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Ninja Spirit (TurboGrafx-16)

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User Score
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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall User Score (10 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Defunct Games
You want a good reason to own a TurboGrafx-16? There is no better reason than Irem's Ninja Spirit, a 2D side scroller that is still considered one of the greatest action games of all time. Forget Ninja Gaiden or Ninja Commando, Ninja Spirit is the single best 2D ninja-based action game every released. The game is just as playable now as it was back then.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
An excellent cart which doesn't skimp on the action, graphics or original oriental music. The moves are unique and well animated. Player control is precise and the difficulty curve is hard enough so it's not a walk through.
The Games Machine (UK)
Ninja Spirit suits the PC Engine down to the ground. All the action is arcade perfect, and the difficulty is pushed right up. More playable than any other version - even the C64 one.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
This is one of those truly addictive action titles, the type you'll spend an entire afternoon with just trying to beat that one section that is giving you trouble. This is easily one of the best of the hu-cards and a must play if you own the system. Just stick with it in level seven. You're almost there.
Game Informer Magazine
Power-ups also make you a more lethal assassin. The bosses are impressive and the action intense. If you missed Ninja Spirit, you missed sword-slashing arcade gameplay at its finest. hang your head in shame, young grasshopper.
PC Engine Gamer
The main reason I have to mark down Ninja Spirit is the slowdown, which can break the otherwise fast and fluid gameplay. It gets really quite bad in places and like a pickled plum in the centre of a rice ball, it sours the taste of the experience somewhat. But despite all that, this is a game for lovers of both ninjas and pirates. Let us all enjoy it and live in peace forever. Pirates are cooler btw.
Ninja Spirit seems to be doomed to comparison, still not escaping the shadow of Tecmo's famous Gaiden franchise over a decade and a half after its original release. And, head-to-head, Ninja Gaiden would get the nod -- but Spirit is a solid second ninja adventure that's worth consideration for another empty spot in your library. Play both, in fact, and you can avenge your father's death twice in the same day.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Technisch brillant ist IREMS PC-Engine-Umsetzung von NINJA SPIRIT. Während bei den Computerversionen von Activision die Sprites und das Scrolling noch bis zum Verrecken ruckelten und die Spielbarkeit deswegen gen Nullpunkt sank, geht bei der Engine-Konvertierung so richtig die Post ab. Von Parallax-Scrolling bis zu Digisound-Effekten wurde fast alles von der Ur-Arcade-Version übernommen. Ninja Spirit ist mit Sicherheit 100 Mark wert. Besser geht‘s kaum noch.
Ninja Spirit est l'un des jeux les plus populaires d'Irem après R-Type, mais à y regarder de près, on peut se demander s'il le mérite vraiment. Ou peut-être est-ce 1UP, qui, à défaut d'avoir l'esprit ninja, à celui de contrariété.
The Video Game Critic
I really liked the carnage I could unleash in Ninja Spirit. There's not much technique required, but it's definitely a good twitch game.
Power Play
An den Automaten habe ich mich nie herangetraut, und so war ich froh, dieses hektische Kampfspiel in seiner ganzen grafischen Pracht auf der PC-Engine zu sehen. Mit drei Spielfiguren gleichzeitig schwächliche Feinde aufzumischen, bedeutet tatsächlich fast dreifachen Spielspaß. Präzise Steuerung und gnädige Kollisionsabfrage (die Gegner verpuffen beinahe noch, bevor die Feuertaste gedrückt wurde) schaffen schnell eine angenehme "Ich bin unbesiegbar"-Atmosphäre. Zum Glück gibt es den "Arcade"-Modus, sonst würde der Spielspaß an dieser feinen Umsetzung wahrscheinlich nicht lang anhalten.
Ninja Spirit is a great game and an excellent ninja game. It's certainly better than Shinobi, but falls short of Revenge of Shinobi's greatness, and pales beside Ninja Gaiden 2, which, do be fair, most games do. Still, you won't be too disappointed, and you'll be glad for the sounds you get to play by.