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An enhanced port of Namco's 2000 coin-op game, Ninja Assault comes to PlayStation 2 with support for the Guncon 2 peripheral and new modes of play. A wicked Shogun named Kigai, with the help of a demonic army, invaded the peaceful land of Tenshin, butchered the royal family, and made off with Princess Koto. Determined to get their beloved ruler back, ninjas Guren and Gunjo plan on challenging the army with little more than their wits, the power of Ninjutsu magic, and deadly Mach Guns. A young girl named Aoi also wants to see Kigai pay, and plans on joining them as they enter the heart of enemy territory.
Ninja Assault has players assuming the role of Aoi, Guren, or Gunjo as they attempt to save Princess Koto and defeat Shogun Kigai. Each character has distinct stats and follows a slightly different narrative with its own set of enemy-blasting stages. All scenes have a specific number of enemies to defeat using the Guncon 2 or the standard controller. Some attack from the background throwing stars, while others swarm the foreground slashing players with swords. Each character possesses one magic attack in the form of Ninjutsu that clears all enemies within view. Completing a stage reveals a statistics screen with a letter ranking from S (highest) to E (lowest) so players can see how well they fared.
Story Mode can be played simultaneously with two players in each of the three console-specific scenarios as well as the complete arcade game. Players can also compete in Bonus Games divided into two distinct phases: Mission and Training. The one-player Mission option consists of 32 exercises in which players are challenged to defeat a group of enemies within the allotted time and/or a limited number of bullets. Training can be played with one or two players, and offers the following five mini-games: Night Ambush, Samurai Shootout, Fireworks, Haunted Lake, and Gold Rush. Performing well in each of the mini-games can unlock new weapons for use in Story Mode. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide