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The Last Ninja Available on: C64

May we present one of the most successful and loved C64 games of all time – The Last Ninja!

Cited by many as a highly innovative, groundbreaking game, The Last Ninja was responsible for so many firsts it’s no wonder the game is still talked about today.

The story goes that after many generations of training and meditating the Mystic Shadow Warriors had honed their emotions and skills to such an extent that they were the envy of the world. Their mastery of weapon craft and mind control was such everyone wanted to learn their secret. And so it was that the evil Ashikaga Clan, lead by Kunitoki, amassed an army of netherworld spirits and sent them to defeat the ninja clan and take their secrets.

Little did Kunitoki know though, that Armakuni (the last ninja) had survived and would soon have his revenge…

Last Ninja press scores:

Commodore User – 9/10

Zzap!64 – 94%

Electron User – 9/10

This game is also available on Apple II, Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron and Wii Virtual Console.

NINJA SKILLS: The Last Ninja series pushed the Commodore 64 hardware to its limits as well as providing a fantastic new gaming experience.

  • Innovative mix of adventure and puzzle solving
  • Critically acclaimed ninja gameplay
  • Still fondly remembered to this day
  • Also available on Apple II, Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron and Wii Virtual Console

Release date:
8 January 1987
Age Rating:
Not specified
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  • Evan P wrote on 18 November 2015 at 09:50

    This is a brilliant idea indeed. I’d buy a remake of this game in a heartbeat. I still have the C64 datasettes of Last Ninja 1 and 2 due to their sentimental value. Armakuni to return in HD………….How can one not smile at the thought?!

  • Zen wrote on 20 October 2015 at 12:06

    Get ready for Kickstarter! Can’t wait for the HD Remake

  • Stan wrote on 3 October 2015 at 11:23

    Last Ninja 4 please

  • Marco Moretti wrote on 27 September 2015 at 03:38

    Vogliamo una rivisitazione del mitico THE LAST NINJA per PC in DVD ROM e vogliamo che la colonna sonora sia creata dal Grande Ben Daglish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • roger brown wrote on 25 September 2015 at 05:00

    I’d love to see The last ninja brought back.

  • greenbat wrote on 19 August 2015 at 08:14

    Please make a Last Ninja remake for IOS and/or Android!

  • Johnnie wrote on 19 August 2015 at 01:31

    Would love a HD remake of Last Ninja, please start a kickstarter for us hardcore fans

  • Kai Birli wrote on 17 August 2015 at 07:11

    Here’s a nice video about a little “remake” from The Last Ninja. (made with Game Guru)

    I hope it’s a little motivation, that you guys will develop a new Last Ninja game, even a remake would be great… hey not only a steam version, we want a boxed version πŸ™‚

    Kind Regards,
    Kai Birli

  • drmick wrote on 15 March 2015 at 12:17

    Regarding a kickstarter game- absolutely agree 100%. The Matt Gray music KS was a massive, probably unanticipated, success.

    Game needs to be retro in music and graphics, but play like a modern game in the vein of Tomb Raider or Uncharted.

  • Jonny Hurtig wrote on 21 December 2014 at 03:43

    Matt Grays kickstarter did quite well, seems like the time is right to kickstart a true Last Ninja 4, and i’m hoping that is the reason for letting Matt use the artwork, to see if there is a demand for it.
    I would gladly buy the collectors set of a crowdfunded Last Ninja 4, I still have two LN2LE’s and would buy a LN4LE for Β£120 if thats what it takes.
    Listen to your fans and let us take the financial burden off of you via kickstarter.
    Bought Puttysquad Ps4 based on the System3 name alone btw πŸ™‚

    Oh and releasing the Last Ninja Xbox and/or Ps2 version in whatever buildstate its in into the public domain/mod community would be a true fanservice too, pretty please,

  • Hugo wrote on 1 December 2014 at 11:30

    Still to these Days the Best and most Memorable Video Game I’ve ever Played, it only brings good Memories from Childhood

  • Jeremy wrote on 20 October 2014 at 05:09

    Please consider kickstarting a new Last Ninja game for PS4!

  • Porga wrote on 10 September 2014 at 07:11

    They had plans for “The last ninja 4”, but they cancelled it, as it seems:

    The Last Ninja 4 [XBOX/PS2 – Unreleased]

    It would be nice to play LN remakes or sequel, but somehow I doubt it. The last ninja was TOP game on C64 for me at those days.

  • futureninja wrote on 2 September 2014 at 12:46

    everybody wants a new last ninja game. also everybody knows how to do it as well.

    keep it same view as the old version. but in 1080p, 60 frames a second. and use high res sprites. but please dont come up with the solution we had in the recently released ducktales game.

    if you do it then do it good. also how much money is needed to get this of the ground?

    you could add developer diaries etc. also media exposure to this game will be huge.

    i really dont understand how something can be delayed this long, other then some person holds the right and only cares about $$$$

    also Ben daglish, reyn ouwehand could do the music again. which i think they would love too.

    you can add eastern eggs in the game and godknows why. so again what is the hold up?

  • SteveQ wrote on 17 May 2014 at 01:33

    Please consider a fourth addition. . . I would seriously buy a c64/128 just to play it. Come on guys. Back together. You were innovative then why not be the ultimate retro now….

  • Didi wrote on 4 May 2014 at 09:50

    LN was a C64 milestone & masterpiece, and your website here (over a quarter century after the game release!) proves this to be obviously true. LN4 was planned and already cartographed – youΒ΄v e got an ace up oneΒ΄s sleeve – so why not do it now? Crowdfunding would take any financial risk load off. I would spend up to $64 for a C64 finished LN4, done by the original developers if possible. Still any doubts?

