1001 Video GamesNinja Gaiden appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Cancelled PS2 versionThere were early plans for a Ninja Gaiden on the PS2, but they were ultimately cancelled.
TournamentsThree Master Ninja Tournaments were held for this game. Participating gamers played through the game and posted their karma score to the leader board. The second and third tournament used a remixed single-player campaign available through two freely downloadable Hurricane Packs.
A custom-made wooden sword signed by the head creator of Ninja Gaiden, Tomonobu Itagaki, "Master Ninja" T-shirts, "Ninja Dog" T-shirts, boxers, games and wrist bands were up for grabs.
The champions of the first two rounds competed live on September 25, 2004 at the Tokyo Game Show. They played the new content first and came from Scotland, Canada, Japan and the United States.
Version differencesThe violence in the European version has been toned down to maintain a PEGI 16+ rating. The graphic decapitations after certain fatal blows have been removed, but the blood remains and the shuriken (ninja throwing star) is also still included, despite the fact that it is usually removed from censored versions of similar games.
- 2004 – #7 Game of the Year
- 2004 – #2 Xbox Game of the Year