Lost In Translation/Ninja Spirit

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Ninja Spirit
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Manufacturer Irem
Released 1988
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU V30 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
384 x 256 pixels
55.00 Hz
512 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 22 ROMs
1,703,936 bytes (1.63 MiB)
MAME ID nspirit · nspiritj

About The Game

Ninja Spirit is a side-scrolling arcade video game.

You take control of a ninja who has the ability to make shadow duplicates which trail your movements, and attack at your command. In your path are armies of ninjas, samurais and demons who are constantly out to kill you.


Released in August 1988.

This game is known in Japan as "Saigo no Nindou".

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Image Fight : G.S.M. Irem 1 - D28B0012) on 21/01/1989.

Tips and tricks

  • Self defense - Shurikens and other projectiles can be deflected by your sword after you have collected the power-up scroll allowing you to swing your sword in an arc. When walk along, you can shield yourself with this by holding the stick up, and swinging your sword.
  • Defeat the first boss with ease - Assuming you have collected the sword powerup and have both shadow duplicates, position yourself in the center of the screen while the boss is rising from the ground and do a super jump (hold up and jump). When you land on the ground, you should have your shadows flatting in mid air above you. Select the sword and hold up and continuously slash - you will damage the demon and his flames will get blocked by your barrage of attacks.

Cabinet and Artwork


NEC PC-Engine (1990)
Atari ST (1988)
Commodore C64 (1990)
Amstrad CPC (1990)
Commodore Amiga ("Ninja Spirit", 1990, Mediagenic)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Image Fight -G.S.M. IREM 1- D28B-0012[1] 1989-01-21 Pony Canyon, Inc. CD version.
Ninja Spirit 15A3-3[2] 1988-12-21 Alfa Records CD version.
Image Fight -G.S.M. IREM 1- 25P5-0012[3] 1989-01-21 Pony Canyon, Scitron Cassette version.
Ninja Spirit 15A5-3[4] 1988-12-21 Alpha Records Cassette version.

External Links


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.