The Legend of Kage
Published by Imagine Software and developed by Taito Corporation, this video game was released in 1986.
Kage, a skillful ninja has a mission to rescue Princess Kiri from the warlord Yoshi. Armed only with a sword and 'star knives', he has to battle his way throughout the forest, along the secret passageway, up the fortress wall and through the castle, rescuing her two times to win the game. The seasons change each time he rescues the princess. Grabbing a scroll makes the ninja stand still and meditate for a few seconds, while approaching enemies drop to the ground dead. Kage's moves include the abilities to jump really high in the air, grab and climb trees, block and attack with his sword, and throw shuriken.