Lost In Translation/Ninja Master's - Haoh Ninpou-chou

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Ninja Master's
Haoh Ninpou-chou
Neo-Geo marquee.
No screen shot.
Neo-Geo control panel.
Manufacturer ADK / SNK
Released 1996
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU Neo-Geo
68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.19 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 25 ROMs
44,630,016 bytes (42.56 MiB)
MAME ID ninjamas

About The Game

Ninja Master's - Haoh Ninpou-chou is an arcade video game.

Criminally overlooked and combo-friendly medieval Japanese fighter with great animation. Ten selectable characters and two end bosses.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 4

=> [A] Light punch, [B] Strong punch, [C] Light kick, [D] Strong kick


Released in May 1996.

The subtitle of this game translates from Japanese as 'Supreme Ninja Arts Scroll'.

The main design, as well as some of the special moves of the character 'Karasu' seem to be quite inspired by the main character of the 1994 movie hit 'The Crow' which was in turn, based on the graphical novel of the same name by James O. Barr (Even the name 'Karasu' stands as the Japanese word for "crow"!). :)

The character 'Nobunaga' is based on the real Japanese warrior 'Nobunaga Oda' who, during Japan's medieval period, overthrew the Ashikaga shogunate and ended a long period of internal strife by uniting half of Japan's provinces under his rule. In doing so he paved the way for the reunification of the country under the Tokugawa shogunate in the following century. His merciless use of power as well as his skill as a military strategist made him one of the most powerful & feared leaders in Japan. The image of him in the game as a warrior who wields the demons power may have been some sort of a criticism to his eager embrace of Western culture, religion & technology.

The character 'Goemon' is based on Ishikawa Goemon, the most famous thief in Japan on the Edo era (about 400 years ago) known to steal large sums of money from bad people and give the money to the poor. In other words, he was Japan's very own version of Robin Hood!

The character 'Sasuke' seems inspired on Sarutobi Sasuke, a famous legendary ninja with a strong sense of justice created in Tachikawa literature at the end of the Meiji period. Another source of inspiration may have been 'Ninja Kamui' an old anime series whose main character Kamui was an incredibly skilled ninja who wanted to abandon his ways as a killer thus becoming a 'nukenin' (runaway ninja) and marked for death by his own clan that vows to pursue and eliminate him.

Tips and tricks

Play As Ranmaru And Nobunaga (Player 1)

Highlight Kamui and press Left, Down, Left, Up, Left, Down, Left, Up, Right, Down, Right, Up and hit C+D.

Play As Ranmaru And Nobunaga (Player 2)

Highlight Sasuke and press Right, Down, Right, Up, Right, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Left, Up and hit C+D.

Time Attack Mode

At the character select screen, highlight Kamui and press Down, Left, Up, Left, Down, Left, Up, Left, Down, Right(x4), Up, C+D. Now choose your character.

  • Successfully complete the game with a single credit within 8:30:00 minutes and the game shows you how to execute your character's 'finisher' move!


Producer & Planner
Hiroyuki Toda
Chief Planner
Kazuhiro Shibata
Visitor Y. Oni
System Programmers
Eiji Fukatsu
Makio Chiba
Sound Programmer
Makio Chiba
Desgin Tool Programmer
Ryu Hiroyuki
Total Adviser
K. Sakanishi
Chief Programmer -main- Program
Teruaki Shirasawa
Chief Sprite Designer
K. Hakamata
Sprite Designers
Hideyuki Yamada
Muneki Shiraishi
H. Ozono
Tohru Okamura
Takahiro Arahata
Hirotaka Orita
Syoichi Satoh
H. Hasegawa-CRM
Kei Kuramochi
Hitoshi Aoki
Yukari Shinozaki
Scroll Designers
Shinji Moriyama (as 'Sinji Moriyama')
Masako Sato
Kaori Kumagai
Kazunori Uchiumi
Demo Designers
M. Mitsuya
Hiroaki Kujirai
Y. Watanabe
Hiroaki Shimizu
Takeshi Muramatu
Sound Effects
Kujirai Type-02

Character Voices

Kabao Kikkawa
Shinobu Sekimoto
Kamui, Raiga & Unzen
Masahiko Yano
Natsume & Narration
Mayumi Minoda
Masami Katou
T. Mukaiyama
Yoshikatsu Fujio
Kouichi Koba
Yasue Ishii
Masao Harada
Market Research
Yukio Gotou
Public Information
Satsuki Ito
Sugi Yamaki Yotaka
Kayo Yamagata
Quality Control
Showgatsu Nagata
Masao Tachikawa
Executive Producer
Kazuo Arai
Back Of My Mind
H. Kujirai

Cabinet and Artwork


SNK Neo-Geo CD (1996)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Ninja Masters - The Supreme King's Ninpou Album PCCB-00209[1] 1996-03-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.