In the hallowed words of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni: “Ninjas kick butt! Cowabunga!” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. Ever since we were old enough to make impromptu swords out of cardboard tubes, our intense love for Ninjitsu has known no bounds. In addition to inventing pyjamas and balaclavas, they can walk on water, kill people with flying death-stars and communicate with strange beasts. What’s not to love?
Along with Nazis, zombies and Nazi-cum-zombies, ninjas are a major staple of the video game industry. Whether you’re playing an RPG or a side-scrolling beat ‘em up, you’ll usually find at least one masked martial artist thrown into the mix. They refuse to be curtailed by gravity or genre – and gaming is all the richer for it. To celebrate the announcement of Street Fighter X Tekken, we’ve collated a list of the hardest, coolest and downright sexiest ninjas ever to grace our video game screens. So sit back and watch the shadows dance!