A Much-Needed Look At Square Enix’s Ninja Game, Moon Diver

By Ishaan . February 10, 2011 . 5:04pm

Ninja side-scrollers are some of the most fun games out there, but Square Enix have been rather mum on their own take on the side-scrolling ninja genre — Moon Diver, created by Kouichi "Isuke" Yotsui, one of the designers of Strider.


Originally revealed just prior to E3 2010, Moon Diver has the most random story ever. The game takes place in the year 2081, where an evil force has brought inanimate objects to life and turned them against humanity. Cars, cups, bridges…these are all transformed into evil creatures in Moon Diver. Fortunately, an elite group of ninjas called Moondivers (that sounds familiar…) has been dispatched to handle the situation.


For some reason, Square are quietly revealing little bits and pieces about Moon Diver on their downloadable games Facebook page. This past week, they showed off some of the game’s basic moves.


Clinging and Flips:

Clinging onto the underside of a platform lets you flip onto it.


Charging your attack:

As you might imagine, charging lets you perform a stronger blow.



Moon Diver lets you slide both on the ground and in the air.


Double Jump:

Everyone can double jump nowadays. Even Prinnies. It would be rather disgraceful if a ninja couldn’t.


Chain Kills:

One of the objectives in Moon Diver is to aim for a high score. You do this by building up chain kills. The game’s assistant producer says that it should be relatively easy to rack up a hundred chains. We aren’t certain if this means 100 kills or 100 hits in a chain. The latter sounds  reminiscent of Muramasa: The Demon Blade.


4-player Co-op:

Moon Diver lets up to four players play  together. While playing with other people, you can pull off “MoonSault Combinations,” which are cooperative attacks. One example of this is the chain lightning attack shown above.


MoonSault combinations can also be performed by yourself. This one’s called “Thor’s Arc ++” and sends 4 slashes across the screen.


Moon Diver lets you choose from five different ninjas to play as. Leveling up and gaining abilities are part of the game as well. Square Enix haven’t announced a release date for Moon Diver yet, but it’s expected sometime this spring on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.


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  • Oh wow, almost forgot about this. Good call reminding people it still exists, SE.

  • I never heard of this until now. This seems interesting. I wonder does it have any chance of coming to the US.

    • Already confirmed.

      • Great! Can’t wait until it’s released to test it out.

  • Code

    rar, I’m looking forward to it, if it makes in the time frame of the next month or so it’s going to have some strong competition. But at the same time seriously the abundance of platformers coming out recently makes me all warm and happy on the inside >w<'

  • Wow, this game looks pretty nice. I could always use another side scroller.

  • Woah, this looks pretty arcade style and pretty high quality, looks good :0

  • What the hell? This looks great! Hoping for a demo first though.

  • Some of those gameplay elements really remind me of Shadow of the Ninja/Blue Shadow, an awesome nes ninja game

  • shion16

    It looks like they took the strider formula and put it in our generation with some updates and multiplayer.
    sry capcom ^^

  • Is this co-op is not offline, I swear……

    • raymk

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t be. It was confirmed to have online co-op and I can’t think of any DLC game that doesn’t have offline co-op. X-men,ninja turtles, and castle crashers all have it so take that as you will.

  • PrinceHeir

    the sprites are just godlike :D

    definitely will get this :P

    • z_merquise

      They don’t look like 2D sprites to me, more like 3D models in 2D plane. But I do agree that the game looked really good. This and Hard Corps: Uprising are the games that I look forward in PSN.

      • Any ArcSys game is a must buy for me

  • raymk

    Its good were getting info on this game. Its most def worth a purchase :).

  • mirumu

    I don’t trust Square Enix, but one of the designers of Strider? Count me interested.

    • Even after the mind blowing trailers of Versus 13 and Type-0?

      • mirumu

        Those trailers are certainly pretty, but so were the trailers for every other disappointing game Square Enix has released in recent years. The Tetsuya Nomura character designs don’t do anything for me either.

        I’m not a hater though, if they release a genuinely good game I’ll be happy to play it. I’ll just won’t buy until their quality has been proven first.

  • Wait, this was a PSN game? xD Yessss, I guess that means I don’t have to spend as much money then.

  • I’ve been very excited about Moon Diver because a) It looks fantastic and fun and b) Ninjas…Damn!

    This is pretty much on my to buy list and the plot sounds awesome. After all the last thing you’d expect to attack you would be a ladle.

    Capcom and Square Enix should work together on a Strider 3 :D

  • dusk

    Possible Sequel: Moon Diver X Star Driver
    Who will win?
    Ninja V.S Galactic Pretty Boy

  • z_merquise

    “Everyone can double jump nowadays. Even Prinnies. It would be rather disgraceful if a ninja couldn’t.”

    Haha! Nice one! Way back then, a double jump or a super jump seems to be a big deal in games. Now, almost anyone can do it. Heck even a homeless dude, who can’t even afford to buy slippers and only wears a karate gi, can even do a super jump and kick someone like Galactus to the face.

  • Really looking forward to this and most of the gamers on my PSN friends list who have strider and the different spellings in their username. All Striders around the world lets unite and stop this evil force or else the cup of coffee you’re drinking could change into something very nasty!

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