i-Ninja Gamecube review

James / August 11th, 2012

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  • machineon518

    August 11, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Another one from Mike! SCHWEET!!!

  • machineon518

    August 11, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Am I first, too!? 🙂

  • jomamma

    August 11, 2012 at 12:19 am

    great review im gonna check out that game motherfucker

  • Sniffie

    August 11, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Hey mike, you rail exactly like that in sonic the hedgehog 2 for the dreamcast aswell… cant believe you did not mention that 🙂

  • Sniffie

    August 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Also, good review, looks like i missed a gem 🙁

  • Duck.of.Doom

    August 11, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I used to have this game on the Xbox. I remember me and my friend always used to laugh because it sounded like he was saying “Ninja potato!” when he was doing one of his special attacks.

  • GuardianAuron

    August 11, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Good stuff, Mike.

    Idea — You and James should battle on Super Smash Bros (N64 or gamecube) and post those videos up. Heck, maybe involve your friends from Overanalyzers.

    Epicness would ensue.

  • August 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Ninja sounds like Doug Funny.

  • Squall85

    August 11, 2012 at 1:43 am

    This game looks really nice. I think it’s time for eBay 🙂

  • aireca

    August 11, 2012 at 2:40 am

    One of my Favs 😀

  • Pompkinini

    August 11, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Cool review. It makes me wonder how many other good games are out there that just completely missed my radar.

  • dillingeFOUR

    August 11, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Mike is a good guy and a great artist,

    However, let’s not forget who is supposed to review games. He was a sufficient stop-gap for when James was shooting the AVGN film, but to make this a regular cinnemassacre thing seems out of place. Board James is one thing, but this guy is a terrible game reviewer.

    Monotone voice, bland opinions, and obvious observations.

    There is no way to say this without being a dick. I really like Mike. His glitch segments are top-notch ( as well as his board james, awesome art etc, etc) but leave the game reviews be.

    Just my opinion. James has built this from the ground up and if he wants to include his friends so be it.

    (If you read this Mike, no offence intended. You’re much loved and I am usually a fan. You’d be an idiot to give a shit what someone says on the internet anyways)

    I also did a shitballs of mushrooms

  • AVGNFAN505104

    August 11, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Awesome! I love your reviews Mike!

  • hu1kamania

    August 11, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Nice review, thanks for introducing me to a new title Mike.

  • Allen Lucas

    August 11, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Hey Mike, ever seen Ninja the Mission Force? It’s a funny show combining ninjas and stock footage from public domain movies like a Godfrey Ho film. It’s worth checking out!

  • cool_slowbro

    August 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

    very Sonic Adventureisque. looks fun though :]

  • August 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Have you ever heard of Vexx on PS2? That game was awesome! I Could never finish it though.

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    August 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I’m not a big fan of the Gamecube but they did have some really classic, solid titles such as this one! The best one was “Eternal Darkness” That game should have be made into a movie!! Most fucked up story ever!


  • Doctor What

    August 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

    fyi, I-ninja sounds like Doug Funny cause Billy West was the voice of Doug. I don’t mind Mike’s reviews at all. I honestly looked forward to them during the nerd’s time away filming. I just like that he shows us other options out there for things. anything beats the Overanalyzers or Bullshit vids IMO. I’ll check out I-Ninja now, thanks MM!

  • ther3tr0gamer2

    August 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

    hey everybody like retro game reviews? check out my channel and don’t forget to comment rate or subscribe!

  • angel85

    August 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

    so this game DID come out for the Gamecube! I went to every game store I could think of back in the day and not a single one of them had the GC version, only the PS2 release!

  • avaneeded

    August 11, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I like your work guys, but seriously, consider using a better web player… this one won’t buffer at all and it’s choppy ALL the time. Thanks.

  • 19Szabolcs91

    August 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Mike, this was great, one of your best game reviews. I prefer when you don’t use lame toilet humor and say unfunny things oike “yeah, you attack with a pair of testicles”. Good job on this one, keep it up 🙂

    Oh, and I’d love to hear your detailed view on Wind Waker and Twilight Princess.

  • Wally

    August 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Mike, do Earthbound!! The Happy Video Game Nerd did a great review of the history of the game, but didn’t get too deep into the game, to aboid spoilers. I don’t care about spoilers for older games.

