Ninja Bodyguard

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ConsoleGBA Icon.png Rhythm Tengoku
We're under attack!
Block using the
+Control Pad and the
A button! Fuji-yama!!
ConsoleGBA Icon.png (Translation)
ConsoleArcade Icon.png Rhythm Tengoku
We're under attack!
Block using the Left and Right buttons!
ConsoleArcade Icon.png (Translation)
Ninja Bodyguard
An enemy is attacking your lord!
Block the arrows with your sword--
and maybe next time bring a shield!
Console3DS Icon.png Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Ninja Bodyguard
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Ninja Bodyguard (忍者?, Ninja) is the 2nd Rhythm Game of Stage 5 (26th overall) in Rhythm Tengoku and the 1st of Star Land (63rd overall) in Rhythm Heaven Megamix.

The arrange version, Ninja no Shison, appears in Technician in Rhythm Tengoku.


Screenshot GBA Ninja.png
Screenshot Arcade Ninja.png
Screenshot 3DS Ninja Bodyguard.png

This game has the player control a Ninja who protects his Lord from an enemy onslaught shooting arrows. The player must swing the sword back and forth following the enemy's pattern to slice the arrows.

In Rhythm Tengoku, rather than a Practice, the game has an opening cutscene. It begins with an enemy Ninja shooting an arrow, cuts to a shot of the arrow flying through the air from the enemy's castle to the Lord's castle through the night sky, then cuts to the Lord taking a walk, interrupted as the arrow sticks itself in the wall in front of him. As he turns around in confusion, the Ninja drops in to protect him from further arrows. This cutscene can be skipped the same way as a Practice. Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade) compensates for the lack of a Practice with a "How to Play" demonstration prior to the opening cutscene.

In Rhythm Heaven Megamix, the game is given a proper Practice session, in which the arrows are shot by allied Ninjas at a wooden dummy with a henohenomoheji drawn on it, representing the Lord. Once Practice is complete, the Ninja jumps into the air, followed by a fade transition into the opening cutscene. Skipping the Practice also skips the cutscene.


Rhythm Tengoku/Rhythm Heaven Megamix

  • Ⓐ/Tap: Swing sword right (if on the left)
  • ✚/Tap: Swing sword left (if on the right)

Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade)

  • ✚: Pressing the corresponding direction swings the sword left or right depending on its current place

Timing Display

  • Perfect!/Ace!: The arrow is split in half.
  • Early!/Late!: The arrow bounces out of the way, making a shing noise.
  • Miss...: The arrow goes past the Ninja and pins to the wall, shocking the Lord.


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トノから ひとこと (A Word from the Lord)
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ちゃんと 守ってよネ…
すばやい 剣さばきが みじゅくである。
「四連矢」 に コテンパンである。
(Please protect me properly...)
(You lack quick sword skills.)
(The "four arrows in a row" overwhelmed you.)
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まぁまぁ、 かな。
よしと します。
(Well, I wonder.)
(For now...)
(All right.)
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すばやい 剣さばきであった!
「四連矢返し」 が おみごと!
(You're skilled with the quick sword!)
(The "four arrows in a row" were blocked well!)
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My Lord Solemnly Intones
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I hired you to protect me.
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Eh. Passable.
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Impressive swordplay.


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Epilogue GBA Ninja Bodyguard NG.png Epilogue GBA Ninja Bodyguard OK.png Epilogue GBA Ninja Bodyguard HI.png
ゲッ! トノが きぜつしてる!! トノ! ごめんなさ〜い。 アッパレって 言われちゃったゼ!!
(Geh! My lord has fainted!!) (My lord! Sooorry~.) (He said I'm admirable!)
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Epilogue Arcade Ninja Bodyguard NG.png Epilogue Arcade Ninja Bodyguard OK.png Epilogue Arcade Ninja Bodyguard HI.png
ゲッ! トノが きぜつしてる!! トノ! ごめんなさ〜い。 アッパレって 言われちゃったゼ!!
(Geh! My lord has fainted!!) (My lord! Sooorry~.) (He said I'm admirable!)
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Epilogue 3DS Ninja Bodyguard NG.png Epilogue 3DS Ninja Bodyguard OK.png Epilogue 3DS Ninja Bodyguard HI.png
Nooooo! I...I am glad you are safe, my lord. Not a scratch!

Rhythm Item

Scroll Rolled-Up Secrets
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My lord carries this scroll with him
at all times. I have never asked him
what it contains, but the rumor is
that its secrets made him the wealthy
and powerful man he is today. But it
might just be a love letter or something.

Skill Star

The Skill Star appears when the enemy ninjas shoot four arrows in a row.

Challenge Land

Ninja Bodyguard appears in the following Challenge Train courses:


Ninja 2P

忍者 2P
ConsoleArcade Icon.png Rhythm Tengoku
Ninja 2P
We're under attack!
Block with the Left and Right buttons!
ConsoleArcade Icon.png (Translation)
忍者 2P
ConsoleArcade Icon.png
Prologue Arcade Ninja Bodyguard.png
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Two Player
<< Game GBA 3-5.png Game GBA 4-3.png Game GBA 5-2.png Game GBA 5-5.png >>

Ninja 2P (忍者 2P?, Ninja 2P) is the 3rd Rhythm Game of Stage 3 (11th overall) in the 2P mode of Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade).

The arrange version, Ninja no Shison 2P, appears in Stage 5 of the 2P mode of Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade)

It plays the same as the 1P version, except the two players take turns on each section. This effectively doubles the length of the game.



  • This is the only Rhythm Game in the entire series to have a cutscene.
    • During the opening cutscene, a unique scene showing the arrow flying between the two castles is shown. The castles look identical aside from the horn-like protrusions on the roof which vary in color, the enemy's being red and the Lord's being yellow. For some reason, they are both red in the arcade version.
    • During this scene, one can also see what might be Mount Fuji in the background.
  • This game and Ninja no Shison are the only games to have their controls changed in the arcade version.
  • A lot of the visual design of this game was reused in Dog Ninja in Rhythm Heaven, such as similar looking towers to the ones in the cutscene, and a similar prologue: A big yellow moon with grass in foreground, in a dark blue sky.

Development History

Main article: Ninja Bodyguard/Development

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese 忍者 Ninja
Flag of the United States.svg EnglishNOA Ninja Bodyguard
Flag of the United Kingdom (3-5).svg EnglishNOE Ninja Bodyguard
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1974, 2020–present).svg French Protection ninja Ninja protection
Flag of Spain.svg Spanish Guardaespaldas ninja Ninja bodyguard
Flag of Germany.svg German Ninja-Garde Ninja Guard
Flag of Italy.svg Italian Ninja del corpo Body-ninja
Flag of South Korea.svg Korean 보디가드 Bodyguard
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