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Ninja Gaiden

MobyRank MobyScore
Wii
85
5.0
Arcade
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2.0
Wii U
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User Reviews

Slice and dice! Ninja know no fear! NES Satoshi Kunsai (1816)
Damn cool, but the gameplay isn't very good NES Bregalad (917)
Amazing and hard as hell... NES Ivan Obretenov (9)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Arcade 1 2.0
NES 65 3.9
Nintendo 3DS Awaiting 1 votes...
TurboGrafx-16 2 3.6
Wii 3 5.0
Wii U Awaiting 1 votes...
Combined MobyScore 71 3.9


The Press Says

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100
NESThe DOS Spirit
Om du føler for å utfordra dine emnar med eit svært så vanskeleg spel så er det berre å kasta seg over «Ninja Gaiden». Om du ikkje har store ambisjonar om å fullføre spelet (sjølv har eg enno ikkje klart å overvinna den siste bossen) så er det høgst anbefalt å ta ein runde i ny og ne, kun for å få nullstilt standarden over kva som er eit vanskeleg spel. Alle spel denne siden av årtusenet verkar plutseleg mykje lettare etter ein god gammal runde på ekte «Nintendo Hard». Av den grunn meskar me denne tittelen med vår gjeve Golden DOS (NES) Spirit.
90
WiiMag'64
Wenn man auch nur ansatzweise etwas für Actiontitel auf dem NES übrig hat und nicht vor Herausforderungen zurückschreckt, wird man Ninja Gaiden lieben. Hat man die Steuerung erst einmal verinnerlicht und ist im schnellen Spielfluss drin, offenbart sich ein Gameplay, das, so simpel es im Grund ist, fesselnder nicht sein könnte.
90
NESJeuxvideo.com
Considéré comme le meilleur jeu au style ninja sur NES, Shadow Warriors / Ninja Gaiden se permet d'allier une action de jeu intense à une mise en scène révolutionnaire grâce au TECMO Theater. Ici, tous les aspects du jeu vidéo se consolident les uns les autres et à vrai dire seuls quelques choix discutables viennent ternir ce tour de force. Voilà un véritable condensé d'énergie d'émotions et de défi qui ne demande qu'à exploser, si vous êtes à la hauteur.
90
NESLens of Truth
With Ninja Gaiden for the NES, Tecmo decided to drop the arcade beat-em up style for a more graceful Shinobi feel, and it worked. The seven stages in Ninja Gaiden all are vastly different. Each brings with it great graphics and music. As said previously, the game’s innovative way of storytelling make it monumental. Even if it didn’t have it’s cut-scenes, Ninja Gaiden would still be remembered as one of the greatest games ever to be released on the NES. It’s definitely one of the toughest.
90
NESDigital Press - Classic Video Games
The game was good enough for Tecmo to release two sequels on the NES. Not only that, but Tecmo released all three games in a compilation cart for the SNES. The huge success of the series solidifies it as one of gaming's greatest. It's a must play for anyone who enjoys video games, even those who consider themselves "mainstream."
90
WiiIGN
So be well warned ahead of time – this isn't the kind of game you can pick up and breeze through on your first try. Completing the adventure takes practice and patience, both of which you'll likely be willing to invest given the solid and satisfying fun factor of the core gameplay and, too, given that you'll want to see how the story ends. Getting to the next cutscene, seeing the next piece of the plot, was a motivation not used before Ninja Gaiden in 1989. That novel narrative nature, paired with the high degree of difficulty, made this first Gaiden game a hit. A hit that started Tecmo's most powerful franchise, and a hit that's certainly worth the asking price of 500 Wii Points to re-experience.
90
NESMean Machines
The more I play this game, the more it reminds me of Nintendo Batman. The platform, leaping-between-walls gameplay is very similar, but then, seeing as Batman was one of the best NES games of 1990, that can't be a bad thing. Shadow Warrior's graphics aren't quite as stylish as Batman's but they still do a creditable job. The sprites are detailed and well-animated, and the Tecmo Theater interludes help supply a lot of atmosphere. Shadow Warrior is probably the best arcade-style Ninja game on the NES, so anyone after some Shinobi-type shuriken shenanigans can't go wrong buying this.
90
NESThunderbolt Games
Jaquio means to take control of the earth. A demon of monstrous proportions will rise from a 700-year slumber and a young man named Ryu Hayabusa wears the burden of their inevitable confrontation on his slight back. His father was killed by someone, or something, under the Jaquio’s deft, devilish influence, and so the letter delineating his mission, his gaiden, becomes two-fold. It even becomes three-fold later on in the proceedings, but to reveal that final theme would be criminal. And so, Ryu’s undertaking must involve both avenging his father’s murder and saving the unsuspecting world from an unspeakable fate.
89
TurboGrafx-16Computer and Video Games (CVG)
There's no doubt that this is playable. It's great fun and very, very difficult. The frustration builds, but it only makes you want another go. The range of weapons available is enormous and the use of magic potions and recipes adds to the fun. Buy it if you're after a Shinobi-style romp, but fans of the arcade games will be gravely disappointed.
89
NESNintendo Land
