Press II, I, II, II, I, II at the title screen. Then, hold
Select and press Run. A level selection option will now be
available. To access levels 4 to 6, hold Select while the
level selection option is highlighted.
Press II, I, I, II, Select, Run or I, II, II, I, Select, Run
at the title screen to view two different messages.
Hold Select and press Start at the title screen. A sound test
option will appear on the main menu.
author: Dimetric Houston
Tips, Tricks and Secrets
Hello all. This FAQ covers the game Ninja Spirit. Ninja Spirit
is a game
made for the Turbografx-16. It is a good old-school action
I am not
going to bother with the copyright stuff. If you are low enough
to try to bank a profit off of this, or you decide to plagiarize
your wretched morality.
v 1.0 8-2-99
-First edition. Completed up to mission 6.
v 1.1 8-4-99
-More strategies and clarifications added.
-Updated Tips, Tricks, and Secrets.
-Added Life Units section.
-Updated Credits section
-Updated Enemies section
Your father has been murdered by a mysterious half-man half-beast
You have set out to avenge his death. You are Moonlight, the
Move Moonlight. Down is crouch. Allows you to direct weapon
Button 1: Jump (tap for small jump, press for large jump)
Button 2: Attack with weapon
Select: Choose weapon (displayed in upper left corner)
are two difficulty modes in Ninja Spirit. They are the PC-Engine
and Arcade Mode. PC-Engine mode is default and is the easier
this mode Moonlight has five life units, displayed by numbers
in the upper
right corner of the screen. As you get hit, this number drops.
When it hits
zero you lose a life. Enemy hits take off varying amounts
of life. The
green ninjas take off one unit for example. Most enemies will
drain all your
life with one strike so be careful.
Mode is more difficult in that Moonlight has only one life
number is shown in the upper right corner of the screen. In
this mode one
hit from ANYTHING will kill you.
This FAQ is written using PC-Engine Mode.
are a few normal enemies in Ninja Spirit to watch out for.
their descriptions. Most enemy names are from the manual.
Green--the most common type of foe. Dressed in dark greenish-red
often just run at you and then strike with their sword. At
times they will leap at you from a high jump to hit you with
swords as they come down.
appear out of nowhere and throw bombs at you. They don't move
are seen traveling along ceilings. They try to hit you if
are traveling along the ceiling as well.
IMPORTANT!! These ninjas carry your powerups. You will see
them either running at you or just sitting in the air. The
run attack like the Green ninja. The ones that sit in the
carry dangeous sickle and chain weapons. Seen in Stage 3,
appear out of smoke like the Red Ninja and throw the weapon
WEAPONS WILL KILL YOU WITH ONE HIT!! Fortunately or unfortunately
these ninjas can only throw their weapons straight in front
ninjas throw knives at you. They may throw one or five.
The knives can be fast or slow.
"White Rain" in the manual. These annoying wolves
come at you
from the sky. Best taken care of with the sword.
Ninja--annoying opponent that appears underneath floors and
hit you with its spear. You can tell where it will appear
the moving dirt.
Monk--another dangerous opponent. These folk come running
with spinning staffs (the manual says they are swords, but
they look like staffs to me). THE STAFFS CAN KILL YOU
WITH ONE HIT, and these monks will throw the weapon if
you are in the air.
of Fugitive Warrior--yet another opponent that can kill you
in one hit.
These hulking brutes fade into existance slowly and
walk equally as slow. Yet, they can take quite a
pounding, and they swing their swords with notable
dangerous foe. They first appear in Stage 6. They move fast
and when they get close they lash out with a sword strike.
sword strike can take four to five life units. It's best to
distance weapons like shurikens or bombs to deal with these
armed with four weapons which are available to you throughout
One of Ninja Spirit's merits is deciding which weapon to use
situations. Certain weapons work better in some situations
than in others.
Use the SELECT button to choose which weapon you wish to use.
The weapon icon
in the upper left corner of the screen will change to show
what weapon you are
using. Below are a description of the weapons and comments
on each. Names in
parenthesis are the manual names). Descriptions are from the
Comments are my own.
notice that your weapons are shown with a light blue background.
you pick up a certain powerup, this background will change
to red. This
indicates that your weapon is powered up. Each weapon can
power up only once.
(Righteous Cloud-the Magic Sword)--Can be used to attack in
Also effective against an enemy throwing knives and bombs.
your power to increase your sword's range of attack!
