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This is the third entry in the series of fast-paced ninja action games, and is the last game in the series to be released on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Some time has passed since the defeat of Ashtar and the resurrected Jaquio, and Irene Lew has received a new mission to complete. She is to observe a strange factory that has been constructed recently for an unknown purpose, and investigate it. She proceeds to reconnoiter it, but is intercepted and apparently assassinated by her friend Ryu Hayabusa...except it isn't Ryu. It is an imposter. The real Ryu, angered over her death, and the subsequent false accusation that he murdered her, continues her mission and proceeds to investigate the factory.

As stated, this was the last game in the regular series produced for the NES. It had many features the previous games in the series did not, such as a power up to extend the length of your sword, a new vertical "wave" attack and vertically-scrolling levels. The US version of the game is reputed to be the hardest in the series, due to the extra damage incurred when hit, slightly shorter regular sword length, limited continues and more enemies.

The Lynx port is the second Ninja Gaiden game on the platform, the first being a port from the Arcade Version. This port is identical to the NES game, but the in-game picture is compressed for the smaller screen of the Lynx.

Screenshots

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom NES At the start of stage 7, you finally battle to get into the game's eponymous ancient ship of doom
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom NES Gameplay action from stage 1-1
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom NES In this section of 2-2, the cavern is filling up with lava and you need to keep on top of it
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom NES Stage 6 boss

Promo Images

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Screenshot
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Screenshot
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Screenshot
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "忍者龍剣伝III ~黄泉の方船~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ninja Ryukenden 3: Yomi no Hakobune" -- Japanese title
  • "Ninja Gaiden Episode III: The Ancient Ship of Doom" -- NES/Lynx in-game title

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Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Nintendo Life Wii Feb 19, 2008 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Retro Game Age NES Sep 09, 2011 8 out of 10 80
neXGam Lynx 2005 7.9 out of 10 79
Nintendo Land NES 2003 78 out of 100 78
NES Times NES Mar 05, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Questicle.net NES Dec 06, 2012 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic NES Jul 27, 2004 C 50
Video Games Lynx Apr, 1994 44 out of 100 44
Mega Fun Lynx Apr, 1994 43 out of 100 43

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