Shadow of the Ninja (NES)

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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 Choose character
Shadow of the Ninja NES These will tackle you and push you all the way to the beginning of the level
Shadow of the Ninja NES Getting ready to use the hook weapon
Shadow of the Ninja NES European title screen

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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. Hannu Siivonen (18) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews Aug 14, 2010 17 out of 20 85 May 11, 2013 B+ 83
The DOS Spirit Dec 14, 2013 5 out of 6 83
VideoGame Apr, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RetroGame Man Jun 06, 2017 7 out of 10 70
Retrogaming History Apr 03, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Nintendo Power Magazine Feb, 1991 3.3 out of 5 66
Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) Jun, 1991 3 out of 5 60
Retro Game Reviews 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.
Gonchi (3709) added Shadow of the Ninja (NES) on Aug 27, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (143784) and Michael Cassidy (20959)