PlayStation Vita’s Stealth Ninja Game Isn’t Tenchu, It’s Shinobido 2: Tales Of The Ninja

By Spencer . June 10, 2011 . 8:04pm

In Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja you play as an assassin who slips through shadows and kills targets from the shadows. You can sneak through grass and around corners by holding the R button. When you get close to an enemy pressing triangle executes them.


I managed to stealth kill a couple of enemies, but was spotted in the bushes during one encounter. I had two choices: run like a coward and try again or fight. I picked the latter option and tried using the square button to swing my katana. While uncouth, a few strikes finished the enemy off. Players also get a few ninja tools like smoke bombs and throwing stars to use.


Acquire, developer of the Tenchu titles, utilized the touch screen on PlayStation Vita. Tap the map in the upper left to blow it up. Press the touch panel on the back and you switch into first person mode. That’s helpful for aiming the grappling hook, a roof scaling tool you can access by pressing down on the d-pad.


Speaking of "first", what happened to the first game? Shinobido 1 exists, but the title was only released in Japan and Europe. Just a few months ago, Acquire’s president asked fans on Twitter if they want a new Shinibido title. Surprise here it is, well at least for Japan. Despite a localized version shown at E3, Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja is not confirmed for North America, but publisher Spike hopes they can release the title overseas.


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  • d19xx

    Shinobido 1 has one of the worst draw distance in existence. I’m glad to see a new Tenchu title though, Tenchu Shadow Assassins is probably the best stealth game I’ve played on the PSP. Only grip I had was the Wiicentric combat. :p

    • Zal_Yagun

      Kinda makes sense since it was a port of the Wii game, but still the psp combat was way better than the wii. Kinda sucks that the other Tenchu psp ports never crossed over the seas.

    • Guest

      Actually the 1st Tenchu game for PSP had the worst draw distance, and the DS game was forgettable

  • Yu_TheKing

    Always wanted another ninja game similar in the same vein as Tenchu.

    • Guest

      Only a Ninja…can kill a Ninja…

  • heartless141

    have yet to play any Shinobido game, but Tenchu Time of the assassin was my first loved game on the PSP :P looking forward to this.

  • ShinGundam

    DO WANT!! 60fps + open world = WIN

  • This gravity daze,ruin and dragon crown makes Vita day 1!

  • ninjaonizuka

    looks great glad to see more ninja games :D

  • HarryHodd

    So disappointed this isn’t on the PS3. There isn’t one stealth Ninja game on the system.

    It was also hinted at a while back and the Way of the Samurai games sell well on the system. Why not PS3 and Vita?

  • So…are we to assume stuff happened in the first Shinobido?

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