New short film celebrates the release of The Messenger

Short Film ‘Shinobi No Kikan’ adds story to the retro side-scroller.

Sabotage and Devolver Digital have released the critically-acclaimed ninja adventure The Messenger on Nintendo Switch and PC. Hailed as ‘the best retro tribute since Shovel Knight’ in a flurry of rave reviews, The Messenger arrives as one of the best reviewed Nintendo Switch games of the year.

As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises, and humor.

The Messenger’s launch is heralded by Shinobi No Kikan, a short film that mixes live action, animated sprites, and gameplay into an abridged story of the game’s hero as he sets out on his seemingly impossible quest. Directed and produced by Imagos Films, the video provides some background to the retro, action side-scroller.

Since its announcement, The Messenger has garnered attention and awards throughout development and has become one of the most anticipated indie Nintendo Switch releases of the year. Players assume the role of a nameless ninja warrior venturing through a cursed world on a mission to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival as a demon army besieges his village.

The Messenger is available on Steam and Switch now, priced at £15.49 / £17.99 respectively.

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A fan of indie RPGs, Andrew splits his time between grinding for XP, and writing about grinding for XP. As well as running our news section, Andrew eats a medically inadvisable amount of Marmite.

Andrew May

News Editor A fan of indie RPGs, Andrew splits his time between grinding for XP, and writing about grinding for XP. As well as running our news section, Andrew eats a medically inadvisable amount of Marmite.