Mini Ninjas infiltrates stores Sept. 8

Hitman developer IO Interactive's newest E10+-rated effort heads to 360, PS3, Wii, DS, and PC next month.

Earlier this week, the online resume of a British actor indicated that IO Interactive may not be returning for the fifth installment in its notorious Hitman franchise. That being the case, it is altogether unclear what the once-Eidos-owned, now-Square-Enix-owned Danish development house will be working on once its current project, Mini Ninjas, concludes.

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And that finale is rapidly approaching, as Eidos announced today that Mini Ninjas will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, and PC on September 8 in North America. The European and PAL region launches will follow that same week.

Mini Ninjas is a substantive break from IO's traditional bloody stealth fare, the likes of which can be found in the aforementioned Hitman franchise as well as 2007's Kane & Lynch. Instead, the E10+-rated action adventure deals in much lighter fare, as it follows the travails of Hiro, who ventures forth to defeat an army of evil samurai and restore harmony to the world.

As detailed in GameSpot's most recent hands-on with the game, Mini Ninjas tasks gamers with engaging in nonlethal fisticuffs, as well as stealth and magic, to rid the countryside of marauding samurai. Rather than collapsing in a heap of rent flesh and blood, defeated enemies revert back to their adorable animal forms and flee to greener pastures.

For more on Mini Ninjas, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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26 comments
bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

Also keeping a close eye on. Very nice stuff IO

pollob13
pollob13

looks like some sort of unique game .. waiting for it

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

looks a fun game. i'll keepy my eye on this one

lamprey263
lamprey263

looks great, and in just a few weeks it'll be out; can't wait

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

looks like the ninjas are having a funny time!

gohoanq
gohoanq

Cool when i get the money and if it's good I'll definitely buy it.. I've been interested in this for a while now but i just don't have the money to spend for this as well as Batman:AA, MUA2, AC2, U2, etc... to many games lol

Levelboss1994
Levelboss1994

looks pretty decent but I'm affraid it wont sell well=(

skullboy950
skullboy950

It won't hold a candle to Maramusa, Halo 3: ODST, or Tatsunoko vs Capcom.

shentonio
shentonio

@onuruca I agree, while Mini Ninjas does look like an interesting diversion from the Hitman franchise, I would be a lot happier if IO were still responsible for the 5th Hitman game. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that if Rocksteady (who are supposedly taking it over) do take it over then I'm sure they'll do a good job. Just hope they don't move away from the dark tone and variety of ways to assassinate your target! Love the Hitman franchise : )

neo418
neo418

I thought pirates were a ninjas worst enemy

jjjrrr11211
jjjrrr11211

Looks Cool But I'll Wait For THe Reviews Or Play It Myself

Dantethayer1
Dantethayer1

Mini Ninja's looks pretty cool, im probley gonna buy it.

Nova_Luenros
Nova_Luenros

I had fun playing this at E3, so I'm looking forward for this release!

terror_ninja
terror_ninja

i guess cuz its got ninjas i can hire it out for a week or sumthing while i wait for borderlands

happyfatman021
happyfatman021

This looks good, but it doesn't have me really excited like some other games. I'm sure I'll get it (or at least play it) eventually though.

Binarynova
Binarynova

I think the way enemies die is one of my favorite little random details about this game. Maybe it's showing my age, but when you defeated enemies in Sonic the Hedgehog they changed back into animals and happily bounced off into the background. Not sure if it's intentional, but it's a great nod to a classic game. And I'm not sure why but for some reason I had it in my head that this was going to be a downloadable title. Either way, I'll probably be picking this up eventually.

onuruca
onuruca

wish IO didnt try different and focus on hitman and K&L 2 but :/

twitchscb
twitchscb

Looks good for anyone NuKkU.... Not every well put together game for adults has to have blood squirting everywhere

NuKkU
NuKkU

looks good for kids