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In the 21st century, the evil Emperor Garuda has taken over the city of New York, killing many of its inhabitants. You play as either Hayate or Kaede, two ninjas who are attempting to free the city from Garuda's control.

Shadow of the Ninja is a typical side-scrolling action game, consisting of running, slashing and jumping through 5 levels, each with 4 sub-stages with numerous and varied foes, and a boss enemy at their end.

Kaede and Hayate can not only jump; as ninjas, they can hang from platforms and make swift saltomortals between floors. Sometimes, canisters containing powerups can be found. Typical powerups extend range of the default sword, or they may be additional weapons such as throwing stars and a ninja weapon that looks like a big grappling hook on a string.

As with a great many NES action games, but unlike the very similar (and tangentially related) Ninja Gaiden series, the game allows two players to play cooperatively.


Shadow of the Ninja NES Game over
Shadow of the Ninja NES Shot down
Shadow of the Ninja NES Platforms rotating around on the big wheels
Shadow of the Ninja NES Starting out

Promo Images

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Shadow of the Ninja Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "闇の仕事人 KAGE" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Yami no Shigotonin Kage" -- Japanese title
  • "Blue Shadow" -- European title

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User Reviews

Learn the way of the ninja, and enjoy while at it. NES Hannu Siivonen (18)

Critic Reviews NES Aug 14, 2010 17 out of 20 85 NES May 11, 2013 B+ 83
The Video Game Critic NES Nov 05, 2008 B+ 83
The DOS Spirit NES Dec 14, 2013 5 out of 6 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Oct, 1990 32 out of 40 80
VideoGame NES Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retrogaming History NES Apr 03, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Feb, 1991 3.3 out of 5 66
Nintendo Life Wii Jun 18, 2010 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Retro Game Reviews NES May 07, 2016 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50


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Unlike most NES games, the PAL release of Blue Shadow has been reprogrammed so that the music does not run any slower.
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