Mini Ninjas – first-look

Mini Ninjas is set in feudal Japan, where a villain named as the Evil Samurai Warlord has returned after years of banishment and is bent on resurrecting an ancient plan to take over the world. Out of sight of the nation’s ninja peacekeepers, the Warlord builds himself an inconspicuous new pad he calls the Fortress of Doom, and sets about subverting the natural world using the power of Kuji magic.

Above screen taken from Xbox 360 version

His suspicion aroused by the disappearance of the local forest animals, a series of natural disasters and the aura of evil emanating from the general vicinity of the mysterious Lost Volcano, an elderly ninja boss chap sends out his best warrior to investigate. The warrior fails to return, and after exhausting his second, third and fourth choices in similar fashion, the master is left with only Hiro, a raw apprentice, and Futo, Hiro’s fat mate. Sensing that the end of the world is nigh, the master’s final roll of the dice is to reluctantly send Hiro and Futo on the same quest all his star pupils failed to survive.

Needless to say, Hiro turns out to be ‘the one’ and Futo is the ideal heavy-hitting backup, so perhaps the master’s judgment was a little off in the first instance. Anyway, those are the two characters you’ll have at your disposal for the entirety of the adventure, which should take upwards of 12 hours to complete, depending on how long players spend searching for optional hidden areas and secret items.

Above screen taken from Xbox 360 version

Mini Ninjas is essentially a 3D fighting game where waves of enemies line up to be smacked into oblivion by the skillful Hiro and hammer-wielding Futo. There are elements of exploration and stealth, but the biggest part of it – in the early stages we’ve seen – is all about using various unlockable combos to clobber your way through enemy patrols.

Because the Evil Samurai Warlord has been away for so long that he doesn’t have many evil samurai left to boss around, he’s been using his magic powers to convert innocent animals into his followers. Inside every enemy there’s something fluffy trying to get out, which is why the ninjas don’t want to hurt them. Beating an enemy into submission frees the creature inside – just like in Sonic the Hedgehog – and each type of soldier is built on a particular creature.


  • killerh777 - April 11, 2009 7:19 p.m.

    This looks like a good game
  • Jbo87 - April 11, 2009 6:13 p.m.

    Two main characters but you switch between them. Does this mean there's no co-op? Seems like a shame if there isn't.
  • looting - April 10, 2009 10:59 a.m.

    so its aimed at a younger audience well im looking forward to it coming out and i aint a youngster
  • DarthSackboy - April 9, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    Ooh looks nice.
  • Bigpapa360 - April 9, 2009 3:59 p.m.

    This looks pretty amazing to be honest.
  • reaper - April 9, 2009 11:02 a.m.

    ithink this game will do quite well:)
  • jmtinfinitet - August 21, 2009 6:28 p.m.

    play the demo you can download from major nelsons blog, shit is amazing, you will be super surprised.
  • crumbdunky - August 21, 2009 3:02 p.m.

    I was ignoring this as I'd just assumed it was a licensed game for some cartoon but as I'm getting sick and tired of playing Lego:whjatever next with the littlun this could be a great game to play with him instead. Like everyone ele has said if the Zelda influence shines through this could be pretty damn cool. Also as a Ratchet fan this could tide me and my little lad over for a joint playthrough til ACIT lands in the holiday season. Seeing as almost every game I was after has been moved and I just can't bring myself to be conned by IW and Activision over MW2(I don't want to feel responsible for being part of making EVERYONE'S game prices go up either!)I'll take anything I can get right about NOw-hopefully the sublime GT5 will appear soon as well.
  • r3ap3r - June 5, 2009 2:56 a.m.

    i forgot now were i got this quote but "mini ninjas reminds us of the cartoony hack and slasher the legend of zelda the windwaker".if it is then im definitely gonna look into this game.
  • BastianBond - May 14, 2009 7:43 p.m.

    just one quick question... Why DO YOU(GAMS RADAR) USE xbox360 pictures, on A Wii(WII NOT XBOX) Preview???.. thanks,
  • Cyberninja - April 14, 2009 9:36 p.m.

    hopeful this game does not suck
  • Erdie - April 13, 2009 3:57 a.m.

    3D fighter with exploration? Sold.

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