NINJAS!

Ninjas were pretty big business when I was a kid. Of course, they've never really disappeared. I mean, I know it's their job to disappear, but I'm saying they've always been around in popular culture in one form or another. You with me? Cool.

When I was younger, there were more video games with ninjas than you could shake a bo at. As the years have passed I have played and collected a fair few of them. Here are some of the more noteworthy ninja sims of my past...

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Edited by lockwoodx

What no Kareteka? Oh man,.... you missed one of the legendary PC ninja games. This should replace bad dudes asap.

Posted by buzz_clik
@Buzzkill: Heh. Nah, I played a buttload of Karateka. But I reckon that's more regular martial arts dudes beating the ki out of each other, rather than the black-clad shadowy assassins.
 
Great game, though, fer sure; walking backwards off the cliff at the start is still funny.
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Edited by ahoodedfigure

I got burned out on ninja after a while, but the history of actual historical ninja I've found to be much more interesting than the stuff I remember from growing up.  No super powers, obviously, but an interesting counterpoint to the samurai honor system.
 
I played the Atari 7800 Karateka before the Apple version and...  well...  I'm curious if ANYONE has beaten the 7800 version.

Posted by buzz_clik
@ahoodedfigure said:
" I got burned out on ninja after a while, but the history of actual historical ninja I've found to be much more interesting than the stuff I remember from growing up.  No super powers, obviously, but an interesting counterpoint to the samurai honor system. "
A mate of mine at school (heya, Scott Lawson) was really into feudal Japan and all of its history and stories. I think I was leaning more towards the superficial ninjas-are-cool-because-they-throw-pointy-shit side of things, but I still learned some of the serious stuff courtesy of my knowledgeable friend.
 
But ninjas totally jumped backwards into trees, right? That's still historically accurate, I'm pretty sure.
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Posted by ahoodedfigure
@buzz_clik said:
 But ninjas totally jumped backwards into trees, right? That's still historically accurate, I'm pretty sure. "

No, no, that was just a myth.  All they could do was run on water and jump out of salad bowls.