Just figuring out character design, I will probably have to fix all the palette at once when I'm done. I'll do some animation for these guys later this week, next week I'm pretty much gone until Friday, but I might be able to find a computer before then, I'm not sure... I'll likely redo the elk too, but I figure if I name it correctly all you have to do is copy the folder over it.
(Using this site
and google image search for reference)
Should I make generic enemies too?
Looks good. No generic enemies, the fight will be just 1v1 of players.
Also it would be good if you made just simple 2-3 frame animations of flying shuriken, throwing knife, fireball and arrow (which should have probably 3 frames as it's trajectory will be curved). The size should be fitting to the size of ninja so something like 4-6 pixels in height max.
And another thing, make the ninja sprites so that they are holding something (all the sprites/ninjas, in the same place) and make a 16x16 corresponding sprites of bow, fireball, shuriken, throwing knife which I will overlay on the ninja sprites to make it easier.