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Mini Ninjas
Minininjas.jpg
European cover art
Developer(s) IO Interactive
Magic Pockets (Nintendo DS)
Robosoft Technologies (OS X)
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Feral Interactive[1] (OS X)
Director(s) Jeremy C. Petreman
Producer(s) Jonas Lind
Luke Valentine
Designer(s) Ulrik Hauen-Limkilde
Thor Frølich
Thomas Løfgren
Artist(s) Henrik Hansen
Michael Helmuth Hansen
Søren Bech Jensen
Composer(s) Peter Svarre
Frédéric Motte (DS)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, OS X
Release
'OS X
  • WW: July 8, 2010
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Mini Ninjas is a 2009 action-adventure game developed by IO Interactive and published by Eidos Interactive for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360.[3] A Mac OS X version of the game was released on July 8, 2010, by Feral Interactive.[1] In December 2011, it was announced that the game will be also made available as a browser game for Google Chrome.[4]

A Kinect/Xbox Live Arcade spin-off game Mini Ninjas Adventures followed in 2012. Another Mini Ninjas spin-off game, an endless runner titled Mini Ninjas Mobile, has been released for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets in March 2013.

A Shield Android TV port was released in 2017.

Gameplay

Wii gameplay screenshot with Hiro

Mini Ninjas is a linear third-person action-adventure game. It features six playable Mini Ninja characters, each with their own unique abilities, weapons and skills. Players can collect special weapons, including caltrops, shuriken, different bombs and fishing rods, and a multi-functional ninja hat, as well as a variety of potions and food items. The main protagonist, Hiro, can cast spells, including fireball and lighting attacks, camouflage, and time manipulation. Hiro can also possess spirits, such as animals, for a short period of time. Spells are cast using Ki, which is dropped by enemies and can be replenished with potions.

The enemies in Mini Ninjas are animals enchanted by the main antagonist. When defeated, the curse is broken and the enemies return to their previous animal form, and can assist the player. For example, brown bears can attack with their claws, warthogs charge at enemies, and panda bears can slam into the ground. All animals have a keen sense of smell for spotting ingredients and collectibles in places that are easily overlooked.

Throughout their journey, players can collect coins and ingredients, such as mushrooms, flowers, and ginseng roots. They can exchange these coins for weapons and recipes from the Tengu, crow-like humanoids who also give quests and advice. Fruits found on trees or bushes can be harvested by shaking the bushes or the trunk of trees, which will restore their health. Other foods like sushi do the same thing.

Scattered throughout the world are ancient shrines, each containing a scroll that grants Hiro a new spell. There are also 100 Jizo statues hidden throughout the game, which can be collected for special achievements or trophies.

Plot

Development and release

Mini Ninjas was announced on January 19, 2009, along with the first official trailer.[5] The game's origin lies in the developers' desires to make a game that they could "play with their kids".[6]

Reception

Mini Ninjas was well received by game critics. As of April 2011, its average review scores according to GameRankings are 80% (Wii), 61.90% (DS), 75.52% (PlayStation 3), 72.56% (Xbox 360) and 75.67% (PC).[7]

GameSpot review rated the game a 7.5 out of 10, saying: "Whether you're big or small, there's a lot to like about these little ninjas and their lengthy journey."[8] IGN gave the PS3 version of the game an 8 out of 10, finding this "family-friendly ninja affair" to be "an extremely pleasant surprise".[9] The Guardian awarded the game 4 out of 5 stars, concluding that the game's "constant charm renders it calming and even relaxing to play" and "any parent watching Mini Ninjas being played will find it hard to resist the temptation to have a go over their own."[10]

Tora was featured among the top ten ninja characters for PlayStation consoles by PLAY in 2011,[11] while Hiro was chosen to illustrate a similar list by Cheat Code Central.[12] In 2012, CraveOnline included Mini Ninjas on their list of five "badass ninja games" as "a quality ninja game that can be enjoyed with the whole family kids", adding that its "best aspect was, without a doubt, how slain enemies burst into cute animals instead of blood clouds. Super adorable."[13]

Other media

Mini Ninjas Adventures

In March 2012, Square Enix, who preside over Eidos Interactive,[14] filed a trademark in Europe for Mini Ninjas: Hiro's Adventure and created a domain "minininjashirosadventure.com."[15] That trademark was announced to be Mini Ninjas Adventures, a spin-off Kinect game for the Xbox Live Arcade exclusively, developed by Sidekick studio and released on June 29, 2012.[16][17]

Mini Ninjas Mobile

Animated series

4Kids licensed the rights to the franchise in 2009.[18] In 2013, a cartoon series adaptation of Mini Ninjas in production by Cyber Group Studios was announced as coming soon.[19]

Sources

  • Michael Knight, Mini Ninjas: Prima Official Game Guide, Random House Information Group, 2009.

References

  1. ^ a b "Feral Interactive: Mini Ninjas". 
  2. ^ a b "Mini Ninjas begin their adventure on 8th September in North America and 11th September in the UK". August 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ Purchese, Rob (January 19, 2009). "Eidos unveils new Mini Ninjas game". Eurogamer. Retrieved January 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bastion begins Chrome browser gaming push". GameSpot. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Robert Purchese (January 19, 2009). "Eidos unveils new Mini Ninjas game News - - Page 1". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ Robert Purchese (August 13, 2009). "IO's Mini Ninjas arrives September News - - Page 1". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mini Ninjas for Wii". GameRankings.com. September 8, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mini Ninjas Reviews". GameSpot.com. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mini Ninjas Review - IGN". Uk.ps3.ign.com. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ Steve Boxer. "Game review: | Technology". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ [1] Archived March 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Top 10 Ninjas In Video Games - Cheat Code Central". Cheatcc.com. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  13. ^ Erik Norris (March 19, 2012). "5 Badass Ninja Games". CraveOnline.com. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Square Enix retires Eidos publishing label". GameSpot. July 8, 2009. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Possible new Mini Ninjas game in the works". GameZone. March 10, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ SQUARE ENIX > Mini Ninjas Adventures > MINI NINJAS ADVENTURES Announced
  17. ^ "Mini Ninjas Adventures for Xbox 360 (2012) - MobyGames". MobyGames. 
  18. ^ Roberts, Katie (September 28, 2009). "4Kids signs Mini Ninjas | Latest news from the licensing industry". Licensing.biz. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  19. ^ Carmichael, Stephanie (March 6, 2013). "Mini Ninjas invades App Store with cartoon to follow". Gamezone.com. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 

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