Real-life Fruit Ninja slices and dices flying comestibles

When the app is no longer enough, turn to the real-life Fruit Ninja for much more graphic images of fruit meeting its maker at the hands of a sword-wielding ninja.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Fruit Ninja slicing
Gutsu takes out another unsuspecting watermelon. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

What, you're not sick of slicing fruit apart with a swipe of your finger? Apparently not. Fruit Ninja made it onto Apple's list of top-downloaded paid iPhone apps for 2012. It has even earned itself the real-life video treatment.

Uploaded by YouTube user scottdw, the real-life Fruit Ninja video casts the game as a much more epic adventure than it ever was as a time-killing app. The characters Sensei and Gutsu are the stars. There's horse-riding, a training montage, and endless slow-motion shots of fruit splitting apart.

The ninja's katana makes short work of pineapples, watermelons, bananas, oranges, and even a Twinkie. It's a sad fate for what may be one of the last Twinkies in the world, but sometimes rare foodstuffs must be sacrificed for our entertainment.

For a video that brings a casual-gaming app to life, the production values are surprisingly high quality. There's a certain beauty to seeing a sword slice cleanly through a watermelon, with little droplets of juice spraying out. It's much more refined than the Gallagher approach to fruit destruction.