Ninja from Mario Sports Mix
|First appearance|| (1987, Final Fantasy franchise)|
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (2006, Super Mario-related media)
|Latest appearance||Triple Triad (2015, Final Fantasy franchise)|
Mario Sports Mix (2010, Super Mario-related media)
|Latest portrayal||Scott Burns (2010)|
- —Ninja, Mario Hoops 3-on-3
Ninja is one of the five Final Fantasy characters who first appears in the game Mario Hoops 3-on-3, which was developed by Square Enix, who also produced the entire Final Fantasy series of games. His traits and appearance are based on the Ninja job class from the Final Fantasy games. He is the leader of the Final Fantasy team in both games. He is dressed in a red Ninja uniform, and his special abilities deal with Ninjutsu. Ninja returns as a playable character in Mario Sports Mix (which was also developed by Square Enix). Although he is a heroic character in his original game, in both Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Mario Sports Mix, he is depicted in a semi-antagonist role where he disguises himself and steals the trophy in the final cup of the game.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
Ninja makes his debut appearance for the Super Mario franchise in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Ninja is one of five Final Fantasy characters in the game, alongside White Mage, Black Mage, Moogle, and Cactuar. He is unlocked by winning the Rainbow Tourney on the Normal difficulty. As his skill-set is based on his speed, grace, and power, he has an All-Around playing style. Ninja's Special Shot is the Leaf Veil, which lets him use his Ninjutsu skills to shoot the ball towards the net, and he dashes through a veil of leaves to dunk the ball with precision. The Leaf Veil is activated by tapping a capital N, for Ninja. By completing the Rainbow Tourney on the Hard difficulty setting and achieving a gold trophy, an alternate version of Ninja's attire is unlocked.
Mario Sports Mix
Ninja makes his second appearance in the Super Mario franchise in Mario Sports Mix. Ninja appears with the original Final Fantasy characters from Mario Hoops 3-on-3. He maintains his playing style as an All-Around character. He is unlocked by beating one of the two Star Roads, located on the Star Cup Map. He also has an alternate outfit, called Shadow White, which is unlocked by playing as Ninja 20 times, by completing Star Road 4 times, or by finding him on the Flower Cup route. Even if the player is playing as Ninja during the Star Cup, a CPU Shadow White Ninja will still steal the trophy before the finals, and the player will challenge him alongside White Mage and Black Mage.
Ninja features average power and technique, while having above average speed. He also has the highest stat total, along with White Mage; 10/15.
Ninja's special shot involves him making two copies of himself to throw off opponents. In dodgeball, the shots that the copies make do count. For all the other sports, only the real Ninja's shot will count.
Ninja has the appearance of a human with black eyes and a traditional Ninja outerwear attire. He is portrayed as a balanced, all-around character in his appearances, focusing on speed, grace and power.
Ninja has an average frame for a male character, with similar bodily proportions to that of Mario and Luigi. Ninja's skin is an olive, tan complexion. He has a small, button nose which, along with his mouth, is mostly concealed by his mask. His eyebrows are dark and give his eyes a focused appearance. His eyes are round, and peer out of his helmet. Ninja's face is describable as round, with soft shape.
Ninja is portrayed as wearing a red shinobi shōzoku, with various pieces of light armor and a flowing, white ninja scarf. His top is a red keikogi with a v-neck, and short sleeves with a white rib at each opening. His bottoms are baggy, red, and include a white slit on each hip. Dark red details include fingerless gloves, a ninja mask, tabi socks, a keikogi belt, and a modern hood. Light armor pieces include red and white accented arm-guards, shoulder armor, a helmet, and metallic chainmail under the keikogi top. The arm-guards are depicted with a three end split, metallic rings wrapped in half-circle studs, as well as an orange rupee on each forearm.
In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, an alternate form of Ninja's regular outfit can be unlocked by completing the Rainbow Tourney on Hard difficulty with a gold trophy. It replaces the red colors of his garb with indigo, as well as the dark red with a deeper indigo. The white accents are replaced with gold, and the orange rupees in his arm-guards are made pink. The chainmail underneath his top is much darker, and his helmet has a metallic ninja band on the front as opposed to the curved accent shape on his original costume.
In Mario Sports Mix, there is another alternate costume, called "Shadow White". It can be unlocked by playing as Ninja for twenty matches, by completing the "Shadow White" mission at Star Cup, or by clearing Star Road four times. His mouth piece also turns a lighter red.
Powers and abilities
Ninja's abilities deal with various Ninja skills and Ninjutsu specials. Ninja is said to possess grace, speed and power, making him well-off as an All-Around character in his appearances.
