The video game medium has been a much more welcoming venue for the art of ninjitsu than most other forms of fiction, which is why we're doing a list of the 10 best video game ninjas.

The incorporation of ninjas into gaming has led to a breakthrough of mechanics that probably would not have been invented otherwise, such as wall-jumping, water-running, and dagger-throwing. Ninjas have left their mark throughout the gaming universe.

So save up some shurikens, stay silent and slither through the shadows as we salute the 10 best video game ninjas!