    Also, why did you stop posting on Mondays?

  • Hiryu

    August 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    At first, this looked like D Class shovelware that only appealed to kids. But the gameplay video and review reminded me so much of the adventure games on the PS1, like Spyro or Crok. So perhaps it has kept kids in mind as a audience, but it’s not awful shovelware. Infact it does seem better than the average game the way it has a lot of variety.

  • Master2873

    August 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    The game to me seemed allot like Sega games Like Sonic Adventure 2 for the Dreamcast with their repeating levels with different objectives and, bits of Super monkey ball but, it seemed to have allot of Game play aspects from Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon! The Robot boxing fight is almost a direct copy of one of the boss fights in that game (I’ll post a link to the video from YouTube at the bottom)!

    Other than that I like your game reviews Mike, people that say you’re no good is going to be obvious… How many people do you know can be successful almost immediately without experience? I think people need to realize that James has been doing this since 2006 and, you not even a year consecutively. I think you’re doing grate and, getting better! So keep up some of the game reviews whenever you have the Camera HAHA! I have this feeling James has it a majority of the time doing YKWBS and, AVGN and, other reviews.

    Here’s that link sorry about the crudeness of the video since it was the only one I could find direct to the point without remembering the boss’ name.


  • August 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    One major complaint that I have is that you never mention PC as a platform. I’ve been a PC gamer all my life and I kind of take it as ignorance, not mentioning it. I’m not saying you should do PC exclusive stuff or anything, I’d just like you to acknowledge that the PC is a very viable gaming platform (also, it’s the most powerful right now). So next time when you do a video like this and the game is out on PC, I’d really like if you mentioned that as well.

    Otherwise I feel the review was good. I felt mostly the same when playing it. I loved it because it wasn’t serous and it was just innocent fun. Bear in mind this was at Christmas and it was just perfect. Not too bloody or serious. It will always stay a Christmas game to me.

  • Ryan3370

    August 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    JcGross, pull the stick out of your ass, you’re making other PC gamers look bad. they can talk about whatever they want.

  • Boldelar

    August 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    You HAVE GOT TO review Psychonauts! It is awesome! And perfect for a Mike review 😉

  • Ryan3370

    August 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Keep up the great work Mike

  • Mykael

    August 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I remember playing this on the PC and you didn’t even mention it was on PC >:C . Anyway, Mike, PLEASE DO THE SLY COOPER GAMES! No, it’s not just because I’m nostalgic. It is an AMAZING series (the 2nd and 3rd games anyway). The graphics are nicely stylized (similar to Wind Waker), the gameplay is open-world (kind of like GTA) but has a stealth emphasis to it (you play as a band of anthropomorphic thieves), there’s various maps and each mission is uniquely crafted, the controls are as intuitive as Assassin’s Creed, it’s just…GREAT. I played it recently and it still holds up despite being on the PS2 and being aimed at kids. I was thinking of mentioning the 2nd and 3rd Ratchet & Clank games as well, but I see you’re already aware of those.

  • bigbangnet

    August 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    idk if I’m the only one here but since the last video, I had some streaming problems wtih your vidoes. It seems to take a long time and wont even stream fast enough. But on other sites I don’t have that problem at all.

  • kuehnau

    August 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    As far as PC gaming goes, when I have ANY other option to play a game, I’ll always choose something other then PC. Not because I think computer gaming sucks, but because PC games require so much more to play. You have to make sure the computer can play it and even when it can, unless you got good hardware, it runs like crap. Then current standard computer games all require a constant online connection. I like to be able to play my games even if I don’t have the internet.

    PC gaming is good when it works and frustrating when it’s bad. Although there are still aspects of PC gaming I find frustrating.

    On a side note, I really wish we’d see more NERD videos, Mike is a great and stuff, but he’s no replacement.

  • AklashPahk

    August 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    You know what’s BULLSHIT?


    C’mon guys!

  • AaronJMurphy

    August 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I Just signed up to say that I had this game on PS2 and it had the same Help over that Ratchet And Clank had. (Mona Marshall) The main reason I brought this game is for that reason. I had a lot of fun playing it.

