Ninja Gaiden Shadow (Game Boy)

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Ninja Gaiden Shadow is a prequel to Ninja Gaiden. It is 1985, 3 years before the events of the NES game, and Jaquio has not yet been awakened. However, Emperor Garuda, an evil dictator, threatens New York city and it is up to the Ryu Hayabusa to fight him.

This game is an action side-scroller. Ryu can run, jump and beat his enemies using a sword. He also has a grappling-hook device, which can be used to reach higher platforms, which can then be hand-climbed across. By collecting power ups Ryu can use a magical technique called "the art of the fire wheel", an ascending and spinning wheel of fire which will take more damage than his usual sword. He has up to 5 charges of this technique. Ryu has a life meter with six units, which can be replenished by finding proper power ups inside containers.

The game is divided in 5 stages. Each stages has sub-screens, and the main objective is to go from left to right till the end of the screen, destroying the enemies in the way. Among the enemies Ryu will find humans, cyborgs and machines. At the end of each stage a boss fight awaits Ryu.


Ninja Gaiden Shadow Game Boy Title Screen (EU).
Ninja Gaiden Shadow Game Boy Cutscene.
Ninja Gaiden Shadow Game Boy Little trouble
Ninja Gaiden Shadow Game Boy Stage 3.

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Alternate Titles

  • "忍者龍剣伝GB 摩天楼決戦" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Shadow Warriors" -- European title
  • "Ninja Ryūkenden GB: Matenrō Kessen" -- Japanese title

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A Ninja in New York? This Has Got To Be Good... So Hai (371) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
A Great Classic-era Game Boy Title Apogee IV (2331) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Feb 25, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Joypad Mar, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Interface 1992 85 out of 100 85
Defunct Games Jun 27, 2012 B+ 83
Power Play Mar, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Video Games Feb, 1992 62 out of 100 62
GamePro (US) May, 1992 3 out of 5 60


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This game was originally planned to be released by Natsume as an adaptation of "Shadow of the Ninja". Tecmo acquired the rights to it and after some cosmetic changes released it internationally as a prequel to it's long-running Ninja Gaiden series (that takes place 3 years PRIOR to the original game) as "Ninja Gaiden: Shadow". The (later) European release, as with all other Tecmo-released "Ninja Gaiden" games, renamed the game "Shadow Warriors" because, at the time, "ninja" were considered a taboo subject there.
chirinea (44330) added Ninja Gaiden Shadow (Game Boy) on Sep 10, 2010