Posts Tagged ‘ninja’

The Last Ninja, revisited

December 30, 2010

I was listening to some good old videogame -tunes on youtube the other day. And stumbled across this guy, mymorningjacketss who made some superb versions of videogame tunes, on his guitar.

Lean back in your chair, close your eyes, and teleport back to the 80s.

The Last Ninja @ Wikipedia:

After two hundred years of Fujiwara Clan rule, whose lifestyle was the most extravagant of any Shogunate, the farmers and common men decided to leave their homes and travel to the Togakure mountains where they established the Ninja, The Mystic Shadow Warriors. Four centuries later, the Ninja had become the most feared warriors of their day, feared by even the powerful Samurai. Their mastery of weapon craft and mind control ensured swift and complete victory over their enemies from the years of arduous training that forged mind and body into a death-dealing machine.

Kunitoki, the evil Shogun of the Ashikaga Clan, has long envied the powers of the Ninja brotherhood and would do anything to acquire their knowledge. To this end, he has sworn an oath to their total destruction. Once every decade, all Ninja must travel to the Island of Lin Fen where they pay homage to the Shrine of the White Ninja and receive further teachings from the Koga Scrolls.

Seizing the opportunity, Kunitoki summoned forth all the spirits from the depths of the Nether World and flung their full force against the amassed Ninja. None escaped the wrath of Kunitoki. Nothing stood in the way of the Shogun achieving his ultimate goal, the knowledge of the Ninja. He set sail for the island of Lin Fen with an elite force of his Palace Guards and Samurai officers to begin the arduous training of his troops and thereby creating a new era of Ninja under his control.

Unknown to Kunitoki, Armakuni (the last Ninja) had escaped his wrath. When all his brethren had left for the pilgrimage he had been ordered to stay and guard the Bunjinkan Shrine. This tradition had existed since the dawn of the Ninja as a safeguard should any natural disaster befall the brotherhood when it amassed at Lin Fen. Armakuni was not pleased he had been left alone for he was to be granted the next level of honour at the reading of the scrolls; now he would have to wait.

Word soon reached Armakuni of the unnatural disaster that had slain his brothers and gathering all his courage he swore to wreak a terrible and bloody revenge on the Shogun and all his followers.

The Island of Lin Fen is a natural fortress with unassailable cliffs surrounding its coast. Having visited the Island when he was a young acolyte he knew the secret passage that would lead him to the Palace of Lin Fen. Armakuni’s confidence was short lived as he discovered the pathways were not as he remembered them; what unforeseen hazards lay in wait for him?

While you are listening, keep leaning back in your comfortable chair, and listen to a couple more great songs by the same guy:

Street Fighter II

Streets of Rage

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)
Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)
Alisia Dragoon

-Dont forget to check out the other songs he made at his youtube page:

Extinct, King Koopa-Style Giant Turtle Found on Pacific Island

August 21, 2010

Now this is some interesting science 🙂

Extinct, King Koopa-Style Giant Turtle Found on Pacific Island

A bizarre type of giant land turtle thought to have gone extinct 50,000 years ago survived until recently on at least one small Pacific island.
Dozens of bones found in a 3,000-year-old archaeological site on Vanuatu belong to a previously-undescribed species of meiolaniid, a turtle family that evolved 50 million years ago and resembled walking fortresses.

One species is even named Ninjemys, in honor of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, though M. platyceps looks much more like Super Mario Brothers 3-vintage Bowser, the King Koopa