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Ninja Gaiden

aka: Ninja Ryukenden, Shadow Warriors

Description official descriptions

In comparison to the better known console version, this game is a traditional beat'em up game similar to Double Dragon in which the player walks from left to right while battling numerous enemies. Only if all foes are dispatched of, the player can advance in the level. It's also possible to perform special attacks and use weapons. The latter are either collectable power-ups or environmental objects like phone boots.

The player's ninja can attack his enemies using his bare hands and feet or using a sword (for a limited time). He can also perform moves such as a flying neck throw, a back flip and hang kicks, performed while hanging in scenario objects. Throwing enemies against objects such as phone cabins, oil drums or dumpsters will destroy them, revealing power ups such as health items and swords. At some points, Ryu will have to perform acrobatic moves to carry on. He has a life bar starting with five units.

The game takes place in United States' locations such as Las Vegas, North Carolina, Los Angeles, the Grand Canyon and Brooklyn. The enemies in those stages are mostly of the same five kinds, including Jason Vorhees' look-alikes and other masked men. There is a boss fight at the end of each stage.

A two-player co-operative game is also featured. Whenever the player dies, a continue screen will appear showing the player's ninja chained to a table while a circular saw descends upon him.

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Credits (Arcade version)

14 People

Director (★監督)
  • H. Iijima (Strong Shima [ストロング 島])
Screenplay (★脚本)
  • H. Iijima (Strong Shima [ストロング 島])
Main Programmer (★メイン·プログラマー)
  • Happy Fuku-dai Ichiro [ハッピー福大郎]
Sub Programmer (★サブ·プログラマー)
  • EXP Ebi [EXP 海老]
Background (★背景)
  • Yamashimizu Akira [ヤマシミズ アキラ]
  • Freedom
  • H. Iijima (Strong Shima [ストロング 島])
Enemy Design (★暗黒軍団デザイン)
  • Norge Miyahiroshi [NORGE 宮洽]
  • H. Iijima (Strong Shima [ストロング 島])
Demonstration Plan (★デモシーソ プラン)
  • Italian Ototaro [ITALIAN 音太郎]
Demo Design (★デモ デザイン)
  • Norge Miyahiroshi [NORGE 宮洽]
  • French Iwaiwa [岩岩]
Musician (★ミュージシャン)
Art Design
Hard (ハード)



Subject User Date
Arcade release date vedder (66330) 2014-02-23 09:54:57

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  • MobyGames ID: 7703


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by ^LutheR^.

Wii added by Lance Boyle. PlayStation 4 added by Rik Hideto. DOS added by etempest. Arcade added by FatherJack. Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amiga, Atari ST added by Martin Smith. Nintendo Switch added by Terok Nor. Amstrad CPC added by LepricahnsGold. Lynx added by Jeanne.

Additional contributors: Terok Nor, Dwin1118, FatherJack.

Game added November 6th, 2002. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.