Total Nerd The Best Tenchu Games  

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List Rules Vote up the Tenchu games that had you feeling like a ninja the most.

All the Tenchu games, from Tenchu: Stealth Assassins to Tenchu: Shadow Assassins, give you the opportunity to stick to the shadows. Have you been able to perfect your ninja skills and unlock the Grand Master rating at the end of each level? If not there are plenty of opportunities to try with eight Tenchu games and every level they offer. Initially only available on the PlayStation console, Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven enjoyed an Xbox release despite receiving a lower rating on Metacritic for on that platform. The additional platform release served to widen the fan base for the franchise's two main characters Rikimaru and Ayame.

While the last Tenchu video game came out in 2009, it has retained a loyal fan base even outside of the United States as Tenchu: Time of the Assassins was released only in Japan and Europe. This was the only Tenchu game to be released exclusively outside the U.S. and it returned to North America with Tenchu: Dark Secret in the same year and Tenchu Z a mere year after that. While PS4 still has yet to see a Tenchu video game, Gamespot released an article stating that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was originally supposed to be the next installment in the Tenchu saga. So if you are looking to slip back into the shadows be sure to check it out. In the meantime, vote up your favorite games in the Tenchu franchise.

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Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tenchu Games
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Release date: March 3, 2003

Platform: PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable

Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by K2 LLC and published by Activision worldwide and From Software in Japan for the PlayStation 2 in 2003. It was later ported to the Xbox in 2004 under the title Tenchu: Return From Darkness and to the PlayStation Portable in 2009. ...more on Wikipedia

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Tenchu: Stealth Assassins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tenchu Games
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Release date: August 31, 1998

Platform: PlayStation

Tenchu: Stealth Assassins is an action-adventure stealth game developed by Acquire and published by Sony Music Entertainment Japan in Japan and Activision worldwide for the PlayStation in 1998. Tenchu is known for its stealth gameplay and the eerie settings of feudal Japan. Tenchu was one of the first ninja games to incorporate stealth, a very crucial aspect of ninjutsu. However, aside from featuring traditional martial arts in battles, the game incorporates elements of historical fantasy and Japanese mythology. The game also used motion capture where actor/martial artist Sho Kosugi and his son Kane, were hired as actors for the game's combat moves. ...more on Wikipedia

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Tenchu: Fatal Shadows is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tenchu Games
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Release date: February 15, 2005

Platform: PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable

Tenchu: Fatal Shadows, is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by K2 LLC and published by From Software in Japan and Sega worldwide for the PlayStation 2 in 2004. The PlayStation Portable version of the game, Tenchu: Kurenai Portable, was released in Japan in 2010. ...more on Wikipedia

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Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tenchu Games
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Release date: August 7, 2000

Platform: PlayStation

Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins is a stealth game developed by Acquire and published by Activision worldwide and Acquire in Japan for the PlayStation in 2000. The game is intended as a prequel to the game Tenchu: Stealth Assassins and depicts the series' heroes Rikimaru and Ayame as teens, being taught by their elderly master named Shiunsai as well as another Azuma ninja named Tatsumaru. ...more on Wikipedia

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