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SummaryA severely impaired version of a classic
The GoodThe sequel to Ninja Gaiden (aka Ryukenden in japan) stands to this day as the best game in the trilogy, featuring a tighter, animé-like storyline with requisite plot-twists, showdowns with enemies you thought defeated and startling revelations amidst a rather dark and forebonding save-the-world plot revolving around the resurrection of a Lovecraftian demon. Cool uh? The kickass side-scrolling gameplay introduced in the original is improved with new challenges, power-ups and levels. So a port to dos would be a no-brainer right? uh.... well,
The levels and features are there, more enemies, ninja arts and cool bosses to defeat. While the graphics got botched animation and detail-wise they are much more colorful and the cutscenes are way more impressive than in the original nes game.
Last but not least you can save your game anywhere now which is a pretty good feature.
The BadThey botched the port. It's that simple.
First of all, Ninja Gaiden 2's gameplay was a fast and thrilling side-scroller action game a-la Castlevania or Megaman, so fast and smooth gameplay were a must that did happen on the original Nes version. For the Dos port the whole game has been significantly slowed down dulling the experience significantly. The graphics while more colorful and vivid were completely redone, meaning the great animations of the original have now been chopped up into jerky undetailed movements (and I'm not even going to mention screw ups like Ryu's sudden costume change). The sound is absolutely hideous, filled with generic videogame "beeps" that bear no resemblance to the great music and sfx of the original.
Sure, the end result isn't a terrible mess like on other cases (see The Simpsons/TMNT arcade games) but one good look at the original is enough to see just how much you are missing out on.