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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 The first boss.
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear These guys will jump and shoot arpoons against you.
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear These guys will jump over you.
Ninja Gaiden Game Gear Going to the end of the level.

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Alternate Titles

  • "忍者外伝" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 84 out of 100 84
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 7.3 out of 10 73
Power Play Feb, 1992 68 out of 100 68
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
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 (245398) added Ninja Gaiden (Game Gear) on Mar 08, 2005