  • harryoke wrote on 5 April 2014 at 05:58

    Please Please bring back LN Franchise … come on guys .. get the original crew back together .. for one last installment πŸ™‚

  • Shuriken wrote on 1 March 2014 at 11:04

    Any The Last Ninja 4 news???

  • Terence Fiction wrote on 30 December 2013 at 09:28

    Music was awesome …

  • malcontent wrote on 27 December 2013 at 10:13

    LN4 on C64 = my money in your pocket

  • Jean-Pascal Marcour wrote on 6 November 2013 at 07:26

    Please make a HD remake on PS3!

  • Norman wrote on 2 October 2013 at 08:23

    Please release a ps vita version!

  • david wrote on 28 September 2013 at 12:05

    my dream is to see a new 3d isometric game (and why not include the three opus in an HD remake) with gorgeous 2D gfx, awesome music and enhanced gameplay. I would pay for this one !

  • BirdOfPlay wrote on 20 September 2013 at 10:38

    Whilst in Target in Australia a few years ago I saw a children’s t-shirt for sale. It had the the Last Ninja eyes artwork on it. Probably didn’t have the licence for the artwork but shows the influence of the game. I wish I bought one, despite being for an eight year old, or at least took a photo!

  • Andy Kress wrote on 5 July 2013 at 02:42

    Bring it back to us. I would love it <3
    The game and the music was so fantastic. Would be so great to play that again.

  • RetroDemoScene wrote on 3 July 2013 at 01:56

    Be so great to see something new on this awesome iconic trilogy of retro gaming.
    If it ever does happen… please get Ben or Reyn involved with the music. Best of luck.

  • Michael wrote on 26 June 2013 at 04:55

    If you do it then please keep it simple, no slow motion effects, no over the top explosions and no 100 enemies on screen at once.

    Keep it to it’s original formula with spiced up graphics and a couple of new features πŸ™‚

    and OH, try to get some new SID chip style tunes done for the new installment so no silly 50 cent rap , nor David Guetta (if that’s his name?) style fecal matter, just if you can try and keep it to what made games unique πŸ™‚

    And I say all the above with the greatest of respect because The Last Ninja is by and far one of my greatest gaming memories on the C64 and since I will soon be 40 years of age what a gift it would be if it appeared within the year of the big 4 0 πŸ˜‰

    damn, I might have to dig up The Last Ninja 3 on my Amiga, I never really did get far in that particular installment πŸ™‚

  • Sixteen Plus wrote on 20 June 2013 at 04:08

    A kickstarter Last Ninja 4 project would be more worthwhile if a C64 version was also produced πŸ˜‰

  • loststargirl wrote on 19 June 2013 at 06:24

    I will support kickstarter for Last Ninja 4 πŸ™‚

    synchromesh sent me here.

  • Slawkenbergius wrote on 19 June 2013 at 02:13

    I heard a rumour about a possible Last Ninja 4? Yes please

  • Mobius wrote on 18 June 2013 at 11:29

    Get a kickstarter going you fools.

  • breakpointUK wrote on 18 June 2013 at 11:11

    synchro sent me here and what he said…

    While your at it, release the source for Putty Squad (Amiga AGA), cheers πŸ˜‰

  • Synchro wrote on 17 June 2013 at 12:24

    Hmmm I just noticed….The background pic looks suspiciously like concept art to me ?
    Should I be starting a fan based site for ” Last Ninja IV ” πŸ™‚

  • synchro wrote on 17 June 2013 at 11:08

    If Last Ninja IV is planned Please ..Please consider it for PC as well as Consoles etc..
    I must emphasise again that a kickstarter could Fully fund Last Ninja IV as with Elite Dangerous who we the fans have just raised 1.7 million from the fans and the game is now a reality. Yes I really want to play this game again πŸ™‚

  • Oli wrote on 16 June 2013 at 10:49

    I’am 39 and still today i play the Game πŸ™‚ please Last Ninja 4 for iOS πŸ™‚ please

  • Synchro wrote on 15 June 2013 at 11:04

    Ok time to make this game again….It could be made in the isometric style of ” Tomb Raider Guardian of Light ” which was brilliant isometric 3D as well and reminded me very much of Last Ninja whilst I was playing.
    A Kickstarter could easily fund this project and I don’t know what you guys are waiting for ?

  • Paul wrote on 6 June 2013 at 07:11

    I remember being addicted to this game when I was in my early teens. It’s great to find System 3 are still around. You were my favourite games developer.

    And even now approaching 40, it’s great to hear there’s a possible Last Ninja 4! Will need to keep an eye on that one for old times sake! πŸ˜‰

  • Giorgio wrote on 30 May 2013 at 11:03

    System3 dear, I can not wait to release ninja4 are very impatient, and do a good job!

  • eff-ess wrote on 23 May 2013 at 10:06

    Last Ninja 4 would be great. Hope to hear more about it soon…

  • System 3 wrote on 21 May 2013 at 02:55

    Hi Ronnie, We are currently in negotiation with a 1st party hardware manufacturer about bringing Last Ninja 4 to the consoles so hopefully we will hear more about that soon…

  • Ronnie wrote on 18 May 2013 at 07:22

    System 3 please give us last ninja 4, and release the source code for the amiga πŸ™‚

  • wombateer wrote on 15 May 2013 at 07:39

    If I can recall rightly, the music was by a guy called Anthony Lees. And he lived down the road from me.

  • Tommaso Consortini wrote on 29 April 2013 at 10:18

    Give us Last Ninja 4, bring back Armakuni!

  • Kai Birli wrote on 10 April 2013 at 08:06

    You should think about a new Ninja 4 game … πŸ™‚
    Would be nice.

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