Ninjitsu the art of assassination and espionage.
As a child I always wanted to be a ninja. I remember getting a set of ninja pajamas and running around our house kicking and punching anything in sight. I was the black ninja, my brother was the red ninja.
I got my first "real" ninja suit at around 12 years old which actually only consisted of a black karate GI, tabi boots and a hood but it was better than my old pajamas. Anyways... some of the ninja things I remember from my childhood.Ninjas in Video Games
All are Nintendo Entertainment System Games as that was the primary system of my youth.
Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja (1988)
You were a coca cola drinking vigilante up against a horde of multicolored ninjas.
Shinobi (1989) a popular arcade game ported to various systems the most popular being Sega but this is the NES version I had.
Shadow of the Ninja (1990) another save the world from the evil threatening empire by using your ninja skills game.
Wrath of the Black Manta (1990) Ninja magic at its finest plus the ability to sneak up on enemies from behind and hold a knife to their throat.
My favorite Ninja game was Ninja Gaiden (1988) and it's two sequels
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos and Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
One "Ninja" game that I owned that was frustrating because of its difficulty was,Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle were introduced to us in the 1984 comic book by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
A Ninja master is turned into a rat and teaches four mutant turtles how to be ninjas and they fight the Shredder and his band of foot soldiers (also ninjas).
I remember watching the cartoons from 1987 on.
and then there were the toys. With more variations of the central turtle characters than you could shake a stick at.Ninjas in Comic Books
Other Ninjas in comic books were the hand from Marvel Comics.
A band of dirty cutthroats created by Frank Miller (of 300 fame) in the Daredevil comic who also fought Wolverine in his first mini-series 1982 (also Frank Miller) and later Wolvie and Captain America in Uncanny X-Men issue 268 that were some of my all time favorite comics.