18 January 2012

Episode 64: Ninja Games

Ninja Games is the topic of Episode 64.  Brent and Rob select tracks from games like Shinobi, Ninja Gaiden, and The Legend of Kage, and in doing so, discover a very prominent "coming of age" theme throughout.  NOTE: Brent and Rob mispronounce Kage like the English "cage," when it's actually the Japanese word for shadow, pronounced "ka-gey."  ANOTHER NOTE: There was a little bit of a technical problem with this episode and all the vocal stuff has a hiss to it, but fortunately, the music tracks are clean and good to go.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Ninja Gaiden Shadow - Ryuichi Nitta, Mayuko Okamura, Hiroyuki Iwatsuki (Don) (arr.) - Intro - Tecmo - Game Boy - 1991

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project - Kozo Nakamura, Yuichi Sakakura, Tomoya Tomita - Scene 1 - Konami - NES - 1992

3 Ninjas Kick Back - Richard Joseph, Jason Page (arr.) - Koji Dojo & Bonus Room - Psygnosis - Genesis - 1994

The Legend of Kage - Hisayoshi Ogura - BGM 1 (Main Theme) "Bridge!" - Taito - arcade (Japan) - 1985

The Revenge of Shinobi - Yuzo Koshiro - Long Distance - Sega - Genesis - 1989

Shadow of the Ninja - Iku Mizutani, Kouichi Yamanishi - Stage 1 - Natsume - NES - 1990

Ninja-Kun: Ashura no Shou - Tsutomu Fuzisawa - Ending Theme - UPL - Famicom - 1988

Zen: Intergalactic Ninja - Junichiro Kaneda (J_Kane), Kozo Nakamura (Nakamur), Ayako Nishigaki (Ayachan), Yuichi Sakakura (Sakagon), Tomoya Tomita (T_Tommy) - Acidic Forest - Konami - NES - 1993

Zool: Ninja of the 'Nth' Dimension - Patrick Phelan - Worlds 2 & 6 (Music ~ Carnival) - GameTek - Genesis - 1993

Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Douchuu: Boku ga Dancer ni Natta Wake - Kazuhiko Uehara, Yukie Morimoto, Tomoya Tomita - Water Moon Cliffs - Konami - Super Famicom - 1995

Ninja Spirit - Masahiko Ishida - Dark Blue (Stage 6) - Irem - TurboGrafx-16 - 1990

Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master - Masayuki Nagao, Hirofumi Murasaki, Morihiko Akiyama - Solitary - Sega - Genesis - 1993

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom - Hiroshi Miyazaki (Miya), Kaori Nakabai, L. Shigeno - Closing Credits - Tecmo - NES - 1991

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi - Keisuke Tsukahara (Tsukachan) - Stages 3-2 & 5-1 - Sega - Genesis - 1990

Shinobi - Yasuhiro Kawakami - Bonus Stage - Sega - Sega Master System - 1988


  1. legend of the mystical ninja is a super-underrated classic game imo! great soundtrack too, for all the sfc/snes goemon games really.

  2. ...it's a tragedy to include THREE NINJAS but not legend of the mystical ninja !

    (PS Legend of Kage, 'kage' is said like "ka-geh" ; also Goemon is like "go-eh-mon")

  3. Not sure if this is the place for corrections, but there are actually four 3 Ninjas movies. The last one was High Noon at Mega Mountain (starring Hulk Hogan).

  4. lol..something tells me the 3rd and 4th movies might've been direct-to-video

  5. @raggy Yeah, Legend of the Mystical Ninja has a great soundtrack, but we've played stuff from that game in the past, so it was pretty much like we HAD to play 3 Ninjas. Just kidding. But yeah, we mentioned how we mispronounced Kage in the episode description.

  6. If I'm not mistaken that Game Boy Ninja Gaiden track is also plays for the opening to Ninja Gaiden 2 on the NES

    1. YES! Noticed that too, and was hoping they would play that version as well. I love that track!

  7. 3 Ninjas movie starring Hulk Hogan????? I'm listening!

  8. I love this episode so much -- so good... and you closed it out with Shinobi from Master System. Anything from Master System makes me very happy!

  9. Love the instruments on that Ganbare Goemon track!

  10. i made fanart for the ninja graduation scene. the idea was too funny for me not to draw.

  11. This is one of the best all around episodes imho. Listened to it multiple times. The music and banter are great. I laughed out loud at the ninja graduation and self smoke bombing bits. Shinobi III is one of my favorite soundtracks. The game is great too. That last level with the electrified walls is tough!

  12. Oh my god, I'm SO happy to hear Scene 1 from TMNT III in this episode! Not only was I not expecting to hear any TMNT (I figured "ninja" games would be straight-up ninja games like Ninja Gaiden, I didn't even think about TMNT) in this episode, but I LOVE that song and that game's entire soundtrack. Super stoked when I heard Brent announce this track, man. SO good.