The diminutive dojo-don known simply as 'Ninja' high-kicks his way through this 'Junior Shinobi' 3D action adventure
Basing your game around a ninja should make it a dead-cert for a success - after all, ninjas are by their very nature the coolest characters ever. And let's face it, who wouldn't want to run around felling opponents with a single flick of their katana, or lobbing shuriken into the faces of unsuspecting bad guys, eh? Now let that ninja run along walls, swing over gaps and grind along rails and you don't just have a ninja - you've got I-Ninja!
The mini-martial artist decides to take up his sword and master his craft when his entire clan is slain by the evil Master O'Dor and his brutal army of Ranx. Vowing sweet revenge, Ninja makes it his mission to find this murderous dictator, and wipe out his goons while he's at it. Receiving guidance from his old, wise, and slightly dead Sensei (cryptically monikered 'Sensei', in case you're wondering), Ninja sets out on a journey to find justice for his family and friends, and to give his extensive armoury a serious work-out.
He may be an accomplished warrior, but Ninja still has much to learn. As you step into his tiny tabi, you'll need to search for Rage Stones to unlock the anger he's bottled up inside. Once Ninja goes on a rampage, and starts slicing and dicing the enemy, you can top-up a rage meter that sends the little fella into 'Beserka' mode, decimating any opponents in his path. Handy. In-between the cartoon killings Ninja can explore his surroundings via the medium of jumps, double-jumps and swings.
Ninja also has a rather neat way of getting around, using momentum to get into those hard-to-reach baddie hiding places. Ninja can grind along rails, and employ his natty ninja-copter for aerial assaults too. There's a distinctly unstealthy array of weaponry for you to get your mucky paws on too, with Ninja toting everything from the traditional ninja shuriken to the somewhat unsubtle guided missiles for making an entrance.
- Fight level bosses to gain new belts and improve Ninja's skill
- Grind along rails or take to the skies with the ninja-copter
- Wipe out those pesky bad guys with an impressive array of ninja weaponry
www.nintendo.com – Nintendo GameCube:
Contributed by DreinIX (9427) on Apr 14, 2008.
Back of Case - PlayStation 2:
I Ninja, U Cool.
A new action star slices his way onto the scene in Namco's hijinks-heavy jump-and-slash adventure.
Bursting with humor, variety and big, bold action, I-Ninja is one of the best platformers ever for the GCN. Following the premature passing of his teacher, Sensei, fighter-in-training Ninja goes on quests through five locations to collect the impossibly powerful Rage Stones. As Ninja blasts through the villain O-Dor's mechanoid Ranx army, he grinds rails, flies off half-pipes, uses his sword to hover like a helicopter, swings over gaps, performs wall jumps and double jumps. Then he really gets busy! Between all-out platform levels, the hero blasts attacking ships from a turret and commands a 150-foot-tall robot in a boxing match against another mechanical behemoth. He even rolls, Marble Madness-style, on a giant steel ball through tubes and over ledges. Now that's fun!
A raging new video game hero with acrobatic finesse and frenzied fighting techniques
- Eye-bowling, robot boxing and other zany activities
- Perfect level design and play control from developer Argonaut make the game constantly challenging, but rarely frustrating
- Belt-earning and sword-upgrading systems give the character the power to move on
- Brilliant dialogue and voice acting carry the story with humor and style
- Cut scenes created by Don Bluth Films provide an excellent eye-candy reward for completing large sections of the game
Open-ended area design allows the player to pick and choose among the game's 64 levels and skip through sections without completing every challenge. Some of the skippable levels are rehashes of previous levels, only with new goals. By making the grade in each challenge, the player earns an award that goes toward receiving higher ninja belts, which give Ninja access to more areas. Members of the Ranx army populate most levels. By defeating large numbers of them, the player can upgrade Ninja's sword.
Colorful cartoon-quality graphics and wonderful sound contribute to an overall atmosphere that makes the world of I-Ninja a great place to visit. The cut scenes fit seamlessly into the action and tell a fun-filled, laugh-riot of a story that is loaded with twists and turns. Add brilliant characters and fantastic play control, and you have a great game that is worthy of multiple plays.
Hold on for a wild ride! I-Ninja is a breath of fresh 3-D-platforming air that will knock action gamers for a loop. And with a new offer from Namco, you'll receive Pac-Man Vs. free with your I-Ninja purchase--a sweet deal.
Contributed by Evil Ryu (49843) on Jul 14, 2005.
No one's taller than the last man standing.
Contributed by Paul Sinnett (496) on Jan 24, 2004.