Arcade version differencesThe NES version, while starring the same main character ( Ryu Hayabusa), bears little or no connection to the original arcade Ninja Gaiden; nonetheless, some aspects of it were carried over to the NES title. The first stage is a vague adaptation of the arcade's first stage, the opening cutscenes are also somewhat similar. Both games feature Jason Voorhees look-alikes and, moreover, Bloody Malth from the NES game reminds of the coin-op's final boss.
- Electronic Gaming Monthly
- December 1989 - Best Nintendo Game of the Year
- December 1989 - Best Ending in a Video Game
- Game Informer Magazine
- August 2001 (Issue 100) - voted # 93 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll