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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 You're invincible (those flames circle around you)
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear Act 2 intro cutscene.
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear Title Screen.
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear Here you are, performing a jump.

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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
Sega Power Sep, 1992 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1991 27 out of 40 68
Video Games Feb, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Play Time Mar, 1992 67 out of 100 67
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GamePro (US) Dec, 1991 3 out of 5 60
Score May, 1994 40 out of 100 40


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Kabushi (256829) added Ninja Gaiden (Game Gear) on Mar 08, 2005