    Also Keep up the good work Mike

    – From A British Fan

  • dastingoman

    August 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    5:24 pokeballs!

  • Audron

    August 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Windwaker was a horribly painful black head on the nose of the reputation of the Legend of zelda series.

  • ThatGamerBoi

    August 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I NINJA?!?!? I played this on PS2 and this was the shit to me.

  • majikman19

    August 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    ya i have this game for gamecube and it is good, but got overshadowed by other games of it’s time.

  • August 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    The gamecube sucked wang

  • Empi

    August 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Long time fan. I had to register to make a comment. The Springboard player you are using does not work anymore on my tablet. I use to visit the site everyday, but now the videos won’t work on my Android tablet. Please use the previous player.

  • August 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    The camera locks, with the examples you were showing, because the camera was hitting invisible walls…

  • Stylix

    August 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Hey Mike, I was wondering if you ever plan to do a video about Mario Paint. Being an artist and gamer, I’m sure this title must have given you many hours of entertainment as a kid.

    Also, I was curious if you ever plan to do any more videos related to your artwork. Your title cards and illustrations in the cinemassacre videos are always fun to look at, and I enjoy hearing more about the behind the scenes type of stuff when it comes to those elements.

    Regardless, good work on the projects you been working on. Always looking forward to seeing more.

  • August 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Pretty awesome video, and game.

    Please for the love of god Mike (or james) review the movie Flash Gordon (1980)!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • d-vex

    August 12, 2012 at 2:30 am

    gotta review Conkars Bad Fur Day for n64 one of the best platformers ever, and probably one of the best n64 games

  • Delta_85

    August 12, 2012 at 3:30 am

    This game is like copy to Jack and Daxter -games.

  • lapearl

    August 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for keeping your language clean so I can show this to my kid! Green gooey violence doesn’t bother me so much as repetitive cursing. Ha! I really look forward to your game reviews now!
    I know there are a million others to review, but the 3D platformer that was awesome and obscure back in the old Xbox days was Vexx. I haven’t played it in close to a decade but it left quite an impression on me. I especially liked the world where you went into a regular people-type room and played pong on an xbox. It was the weirdest way to break the fourth wall I’ve seen.

  • CommunistFish

    August 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Choo-choo, O’ mighty Mike! I must suggest to you to review the lovely game known as “Die By The Sword”. It’s for PC.

  • 1LevelUp

    August 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Excellent review, Mike! I cant believe I missed this game when I had my gamecube! It looks like so much fun! On a side note, I am happy to see I am not the only one who hates that new blue player thing =/. It would be really nice if you guys went back to the old player because this one sucks, it streams really slow and some times it stops for no reason, I hate it lol. Still, the review was worth waiting the long stream for.

  • diabloarcade

    August 12, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I had it for Xbox in xbox’s struggle to live forward to the PS2.
    Underrated gems for Xbox

    Voodoo Vince

  • ClassicGamer

    August 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Hey Mike, you wouldn’t happen to have Metroid Prime or Metroid Prime 2, would you? Could you do a review of them or share your thoughts if you do?

  • thor123

    August 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Hey I hope this isn’t to much to ask but can you do a Sly (1, 2 or 3) or a Kingdom Hearts review? (if you have them) I would love it if you did because when I found out that you did the i-ninja review i was really happy that you do game cube/ps2/xbox game reviews. I just really like those 2 game series and I would love to see someone else’s take on it. Keep up the good work!

  • floridaboy

    August 13, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Mike, can you please make a video for the Top 10 Most Obscure Nintendo 64 games…I am really interested to see what you come up with.

  • August 13, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I bought this game used a long time ago for PS2 and played it once. And then I never played it again. I think my PS2 started dying and I just never went back. I did enjoy playing it and glad to see someone did a review for this. NicE!

  • Zolcos

    August 13, 2012 at 10:26 am

    If this game borrowed from anything, it’s Spyro. A great many things about the game were identical (i-Ninja was still better imo)

  • mighty

    August 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Great video Mike. Would love to see some more reviews of more recent games. I spotted Paper Mario 2- would love to hear your take.

  • wildgoosespeeder

    August 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I saw F-Zero GX, what do you think of it? I’ve heard it is notoriously difficult. I played it and didn’t remember it being that hard. Replayed it and I see just how hard it really is.

