Here’s The Video That Convinced Microsoft To Pay For Mark Of The Ninja

Here’s The Video That Convinced Microsoft To Pay For Mark Of The Ninja

You might wonder why Microsoft decided to publish Mark of the Ninja, an independently-developed 2D stealth game that looks and plays like very few other games out there.

Today Kotaku can exclusively reveal the pitch video that Ninja developers Klei Entertainment showed Microsoft in late 2010 to get them to fund the game. You can watch it above. It looks a lot like the final version of Mark of the Ninja, which came out on Xbox 360 last month. Minus the gameplay.

“The genesis of Ninja was quite literally just a video,” Ninja designer Nels Anderson told me during a recent phone interview. “There was nothing playable there at all… [but] Microsoft thought that video was so darn sweet, they didn’t care, and they signed it.”

Mark of the Ninja hits Steam today. Don’t sleep on this one, folks. If you’re into stealth games — or if you’re into games that will get you into stealth games — Mark of the Ninja is a must-play. It’s smooth, stylish, and a lot of fun to play. Both Kirk and I can’t get enough of it.


  • maybe im not far enough into the story but as soon as enemies see me I cannot kill them, not like in this video anyway

  • This is the game I dreamt about as a kid. AMAZING amazing game.

    Anyone who grew up gaming in the 80’s and early 90’s should be buying this game. As a matter of fact, anyone with a shred of taste in videogames should buy this game.

    In fact, EVERYONE should buy this game. Might double dip on Steam to be honest.

  • Maximum enjoyment in a game for me comes from maximum mobility
    It’s why I’m drawn to platformers or the AC games (Infamous, Prototype I could go on all day)
    If this game handles anything like in the video I’ll purchase it right now

  • It’s kind of disappointing that I’m more excited about the game in the video than the actual Mark of the Ninja. As someone who grew up playing the Tenchu series, MOTN kind of felt a little too restrictive in its play which frustrated me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic stealth game, it’s just not as exciting and stylish as the game in the video suggests it could have been. It would be nice if there was DLC that used the locations in the video too.

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