Incredibly useful! With only four weapons to use, each had
be pretty dang useful, and the sword takes the cake. The ability
protect yourself from projectiles (knives and bombs) proves
The four directions of attack are truely covered by the sword.
3 when gun enemies are coming from both sides and ninjas are
above, the sword will take care of them all. When powered
up, an arc of
energy moves in front of the sword, providing even more protection
striking range. This should be the first weapon you power
SHURIKEN (Swirling Leaf-the Throwing Knife)--Can be used to
attack in sixteen
directions. Can be thrown in succession. Increase your power
can throw three knives at once!
Looks like a shuriken so that's what I'm calling it. Don't
"sixteen directions" pop your eyes out. The sixteen
directions comes into
play when the weapon is powered up. The shuriken can be thrown
directions normally. When powered up, you throw one straight,
at an angle above and below the straight one. You are still
eight directions, just with extra help. Anyway, this weapon
is useful for
distance attacks. It is difficult to work with unpowered,
so go for the
powerup if you want to use this, unless the enemy is coming
straight at you.
This weapon really shines in some areas of Stage 1.
BOMB (Bamboo Thunder-Bomb)--Can be used to attck in eight
weapon has tremendous destructive power. With increased power,
throw bombs in succession!
Why can't they use simple names? Doesn't "tremendous
power" sound familiar? (Hint: Check the Weapons section
my Bloody Wolf FAQ). Well this weapon is quite destructive.
is its merit. It can get rid of those enemies requiring multiple
kill (like the monks). Great for clearing out the area when
coming from all over.
SICKLE AND CHAIN (Rising Dragon-Sickle and Chain)--Can be
used to attack in
eight directions. Effective at long ranges. Good for defending
an enemy throwing knives and bombs. With increased power,
allows you to stage a "gyrating" attack!
A toss-up kind of weapon. It does have range, but its power
not as high as the sword or bomb. I'm still working with this
"gyrating attack" is the ability to "spin"
the weapon. If you attack
in one direction and move the controller in a circular motion,
will twirl the weapon to the direction you indicate--all with
still out. It's a great way to cover arcs of area without
continuously throw the weapon. With the right controller movement,
can actually twirl the weapon completely around you, providing
a type of
are several powerups you can get in Ninja Spirit. They appear
piece of paper with a colored ball on it. The ball color indicates
of powerup it is. Descriptions are below. The label I am using
is the ball
ORANGE Ninjas carry all powerups.
entire powerup is flashing)--MOST IMPORTANT!! These are the
that will powerup your weapons. Absolutely get these at all
at the cost of losing a life of course :)
get one of these, the current weapon you are using powers
you get another powerup but don't change weapons, the weapons
power up in
order of sword, shuriken, bomb, then sickle-and-chain. So
if you are using
the shuriken in powered up form and get another power up,
the sword will
be the weapon powered up. A third powerup powers up your bomb,
and so on.
(not flashing)--The manual says this color is red, but it
on my television. If yours is red, then the "not flashing"
to you. This powerup destroys all enemies on the screen. It
useful, as enemies gang up on you like clockwork in this game.
for about three seconds, continously destroying enemies while
you a shadow alter-ego. This is like the shadows in Ninja
Gaiden 2. The shadows mimic your movements, including weapon
You can have at most two shadows.
a protective fire shield around Moonlight (and the shadows
you have any). This is not that useful as the damage is weak.
Enemies your sword can destroy in one strike will take two
hits from this before dying. Still, the extra damage and shielding
can help, so get it if you can, but don't kill yourself.
provides some strategies for the stages. It will list what
believe to be the best weapon(s) to use, as well as any other
info on the
stage I deem necessary. It will also give strategies on the
boss of each stage.
and Boss names are from the manual. Orange ninjas appear in
and will not be mentioned as enemy types.
Best Weapons--sword and shuriken
run into Green, Yellow-Green, and Earth Ninjas here. At the
use your sword on the enemies. The Earth Ninja can be killed
by crouching and
attacking--you will stab through the floor. Powerup your sword
with the first
available powerup and you will get through the temple part
with no problem.
reach the outside (with the grass and platforms you can jump
can either stay with the sword or use the shuriken. If your
shuriken is not
powered up, use the sword. Yellow-green ninjas will jump up
out of the ground
and throw five knives in an arc at you. Your sword can stop
the knives. You
should have a shadow by now.
reach the end with the two gray platforms in the ground, you
notice that you can no longer go to the right.