Overall, this game deserves notice due to its innovative use of cinema scenes and its ability to test even the most seasoned veterans' jumping and slashing skills. The game was immensely popular upon its release, and spawned two sequels and a re-release as part of the Ninja Gaiden Trilogy for SNES years later. I recommend this game for players of intermediate and expert skill levels, although everyone should at least give it a try to test their skills. It's a part of history, and besides... Ryu needs our help!
88
WiiVideo Game Generation
While Ninja Gaiden rewards gamers that are aggressive, it also forces them to play wisely by punishing those that are too aggressive. Much like a ninja, you must move with care, move with precision, and move with a sense of urgency not found in most modern games. It’s old school gaming in its finest, and most frustratingly satisfying, form.
87
NES1UP!
Il y a autant de bonnes raisons d'aimer Shadow Warriors que de le détester, et de ce fait il est impossible de lui donner une mauvaise note comme il impossible de lui en donner une excellente. Même ceux qui le haïssent doivent l'admirer, et il doit énerver même ceux qui l'adorent. Puisque l'on a disséqué en long et en large ce qui le rend traumatisant pour toute une génération de joueurs, qui finit par s'éloigner du jeu tels des blessés de guerre couverts de bandages, nous terminerons en évoquant sa plus grande qualité. Elle n'est pas facile à cerner en un mot. C'est sa rapidité, c'est son rythme, c'est sa jouabilité aussi. Ce pourrait être sa férocité.
84
TurboGrafx-16GameFan Magazine
Ninja Gaiden comes to the PC! Same as the 8-bit but with more colors and detail. It feels and plays just like the old 8-bit NES version. I liked that one and I like this one even better...good stuff!
80
NESRealm of Gaming
Without 6-2, Ninja Gaiden would be at the top of my list of favorite 8-bit platformers. Instead, it has to accept a less satisfying position somewhere close to number nine. There's only so much a gamer can stand, even a gaming masochist like myself, and this game certainly pushes the envelop in terms of fiercely difficult gameplay.
80
WiiNintendo Life
Although the visuals have aged poorly, Ninja Gaiden still has plenty of gameplay and challenge. The musical score should be noted as one of the finest to be found on the NES. In terms of NES platform action, it doesn't really get much better than this!
80
NESNES Times
So despite its flaws and "pull-your-hair-out" frustraton, Ninja Gaiden still proves to be a worthy title. The non-stop action is just plain fun and never gets boring. Although the two sequels that followed it fixes most of the problems here, this is still a great cartridge that should definetly be checked out. You may swear at the game a few times, but if you can stand the difficulty, you'll still have a good time nonetheless.
80
NESNintendo Magasinet (Sweden)
Shadow Warrior är ett bra spel. När du väl lärt dig hantera Ryu (och det gäller att ha god kontroll över hans rörelser för att komma långt i det här spelet) är det lätt att fastna vid NES:en bara för att ta sig förbi den där sista problematiska passagen... Spelet är stort nog att ge valuta för pengarna i form av lång speltid. När du väl gjort slut på ditt sista liv kan du ändå trycka på Start för att börja om (med nollställda poäng) från början på den bandel där Ryu mötte sitt öde, så du har möjlighet att träna ordentligt på varje bana utan att behöva börja från början varenda gång. Och träning behövs innan man luskat ut alla specialmanövrer som krävs för att klara det här spelet!
76
WiiGameSpot
However, the key difference between this masochistically tough game and other masochistically tough games from this time period is that Ninja Gaiden doesn't use its difficulty level as a crutch. The underlying gameplay in Ninja Gaiden is good enough to keep you playing, no matter how many times it punches you in the face with some cheap enemy placement or completely insane boss fight. For those who like their classic games angry and challenging, Ninja Gaiden is one of the better examples of that style of game, because it's hard and it's fun. And ninjas are awesome.
75
NESMicro News
Amis de la nuit, voilà une très belle réalisation qui vous fera gaiement cavalcader sur le cheval blanc des insomnies.
70
NESVideo Games
Shadow Warrior spielt sieh flott und ist nicht allzuschwer, was den Einstieg angenehm erleichtert. Begrüßenswert ist auch, daß die Endgegner nicht frustrierend sind, sondern durchaus Schwächen offenbaren. Wer auf schaffbare Actionpiele mit wenig Ecken und Kanten steht, der wird mit Shadow Warrior gut bedient.
67
NESThe Video Game Critic
The background scenery is a mixed bag. The city streets look plain, but later stages like the castle ruins and mine cart tunnels look very cool. Cinematic cut-scenes between stages tell an intriguing (but cheesy) tale of revenge, borrowing elements from more movies than I care to name. Interestingly, this game won an award back in 1989 for "best ending in a video game". Ninja Gaiden also features a kick-ass soundtrack that's sure to get the testosterone flowing. Once you exhaust all of your lives, "Game Over" appears of the screen, but it doesn't tell you your score, and that stinks. From there, you can hit the start button to continue on the current stage. Ninja Gaiden spawned a number of sequels, including a recent 3D version for the Xbox.
60
TurboGrafx-16Video Game Den
All in all, Ninja Ryūkenden is a hard and frustrating action platformer but, difficulty aside, its enduring popularity is due, no doubt, to moments of pure brilliance and creativity sadly sprinkled with irritating gameplay paradoxes.