''Nightshade'', also known as ''Kunoichi'' in Japan, is a 2003 game for the UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 2}}. It's a sequel to the previous year's ''Shinobi'', a 3D installment in Creator/{{Sega}}'s [[VideoGame/{{Shinobi}} ninja franchise]], and plays in a similar way.

Hibana is a government-employed ninja, out to assassinate the members of the Nakatomi Corporation. In a near-future Tokyo, Nakatomi has unleashed a series of demons upon the city, and Hibana must eliminate both them and Nakatomi's rival ninja.

''Nightshade'' is notoriously difficult, mostly due to its later levels requiring increasingly high levels of precision and timing.

[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused]] with 1991 NES game called ''VideoGame/{{Nightshade}}''.

12 years later, Hibana reappeared as a solo unit in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone2''.

!!This game contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: Hibana. She actually has a few fans who've never played the game, owing largely to her [[http://superkage.deviantart.com/art/Hibana-The-Nightshade-Kunoichi-Render-479515564 striking visual design.]]
* AmenBreak: Several tracks have sampled the Amen Break.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haKyGUJwVBs "Jade Water"]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx7XpTxDKoU "Sensei"]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b-vA1FTX3w "Jimushi"]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3xtylBcyS0 "Monochrome Arch"]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wve9N4wKi7 "Iron Shogun"]]
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Like many [=PlayStation=] 2 era female characters, Hibana has a couple of risque outfits you can unlock after completing the game.
* BishounenLine: Kurohagane gets bulkier and bulkier in each appearance until his last one, where [[spoiler: his 'armour' explodes, turning him into a slick swordsman who looks, for all accounts, human. He doesn't even look like a robot except for his helmet.]]
* BlowYouAway: Kazaguruma
* CatchPhrase: "Today's just isn't my day" for Hibana.
* TheCameo: Hotsuma, Moritsune, Kagari, and Hiruko appear in the intro in flashbacks. [[spoiler:Hostuma himself is an unlockable character.]]
* CompressedHair: Hibana has long hair and keeps it underneath a skin-tight helmet.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Onibi wants Hibana to kill him.]]
* DuelingGames: Came out a month before the ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' {{Revival}} and was promptly forgotten after the latter game's release.
* FlashStep: She's a ninja. What do you want?
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Hibana wears bright white and kills everyone she sees.
* MakingASplash: Hisui.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Jimushi betrays and blows up Kurohagane (With Hisui's help), taking Akujiki from him. Come the end of Jimushi's boss fight, Kurohagane steals back Akujiki and then kills Jimushi as payback.]]
* MegaCorp: Nakatomi in ''Nightshade'' have gone from simply having a preposterously laid-out factory used by Hiruko to being a full-on evil company with their own B-2 Spirit bomber, F-117 Nighthawks and ''ballistic missile submarine''.
* MultiMeleeMaster: Hibana has dual short blades and singular long blade.
* NintendoHard: The combat's comparatively forgiving, but the platforming is what stops most players in their tracks.
** To elaborate, you will be required to navigate between platforms using enemies as a bridge with a combination of Locked-On [[FlashStep Stealth Dashes]] and Homing Kicks. Keep in mind that this often takes place around environmental hazards or pits. Something like the sections in the VideoGame/SonicAdventure games with a set of midair enemies to Homing Attack, but done more manually, so to speak.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Hibana strongly resembles actress Chiaki Kuriyama, a move likely inspired by the fact that ''Film/KillBill'' ''Vol. 1'' was the hottest action movie on Earth at the time of the game's development (and her rival Hisui vaguely resembles fellow ''Film/BattleRoyale'' co-star Kou Shibasaki, who was the first choice to portray Kuriyama's character, Gogo Yubari.)
* ParasolOfPain: Hisui wields one in combat.
* PlayingWithFire: Onibi's shtick, via fireworks and flame attacks.
* ThirdPersonSeductress: Hibana.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler: Kurohagane offers this to Hibana, asking that she be his, and Akujiki's, master. She refuses.]]
* YouAreAlreadyDead: One of the primary ways to take down enemies throughout the game is the "Tate" system, where you run around stunning every enemy in a room so they all fall over dead at once.