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The Ninjin Missiles were small missiles manufactured in the weapons labs on Macbeth and used by the Venom Air Defense Zone during the Lylat Wars.

Appearance

Ninjin missiles are drill shaped rockets that appear just after the first line of Harlock-class Frigates. Though much smaller than the Copperhead missiles, they are much faster and even harder to hit. Some may drop behind a Silver Supply ring for shooting them down fast enough. Taking damage from the Ninjin missiles causes Fox's teammates to express serious pain unlike anything beforehand.

Enemy Recon

Though not as powerful as the Copperheads, Ninjin missiles are formidable weapons, nevertheless. They're faster, more maneuverable and tougher to hit than their larger counterparts. Even if they don't connect, the concussion will punch right through your shields. On the other hand, if you destroy one, you might receive a Supply Ring in return.
—Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pg 101

Medal Tips

You may not have many bombs by time you reach this stage, but these high explosives will come in handy to destroy missiles and the ships that link up into one. You can destroy the big cruisers by shooting them in the bridge, but it takes a lot of shots. Be sure to clear their decks of guns before you go after the bridge. Good luck getting this medal; it is one of the toughest in the game!
—Star Fox 64.com

History

The only instance of the Ninjins being used was at the Venom Air Defense Zone, where just five of them were fired at each of the Star Fox Team's members to stop them from penetrating Venom's airspace.

Other Info

  • It is possible that like their larger counterparts, the Ninjin missiles were also produced at the factories on Macbeth. Consequently, once the Venom Army Supply Base on Macbeth was destroyed by Fox, it was likely at least some of the missiles were destroyed in the explosions.
  • "Ninjin" is the Japanese word for "carrot," which the missiles slightly resemble.
  • If all Ninjins are shot down before they explode (such as via Smart Bomb) the remaining Star Fox teammates will continue firing at the missile's flight path.
    • Likewise, if at least one Ninjin missile is not destroyed by the player before it detonates, the comms channel will pop up to show one of your wingmates screaming.

References

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