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The Ninja Warriors (Arcade)

The Ninja Warriors Arcade Machine
Genre: Action
Perspective: Side view
Visual: 2D scrolling
Gameplay: Beat 'em up / brawler
Interface: Direct control
Published by: Taito Corporation
Developed by: Taito Corporation
Released: 1988
Platforms: Arcade Machine, Super Nintendo (SNES), SEGA CD / Mega-CD

Two players can take on the role of two ninja robots - a woman in red and a man in blue. You go ahead and beat everything that comes to hand - basically everything. Basically, it's a bitmap like Double Dragon, except you can't move up and down the area, so pretty much every stage is one big, long, flat hallway. Towards the end of the game, there are stairs to climb up, and it's about as exciting as it gets. You have two attacks - you can either pierce the bad guys with your painfully short kunai (knives) or throw shurikens, which are actually weaker and in limited numbers. Most of the standard enemies take one or two hits, but there are a few tougher opponents like warriors, camouflaged snipers, and claw guys that pose some threat. You can also block incoming attacks by holding down the Attack button. At some point in level two, you'll need to take out a tank with only your meager arsenal - which would be cool if you didn't have to fight the same tank multiple times throughout the game. Since there are only two buttons, you need to press "Up" on the joystick to jump, although given that there are no platforms in the game, you only use this to avoid the line of fire. The super move is performed as follows: holding "Attack" and pressing "Up", the character will flip through the attacks of opponents.