Can we all agree that there’s something amazing about ninjas? We can? Great. There’s no denying that they kick butt, and perhaps that’s why ninja games are so popular – because poking people with pointy swords is a lot of fun. Ninjas are versatile. They can be sneaky, but are equally capable of involving themselves in action-heavy fights.
With all that in mind, it fills me with joy to bring you the best ninja games on Switch and mobile. You better appreciate this, I became one with shadows, crossing my blades with many people, and throwing so many shurikens that I lost count, all so that you have a list of titles to play. If you don’t appreciate my efforts, I have just one thing to say – catch me outside, how about that.
Of course, if you’re not the sneaky type, and prefer your enemies to know that you’re there, you’ll feel right at home with our lists of the best Viking games and pirate games – pillage, plunder, and search for booty till your heart’s content. Or, if you’re ready to set off on an adventure, our best Switch RPGs and best mobile RPGs guides are the places to be.
Now, let’s get into the games.
Ninja Gaiden Master Collection – Switch
I’ve got no doubt that you’ve all heard of Ninja Gaiden. It’s a longstanding series that allows you to play as – wait for it – a ninja. The Ninja Gaiden Master Collection features three games – Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razer’s Edge. These games are all known for their insane difficulty, so don’t go into this thinking you can hack and slash your way to victory. If you do that, your foes are likely to swat you out of the air like a fly. Ninja Gaiden is fast-paced, has gruelling bosses, and tests all your ninja skills.
Stickman Ghost 2: Galaxy Wars – mobile
Ninjas, space, and hordes of enemies, what more do you need. Stickman Ghost 2: Galaxy Wars is by far the most simple game on this list, but it’s also one of the best for pure entertainment value. The gameplay is incredibly simple, as you take control of ninja stickmen, pick up your weapons, and face off against hordes of enemies. It also happens to have a story if you’re interested in that, but I’d wager that it’s more the ninja’s in space thing that’s brought you to this title.
Lego Ninjago Movie Game – Switch
Yes, ninjas are so legendary that even Lego couldn’t help but to include them in a game, and that’s where Lego Ninjago comes in. Naturally, the game has all the hilarious charm you expect to see from a Lego game, and also offers a great experience to those that want to let their inner assassin run wild. There are many Lego Ninjago characters for you to use, Make sure you check out our guide to discover who all these ninjas are. You can also expect the traditional Lego gameplay, such as collectables, brick building, and charming comedy.
Ninja Arashi 2 – mobile
Granted, you need to play the first one if you want to fully understand what’s going on, but if you’re after nothing more than a great ninja game to play, just dive on into Ninja Arashi 2 – a rare case where the sequel outshines the original in every possible way. In this platformer, you play as Arashi, a ninja that finally has his freedom after escaping his icy prison. Now, he seeks the very being that put him there, Dosu, a shadow demon who also happens to have Arashi’s son.
The game features some RPG elements, which allow you to tailor the game to your personal playstyle as you can upgrade various ninja skills to help you on your journey. It also doesn’t hurt that the game has a gorgeous aesthetic with more than 80 stages that burst with life.
Mortal Kombat 11
Get ready, fight! If you like fighting games, there’s that one series that holds a special place in your heart, be it Soul Calibur, Street Fighter, Tekken, or Mortal Kombat, and for me, it’s the latter. Ever since the 1990s, back when I first got to experience the tournament on my Mega Drive, Mortal Kombat has been one of my favourite videogame franchises. Whether or not little me should have been playing the game at a young age is up for debate.
Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the best fighting games out there, and luckily it’s on Nintendo Switch, so none of us have to miss out. The roster features fan-favourite characters such as Scorpion and Sub Zero, with some newer ones too, including the new generation of fighters such as Cassie Cage and Jackie Briggs. If you want to mindlessly punch things, MK11 is perfect. Should you be after a good story, the game covers that too. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and finish him!
Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage – mobile
There’s no way I could write a ninja games list and not include an entry from the Naruto franchise. If you’re unfamiliar with Naruto, it’s an incredibly popular anime and manga series that also has a strong presence in the world of video games. Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage brings the Naruto Shippuden and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime together to create a fortress strategy game, and it features all of your favourite characters.
You get to train your shinobi, prepare them for battle, and give them their orders as these highly trained ninjas fight to protect the resources in your village. It’s a must-play if you like anime, ninjas, and enjoy 3D worlds.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Collection – Switch
My inner zen tells me that this game is a must-own, even if it’s not out yet. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection is exactly that, a huge selection of games, and it features some of Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo’s finest outings from the good old days. Seriously, there are titles from the NES, SNES, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, and arcades here. If you’re after a good beat ’em up, fancy some action, and love pepperoni pizza as much as Mikey, this collection is a must-own for you.
There you have it, the best ninja games on Switch and mobile. Whether you continue to hide in the shadows, or face your enemies head-on, be the ninja you want to be. Or, for something completely different, check out our picks for the best games like Life is Strange for Switch and mobile.