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If you're an overhead shooter fan or like to relive the classic arcade shooting games, Ninja Commando is a game you'll likely want to consider picking up for the Virtual Console. It's a solid game and is challenging enough to keep you coming back for more. The game is a bit on the short side, but it's a lot of fun while it lasts. It's not quite on par with the likes of Ikari Warriors or Contra, but it still features enough unique game play to be considered yet another worthy Neo Geo Virtual Console release.
Ganz ehrlich: „Ninja Commando“ ist vielleicht in maximal einer Stunde durchgespielt und begeistert nicht gerade durch besonders viel Umfang. Aber das will das Spiel auch gar nicht: Es offeriert kurzweiligen Shooterspaß, mutiert natürlich speziell im Koop-Modus zu einer regelrechten „Spielspaßgranate“ und bietet ob des (wohl eher unfreiwillig) hohen Trashfaktors auch noch eine Menge Humor. Zwischendurch gemeinsam mit einem Kumpel auf Highscore-Jagd zu gehen und durch die abwechslungsreichen geschichtlichen Epochen zu reisen, macht schlicht und einfach Spaß.
Is it any good? Well, sort of. Strip away the WTF factor and you're left with a vertical scrolling shoot-'em-up that doesn't really have much to recommend it. It scratches that basic arcade itch, but doesn't bother to apply the soothing balm of fresh ideas or polished gameplay. It's absolutely hilarious, but whether that's enough to warrant the pricey 900-Point cost is up to you.
All of those little extra touches make Ninja Commando just intriguing enough that players in the ‘90s arcade scene might have felt it was worth a spend of 25 cents, and I’d agree with that assessment. When the price tag is nine dollars, though, I’m much more wary of offering a recommendation. If you’re a big fan of run-and-gun arcade shooters like Ikari Warriors, then definitely consider giving Ninja Commando a download. Otherwise, use those same 900 Wii Points for one of the bigger name Neo Geo hits, instead of this other game.