Throwback action-platformer Ninja Issen launches this month

Ninja Issen

Publisher CFK and developer Asteroid-J announced a release date for Ninja Issen, their throwback action platformer.

Ninja Issen is launching on November 23rd in Japan for Windows PC (via Steam) and sometime in 2024 for Nintendo Switch.

Here’s a rundown on the previously announced game:

Ninja Issen is a retro-style ninja platformer that features a variety of hyper action, 1 vs. many battles, and dynamic boss fights. Paying homage to the ninja games of the classic 8-16 bit era, Ninja Issen will be full of ninjas, robots, neon lights, and dark atmosphere that overwhelms the streets of the future metropolis.

You will be Kiba, a rogue ninja who was falsely accused of assassinating the grand master of his clan. In his desperate fight to escape from other ninjas trying to avenge his crime, Kiba suddenly finds himself in the middle of the world he has never seen.


In Ninja Issen, you will always encounter 1 vs. many battles in which you must use everything to survive. The enemies come in many types and designs, large in number and ready to strike wherever you go.

Fortunately, Kiba is a seasoned and skillful ninja who can overcome dangers ahead of him. Use Kiba’s weapons and abilities to cut down rushing enemies, and explore the future metropolis.

  • Katana: Kiba’s main weapon which is highly effective in close combat.
  • Shuriken: Used for long-range attack and to deflect enemy projectile.
  • Teleport: Kiba can teleport by throwing his katana to the spot he wishes to reach. Use it to jump between high structures and pass through traps like a pro ninja.

Combine Kiba’s weapons and skills to make your own ninja fighting style.


Each stage will have a boss that features unique patterns and gimmicks. As Kiba, you will need to find out how to withstand their threatening attacks, and achieve victory in the end.

When the boss’ remaining HP reaches a certain point, the battle will move on to phase 2, where it will show new and fiercer attacks. In some of the boss battles you can destroy parts of the bosses, after which slight changes may occur in their patterns.

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