Before you reach this point, perform a long jump in such a
way that one of your
two shadows (you did get both of them, didn't you?) is near
the top of the
screen. You want to get to the extreme right of the screen.
Switch to the
shuriken. Now start throwing (use rapid fire). Yellow-green
start jumping out of the two gray platforms in the ground.
They will jump
straight up and throw knives. If your shadows are positioned
can hit them while they are still jumping out. If your shurikens
powered up, you may miss a few. In this case, use the sword
and just protect
yourself (press UP+attack to swing over your head) until they
all come out.
they all come out and go back into the ground (or are killed),
Don't let this boss' size intimidate you. Of course, if you
don't have any
shadows, THEN you can be intimidated :) The shurikens or bomb
will be most
useful here. The boss has four arms that will charge up energy
fireballs in eight directions. The screen gets cluttered with
fireballs going everywhere. If you have shadows and positioned
them as I
mentioned earlier (one near the top of the screen), one shadow
will be even
with the boss' head. This is the weak point. Put rapid fire
to max and fire
until it's dead.
don't have any shadows (or just have one), just fire at a
from where you are or get directly under the boss heads and
The screen corners are safe areas.
2--The Two-axed Ogre
Best weapons--sword and bomb.
stage here. Red ninjas make their first appearance here. You
your sword throughout this stage--the bomb is mentioned because
you will use
it on the boss. Use your sword to destroy the bombs the red
ninjas throw at
you. When you reach the rocky area with the clearing (blue
sky), wolves will
start coming at you from above. Overhead swipes (UP+attack)
will take care
will starts approaching you in the second patch of forest.
use bombs to get them, but I just kept with the sword and
kept moving. The
red ninjas are here too, and things get ugly with the fireballs
take a beating) and the bombs coming at you, so just keep
moving, taking out
any red ninjas in your way.
Boss--The Two-axed Ogre
The Ogre appears on the middle tree. He will charge at you
through the air
with his axes in front. He can kill you in one hit, so be
careful. The bomb
is the way to go on this boss. You must jump around to avoid
charges. When you first start (when the boss music first starts
on the left tree and jump up the branches. If you are fast
enough, the boss
will appear below you and start climbing up. If not, he will
appear on the
same horizonatal level with you. Jump over him and fire down
with your bombs.
Set the rapid fire all the way up. You will need to get a
feel for when the
boss will charge so that you don't jump into his charge. When
you are on the
ground, start firing at the position the boss was in while
you were coming
down. If he appears on the center tree, get to the right or
left side of the
screen. Watch carefully. When he charges, jump over him toward
side of the screen (fire at him while doing this--you want
to get as many
hits in as possible. DO NOT jump straight up! You will fall
on him and die.
While moving to the other side of the screen, turn and fire
at the boss.
Keep jumping and firing at all opportunities and you will
kill the boss.
3--"Hanzo" the Fiend
Best Weapon--sword, shuriken (powered up) and bomb
green ninjas will start this stage off. Overhead sword swipes
finish them. Also, the gun-toting foes appear here. These
are very annoying
opponents. The run at you, then drop flat to the ground and
fire at your
feet. Your sword works wonders here and I also believe you
can see the
sickle and chain shine here as well. If your shuriken is powered
up, you can
hit the gun enemies as soon as you see them, and thus get
them out of your
hair. An unpowered shuriken will require you to crouch to
if they drop before you fire. This wastes a precious few milliseconds
gives the gun enemy behind you time to shoot. With the sword,
you will only
be able to protect yourself (passive approach, but safe).
ground will slow you down considerably, but be VERY careful
try to jump through it. I suggest you just walk the distance.
If you want
to jump, use small jumps. The wolves will come at you later
traveling through this bog. The reason I say be careful is
that the darn
staff monks come out in force here. If you are in the air,
you will likely
be dead while coming down, unless you are using a powerful
weapon (like the
bomb). The monks come from front and behind. I suggest using
The monks don't throw their weapons while you are on the ground
horizontal from them. When you hit them with your sword, it
will move them
back a bit. Inch forward (and you wll be inching) while swinging.
It will be slow indeed, but the protection is crucial.
Boss--Hanzo the Fiend
Unless there is some hidden secret, this boss is crazy easy.
