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"Ninja" and "Ninja II" on one cart! They're both finished/complete titles that are being combined into one game for the NES and PC/Mac
"Ninja" and "Ninja II" on one cart! They're both finished/complete titles that are being combined into one game for the NES and PC/Mac
118 backers pledged $7,132 to help bring this project to life.

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Ninja I & II on a cart *Color of cart subject to change*
Ninja I & II on a cart *Color of cart subject to change*

"Ninja" and “Ninja II” are fast-paced QTE (Quick Time Events) based games consisting of multiple events that challenge players of all ages at reactions speeds, button mashing, and precise on-screen timing; hailing from Toshi503 Studios for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). These two games come in a “2-in-1” fashion and are already complete, reflecting a magical “Black Box” art style. 

Ninja Features:

  • 1 or 2 players 
  • 9 Mini-games (Various Game Play Styles)
  • Over 10 Unique Soundtracks (Sergio Elisondo)
  • Unique Controls per Event/Mini-Game 
  • Difficulty Setting of 1 (Easy) 2 (Medium) and 3 (Hard)

Ninja II Features

  • 1 or 2 players
  • 8 Mini-games (Various Game Play Styles)
  • Event Selection Screen (Practice Mode)
  • Over 10 Unique Soundtracks (Sergio Elisondo)
  • Unique Controls per Event/Mini-Game
  • Hidden Score System (Compatible with RetroUSB's AVS/NA Scoreboard)
  • Difficulty Setting of 1 (Easy) 2 (Medium) and 3 (Hard -- Activates Hidden Score System)
  • Extra Point Rewards (Beating CPU Quickly/Completing Events Faster)
Mock-up art of the "CIB" (Box, label, manual)
Mock-up art of the "CIB" (Box, label, manual)
Ninja I & II Title Screen
Ninja I & II Title Screen
Ninja I & II's Boards from INL
Ninja I & II's Boards from INL

--What--

It's a brand new 2-in-1 game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)! Ninja and Ninja II are a series of mini-games that are geared around the utilization of different control schemes per stage/event. While most games tend to use the same control scheme throughout their game, the Ninja games try something different; while the aim remains at keeping the controls intuitive per stage. Each stage has its own unique soundtrack that I composed, so that everyone can enjoy something different as the game progresses. Gamers will have the choice to either play alone against a CPU at different difficulty levels or to challenge a friend. Ninja II has a hidden built-in scoring system that is compatible with RetroUSB’s AVS and NintendoAge.com’s online Scoreboard. The art for this game’s box/label/manual reflects the magic of the “Black Box” box-art style that was utilized by the launch titles of the NES in the mid 1980’s.  

Proof Of Concept - Ninja I on a physical cart (Previous/old limited edition release)
Proof Of Concept - Ninja I on a physical cart (Previous/old limited edition release)
Proof Of Concept - "CIB" (Complete in Box) set up of Ninja I (Previous/Old Release)
Proof Of Concept - "CIB" (Complete in Box) set up of Ninja I (Previous/Old Release)

--Who--

I began my journey by having an immense passion for the NES at an early age and I have always wanted to develop/publish games for it. Fast forward many years later, I was given the opportunity to work with another developer on an online forum known as NintendoAge. Within our collaboration, Ninja came to life. The game debuted at PRGE 2016 (Portland Retro Gaming Expo) in a very modest production run of 5 games. The game later appeared on NintendoAge.com with another modest production of 20 games. Due to Ninja being received well, inspiration for making a sequel came naturally. Ninja II also had a modest production run of only 15 games. Because of the modest release history and positive reception, this is where KickStarter comes in to play.

Proof Of Concept - Ninja II on a cart - (previous limited edition release)
Proof Of Concept - Ninja II on a cart - (previous limited edition release)

--Why--

I felt that KickStarter would be an excellent platform to allow Ninja I & II to reach a wider audience. While previously releasing only a handful of Ninjas, this would allow the Ninja games to be enjoyed worldwide and at a larger scale. My enthusiasm for the NES console and the ability to hold a cartridge in your hands is a solid driving factor for this campaign and would love nothing more than for others to experience the same thing. Now, we can all be playing with power! 

Pond Jumping from Ninja I
Pond Jumping from Ninja I

--How--

The logistics of getting this game on a cartridge have already been sorted out. The gracious people over at InfniteNESLives, UncleTusk.com, thisroomisanillusion.com, and Second Dimension will be providing all-new materials for this game.

Hook Shot event from Ninja II
Hook Shot event from Ninja II

 --When/Timeline--

  • March/April - The start and end date of this campaign
  • May - All materials come in/assembly of packaging games begins
  • June - All games are shipped out to backers 
Wolf Training from NInja II
Wolf Training from NInja II

--Stretch Goals!--

4K – I’ll personally arrange 5 of the tracks from the game on to real instruments. This will be included in the “Your Name in Manual + Game Soundtrack” ($69) tier and above as a Digital Download. As a sample, the “Running Theme” from Ninja goes from its original state (8-bit) and then morphs on to real instruments in the Kickstarter trailer. 

6k – The entire 8-bit soundtrack (including any arrangements from the previous stretch goal) will be put on cassette… That’s correct – cassette! It will also utilize the game’s art style. Every backer from the “Your Name in Manual + Game Soundtrack” ($69) tier will be given a cassette. 

7k – "Die-Cut" Stickers of a Ninja character will be made! This will be included for every backer in the "Cart-Only Edition" ($39) tier and above.

8k – Mini-posters (folded) of the Ninja I & II box art cover will added as a bonus! Every backer from the "Cart-Only Edition" ($39) tier and above will receive a bonus poster with their pledge. 

"Shinobi Spin" from Ninja I
"Shinobi Spin" from Ninja I

  --Budget Estimate--

  • 85% will go to materials/publishing/printing costs
  • 10% will go to Kickstarter fees
  • 5% will go to advertising/production costs
"Shuriken Dodge" from Ninja I
"Shuriken Dodge" from Ninja I

Risks and challenges

The level of risk for this project is very minimal, as the games are already complete/finished. The Ninja 2 in 1 has already been compiled and tested. The suppliers of the materials are ready and equipped to handle large orders, assuming the campaign goes well beyond our calculations.

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    A Cart-Only copy of the game. Includes a Physical and Digital copy of the Manual. Also includes PC version download.

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    A CIB (Complete in Box) version of the game. The game will come in a standard NES sized box (Full Color) with a styrofoam piece inside the box. This tier includes all the goodies from the previous reward tiers.

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    Your Name in Manual + Game Soundtrack

    Have your name printed in every manual as a KickStarter "Key Contributor"! (name subject to approval). You'll also receive a Digital Download of the game's Soundtrack (over 20 unique tracks!)

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    • Your Name in every Game Manual as a "Key Contributor"
    • Full Color Game Box with Styrofoam Inside (Houses Game/Manual)
    • Soundtrack of the Game (Digital Download)
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    Test Cart Versions

    You'll receive mid-production versions of Ninja 1 and Ninja 2. These are versions that were used to test out stages/game play and how the music was functioning. Both will contain unfinished stages, unfinished/repeated music, as well as some music that ultimately did not make it to the final product (which is unique to these cartridges only and this KickStarter!)
    *PLUS you will get everything from the "Your Name in Manual + Game Soundtrack" tier.

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    • "In Development" version on Ninja 1 (Cart-Only)
    • "In Development" version on Ninja 2 (Cart-Only)
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