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Mini Ninjas - Playstation 3

by Square Enix
Everyone 10+
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews) 73 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation 3
  • First E-rated game by renowned storyline and character-driven developer, IO Interactive, makers of Hitman and Kane & Lynch.
  • Epic adventure appealing to all ages. No killing. When an enemy is defeated it is transformed into its original innocent animal form, restoring balance.
  • Beautiful, distinct, highly appealing and original art style.
  • A motley crew of 6 playable characters: Hiro, Futo, Suzume, Tora, Shun & Kunoichi.
  • Play as Mini Ninjas with cool ninja weapons, moves and powerful spells.
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Product Details

Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0023CC0M4
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,565 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation 3

Product Description

You are the last Ninja that anyone would expect to save the world. Yet that is exactly what you’re called to do when an Evil Samurai Warlord hatches a plan bent on total domination. Use your special Ninja training to battle a magical army of twisted Samurai, ride the rapids of the Great Central River, walk into the very heart of the Lost Volcano, and finally confront the Samurai Warlord in his Evil Fortress of Doom. Play as Hiro and other Mini Ninjas, combining your ninja skills, weapons & kuji magic powers in an epic & challenging adventure to restore harmony to the world.

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A single player action/adventure game, Mini Ninjas puts a new spin on the video game favorite, ninja action genre. A kid-friendly game featuring no killing and an engrossing storyline, which players explore via six playable ninja characters, players take on the role of Hiro and the fellow members of his improbable ninja clan as they face an ancient evil that has returned to impose itself on the world. Each ninja utilizes authentic ninja weapons and moves, and possesses his/her own individual skill set, including mysterious "kuji magic" abilities.

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Hiro using a sword against enemies in 'Mini Ninjas'
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Hiro using kuji magic in 'Mini Ninjas'
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Hiro taking on a huge boss in 'Mini Ninjas'
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Story
In Mini Ninjas the main character is the small ninja, Hiro. Although he has shown great promise, Hiro is the last ninja that anyone would expect to save the world, yet that is exactly what he is called to do when an evil samurai warlord hatches a plan bent on total world domination. In this plan the evil lord attempts to recapture the dominion he held prior to previously being cast out by creating an army of samurai slaves out of innocent animals. In the process of doing this he also upsets the natural balance of the the world, causing catastrophic storms. This the mini ninjas can not stand for. Armed with authentic ninja weapons and powerful spells, Hiro must rescue the fellow ninjas of his clan who the warlord has captured and then lead them on an exciting journey to battle the magical army of twisted Samurai.

Gameplay
In Mini Ninjas players have their choice of six playable ninja characters, although as the game begins you will be limited to the main character, Hiro, and his comrade, the slow, but strong un-ninja like Futo. As part of the revealing of the storyline, players are tasked with searching out Hiro's fellow ninjas, who at the beginning of the game were sent out to investigate troubles in the land, but never returned. They were captured by the evil warlord. As Hiro and Futo set each of these free, they in turn become playable characters. Each of the six playable characters has unique abilities, and utilizes a variety of ninja-specific weapons, items and moves, as well as "Kuji Magic," which each--especially Hiro--can use to help them against enemies. These uses include classic mana-like blasts, but also more surprising and powerful forms such as the ability to take animal form in time of need.

A New Kind of Ninja
Mini Ninjas is an action adventure game with a fresh take on the ninja fascination that has long been part of video games culture. Designed to be kid-friendly, although the game utilzes realistic ninja weapons and moves, there is no actual killing. Because the evil ninjas and other enemies that players face are actually animals captured by the evil warlord, when they are defeated they revert back to their original animal forms, correcting the imbalance that the plans of the samurai warlord have caused, and ensuring game suitability for all ages of players.

Key Game Features

  • 6 playable Mini Ninjas, each with his own unique strengths and abilities.
  • Authentic ninja weapons and moves.
  • Kuji magic spells that help you control animals, enemies and the powers of nature.
  • Versatile ninja hats that can be used as vehicles and shields.
  • Huge boss battles.
  • No killing – when an enemy is defeated, it’s transformed into its original animal form.
  • Beautiful, distinctive and original art-stylization.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Different October 11, 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Over the last 10 years, the video gaming industry has tended toward releasing ever more gussied up versions of Doom. Typical selling points have been realistic gore and hardware pushing eye candy. Mini Ninjas is a great break from that world!

