There has always been a certain appeal about ninjas in many cultures, not just for gamers. They are masters of espionage and disguise, following strict codes in both fighting and maintaining the reputation of their clan or clients. Thus, many female ninjas otherwise known as kunoichi have been made in all forms of media, including video games. Right now, we’ll look at a particular ninja girl who brought a unique style of gameplay and then some.
Meet Izuna, the Unemployed Ninja. She starred in two games named after her for the Nintendo DS and created by a tandem of Success and Ninja Studio and brought to America by Atlus Games. The games themselves were fashioned as “dungeon RPGs” with free-ranged but still turn-based gameplay in dungeons with maps that are always changing with different items and monsters scattered throughout, never producing the same map twice. While the gameplay was not completely well-received because of the difficulty and common graphics used, the story and characters was enough for Izuna to gain near cult status.
Those who would look at Izuna herself being dressed in red with pink hair are likely to compare her to Sakura Haruno from the manga/anime series Naruto. While the outlooks are similar by color scheme alone, there are major differences. For instance, Izuna is not obsessed with boys, or at least she doesn’t completely dedicate her entire existence for one boy who defines the character trait of being “emo.” Izuna actually can be extremely flirtatious as a way to tease the men around her. (And she has the body to do it with, too!) Otherwise Izuna is rather mischievous and somewhat bratty to the point where she doesn’t obey what anyone tells her to. However when her comrades are in danger she manages to do what is right and fight off monsters, rival ninja, and even Gods to protect them and the village they live in.
Izuna herself is flexible in the way she handles weapons and armor. As she goes through the dungeons she makes full use of all standard ninja weapons she comes across to her advantage. She also is adept at using talismans to either upgrade her weapons or use in battle for different effects. In short, Izuna has everything it takes to make her a full-fledged warrior and is able to take whatever is available to her to achieve her goals.
Her good looks and personality may have gotten her as far as two games, but whether it all translates to a third game for the DS or even the upcoming 3DS remains to be seen. Still, Izuna is one kunoichi you’ll wish you had working for you. Be sure to check out the official sites for the first and the second games as there are all sorts of goodies to look at and download on them.
This is Greg P., examining video game babes for you and me.