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Ninja Spirit

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
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1.4
ZX Spectrum
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0.6
Arcade
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4.0

User Reviews

Excellent Action, Style and Control gone MAD! TurboGrafx-16 Vecster (24)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 2 1.8
Amstrad CPC 2 2.0
Arcade 3 4.0
Atari ST Awaiting 1 votes...
Commodore 64 2 1.4
Game Boy Awaiting 1 votes...
TurboGrafx-16 9 4.1
Wii 2 2.1
ZX Spectrum 1 0.6
Combined MobyScore 21 3.0


The Press Says

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92
TurboGrafx-16Defunct Games
You want a good reason to own a TurboGrafx-16? There is no better reason than Irem's Ninja Spirit, a 2D side scroller that is still considered one of the greatest action games of all time. Forget Ninja Gaiden or Ninja Commando, Ninja Spirit is the single best 2D ninja-based action game every released. The game is just as playable now as it was back then.
90
TurboGrafx-16Digital Press - Classic Video Games
This is one of those truly addictive action titles, the type you'll spend an entire afternoon with just trying to beat that one section that is giving you trouble. This is easily one of the best of the hu-cards and a must play if you own the system. Just stick with it in level seven. You're almost there.
87
AmigaCU Amiga
This is a game with nearly everything a reviewer should baulk at. It is a conversion and it has more Ninja per screen than you could ever begin to imagine. But it is not just a clichéd beat em up - Ninja Spirit is actually pretty nice. As usual, the plot does not hold much water. Run around killing Ninjas, bump off the end-of-level guardian. All pretty simple, but fun…
85
TurboGrafx-16Game Informer Magazine
Power-ups also make you a more lethal assassin. The bosses are impressive and the action intense. If you missed Ninja Spirit, you missed sword-slashing arcade gameplay at its finest. hang your head in shame, young grasshopper.
80
TurboGrafx-16IGN
Ninja Spirit seems to be doomed to comparison, still not escaping the shadow of Tecmo's famous Gaiden franchise over a decade and a half after its original release. And, head-to-head, Ninja Gaiden would get the nod -- but Spirit is a solid second ninja adventure that's worth consideration for another empty spot in your library. Play both, in fact, and you can avenge your father's death twice in the same day.
80
WiiIGN
Fate's been unkind to Ninja Spirit. A fine ninja action game in its own right, it's always been overshadowed by other, more well known titles like Shinobi and Ninja Gaiden. And now, here on the VC, Spirit's getting the shaft again – it's launched on the Wii Shop today right alongside its most notable rival. If you're spending your Wii Points on a download of Ninja Gaiden to get your jumping, slashing fix, you can't be faulted for that. But don't dismiss this "other" ninja game as you turn your attention to Ryu Hayabusa's original adventure – Ninja Spirit deserves your notice too.
80
AmigaZzap!
The Last Warlock is once again haunting helpless Japanese villagers, and only Tsukikage, the spirit of the white wolf, can save them. However, wielding a samurai sword with a pair of paws ain't easy so our hero has taken human form to be the ultimate ninja in this fiendishly difficult coin-op conversion.
78
Commodore 64Commodore Force
Spirits offers pretty respectable playability. It's no ground breaker, but then again, how many new concepts do you see these days.
75
TurboGrafx-16The Video Game Critic
I really liked the carnage I could unleash in Ninja Spirit. There's not much technique required, but it's definitely a good twitch game.
75
TurboGrafx-16Power Play
An den Automaten habe ich mich nie herangetraut, und so war ich froh, dieses hektische Kampfspiel in seiner ganzen grafischen Pracht auf der PC-Engine zu sehen. Mit drei Spielfiguren gleichzeitig schwächliche Feinde aufzumischen, bedeutet tatsächlich fast dreifachen Spielspaß. Präzise Steuerung und gnädige Kollisionsabfrage (die Gegner verpuffen beinahe noch, bevor die Feuertaste gedrückt wurde) schaffen schnell eine angenehme "Ich bin unbesiegbar"-Atmosphäre. Zum Glück gibt es den "Arcade"-Modus, sonst würde der Spielspaß an dieser feinen Umsetzung wahrscheinlich nicht lang anhalten.
73
AmigaAmiga Computing