Ninja's special abilities are centered around his use of Ninjutsu. In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Ninja even replaces a few standard abilities with Ninjutsu skills. Rather than side-step, Ninja teleports from side to side, and instead of ground-pounding, Ninja will jump in the air and summon down a spiral of flames. He also makes use of doppelgangers when doing various swift motions while playing, such as dunking. His special move in this game is the Leaf Veil, and he uses a summoning circle to alter the effects of his ball, quickly sending it towards the hoop. This leaves him an opening to vanish through a gust of leaves directly to his ball, guaranteeing him a swift dunk.
Ninja is voiced/portrayed by:
- Hironori Miyata in Mario Hoops 3-on-3.
- Scott Burns in Mario Sports Mix.
Profiles and statistics
- Baller Name: Mr. Invincible
- Type: All-Around
- Special Shot: Leaf Veil
- Letter to Tap: N
- Site profile: "Speed, grace and power sum up Ninja's game. To stop him, you have to catch him, but when you think you have him where you want him, he really has you set up to be the fool. His Leaf Veil is a thing of beauty."
|Character Name||Character Type||Home Court||Power Statistic||Speed Statistic||Technique Statistic|
Names in other languages
- Ninja's appearance is based on the appearance of the class in NES-era Final Fantasy games, being an almost exact match for the class as it appears in the original game.
- His alternate costume from Mario Hoops 3-on-3 has a strong resemblance to the Ninja class in Final Fantasy V.
- The band around his mouth is a slightly lighter shade of red when choosing his Shadow White costume.
|Mario Hoops 3-on-3|
|Starting characters||Mario • Luigi • Princess Peach • Princess Daisy • Yoshi • Wario • Waluigi • Donkey Kong • Diddy Kong • Bowser Jr.|
|Unlockable characters||Paratroopa • Dixie Kong • Bowser • Birdo • Boo • Fly Guy • Moogle • Ninja • White Mage • Black Mage • Cactuar|
|Non-playable characters||Blooper • Bob-omb • Bomb • Cheep Cheep • Dry Bones • Fire Bar • Ghost • Goomba • Gooper Blooper • Lakitu • Lava Bubble • Malboro • Pianta • Petey Piranha • Shy Guy • Sushi • Thwomp • Toad|
|Courts||Mushroom Tourney||Mario Stadium • Koopa Beach • Peach Field • Sunset Beach|
|Flower Tourney||DK Cruiser • Luigi's Mansion • Daisy Garden • Malboro Garden|
|Star Tourney||Wario Factory • Jr. Street • Bowser's Castle • Glare Desert|
|Rainbow Tourney||Sherbet Land • Bloocheep Sea • Pirate Ship • Rainbow Ship|
|Coin Hunter courses||Mario Classic 1-1 • Mario Classic 8-4 • Mario Classic 2-2 • Strange Forest|
|Dribble Race courses||Peach's Castle • Sunshine Road • Rainbow Road|
|Items and objects||? Panel • Banana • Bomb • Coin • Fake ? Panel • Freezie • Green Shell • Lightning • Mimic • Mushroom • Poison Mushroom • Red Coin • Red Shell • Slot Coin • Spiny Shell • Star|
|Special Shots||1000 Needles • Bomber Dunk • Cannon Shot • Egg Shot • Fire Shot • Flower Shot • Flutter Dunk • Graffiti Shot • Green Fire Shot • Heart Shot • Holy Shot • Jet Shot • Konga Dunk • Leaf Veil • Meteor Shot • Moogle Dance • Move-It Dunk • Thriller Dunk • Thunder Shot • Twist Dunk • Wing Shot|
|Miscellaneous||Dribble Skillz • Gallery • Media • Original Soundtrack • Staff • Superstar Shootout|
|Mario Sports Mix|
|Playable characters||All-around||Mario • Luigi • Yoshi • Ninja • Mii|
|Technical||Princess Peach • Princess Daisy • Waluigi • White Mage|
|Powerful||Wario • Donkey Kong • Bowser|
|Speedy||Diddy Kong • Bowser Jr. • Toad|
|Tricky||Black Mage • Slime • Moogle • Cactuar|
|Non-playable characters||Behemoth • Behemoth King • Birdo • Blue Yoshi • Boo • Dry Bones • Gold Ghost • Koopa Troopa • Lakitu • Monty Mole • Penguin • Pianta • Purple Puncher • Red Yoshi • Shy Guy|
|Courts||Mario Stadium • Koopa Troopa Beach • Peach's Castle • DK Dock • Toad Park • Luigi's Mansion • Western Junction • Daisy Garden • Wario Factory • Bowser Jr. Blvd. • Bowser's Castle • Waluigi Pinball • Ghoulish Galleon • Star Ship • Sherbet Sea • Rowdy Raft • Fire Mountain|
|Items||Banana Peel • Bob-omb • Coin • Green Shell • Mini Mushroom • Red Shell • Super Star|
|Party games||Feed Petey • Harmony Hustle • Bob-omb Dodge • Smash Skate|
|Further info||Image gallery • Pre-release and unused content • Glitches • Media • Staff|