrior to its former glory. With the Koga scrolls in his possession all that Armakuni needed now were the disciples to follow his guidance and the teachings of the ancient manuscripts.

    As the word spread around the mainland that a new master had the scrolls and was about to begin training, the men began to arrive. They were the sons of the fighting elite - the Samurai.

    A new order of Ninja slowly began to take shape. But this time the training was going to be more intense than ever before. Never again would they be caught off guard and be defeated without honor.

    During a training session of the Inner Circle - the Master's elite of the elite - a strange feeling came over the class. It was as if time had abruptly stood still, as if they were the only people left in the world. As Armakuni rose from his meditating position a strange pulsating light enshrouded him. Concerned with what they saw, the class tried to rise and go to Armakuni's assistance.
    But they were fixed in their positions, no one could move.

    The intensity of the light grew around Armakuni until all who were witnessing the scene were forced to cover their eyes. When the light faded and finally disappeared, the students leapt to their feet. What had happened ? Where was the master ?

    "What is happening ?" shouted Armakuni. But no one could hear him. It was as if he was invisible and in a sound proof glass box. Why wasn't his class rushing to his aid to help him break free ? Why did he feel the sharp thorns of fear, while inside he was calm as the deep seas ? What game the ancients playing with him ? His questions found no answers as he slipped unwillingly into unconsciousness.

    Slowly Armakuni clawed his way back through the darkness of deep sleep, back to where he felt safe. As he forced his eyes open, he was greeted by a sight that his experiences could not have prepared him for.

    Armakuni is now standing on a hard wooden floor surrounded by strange objects that vaguely remind him of musical instruments. Behind him is a curtain parted slightly in the middle. As he tries to focus his eyes on his surroundings his mind is sent spinning. He sees strange gigantic shapes, covered with mirrors, reaching to the very doorstep of the heavens.

    "Where am I ?" Shouts Armakuni. Trying to get some control over his rushing emotions he calls upon all of his reserves of courage. He must try to make sense of the insanity surrounding him. Taking a moment to meditate, Armakuni suddenly experiences a strange and chilling sensation. There is a force in this land, a force he has not felt since the final battle with the Evil Shogun, Kunitoki.

    "Could he be here ? Has some cruel trick of fate brought the two of us together once again ?" thinks Armakuni. As these thoughts rush through his mind, Armakuni begins to realise that their destinies must be forever intertwined and wherever evil forces try to hold sway over mankind, Armakuni is the one chosen to vanquish it.

    Armakuni's immediate concern is to explore his surroundings. He must find some means of defending himself against the unknown dangers that lie before him. Although Armakuni was torn from his own time with nothing more than the clothes on his back, he has total belief in his abilities.

    Contributed by Macintrash (2510) on May 13, 2000.