The back story in Mini Ninjas is a simple one. You are among the last of the ninjas left and you must find out what has happened to the others. It is a bit predictable, right down to an "evil master", but the simplicity actually helps. The world of Mini Ninjas is basically Kung Fu Panda meets Lord of the Rings. You travel through a fantasy land filled with forests, rivers, mountains and valleys, but also peasants, villages, dojos, and temples. There is a bit of mild humor as well as a tad bit of stereo typing ancient East Asian (Japanese) culture, but not so much as to offend. The graphics are well done and in a 3d animation style reminiscent of Pixar. The story and play evolve just enough to keep a general player interested without creating confusion. In a move of genius, the IO Interactive managed to temper any violence in the game with back story - enemies a player defeats do not "die", but rather revert back to their innocent animal selves right in front of the player. This greatly broadens the age group the game is appropriate for and may also be appealing to the older gamer who is simply looking for some clean fun. There are trophies and optional side quests - some rather difficult. The control configuration is easy to pick up and intuitive if you are playing on a console you are familiar with.

That said, there are a few blemishes. The MSRP for PS3 and Xbox is a tad higher than deserved, however, the street price (~10 USD less at the time of writing) is justified. This is also not a game for speed players.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essentially Perfect May 22, 2010
By Kuvak
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I admit I was at first turned-off by the somewhat childish cartoon graphic style this game employs, but thankfully I was interested enough to download the demo of this game, and after playing it only a few minutes, I knew I had to buy it. After having bought it and played it through, I can not find anything significantly wrong with this game, so I'm going to call it essentially perfect.

Pros:
It has a perfect control scheme, which I don't really see anyone else talk about, but which I consider very important, so let me describe it briefly:
Left stick controls your character, as in many other games
Right stick controls the camera, which I really like, and has option to invert, which is even better
Square is normal attack
Triangle is special attack
X is jump
Circle is sprint which consumes energy to run fast
L1 brings up a quick character selection menu
Holding L2 makes the character sneak
R1 brings up a quick item/spell menu, that selects which item/spell is activated by pressing...
R2 activates selected item/spell (can include shuriken, spells, potions, bombs)
R3 toggles the hat-boat item

I've been playing games since 1980 on the Commodore Vic-20, and my favorite games of the past have been Mario and Maximo games, but this game is easily as good as those games, in my opinion. It has a perfectly balanced play control scheme, well balanced difficulty that is fun, but not too hard to frustrate the player, with the default game difficulty being perfect for non-gamers, and the Hard mode preferred for players with more experience under their belts (though even that mode isn't too hard).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're Lovin' it June 2, 2010
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Bought this game for the kids & hubby after they rented it for a few days. They are all enjoying it. My 5 yr old likes it so much he kept asking to play it but with limited screen time it took him a little while to work his way through the game. I don't personally play but I watch and I also think the way the Samari say Mini Nijas is funny. :) Enjoyable game. Not too complicated but hard enough to teach a lesson to the kids to keep trying something even if they aren't good at it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps the Kids Entertained August 27, 2011
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I have to admit... I am not a gamer at all. My reviews are solely based on the interest my kids (including my husband) shows on any given game AND if they CONTINUE to play and advance through the games.
This game is a hit at my house.
As long as everybody leaves me alone, I know their interest is held. As long as I don't hear any arguing or fussing, I know a strategy is being put together in their minds on how to defeat the bad guys.
My kids are 8 , 11, 16, and 39 and this game fits all of them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas gift January 4, 2012
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
this game is a gift for my grand children for christmas they really love it the price was great and got it in a timely manner @ no problems at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fun for all ages! November 13, 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is the best the PS3 has to offer to the pre-teen age group, bar-none. But surprisingly, even in my 20's I find this game very addictive and fun. Mini Ninjas is a refreshingly simple yet fun action/adventure game that leads you to beautiful landscapes and intriguing possibilities.

You take control of 6 ninjas in all, but the main one, Hiro, is who you will be using predominantly. There is a lot of criticism that the other ninjas are useless or at least close to, but I've found that nearly every ninja serves a purpose. Besides the main one, there is one who specializes taking out the bigger enemies, one who uses a surprisingly useful bow as a weapon, and one or two others have a trophy linked to them, so that makes using them more appealing. The first two I mentioned along with Hiro are the ones I use predominantly, but each has their own style. Still, Hiro is the only one who can cast magic which makes him much more useful than the rest.

The game takes you on a marvelous journey from expansive forests to dark graveyards to icy peaks and even a variety of looming castles where enemy bosses lay in wait. The bosses are quite humorous typically, and the crazy rants of the average enemy make this game very entertaining along the way. There are many ways to get past certain situations, so it just depends on your playing style. A word of warning to hardcore gamers, however: since this is a game aimed at a younger audience, the difficulty isn't exactly high by any means. I'm about through the game my first time on hard, and I've only died maybe 3 or 4 times at most.

So if you want a game that's fun for anyone in the family, or you just happen to like ninjas, then pick up this game. This was somewhat of an impulse buy for me, but I was happy I listened to that little voice in my head instead of the reviews online. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
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