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A worthy sequel NES Excellence (113)
A horrible, disgusting disgrace to the Ninja Gaiden legacy and the NES original. DOS Satoshi Kunsai (2093)
A severely impaired version of a classic DOS Zovni (10665)

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Combined User Score 44 3.7

Critic Reviews

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100 (Dec 05, 2012)
Ninja Gaiden II was my first experience with a Ninja Gaiden game, and I loved it. It felt so dark and different compared to other games on the Nintendo. The cinema scenes blew my mind, and frankly, freaked me out as a child. The scene in the opening credits where Ashtar is standing on a wall and looking out at a dark purple sky will be forever emblazoned in my memory. Because I grew up with Ninja Gaiden II, I definitely prefer it over the original; it’s hard to disassemble childhood memories objectively for just about anyone, I feel. Ninja Gaiden‘s story had more emotional weight and impact, while Ninja Gaiden II refined the gameplay and brought the series into its own, away from all the Castlevania comparisons. A personal favorite.
NESVideoGame (Mar, 1991)
Já se passou um ano da fatídica luta entre o terrível Jaquio e o ninja Ryu Hayabusa. Mas, quando todos pensam que o mal acabou, Ashtar, o senhor das Trevas – que secretamente controla Jaquio – volta para se apoderar da espada negra do caos, com a qual pretente abrir o Portal das Trevas. Se tiver sucesso, o pesadelo voltará para todos os homes. Cabe a você, na pessoa de Ryu, impedí-lo.
NESNintendo Land (2003)
This game is the best of the Ninja Gaiden Trilogy and is highly recommended to gamers of all skill levels. The graphics and sound are well above average, and the game handles like a new sports car. It's really too bad that Ninja Gaiden III didn't continue the same level of excellence. This game, along with Tecmo Super Bowl, really showed just how important Tecmo was to the success of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Ninja Gaiden Trilogy and the Tecmo Bowl series really propelled Tecmo into the limelight as far as game development was concerned, right up there with Konami and Capcom. The bottom line is this: Buy this game. Do it now. Ryu is calling out for help again, and how can you let poor Irene down?
Tricky spots, like platforming in changing wind and new bosses with tough patterns, require precise timing and ensure this title maintains notoriously difficult, while a high energy soundtrack keeps players pumped and playing. It’s quite possibly the most polished entry in the series.
NESRetro Game Age (Jul 25, 2011)
This is a true sequel in every sense of the word in terms of correcting the original’s faults while pushing the gameplay forward. The graphics are exceptional, the cut scenes better, and the difficulty less annoying. If you’ve played Ninja Gaiden you know what you are getting into. This is definitely not to be missed.
NESNES Times (Aug 24, 2007)
The bottom line is Ninja Gaiden II is the best game in the trilogy and one of the finest side-scrollers on the NES. Most everything about this game is top-notch, and the addicting action and compelling story will keep you playing. While some Ninja Gaiden vets may lament the loss of the blistering difficuty of the original, most everyone will will agree that is a game you can't miss. This ninja game definetly earns a black belt.
NES1UP! (Sep 08, 2017)
Avec sa réalisation supérieure, Shadow Warriors II est meilleur que son prédécesseur sur tous les points critiques, c'est-à-dire les niveaux, la jouabilité et la difficulté finale, mais il n'est pas meilleur sur toute la ligne. Dans le processus d'amélioration, il perd aussi quelque chose. Les cinématiques sont moins agréables, moins fun, même constat avec la musique et d'autres éléments, comme les premiers boss. En dépit de ses défauts cinglants, le premier jeu avait une caractéristique unique, une sorte d'aura, peut-être liée aussi à 1988, son année de sortie. Sa suite n'en aura pas hérité, pas entièrement en tout cas.
This has got to be the best looking Nintendo game ever made! The backgrounds are spectacular and the cinema displays are absolutely amazing! Excellent game play makes this super sequel one of the best new games of the year! A truly AWESOME challenge!
WiiNintendo Life (Oct 16, 2007)
This game is not for the faint of heart. Great skill and practice will be required to master this title. Ninja Gaiden II is a must for action/platform fans, and even if you’ve never played one of the games in the series this is probably the best place to start. You won’t find many action games of this calibre, and the game definitely has to be experienced at least once for your life to be considered complete.
NESAll Game Guide (1998)
For overall fun this game is great, but also extremely frustrating. The levels are not as difficult as the first game, although the boss at the end of the game is nearly impossible! No secrets or bonuses -- just fast and exciting sword slashing gameplay! Ninja Gaiden 2 is a memorable NES experience.
WiiGameSpot (Oct 31, 2007)
The Nintendo Entertainment System was home to many mean-spirited games, and Ninja Gaiden was a prime example. It beat you down, chewed you up, and spit you out. But it also dragged you back with its fast action, sweet ninja powers, and excellent controls. Now, Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos is available for the Wii's Virtual Console and like its predecessor, you'll cry foul at the game's sadistic nature yet still find yourself clawing through the pain to conquer its insane challenge.
NESThe Video Game Critic (Jul 27, 2004)
Despite its improvements, Ninja Gaiden 2 suffers from some annoying design flaws. The snowy mountain levels use a randomly generated "wind" to help or hinder your jumps, and it'll drive you nuts. Imagine jumping a chasm and having a sudden wild gust send your character plunging to his death. Also, whenever you're struck by a projectile, you automatically lunge back, often sending you plunging into the nearest abyss. Like the previous game, your score is not displayed when the game ends, so what's the point? Ninja Gaiden II is a good looking, challenging game, but its gameplay could still use some refinement.