The nasty, nasty weapons of Ninja Blade

Ninjas, blood and really, really sharp weapons. No matter how many games and consoles pass us by over the years, these three things will never grow old. So despite the fact that Microsoft has already given us Ninja Gaiden II and Tenchu Z, we’re ready and willing for more.

Can the upcoming Ninja Blade deliver? Scheduled for release exclusively on Xbox 360 sometime in 2009, the game promises to include everything you’d expect - lots of gore, lots of magic, lots of stylish moves – as well as some stuff you might not expect like grenades, tanks, modern Tokyo settings and an apocalyptic zombie virus.

But the real draw of any ninja title, of course, are those bloody sharp weapons. Today, we’re bringing you an exclusive first look at the game’s swords, sorcery and enemy-exploding abilities. Check them out below and then share your thoughts on Ninja Blade’s potential in our comments.

Editor’s Note: Weapon and ability descriptions provided by Microsoft.

As you progress in the game, you will gain three different swords.  As you defeat enemies, you can collect the red Blood Crystals that fall from their bodies and use the energy in these crystals to strengthen your swords.  These upgrades will change the weapon design, fortify attack levels, and learn new moves and combos.

Oni-Slayer Blade

This sword balances power with speed.  It is your default weapon.

Twin Falcon Knives

These dual short swords allow for quick, flowing combos, but their attacks are not strong.

Stonerender Sword

Slow and heavy, this great sword’s devastating attacks break through armor.


Ninja masters can channel their chi to manipulate the world around them. This ability is called Ninjutsu. As you progress, you will learn three forms of Ninjutsu, each harnessed within a special shuriken.

Cyclone Shuriken

Control the power of the wind.

Attack: Unleash a blast of air that tears into enemies and knocks them off their feet.

Environmental Use: Throw the Cyclone Shuriken at flames to extinguish them so you can pass through burning areas safely.

Flame Shuriken

Control the power of fire.

Attack: Toss a flaming shuriken at enemies that explodes upon impact.

Environmental Use: Throw the Flame Shuriken at plant-type barriers to destroy them and clear your path, or throw it at plant-type enemies to set them on fire and light up dark rooms.

Lightning Shuriken

Control the power of electricity.

Attack: Summon a lightning storm that auto-targets enemies, or create a wall of static energy that blocks projectiles and shocks anyone who touches it.

Environmental Use: Throw the Lightning Shuriken at water to charge its surface and shock any enemies within its range. Be careful not to touch the charged surface - you are susceptible to electrical attacks as well.

Dec 17, 2008


  • battousai33 - March 23, 2009 10:23 a.m.

    hmm hardcore u need to be a lil more specific about games there just because u didnt like halo does not mean it wasnt a good game i think statsics speak for themselves how how many ppl still play that game ooo and suicidal that halo 3 commerical they played during the superbowl before relese was pretty bad@ss dude... and this game looks like it would be fun but then again so did ninja gaiden 2
  • hawk - December 21, 2008 11:30 a.m.

    halo is one of the best multiplayer games ever hardcore, also this game looks like a bit of a miss to me
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 19, 2008 5:25 p.m.

    @suicidalstickman: theres a good reason for that. its not.
  • cronoman66 - December 18, 2008 6:40 p.m.

    This game sounds interesting but does sound too much like NGII, also I'm gunna assume that there's more than three different melee weapons. Ninja Gaiden was fun up to the point where rocket launchers and mechs started popping up, and then theres incredibly hard final boss, but it was entertaining.
  • s3ct10n8 - December 18, 2008 2:37 p.m.

    The only thing that really hurt NG2 was the extremely hard boss fights, and the later levels where theres enemies with guns.
  • GoldenMe - December 17, 2008 11:46 p.m.

    Meh, I expected more types of weapons and abilities. All I see is swords and shurikins.
  • zombieddeath - December 17, 2008 6:45 p.m.

    FIRST. This game might be worth playing.....
  • suicidalstickman - December 19, 2008 5:14 p.m.

    Meh I'm not convinced microsoft but Microsoft couldn't even make Halo sound cool
  • twofingerfreedom - December 19, 2008 1:01 p.m.

    this games a buyer me thinks....but then im a sucker for ninja's and blood...but like Ban said if its released at the same time as afro samurai it may have to wait!!!
  • J-spit - December 18, 2008 11:33 p.m.

    Uuuum. More weapons pleaze?
  • terrandragon - December 18, 2008 11:11 p.m.

    Might be a rent. Let's hope this turns out good!
  • sixboxes - December 18, 2008 5:17 a.m.

    At a glance, I'd say Ninja Blade's biggest challenge is creating its own identity, rather than crib from popular games of its ilk. The fact that you can draw a straight line from their "ninjutsu" powers to a corresponding ninpo from Ninja Gaiden doesn't help.
  • Tikicobra - December 18, 2008 2:33 a.m.

    This game looks awful. I don't expect to get it unless it gets really good reviews (which it won't).
  • Ban - December 17, 2008 10:46 p.m.

    I've had mt eye on this game for some time im picking it up unless it comes out at the same time as Afro Samurai then i guess i'll have to pass im lokking foward to Afro much more
  • curtw_819 - December 17, 2008 8:30 p.m.

    this game looks and sounds a lot like ninja gaiden II, i hate copy cat games they usually suck, but ill giv this one a try hopefully it is better than wat gaiden II was
  • TeragRunner - December 17, 2008 8:26 p.m.

    This game looks really good. But i noticed that the so called "ninjutsu" could be better classified as ranged weapons. Unless they add some actually magic they might want to change that.
  • Z-man427 - December 17, 2008 7:49 p.m.

    it looks great, but so did Ninja Gaiden II, which wasn't near as good as it could have been. I hope this one is a little better. those shurikens remind me of the Glaive in Dark Sector

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