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Shinobi Mini Ninjas Alert! Hours Report

September 16, 2011

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     Mini Ninjas was released on September 8, 2009 with a MSRP of $39.99.  The game was a multi-console release with the PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360 all having a version.
     The game was developed by IO Interactive and published by Eidos Interactive, which is part of Square Enix.
     Mini Ninjas received an “Everyone 10+” rating from the ESRB, with “Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor” listed as content for parents/gamers to be aware of.

     How many hours have Wii owners reportedly spent being ninjas in the last 2 years, as the hours reported are the only evidence we have of actual ninja activity?  Let’s take a look!

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Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Mini Ninjas has about 23,290 Wii owners that have reported game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel, with 734 days possibly reported.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Mini Ninjas has 298,061 Total Hours of game-play reported, with its average play-time being 12 Hours 48 Minutes “Per person”(or console) reporting data.
     The game’s average play-time is about 1 Hour 52 Minutes per day/session reported.

Sales Information
     Mini Ninjas’ sale rank is #1,365, and it is selling for $15.11 with orders being fulfilled by  Mini Ninjas is selling for $18.45 directly from, which can be seen under the “More Buying Choices” sidebar at the link.

     Mini Ninjas can currently be purchased from for $19.99 pre-owned, HERE.
     (Sale rank and sale prices recorded around 7:45PM on September 15, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     The Wii version of Mini Ninjas has a “professional” review score average of 80.00%, based on 8 reviews on

     The game has a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on 24 customer reviews.
     Mini Ninjas’ customer review score average is 86.66%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 7:45PM on September 15, 2011.)

Filtered Thoughts
     “Why haven’t I heard of this game?”, was what Mrs. Coffee asked when she saw the trailers for the game, while I was looking at its reported game-play data.  If you have not seen anything about Mini Ninjas, below is a compilation video showing off some story and game-play elements for the game:

     While I have not played Mini Ninjas, I have tracked the game’s data for a long time now.  I even searched, and found I had the data from when the game’s data debuted, which was on February 15, 2010; so just a little over 5 months after the game was originally released.
     I think the reported game-play hours “Per person” are good for this title, especially considering you can find it under $20 now at most stores.  Nintendo of Europe added a non-Nintendo published title to its Nintendo Selects lineup, which makes me wonder if perhaps Nintendo of America will start adding third party games, like Mini Ninjas, to the Nintendo Selects titles here in the States.

     Have any of you played Mini Ninjas, any version, and would you recommend it to others?  Also, do the reported game-play hours “Per person” reflect about how long it should take to complete the game just once?

If any of you are interested in Mini Ninjas, you can prices below for it on