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In comparison to the better known console version, this game is a traditional beat'em up game similar to Double Dragon in which the player walks from left to right while battling numerous enemies. Only if all foes are dispatched of, the player can advance in the level. It's also possible to perform special attacks and use weapons. The latter are either collectable power-ups or environmental objects like phone boots.

The player's ninja can attack his enemies using his bare hands and feet or using a sword (for a limited time). He can also perform moves such as a flying neck throw, a back flip and hang kicks, performed while hanging in scenario objects. Throwing enemies against objects such as phone cabins, oil drums or dumpsters will destroy them, revealing power ups such as health items and swords. At some points, Ryu will have to perform acrobatic moves to carry on. He has a life bar starting with five units.

The game takes place in United States' locations such as Las Vegas, North Carolina, Los Angeles, the Grand Canyon and Brooklyn. The enemies in those stages are mostly of the same five kinds, including Jason Vorhees' look-alikes and other masked men. There is a boss fight at the end of each stage.

A two-player co-operative game is also featured. Whenever the player dies, a continue screen will appear showing the player's ninja chained to a table while a circular saw descends upon him.


Ninja Gaiden Amiga Be careful. Just as in real life, cars are deadly if you get hit by them.
Ninja Gaiden ZX Spectrum Game over
Ninja Gaiden Amiga These guys are beating me up!
Ninja Gaiden Amstrad CPC Loading screen

Promo Images

Ninja Gaiden Magazine Advertisement Pages 2-3
Ninja Gaiden Magazine Advertisement Pages 2-3

Alternate Titles

  • "Shadow Warriors" -- European title
  • "Ninja Ryukenden" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

A slap in the face! Ouch! DOS Fake Spam (94)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Lynx Jul, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Sep, 1990 86 out of 100 86
ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Defunct Games Lynx Jul 24, 2004 79 out of 100 79
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Lynx Aug, 1991 715 out of 1000 72
All Game Guide Lynx 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ST Format Atari ST Jan, 1991 58 out of 100 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Sep, 1990 3.6 out of 12 30
Crash! Arcade Mar, 1989 Unscored Unscored
Your Sinclair Arcade May, 1989 Unscored Unscored


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Arcade release date 7 vedder (53586)
Feb 23, 2014


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