Hideki Kamiya Ninja-Kid

Legendary game director Hideki Kamiya is now immortalized as a Guinness World Record holder. While we may have expected him to claim the record for Most Successful Action Game Director or Most Blocked Users on Twitter, instead he’s the World Record holder for the high score in Arcade Archives Ninja-Kid. Specifically, Kamiya has achieved 158,680 points in the Caravan Mode. The record was recorded on May 21, 2018.

Originally released in 1984, Ninja-Kid is a very simple arcade game where the player throws shuriken to defeat other ninjas and progress through vertical levels. In the Caravan Mode, the player has just five minutes to compete for the high score. Just watching some gameplay makes me wonder how Kamiya did it, as I’m unable to even really understand what high-level play would look like in such a simple game.

It won’t come as a shock that Kamiya is good at action games. He has been the driving force behind many amazing titles, from Capcom classics Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry to the founding of Platinum Games, heading up more masterpieces in Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101. His most recent role was supervising on Astral Chain.

Congratulations to Kamiya on his new world record. Just don’t go bothering him on Twitter about it, or you might end up blocked.


Cody Morris
Cody is a fan of the niche and super niche. He has a strong preference for JRPGs or anything with a grind in it. He spends his spare time wishing he was writing more.


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