I’m a huge fan of Ninja JaJaMaru-kun on NES, and we did do a bit of a deep-dive on it here a while back, so I was over the moon to hear that ININ Games is bringing the classic Ninja JaJaMaru franchise to the West because I’ve never played any of the rest of it!

I know I’m a couple of days late with this news because of being on holiday but in case it’s your first time hearing, we’re getting three great-looking compilations stacked with games never released in the West, and they’re coming to PlayStation and Nintendo Switch in 2023! And because I’m late, but also because I’m lazy, here’s most of the press release in its original form for your delight, as I received it in my email inbox…

Official logo of the Great Yokai Battle Deluxe Edition

Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle – Deluxe Edition is the must-have for everyone who loves the iconic Jump & Run franchise or wants to dive into it for the first time ever. Adding to the amazing collection from City Connection, which has only been released in Japan, this compilation consists of six classics of the franchise spanning over multiple decades and platforms.

Starting with the original “Ninja JaJaMaru-kun” (1985, NES®), on to “Super Ninja-Kid” (1994, SNES®), and culminating in the brand-new 2022 game “Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle”, players in the West can finally experience some of these classics for the first time ever, restored to new glory and including additional features. On top of that, ININ Games includes something completely new in this collection: A colorization of the 1990 Game Boy title “Oira JaJaMaru! Sekai Daibouken” that you can play on modern consoles.

Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle – Deluxe Edition will be available digitally and boxed, featuring the following titles:

  • Ninja JaJaMaru-kun (1985, Famicom/NES®)
  • JaJaMaru’ no Daibouken (1986, Famicom/NES®)
  • Oira JaJaMaru! Sekai Daibouken (1990, Game Boy)
  • Ninja JaJaMaru – Gingadaisakusen (1991, Famicom/NES®)
  • Super Ninja-kid (1994, Super Famicom/SNES®)
  • Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle (2022)
Official logo of the Lost RPGs

Besides this collection of Jump & Run classics, ININ Games will also publish Ninja JaJaMaru: The Lost RPGs, a bundle of two RPG entries of this franchise that have never been released outside Japan before. For the first time ever, fans in the West will get the chance to play “Ninja JaJaMaru: Ninpouchou” and “Ninja JaJaMaru: Gekimaden – Maboroshi no Kinmajou” – fully localized in English! Ninja JaJaMaru: The Lost RPGs will be available as digital download.

Ninja JaJaMaru: The Lost RPGs is comprised of the following titles:

  • Ninja JaJaMaru: Ninpouchou (1989, Famicom/NES®)
  • Ninja JaJaMaru: Gekimaden – Maboroshi no Kinmajou (1990, Famicom/NES®)
Official logo of the Legendary Ninja Collection

The third and last collection will be available digitally-only and is the best bet for all fans of the franchise out there who want to get the full picture. JaJaMaru: Legendary Ninja Collection includes all titles of the previously mentioned collections and will be released for PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

The following games are included in the JaJaMaru: Legendary Ninja Collection:

  • Ninja JaJaMaru-kun (1985, Famicom/NES®)
  • JaJaMaru no Daibouken (1986, Famicom/NES®)
  • Ninja JaJaMaru: Ninpouchou (1989, Famicom/NES®)
  • Ninja JaJaMaru: Gekimaden – Maboroshi no Kinmajou (1990, Famicom/NES®)
  • Oira JaJaMaru! Sekai Daibouken (1990, Game Boy)
  • Ninja JaJaMaru – Gingadaisakusen (1991, Famicom/NES®)
  • Super Ninja-kid (1994, Super Famicom/SNES®)
  • Ninja JaJaMaru: The Great Yokai Battle (2022)

An exclusive physical collection for the retro gaming enthusiasts out there & retro console-compatible cartridges!

For collectors who would love to hold all of these Ninja JaJaMaru games in their hands, Strictly Limited Games will create exclusive, limited editions of the JaJaMaru: Legendary Ninja Collection. Besides all of the titles, this collection, exclusively available via Strictly Limited Games, will include several physical collectibles that cannot be bought anywhere else. Pre-orders started already via strictlylimited.com.