  • constachugga

    August 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I thought ratchet and clank would be mentioned. I think you should review it.

  • Jarnor23

    August 14, 2012 at 1:11 am

    One word: Psychonauts.

    Wait, that’s three words. Shit.

  • cleave

    August 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I don’t really see why Mike or anyone would need to review games like the Metroid Prime series, or Kingdom Hearts. Those games were incredibly popular and already have a large variety of opinions. I think Mike here does a nice job covering more obscure games, and I kinda prefer that.

    That said it’s nice to see an underrated game like I-Ninja get some recognition. It’s a shame it wasn’t successful enough to get a sequel.

  • SkamArtist

    August 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I remember getting this game for about 10 bucks from Gamestop for PS2. It was really addicting, and I knew that I had found a diamond in the rough.

  • WrathOskvro

    August 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    This is definitely one of my favorite platformers. It’s definitely worth a few bucks to pick up.

  • PresidentJenkins

    August 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I always wanted to try this game. It was always well reviewed and the gameplay looked interesting, but this is by far one of the most detailed reviews I’ve seen. It’s really got me wanting to hunt this down. Really liked this review Mike and I wouldn’t mind more stuff about the modern era of gaming for better or worse. Mixing things up is really cool in my opinion.

  • Acheron_iD

    August 15, 2012 at 5:17 am

    The robo-boxing scenes and other ones where you are controlling a giant robot remind me a lot of Konami’s Legend of Mystical Ninja: Starring Goemon on the N64. I, for the most part, really enjoyed those though, just because it was such a switch from the usually platforming (and I’d have to say that that game is my favorite platformer). IMPACT

  • rush86

    August 16, 2012 at 3:51 am

    this game looks really awesome. After seeing this review im goin to buy it. I remember seeing it back in the day when it was new in the stores. But never took any interest in it, But awesome video mike keep them coming please

  • epic_1_legend

    August 18, 2012 at 12:46 am

    (depending on when the game came out) the grinding is a complete rip off of sonic adventure 2 and sonic hero’s.

  • madthedj

    August 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    The Argonauts were a group of sailors from Greek mythology. Their ship was the ‘Argo,” hence their name:

    Argo = name of the ship
    Naut = sailor.

    Naut, as in “nautical” = of the sea.

    Astro = Outer Space
    Naut = sailor

    Cosmo = Cosmos (Outer Space, again)
    Naut = sailor

    Obviously, the classic film “Jason And The Argonauts” tells a version of their adventures.

    Sadly, it’s a practice that’s fallen out of favour (apart from astronauts). Can you imagine the sailors on, say, the USS Missouri being called “Missourinauts” or “Missornauts”?

  • Ben_from_G-town

    August 22, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Wow, you actually reviewed one of my friend’s favorite games, on the same system he had it for! What are the chances? I’ll have to show this to him.

  • funwithpun

    August 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Hi there Mike and James

    Speaking of old games that’s been overlooked. Have You made any review of “Blue Shadow” for the NES yet? I can recomend that game. A straight forward, 2-player co-op, ninja platform game, from the NES heydays.

    There’s no wall jumping like in “Ninja Gaiden” but the difficulty is much more balanced. It would be fun to see both of You play that in co-op mode.

    That game really brings me back to the past, were I as a little toddler, poured out my savings on the super markets counter to buy that game. :-))

    Best regards

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    August 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    On the topic of Gamecube .. I think a lot of people would love to see an Eternal Darkness review. That game blew my mind. It should have been made into a movie.

  • thatrandomperson

    January 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    i never knew about this game until this video. what surprises me more is that it was released on the ps2 since i have the system.

  • Kent Gissing

    November 12, 2014 at 7:01 am

    The style of this game reminds me of Jet Force Gemini for the N64. That was a great game, it also had that peculiar mix of cutesy exterior combined with hardcore action and even gore. And the music…. holy shit…

  • Danielle

    December 15, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I really like these reviews by Mike. Big fan of James’ reviews as well, but Mike should do more videos like these! By the way, anyone know if Mike is single these days? Seriously though, there are some games out now that would be perfect for a cinemassacre style review. Hoping to see more!

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