Kamen no Ninja - Hanamaru [Model CAP-JE]

The Famicom Game by Capcom Co., Ltd.


Emulated in MAME ! [Console] Famicom Game

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(Kamen no Ninja - Hanamaru)

Kamen no Ninja Hanamaru is a side-scrolling platform game by Capcom. Hanamaru, a ninja boy in training, is sent on a mission to investigate bizarre happenings and disappearances. In a local theme park called Leisure Island, children have been mysteriously disappearing and these disappearances are being attributed to a ruthless rival gang of ninjas. Equipped with his red mask and a mechanical hawk, it is up to the brave Hanamaru to journey throughout the park's fourteen areas and to rescue the captive children. The young ninja can run, jump or allow his hawk companion to attack enemies at long range. He can also collect special scrolls to increase his magic powers and cast various spells (press Down and B to activate them) - they range from lightning attack (kills all enemies on screen), ground shake (kills all enemies on the ground), Fire Hawk (unleashes the hawk super dive attack) and super jump (increases jumping speed for a short amount of time). Various special items are also available throughout the game, such as extra lives, invincibility and battle cards. Battle cards are a very important part of the gameplay - every now and then, Hanamaru encounters a boss that he must fight in a really unusual way (and apparently loosely based on the traditional Japanese disciplines of Ninjutsu). Boss battles are round based, and the player must pick a card with a higher face value than his opponent, and the difference represents how much damage the player (or the boss) takes. Thankfully, Hanamaru can collect special battle cards along the way - some can double or triple the face value of a card, whereas others prevent the boss from being able to attack for a round, or help Hanamaru regain some life. Although most of the game offers traditional side scrolling platformer action, several levels try out very different gameplay styles (Hanamaru can ride a Skateboard in some stages, or fly through the air with the help of his hawk companion).


Cartridge ID: CAP-JE


Kamen no Ninja Hanamaru was released on March 16, 1990 in Japan for 5800 Yen.

Hanamaru shares a striking resemblance with Akakage (aka Red Shadow), a popular Japanese ninja who also wears a similar red mask. The character was originally created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama in 1967 (better known for his works Tetsujin 28-go or Giant Robo), and was featured in several manga, anime and movies (the ninja also starred in its own Famicom game called "Kamen no Ninja - Akakage" and published by Toei Animation in 1988!). Fortunate coincidence or incidental inspiration ?


• Hidden bonus stages: Four different 'whack-a-mole' bonus stages are hidden throughout the game. To unlock them, the player must jump on specific areas of the background - they are located on stage 2, 6, 7 and 9 (marked on the pictures on the right). These bonus stages award Hanamaru with extra continues and warp him to the next level - as long as he can manage to whack enough enemies on the head though, and will be sent back to the beginning of the level in case of failure!

Game's ROM.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com

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