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Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
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Console: Nintendo NES
Region:U
Year: 1990
RFG ID #: U-027-S-04560-A
Part #: NES-NW-USA
UPC: 018946110103
Developer: Tecmo
Publisher: Tecmo
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Genre: Action/Adventure
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Players: 1
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: Cartridge
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Collection Stats:

  • 658 of 7480 collectors (8.7%) have this game in their collection
  • 35 of 7480 collectors (0.4%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 5 of 7480 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.
Overview:

(from the back of the box) *Dynamic Action Scenes!! Split your body into three, destroy all enemies with the invincible Fire Wheel and other new Ninja fighting techniques. Ninja Gaiden II gives you the feel of real NINJUTSU. *Exciting Cinema Display Format!! Ninja Gaiden II uses the same Cinema Display format as the original. The fiendish plot unfolds in a movie-like sequence. Action, drama, revenge. Just wait till you get to the end!
Review:

Taking place one year after the events of the first game, Ninja Gaiden II sees Ryu Hayabusa return to take on a new and potentially greater threat in Ashtar. Much like the first game in the series, players must traverse several levels littered with difficult obstacles, tight jumps, and enemies galore. But in addition, many levels now have course obstacles, such as wind physics and a stage only visible during flashes of lightning. Like its predecessor, graphics and sound are excellent, with memorable levels and catchy tunes. The overall controls are more fluid and polished than ever, including players now being able to scale walls. Spot-on controls prove to be a necessity considering the difficulty level of this game. One of the box advertisements claims, “Hard to Beat”, and it definitely lives up to that moniker. Prepare to die. A lot. The level design is excellent, however, as the game does a great job of encouraging you to progress just a little further. It’s a game of learning enemy patterns and placements, while slowly mastering treacherous platforming sections. One of the unique features of the Ninja Gaiden series is the story woven into it through the use of cinema cutscenes between levels. While the story does revert to a cookie-cutter good vs. evil story, a few twists and surprises keep things fresh, and in the end you do find yourself caring about the characters involved. One last thought: the prologue sequence that opens the game is arguably the best intro to any game on the system. Its slow building music couples excellently with the foundation scenes of the story, and perfectly gets you amped up for the adrenaline filled adventure to come. It’s too bad the original is what comes to mind for most people when talking “Ninja Gaiden”. All the elements that made the first a classic are present and improved upon in the sequel. It’s a classic in its own right that anyone who enjoys a challenge should appreciate.
Extra Media:

Nintendo Power Strategy Guide
Variations:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo Famicom J S Ninja Ryukenden II: Ankoku no Jashinken Tecmo 1990 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES A S Shadow Warriors II: Ninja Gaiden II Tecmo 1992 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES AT, CH S Shadow Warriors II: Ninja Gaiden II Tecmo 1992 Action/Adventure
Nintendo NES Spain S Shadow Warriors II: Ninja Gaiden II Tecmo 1991 Action/Adventure
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