Ninja Warriors (SNES)
200x100 GFX Company: Taito, Natsume
Genre: Beat 'em up
Released: USA: 1994 JPN: 1994
From the introduction of the Japanese version's English text:
This once great and opulent nation, is now in the midst of a terrible crisis. Banglar the tyrant, having become the ruler of this nation, used his powerful army to oppress the population.
Having been brainwashed, the people had lost their power to think for themselves. The society was in ruins, and what was once a great economic power lie in darkness.

However, there was a ray of light left.
A small but powerful underground opposition force led by Mulk was mounting a great campaign to overthrow Banglar and restore light to the nation.

Banglar was to be assassinated by using the force of three androids. An android strong enough to crush Banglar's armed forces would take a long time to develop, and by the time the testing stage had been reached, time had run out. Banglar gathered his forces to crushs the resistance. Here and there, the resistance force was quickly and severely defeated.
The resistance force was no match for Banglar's overwhelming force. With no time left, the untested androids had to be used.
"Your mission is to overthrow the despotic regime and assassinate Banglar."

With this, the final battle had begun.

From the introduction of the US version:
This once great and wealthy nation lay in the midst of a terrible crisis. The tyrant, Banglar, used his forces to strike fear and terror into the people. Once brainwashed, they lost the power to think for themselves.

The society was ruined. What was once a great economic power lay in darkness.

However, a single ray of hope remained. A small, powerful band of underground revolutionaries, led by the famous "Mulk", launched a great campaign to overthrow Banglar and restore freedom to the nation.

Banglar would be deposed by employing a unique squad of three androids. Creating a technology strong enough to defeat Banglar's forces took time to develop.

Just as the testing stage was reached, the tide turned against Mulk and his brave followers.

Banglar unleashed his troops to crush the resistance once and for all. The attack was swift and sudden.
Only one option was left: The untested androids had to be used.
"Your mission is to overthrow the regime and depose Banglar."

With this order, the final battle began.

Called Ninja Warriors Again in Japan, this game is either the sequel to the original Ninja Warriors or a retelling since both have the same exact story. Kunoichi appears just as she did in the original game, Ninja may or may not be a redesigned version of the original blue ninja and Kamaitachi is an all new character. Oddly enough, the face of the original blue ninja appears in a split screen with Kunoichi during the introduction cinema. Drone enemies like the cap-wearing soldiers, beret-wearing soldiers, fire-breathing ninja, and oni-masked ninja return as well. Even a few backgrounds like the military base appear in a new form.

Taito outsourced the game development to Natsume just like they did with the SNES version of Kiki Kai Kai (also known as Pocky and Rocky). Natsume has created it's own classic ninja game, the criminally slept-on NES platformer Shadow of the Ninja. The heroes in that game just happen to be a male ninja in blue and a female ninja in red who must fight a futuristic military force.

While the cyborg ninja heroes in the game don't show the battle damage seen in the original arcade game, the damage happens all at once as soon as their lifebars drop to zero and they begin to explode.
Player Characters:
Kamaitachi Kunoichi Ninja
Screenshots (click to see full-sized):
Start Screen Select Player Kunoichi vs. Boss 1 Kamaichi vs Boss 2 Ninja vs. Boss 4
ScrollBoss Section Links:
Sprites - Ninja Warriors series
Custom Sprites - Taito sprite edits
Tips and Cheats - Area Select code
Beats of Rage - enemy Soldier character (incomplete)
Logos - Ninja Warriors series logos
Mini Logos - Taito section
Minus World - replaced female enemies talked about in 'Sidbillies'

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