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Ninja Gaiden is a side scrolling game where Ryu the ninja can run, jump, and slash with his ninja sword. He can also attach to any vertical surface. Powerups are littered throughout the landscape that allow Ryu to toss fireballs and ninja stars, and perform other feats.

Ryu will battle through urban city settings, forests, jungles, snow covered castles, underground railroads, and ancient castles. A major feature in Ninja Gaiden are the cinematic scenes -- sometimes fullscreen -- through which the storyline unfolds.


Ninja Gaiden Game Gear Act 2 intro cutscene.
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear Here he is, the second boss.
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear These guys will jump and shoot arpoons against you.
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear Game Over.

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Alternate Titles

  • "忍者外伝" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Génération 4 Jan, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 84 out of 100 84
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Feb, 1992 800 out of 1000 80
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 7.3 out of 10 73
Sega Force (UK) Jan, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Feb, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1991 27 out of 40 68
GamePro (US) Dec, 1991 3 out of 5 60
Retro Game Reviews Dec 04, 2014 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50
Score May, 1994 40 out of 100 40


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Kabushi (257695) added Ninja Gaiden (Game Gear) on Mar 08, 2005
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