The Ninja Warriors

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The Ninja Warriors
System(s): PC Engine, Virtual Console (Wii)
Publisher: Taito
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
PC Engine
¥6,2006,200 TP01002
Wii Virtual Console
Non-NEC versions


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The Ninja Warriors (ニンジャウォーリアーズ) is a beat-'em-up originally developed by Taito for the arcades. It was brought to the PC Engine in 1989 exclusively for Japan.


The game is set in a dystopian future where Banglar, the President of the United States in 1993, has declared martial law nationwide. A group of anarchist scientists led by Mulk decide that it is time to revolt against the government. Knowing full well that fighting the military themselves would be suicidal, the scientists create two powerful androids to carry out the mission for them. The robots, code-named "Kunoichi" (red female) and "Ninja" (blue male), are sent by the scientists to end Banglar's tyranny once and for all.


The game is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up, and only single player is available in this version. Players take control of Kunoichi or Ninja and fight wave after wave of Banglar forces, and the player's character can be chosen by pressing  SELECT  on the title screen. Both characters play identically. The ninjas move with and and jump with . They crouch with and can walk while crouching with and . Some stages have stairs, which are ascended with and and descended with and .

The ninjas attack with a short-range kunai slash with . Holding guards, which can deflect certain attacks. Jumping while guarding somersaults. The ninjas can also throw long-range shurikens with . The shurikens are limited in supply; some of the tougher enemies reward the player with 5 shurikens when defeated.

The ninjas have health meters that empty as they take damage from foes. As their health goes down, their skin and clothing tears away, revealing the robots underneath. The ninjas are destroyed after losing all of their health, but they can be revived if the player has credits remaining, of which they have a total of four. Stages are also timed, and the ninjas are destroyed if time runs out. The ninjas start over with full health, 30 shurikens, and 300 seconds of time at the beginning of each stage and after reviving.

The options menu allows the player to change the playable characters' colours as well as increase the time limit to 360 seconds and change difficulty.





Military Base




Building Area


Underground Waterway


Banglar Mansion

Production credits

  • Produced by: Keisuke Hasegawa
  • Directed by: Shouji Takahashi
  • Written by: Onijust
  • Director Of Software: Orihasam
  • Programmers: Haruo Suzuki, Youichi Ito, Drunker Kzm, Masahiro Atsuji
  • Production Designer: Tsutinari Nishiki
  • Character Designers: Yuji Koga, Nishiyaman, Tsutinari Nishiki
  • Background Designer: Nishiyaman
  • Music Composed and Directed by: OGR (Zuntata)
  • Sound Editor: Wizardry Master (Zuntata)
  • Sound Hardware Designer: Yukiyoshi Toyoshima
  • Game Checker: Talk Uchimura, Yukiyoshi Toyoshima, Nanno KHK, Yoshiharu Satou
  • Special Thanks: Yukiwo Ishikawa, Masami Kikuchi, Naoko Matumoto, Yoshihiro Wakita, Mayuko Kakei, Onijust
  • Game Designed by: Yuji Koga
(C) Taito Corporation 1989
All Rights Reserved
In-game credits (JP)

Magazine articles

Main article: The Ninja Warriors/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

NEC Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №1, p63[1]
82 №94, p99[2]
50 №20, p14[3]
PC Engine
Based on
3 reviews

PC Engine, JP
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
PC Engine
CRC32 96e0cd9d
MD5 cd67ad6c5e69636c63d5cda218471738
SHA-1 27f30fa4eb12856bd21279e96d1764bba531432f
384kB Card (JP)


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