Use bombs here
(with rapid fire set to max) and kiss this boss goodbye. If
you have shadows
you can set one of them to aim at his head, but your bombs
will damage him
through his sword. He moves so slow that you should be able
to kill him by
the time he gets to you.
does get too close for comfort, just jump over him, get to
screen edge and continue firing away. All he seems to do is
swing and walk.
STAGE 4--Den of Demons
Best weapons--Bombs and sword
starts in a place which appears to look just like where you
the game. Earth Ninjas appear, but two new opponents show
Black and Purple ninjas. The black ninjas move along the ceiling
pose a problem at all if you stay on the floor. The purple
ninjas are rather
annoying. They appear out of a puff of smoke and then throw
sickle and chain weapons. Use bombs here completely. The purple
take a hit from other weapons and still throw theirs. The
bombs should kill
them before they do this. If they somehow manage to live,
put the rapid fire
up--you DO have a powered up bomb here, don't you? Well, if
you don't, use
the bombs anyway. The purple ninjas can only throw their weapons
forward, jump your way through this part of the stage. When
you see the smoke,
hit the air (small jump) and fire at the smoke. The explosion
them upon appearance. Keep going to the end of this part.
next part, everything appears normal except that there are
the floor. The holes are filled with green spikes. The spikes
and holes are
NOT very noticeable at all so you may end up falling into
them before you
To counter this, take to the ceiling. Perform a large jump
attatches himself to the ceiling. Now the Earth Ninja can
not reach you, but
the black and green ninjas still can. Absolutely use your
sword here. You
can stab through the ceiling and kill the black ninjas (consider
Earth Ninja killing). Orange ninjas appear in the air here,
so jump off the
ceiling to kill them then jump back on after getting the power
heading the right to go to the next part. If you are on the
ceiling you will
need to jump to the floor to proceed.
rock ceiling will start coming down slowly to crush you. Head
right quickly and do not stop for anything. Only grab powerups
right next to
and in front of you. Going back is a deadly error. It can
be done, but is
quite risky to go back to get a powerup and still try to beat
Red ninjas will be your opponents here, so your sword is your
sickle and chain may work too). Jump and move as needed, but
the ceiling, the boss appears.
The boss consists of two large square stones that move around
attempting to crush you. The weapon of choice is the bomb.
It seems the
boss can only kill you by pressing you against another surface
the side walls, floor, ceiling or maybe the other stone. Jump
avoiding the stones while firing at them. Be careful of getting
If a stone stops moving, it may be setting you up for the
other stone to trap
you between them.
have four areas on them that can be destroyed. The areas are
the ends of the cross-like decoration on the stones. When
are destroyed, the stone may still move, so don't let the
guard down if the
stone's decoration is completely gone. Both stones must be
destroyed to win.
5--The Tribe of the Nine Wind Demons
Best Weapon--Sword or Sickle and Chain
requires you to jump up the mountain until you reach the boss.
You will use the rock platforms and the gray branch-things
to hop up the
mountain. Red and green ninjas will be the opponents here,
as well as a new
menace. Purple gas will emit from various places on the mountain.
emissions can hurt you. There is no indication of where the
eminate, so you will have to watch and jump carefully so that
you can adjust
your movement if you see a gas emission coming.
move to the right if you wish, but the boss is located up.
ninjas are all around this place (they hang in the air if
you are up the
mountain), so if you aren't powered up, hang around and kill
some of them to
get yourself some powerups.
Boss--Evil Wind? (may be the Tribe of the Nine Wind Demons)
This boss appears riding a giant kite :) What you have here
are nine people,
eight of which fire at you. They are all on the kite. Each
of the eight
shoots three knives at you, so the screen can get quite cluttered
The weapon of choice here is the sword. The middle person
(dressed in yellow)
doesn't seem to fire at you, but this is the one I believe
you have to hit.
You can kill the other eight people with a few strikes, but
the yellow one
remains the whole while. The other eight people will regenerate
after a while,
so keep attacking. The boss won't hurt you if they touch you,
weapons will, so you can just stand in a spot to attack and
To be aggressive, chase after the boss when they are far away,
but keep your
protection up. If you are good with the "gyrating"
you can use it here.
