This is one of the driving forces behind Ninjato: we need a *good* ninja game, one that gives us a sense of their diversity, not just a martial arts fighting game. Ninjato is staged in history and plays out ninjas as a force behind the machinations of great clans in pre-feudal Japan. This time period is also under represented in my opinion - it is rich with drama and incredible events.
I'm right there with you. I'm hoping that this is more of an influence game than a battle game. Historical ninjas always preferred soft methods rather than hard ones.