Ninja Blade (ニンジャブレイド Ninjabureido?) is an action-adventure game developed by From Software and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360[2] and Microsoft Windows. The game has been categorized as a "Cinematic action game," combining a mixture of hack and slash elements with context sensitive commands.[2]

The characters were designed by Keiji Nakaoka while the soundtrack is by Norihiko Hibino's GEM Impact studio.[3] The animation was produced by Production I.G,[4] and the game was released in 2009.[5]

A demo for Ninja Blade was released in Japan on December 29, 2008.[6] The demo was released in North America on March 10, 2009.


The player plays as a modern day ninja. The player can use swords and other weapons to kill parasites and other creatures. The player can jump from building to building and run along walls, along with other ninja traits.


In 2015, a small village was attacked by unknown creatures. The survivors were moved to a research facility where they underwent examination. While at the research facility, the survivors began to show symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis. When further examined, the researchers found an unknown type of hook worm. It was classified as "Alpha-worm". Conventional medicine had no effects on the patients. The worms deformed the victims, but the infection increased the strength and resilience of the people infected.

The infected eventually broke free and attacked the researchers. A few researchers survived, only to find that they had been infected as well. Due to a fear of an outbreak, the military assaulted the facility and destroyed all traces of the infected and the Alpha-worms.


The concept for Ninja Blade initially came when From Software thrived to create a game that conveyed to the gamer the same intense sequences from those of Hollywood action films. From Software worked with Microsoft in creating the game's protagonist, Ken Ogawa. Ninja Blade producer Masanori Takeuchi states "We worked closely with Microsoft in creating Ken. They provided us with lots of useful feedback and insightful consumer research of worldwide gamers. By cooperating and working together, Ken has become more appealing to a wider audience." [7] Character Ken Ogawa was designed by Capcom 2nd Character Development Studio designer Keiji Nakaoka.[8]

Ninja Blade was commonly referred to as Otogi 3 by various sources before its official announcement. Ninja Blade planner Kazuhiro Hamatani noted that while not a direct sequel or spiritual successor to Otogi, that the game would contain action-adventure elements of which fans of the Otogi series would like.[9]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 66%[10]
Metacritic 66/100[11]
Review scores
Publication Score C-[12]
Eurogamer 7/10[13]
Famitsu 32/40[14]
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GameSpot 7.5/10[16]
GameTrailers 5.9/10[17]
GameZone 6/10[18]
IGN 6.5/10[19]
X-Play 4/5[20]

Overall, the game has received mixed reviews with an aggregate score of 66/100 on Metacritic. Ninja Blade was named Game of the Month in the June 2009 issue of GamePro with a rating of 5/5 stars. GamePro's Heather Bartron wrote that she enjoyed the action of the game and particularly the boss battles, but disliked the placement of load screens and the game's lack of depth.[15]


  1. Ninja Blade Recommended System Requirements. Game-Debate. Retrieved on 2010-01-16
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ninja Blade: Brief Real-Time Impressions. Retrieved on 2008-10-09
  3. Original Sound Version: Ninja Blade Soundtrack Preview. OSV. Retrieved on 2008-10-09
  4. Official Ninja Blade Website. From Software. Retrieved on 2008-10-09
  5. Ninja Blade. Retrieved on 2008-10-09
  6. Ninja Blade Demo Hits Xbox Live Marketplace in Japan. Retrieved on 2009-01-08
  7. Interview with Executive Producer Masanori Takeuchi. Retrieved on 2009-04-24
  8. 1UP NETWORK PREVIEWS: Ninja Blade. 1UP. Retrieved on 2009-04-24
  9. Sorry but Ninja Blade is not Otogi 3. Kotaku. Retrieved on 2009-04-24
  14. Famitsu Hates Crystal Chronicles. Gemaga. Retrieved on 2009-04-24
  15. 15.0 15.1 Bartron, Heather (06 2009). "Ninja Blade". GamePro (GamePro Media) 21 (6): 78–79. ISSN 1042-8658. OCLC 19231826. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  20. Sessler, Adam; G4 TV. NinjaBlade Review 1. G4 TV. Retrieved on 2009-04-24

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