Best Weapons--Sword. Maybe sickle and chain too
horizontal stage here, but wow do they turn up the heat! Enemies
like ants on this stage. New opponents make an appearance
here. First are
single versions of the stage 5 boss. IOW, one person on a
small kite :)
They still fire three knives at you. The second opponent is
Early in this stage, often you will see five knives come out
of the sky and
converge at one point on the ground. It is best to use your
sword and do the
overhead attack to protect yourself.
in the stage, you will be traveling across rocky areas which
slightly elevated from the ground. The staff monks appear
on this stage, and
if they are on a lower portion of the ground than you, they
will throw their
staffs. Use your sword to stop the thrown staff.
onward until you meet the boss.
of Fugitive Warriors
The boss here consist of several Fugitive Warrior Ghosts.
There are about
eight of them. Use bombs here. One ghost will appear where
you are standing
when the fight starts. Quickly move away and turn and attack.
Get ready to
jump again when you start to see another ghost appear. The
appear in the spot where you are standing. If you don't get
rid of the one
that appears where you are, it will stay on the screen. You
don't want all
those instant-kill ghosts on the screen, so make absolutely
sure you kill
each one that appears. A little strategy is offered below.
fight starts, get on the large rock on the left. When you
see the ghost appear, do a SMALL jump to the long low rock
elevation on the
right. Quickly turn around and bomb the ghost. Now watch for
the next ghost
to appear where you are. Jump to the large rock now and turn
and fire. If
you have shadows you can try to fire diagonally downward,
else just stand
and fire straight in front of you. When the next ghost appears,
jump to the
low rocks again. Continue this pattern until you defeat them
7--The Bloody Battle
Best Weapons--Shuriken and Bomb
the final stage. It's actually short but does have one quite
section to it. As you start out, gas emissions will erupt
in various places
(just like in Stage 5). You may wish to go slow so that you
can see where
the gas will eminate. Keep a watchful eye so that you can
avoid the gas.
You can also walk on the ceiling (like in the second part
of stage 4), but
gas erupts around here as well so be careful. The only enemy
that appears is
some Mr. Ryuichi, but with the gas emissions, battling him
can be tedious.
Use powered shurikens to help you here. Two orange ninjas
hanging in the air
will be your powerups in this first section. When you reach
the edge of the
ledge, get ready for the tedious part of this stage.
fall off the ledge, you will engage in a long fall downward.
fall you will see green ninjas with their swords out. They
don't move or
anything, just sit with their swords above their heads. The
problem here is
that falling on them will instantly kill you (the one time
the Green ninjas
actually pose a serious threat). You are falling at a speed
such that you
can not kill the ninjas in time before you hit their swords.
You can try to
use bombs, but a better solution is below.
I wrote this solution from a hint mag long ago, so I'm quoting
you get to the ledge, fall off and hold to the left until
you reach the
wall. Then move Moonlight one character space away from the
wall and shoot
this, you will fall down a safe "corridor" with
the ninjas all
around you. As far as I have seen, you don't even need to
shoot, as NO
enemies will hit you. Just let gravity take over here. The
about this solution is trying to get to the left wall before
the ninjas start
appearing. You have to be quick, but go too fast and you will
run flat upon
a rising ninja. Practice here to get your speed and timing
a weapon seems to momentarily stop you, so you can do this
if you are moving
bottom, if the boss does not instantly appear, head to the
are two orange ninjas here. They are at the extreme left and
the screen. Move over these areas until they appear. One is
a shadow, the
other is a powerup.
This is it! The last boss. The boss just sits where it is
and fires these
greenish semi-homing lightning bolts at you. The bolts move
fast and it is
somewhat difficult to tell exactly where they will go. Try
to trick them by
jumping so that they will go up. Use bombs are any other distance
here (I suggest bombs for damage). DO NOT use your sword.
Jump and hit the
boss in the head and dodge those bolts. The bolts do not instantly
don't worry too much if you are hit.
the boss' head until it dies. Once you win, you will discover
an interesting fact about Moonlight.
TIPS, TRICKS, AND SECRETS
Note: 1 and 2 are Buttons 1 and 2 respectively.
Select--you can find this trick at GameSages (sages.ign.com).
Test--found at GameSages
Message--At the title screen, press 1,2,2,1,SELECT, then RUN.
will see an odd message at the bottom of the screen.
God--for the strength, life, and intellect to do this FAQ
GameSages--for the Stage Select and Sound Test tricks
Video Games & Computer Entertainment--the Strange Message
Unknown--for the tip on the last stage.
you have enjoyed this FAQ. If there are any corrections, additions,
etc. that you see that need to be put here, please e-mail
me and let me know.