Lost In Translation/Ninja Warriors, The

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The Ninja Warriors
The Ninja Warriors marquee.
The Ninja Warriors title screen.
The Ninja Warriors control panel.
Manufacturer Taito Corporation Japan
Released 1987
8-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU (2x) 68000 (@ 8.000 MHz)
68000 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
(4x) Volume Filter
Raster (Horizontal)
288 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
12,288 Palette colours
Screens 3
ROM Info 27 ROMs
6,554,624 bytes (6.25 MiB)
MAME ID ninjaw · ninjawj

About The Game

The Ninja Warriors is a 2-player horizontally scrolling arcade video game beat-em-up where two robot ninjas fight an entire army to destroy an evil dictator in this horizontal action game, which features physical damage on our heroes

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2 (DAGGER, SHURIKEN)


Licensed by Romstar for US distribution

This arcade game was one of the first to use a 3-screen display. The actual resolution of the game is 3x(288x224) or 864x224 giving a very long horizontal display, hence some of the conversions opting to display the game in the widescreen format.

The main sprite in the arcade version was 91 pixels tall, nearly half the screen height!

Banglar, the main enemy who looks like Yoda from the Star Wars films makes a cameo appearance in "Aqua Jack" 2 years after appearing in The Ninja Warriors.

Brian Chapel holds the official record for this game with 188,900 points.


  1. The Ninja Warriors (1988)
  2. The Ninja Warriors Again (1994, Nintendo Super Famicom)


Produced By
Yojiro Suekado
Directed By
Masaki Ogata
Written By
Executive Producer
Hisao Yunoki
Director Of Software
Daisuke Sasaki
Yoshihisa Nagata
Yuji Iwasaki
Yoshiyuki Watabe
Masaki Ogata
Daisuke Sasaki
Production Designer
Yukiwo Ishikawa
Character Designers
Masami Kikuchi
Yoshihiro Wakita
Toshiyuki Nishimura
Taira Sanuki
Shinobu Iwabuchi
Sachiko Yamana
Junji Yarita
Kohzoh Igarashi
Tetsuro Kitagawa
Yukiwo Ishikawa
Assistant Character Designers
Visual Arts Produtcion
Animation 20
Space Creative
Supervising Editor
Tetsuro Kitagawa
Masami Kikuchi
Yukiwo Ishikawa
Costume Designer
Hiroshi Wagatsuma
Hardware Designer
Toshiyuki Sanada
Assistant Hardware Engineer
Satoru Shimomura
Music Composed & Directed By (Zuntata)
Hisayoshi Ogura
Assistant Sound Programmer (Zuntata)
Naoto Yagista
Sound Editor (Zuntata)
Yasuhisa Watanabe
Sound Hardware Designer
Tsukasa Nakamura
Publicity Supervisor
Hisayoshi Nakane
Game Designed By

Cabinet and Artwork


Box art for the Virgin Games port of The Ninja Warriors.
NEC PC-Engine (1989)
Sega Mega-CD
Amstrad CPC (1989)
Atari ST (1989)
Commodore Amiga ("The Ninja Warriors", 1989, Virgin Mastertronic)
Commodore C64 (1989)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Zuntata Live '90 -G.S.M. Taito- PCCB-00045[1] 1990-10-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Ninja Warriors - Famous Recording Series PCCB-00074[2] 1991-10-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Z-REPLICA Vol.1 DADDY MULK THE NINJA WARRIORS ZTTL-0024[3] 1998-07-23 Zuntata Records CD version.
ZUNTATA LIVE 1998 "güten Talk" from the earth ~AUDIO FILE~ ZTTL-0031[4] 1998-10-21 Zuntata Records 2 CD version.
ZUNTATA LIVE 1998 "güten Talk" from the earth ~VISUAL FILE~ N/A[5] 1998-11-10 Zuntata Records Released on VHS.
ZUNTATA HISTORY L'ab-normal 1st ZTTL-0038[6] 1999-04-01 Zuntata Records CD version.
Zuntata Night ZTTL-0047[7] 1999-10-21 Zuntata Records CD version.
THE VERY BEST OF OGR GALLERy ~Concepts~ ZTTL-0049[8] 1999-12-18 Zuntata Records 2 CD version.
Ninja Warriors Complete Album PCCB-00116[9] 1993-03-19 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
The Ninjawarriors -G.S.M. TAITO 1- D28B-0001[10] 1988-06-21 Pony Canyon, Inc. CD version.
Game Music Now & Then SCDC-00292~3[11] 2003-12-17 Scitron Digital Content 2 CD version.
The Ninjawarriors -G.S.M. Taito 1- 25P5-0001[12] 1988-06-21 Scitron Digital Content Inc. Cassette version.
The Ninjawarriors -G.S.M. Taito 1- C22B-0001[13] 1988-06-21 Scitron Digital Content Inc. Vinyl version.
TAITO MOBILE PHONE GAME SOUND COLLECTION Vol.1 ZTTL-9002[14] 2007-01-12 Zuntata Records Digital download only.
Scitron 10th Anniversary Special CD Sampler DMCZ-300098[15] 1998-01-01 Scitron Label 2 CD version.
Gaesen Oh - Scitron Game Music Mega Mix Vol.1 KGCD-0001[16] 1994-01-01 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Beep Special Project - Wai Wai GAME MUSIC N/A[17] 1988-03-01 Softbank Publishing Vinyl version.
GS SELECTION - GS Club Special Project N/A[18] 1988-03-01 Softbank Publishing Double vinyl version.
The Ninja Warriors arrange sound tracks ZTTL-9016[19] 2009-02-11 Zuntata Records / Taito Corp Digital download only.
Violin de Hiitemita ep2 ~ Maou no Gyakushuu / Scream no Hito SRIN-1063[20] 2009-09-02 SuperSweep CD version.

Screen Shot Comparison

Title Screen

Intro Screen

Ingame Screen

Sound Comparison

Platform Song Titles Sound Source
Arcade "A.D. 1993" "Daddy Mulk" "Are You Lady?" "Che!" "Japanese Smile" "Motherless Children" "Paradox" "Up Stairs" "Game Over" M1 v0.7.8a6 & MAME 0.125
Commodore Amiga No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? WinUAE v1.4.2a
Atari ST/STE No Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? Steem 3.2
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (AY) No Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? Spectaculator 6.25
Commodore 64 / 128 No Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? XMPlay v3.4.1 (SID plugin rev.25b Feb 19 2007)
Amstrad CPC 464 No Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? CPCE 1.40
NEC PC-Engine Yes Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? Magic Engine 1.0.0 PR 10
Sega Mega-CD
(Arcade Versions)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CDDA
Sega Mega-CD
(Arranged Versions)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No CDDA

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.