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Console: Nintendo NES
Region:U
Year: 1989
RFG ID #: U-027-S-04550-A
Part #: NES-NG-USA
UPC: 018946110073
Developer: Tecmo
Publisher: Tecmo
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Genre: Action/Adventure
Sub-genre: Hack and Slash
Players: 1
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: Cartridge 2 Meg
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Collection Stats:

  • 730 of 6435 collectors (11.3%) have this game in their collection
  • 43 of 6435 collectors (0.6%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 11 of 6435 collectors (0.1%) have this game for sale or trade.
Overview:

  • Ninja Action!

The stage is set for conspiracy, mystery and evil in America. Come with Ninja Ryu as he takes you on his fateful journey.

  • Tecmo's unique cinema display system develops the story stage by stage.

You piece together the puzzle while watching the movie-like graphics.

  • You decide which action to take!

Use the secret sword and items collected during the action scenes to fight your way to the goal.

Review:

Ninja Gaiden was released by Tecmo in 1989 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It's based loosely on an arcade game of the same name. The arcade game was a side-scrolling fighter like Double Dragon. I played it. It sucks. The NES version is a platform game, and is vastly superior.

Ninja Gaiden is an awesome game. There's a good mix here. The graphics and sound are pretty decent, but the game-play is really the high point. Ninja Gaiden is an exercise in precise timing, a goal many games strive for but fail to achieve. This is one of those few games that's not about how fast you can mash the fire button, or even how many flying objects you can dodge (it took me a long time to figure that out). Ninja Gaiden is about surveying your enemy patiently and waiting for that perfect golden moment in which to strike. You must remain an unwavering monument of courage in the face of danger, waiting for the split second in which you will lash out with your deadly ninja sword to send your enemy into the abyss of eternal damnation. If you strike too soon, you are an impatient fool and you will die. If you strike too late, you are a slow fool and you will die. In fact, most players find that no matter what you do, you will die. Oh yes, you will die.

This is one of the hardest games out there. While watching me play Ninja Gaiden our very own Michael Collins said "It only has one difficulty setting, Impossible." The game is actually not impossible. I beat it a whole slough of times during the last two weeks. I just kept playing it all the time like some kind of anti-social yahoo. I figured I would get sick of playing it eventually, but I haven't at all. This game has some serious replay value. In my review for Super Metroid I talked about having sex with Britney Spears. I also talked about the select handful of classic games I play when I'm bored, games that just never get old. From now on Ninja Gaiden is one of those games.

RF Generation Review Score


90%

Variations:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo Famicom J S Ninja Ryukenden Tecmo 1988 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES A S Shadow Warriors: Ninja Gaiden Tecmo 1991 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES Germany S Shadow Warriors: Ninja Gaiden Tecmo 1991 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES United Kingdom S Shadow Warriors: Ninja Gaiden Tecmo 1991 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES FR, NL S Shadow Warriors: Ninja Gaiden Tecmo 1991 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES Spain S Shadow Warriors: Ninja Gaiden Tecmo 1991 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES Italy S Shadow Warriors: Ninja Gaiden Tecmo 1991 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES DK, FI, NO, SE S Shadow Warriors: Ninja Gaiden Tecmo 1991 Action/Adventure
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