I have never understood the fascination that hackneyed plot writers have for all things animal like. This predilection borders on the obsessive when the authors are Japanese, and becomes almost a fetish when the turgid prose acts as a guideline for a leapy leapy, jumpy jumpy ninja game. Ninja Spirit is the latest follower of this path, casting you as Tsukikage, the spirit of the great white wolf. Why, is what I want to know? Don’t they realise that wolves are horribly smelly, moult all over the place, have fetid breath and slobber continuously? Is this a good role model for a ninja? Or anyone bar a Millwall supporter? No, I think not. Yet in Ninja Spirit you are the spirit of this wolf, intent on slicing and dicing the beasts in the bowels of the Earth. And their masters, too. Very laudable, I am sure. Right, just a mo while put my brain in a jar for half an hour and play the game.
70
WiiEurogamer.net (UK)
Not the sort of game you should rush off to download immediately then, but if you're a fan of the side-scrolling hackenslash genre then you certainly won't feel any remorse should you fork over 600 points for this one.
70
Commodore 6464'er
Die C64-Programmierung besorgte der vom erfahrenen Automaten-Umsetzer Chris Butler. der eine erstaunlich gute Version des Spielhallenhits hingelegt hat. Bei der Grafik wurde an Farben gespart; Schönheitspreise sind hier nicht zu erwarten. Dafür schwirren Dutzende von Objekten und Gegnern über den Bildschirm, ohne daß etwas ruckt, zuckt oder flackert. Da die Steuerung sehr ausgeteilt ist, spielt sich Ninja Spirit prächtig und wird Action-Fans nicht enttäuschen. Die Levels sind etwas zu kurz geraten, doch dafür bescheren Euch die traditionellen Ober-Schurken am Ende jeder Spielstufe viel Kopfzerbrechen.
70
WiiNintendo Life
Ninja Spirit is the kind of game that doesn't require a lot of thinking and gives you the game play freedom that makes playing the game so much fun. There's a reason that most TurboGrafx-16 fans hold this game in such high regard and one quick play of the game is all the proof you'll need. Ninja Spirit is easily one of the better TG-16 games to be released on the Virtual Console to date and is a must-buy for any action / side-scroller fan. About the only downside to this title is the fact that it's a bit short in overall length. Other than that, it's top notch ninja fun!
70
TurboGrafx-16HonestGamers
Ninja Spirit is a great game and an excellent ninja game. It's certainly better than Shinobi, but falls short of Revenge of Shinobi's greatness, and pales beside Ninja Gaiden 2, which, do be fair, most games do. Still, you won't be too disappointed, and you'll be glad for the sounds you get to play by.
65
Commodore 64Power Play
Last Ninja, Dragon Ninja, Ninja Warriors – und jetzt ein bißchen Ninja-Geist mit Ninja Spirit. Der Titel ist jedoch das einzige Geistreiche an diesem Programm. Das simple Metzelspiel erreicht die Schwierigkeitsstufe "verursacht graue Haare".
63
AmigaAmiga Format
What is all this Ninja Spirit? Well, it allows the summoning of long-dead ancestors to see off present-day foes. Dealing with ancient magic, though, requires balls! Childish innuendo aside, the sphere in question are ‘spirit balls’ that give the living warrior power-ups on his sword, shuriken, rice scythes and ‘lasson ropes’- a bit of string with a blender on. All very handy, as from the word go Ninjitsu’s most unpopular man is set upon by horde after horde of blood-crazed nutters. The guy’s task is to fight his way through seven lvels of death, destruction and other distractions for no good reason whatsoever.
58
AmigaAmiga Action
Coin-op manufacturers, Irem, are better known for their two R-Type shoot'em-ups. However, in the past, they have also been responsible for the cutesy Mr. Heli and the scrolling martial arts romp, Ninja Spirits – the subject for this latest Activision conversion.
48
Atari STPower Play
Technisch ist der Ninja-Eintopf ganz passabel und bietet selbst auf dem ST tadelloses Scrolling. Der übertrieben hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad und die dürftige Originalität machen Ninja Spirit aber zu einem Fall für die Kiste mit der Aufschrift: "Spiele, die man in zwei Monaten vergessen haben wird".
48
AmigaPower Play
Last Ninja, Dragon Ninja, Ninja Warriors – und jetzt ein bißchen Ninja-Geist mit Ninja Spirit. Der Titel ist jedoch das einzige Geistreiche an diesem Programm. Das simple Metzelspiel erreicht die Schwierigkeitsstufe "verursacht graue Haare".
36
AmigaAmiga Joker
Ninja Spirit bietet sauber programmierte Durchschnittskost mit weichem Scrolling, mittelprächtiger Grafik, Düdel-Sound und einem gepfefferten Schwierigkeitsgrad. Die Frage ist nur: Wer hat nicht schon ein Dutzend solcher Games daheim?
17
AmigaAmiga Power
Fast and varied arcade conversion. Original was a production-line job, no imagination or sparkle. Awful disk accessing problems. Tedious crap.