Shadow of the Ninja

Shadow of the Ninja (NES)




Game Rating

User Ratings: 170

Our Review: 7/10


Also Known As
Blue Shadow (EU title)
Number of Players
Release Date


  • JP 10th Aug 1990
  • US Jan 1991
  • EU 25th Jul 1991

Wii (Wii Shop)

  • US 14th Jun 2010, 500 points
  • EU 9th Jul 2010, 600 points

3DS eShop

  • EU 4th Dec 2014, £3.49
  • US 29th Jan 2015, $4.99

Wii U eShop

  • EU 4th Dec 2014, £3.49
  • US 29th Jan 2015, $4.99
Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online

Screenshots (6)

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  • Review Shadow of the Ninja (3DS eShop / NES)

    Gaming pleasure and pain, oh look it's ninjas again

    There's a great moment early on in Shadow of the Ninja where an armoured trooper stands atop a ledge occasionally shooting at you. You can't simply wait for the firing to stop before attacking as the gun doubles as a shield against your slashing blade. As you contemplate jumping between bullets to...

  • Review Shadow of the Ninja (Wii U eShop / NES)

    Go ninja, go ninja GO!

    Ninjas really were a hot ticket back in the '90s. The Turtles were making TV and toy executives money hand over fist, and children became so caught up in the craze they had the sheer gall to drag their parents into the cinema to watch dreck like Surf Ninjas. Yep, it was a great time to be a kid. The trend bled into gaming and...

  • Review Shadow of the Ninja (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

    Ninja master or a shadow of glory?

    Ninjas suddenly gained popularity during the 1980s, what with their cool moves, cool clothes and unashamed ability to kick ass. It's murky as to why exactly this happened but the legacy left within the fields of media was huge, ranging from the American Ninja films, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Last Ninja...

About The Game

Mad emperor Garuda holds the city in his grasp. Only two brave warriors dare to stand against him.

Playing solo or co-op with a friend, you'll slice, bomb and shuriken your way through Garuda's army of vicious soldiers, agile ninja and monstrous robots. Use your skills to hang from moving platforms, leap over lethal pitfalls and dodge diabolical traps. Collect deadly power-ups to give yourself an edge – if you can hold on to them. It'll take all of your platforming prowess to navigate the game's 13 intense levels and bring justice to Garuda!