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Ninja Gaiden begins with a cinematic animation in which 2 ninjas duel to the death; one goes down. It is revealed that the doomed ninja is the father of Ryu Hayabusa. When Ryu learns of this, he embarks on a quest to find out who killed his father and why. This quest takes him to America to find an archaeologist with whom Ryu's father was working. From there, Ryu becomes embroiled in an evil, supernatural conspiracy involving a villain named Jaquio who has plans to use an ancient castle and some relics to unleash a terrifying evil upon the world.

Ninja Gaiden is a side scrolling game where Ryu the ninja can run, jump, and slash with his ninja sword. He can also attach to any vertical surface. Powerups are littered throughout the landscape that allow Ryu to toss fireballs and ninja stars, and perform other feats.

Ryu will battle through urban city settings, forests, jungles, snow covered castles, underground railroads, and ancient castles. A major feature in Ninja Gaiden are the cinematic scenes -- sometimes fullscreen -- through which the storyline unfolds.


Ninja Gaiden Game Gear The first boss.
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear Act 2 intro.
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear The tipical "end of phrase repetition dialog effect".
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear These guys will jump over you.

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Alternate Titles

  • "忍者外伝" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 84 out of 100 84
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 7.3 out of 10 73
Power Play Feb, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1991 27 out of 40 68
Video Games Feb, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Play Time Mar, 1992 67 out of 100 67
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Score May, 1994 40 out of 100 40


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Kabushi (163276) added Ninja Gaiden (Game Gear) on Mar 08, 2005