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A year after the events of the original Ninja Gaiden, a new villain named Ashtar receives word of Jaquio's defeat. Ashtar uses this opportunity to hatch a new plan to plunge the world into darkness. The ninja, Ryu Hayabusa, hits the trail to destroy all manner of vile creatures entering the world while fighting his way to destroy Ashtar, his Dark Sword of Chaos, and whatever else is behind the evil.

Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos is a fast paced, side scrolling action game in the tradition of the original Ninja Gaiden game. Ryu is a ninja who can run, jump, and slash with his ninja sword. He can also attach to vertical walls and climb up and down, which is an ability missing in the previous game. Powerups are hidden everywhere throughout the levels. These powerups include fireballs and ninja stars as before; a unique new powerup is the ninja shadow. Ryu can collect up to 2 ninja shadows that follow his every movement and use the same weapons at the same time that Ryu strikes.

Ninja Gaiden II tells its story through liberal use of cinematic scenes interspersed between the action levels. Different levels feature a variety of environmental interaction; e.g., one level has Ryu on a high mountain where snow is falling fast and the wind is blowing hard. The shifting direction of the snowfall indicates how the wind is blowing and Ryu has to fight against the breeze. In a night level, much of the environment is dark and is illuminated only sporadically by flashes of lightning.


Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos NES Level 6-1 involves graphical tricks where Ryu is obscured by slanted, crumbling buildings.
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos NES Defeating the first level boss.
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos NES In the fire pits in level 4-1
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos DOS The "windmill throwing star" art

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Alternate Titles

  • "Shadow Warriors Episode II: The Dark Sword of Chaos" -- European Title
  • "Ninja Ryukenden 2: Ankoku no Jashin Ken" -- Japanese Title
  • "Ninja Gaiden Episode II: The Dark Sword of Chaos" -- In-game title

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User Reviews

A worthy sequel NES Excellence (104)
A horrible, disgusting disgrace to the Ninja Gaiden legacy and the NES original. DOS Satoshi Kunsai (1806)
A severely impaired version of a classic DOS Zovni (9312)

Critic Reviews

VideoGame NES Mar, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Nintendo Land NES 2003 93 out of 100 93
NES Times NES Aug 24, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Jul, 1990 35 out of 40 88
Nintendo Life Wii Oct 16, 2007 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
All Game Guide NES 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Wii Oct 31, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
The Video Game Critic NES Jul 27, 2004 B- 67


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