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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.7
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.5
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Overall User Score (10 votes) 4.5

Critic Reviews

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Pixel-Heroes.de (Jan, 2008)
Auch wenn ich "Ninja Gaiden" auf dem Master System viel schneller als gedacht beenden konnte, hat mir das Spiel so viel Spaß wie kaum ein anderes auf dieser kleinen Konsole zuvor bereitet. Die unbestritten makellose technische Präsentation und die tolle Spielbarkeit machen es aus meiner Sicht zu einem absoluten Must-Have-Titel!
Player One (Sep, 1992)
Ninja Gaiden est un must, bien plus marrant à mon avis que la série des Shinobi qui commence à devenir un peu répétitive. Les seul reproche qu'on peut lui adresser est commun à cette famille de logiciels : les dangers arrivent tellement à l'improviste que la clé du succès réside essentiellement dans la connaissance des tableaux par cœur. Il est souvent impossible de s'en tirer uniquement par les réflexes. Il y en a qui aiment et d'autres qui détestent. Néanmoins, à moins de faire de l'allergie viscérale aux jeux de Ninja, vous n'avez aucune raison valable de ne pas enfiler de nouveau votre tenue pour une nouvelle séance de lancer de shuriken en vrac.
Zero (Sep, 1992)
The graphics are pretty smart for a Master System game, and the animation and control over the main character are both very good. You can leap about from platform to platform with reckless abandon and there are loads of different special moves to help you in your task. This is to the Master System what Revenge of Shinobi is to the Mega Drive. I love it.
Sega Pro (Germany) (Nov, 1992)
Zweifellos das beste beat-'em-up Spiel auf dem Master System.
Sega8bit.com (Feb 27, 2008)
If you don't have this in your collection, get it. It is what I call a cult classic game. Any true Martial Artist needs to have a collection of Kung Fu Films and Ninja Video Games. This one is perfect for your collection.
Supersonic (Jul, 1992)
Les déplacements sont excellents, voire époustouflants. Les décors de Ninja Gaiden sont beaux et ont l'avantage d'être très variés (ville, grotte, forêt, base...). Les sprites sont beaux et nombreux. On prend un grand plaisir à diriger le petit ninja dans sa progression. Le seul point noir est peut-être la facilité due aux continues infinies. Avec des musiques correctes, Ninja Gaiden est cependant un jeu qui va bien t'éclater !
Defunct Games (Jul 09, 2005)
As a huge fan of the NES games it was fun playing a 2D version I had never seen before. It has a couple of flaws, but if you're an owner of a Master System then Ninja Gaiden should be in your collection. Not only is this a great action game, but it's a completely original Ninja Gaiden game that is well worth your time.
Mean Machines (Sep, 1992)
I must admit there haven't been many games of late that have caused me to power up the old Master System for a quick play. Domark's Prince of Persia was one exception, and this game is the other. Ninja Gaiden has loads of appeal. The graphics are excellent (sometimes rivalling Megadrive visuals, believe it or not) and the scrolling is super-smooth. The speed of the game is also quite remarkable, it really moves at a fast and hectic pace, making for some great play. Perhaps the game is a little easy in places, but it's just so goo to play that even after you've completed it, you'll be coming back for more. The selection of weapons adds even more variety to the proceedings. Ninja Gaiden is a great slash 'em up, essential for Master System owners.
Sega-16.com (Jun 02, 2015)
Although this game doesn’t feel quite as well put together as the NES classics, or as epic when it comes to the events within it, it does give you an enjoyable ride that likely won’t disappoint.
The question remains, though - is the game worth tracking down? I'd have to say yes. It's an extremely fun game and it's much better than a lot of the Ninja Gaiden games that have been released in the past - in fact, I'd go as far as to say that's it's better than Ninja Gaiden III, which is the worst of the three NES games. Ninja Gaiden fans and action game fans alike will find a lot to like about Ninja Gaiden, as long as they can live with the ugly graphics.
Als wunderschönes Multicolorsprite mit einem Breitsäbel und einigen Extras gesegnet, macht sich dieser Ninja-Kämpfer auf, um die Schergen des Bösen zu zerschnibbeln. Und daß dies gelingt, liegt nicht zuletzt an der tollen Ausnutzung der 8-Bit-Konsole: Tolle Backgrounds zum Entlanghangeln, flüssiges Scrolling und üppige Animationen für viele, viele Levels. Mögen die Feinde auch ein wenig zu gleichförmig und eintönig erscheinen (mal abgesehen von den Endgegnern), als Actionspiel taugt Ninja Gaiden auf jeden Fall.
Video Games (Aug, 1992)
Die Game-Gear-Variante von "Ninja Gaiden" hat mir gut gefallen, die Master-System-Version ist noch eine Schwertlänge besser. Spielerisch wird hier mehr geboten, da Ryu's "Kabekeri"-Klettertechnik für neue Möglichkeiten sorgt. Nicht nur Bergsteiger wird's freuen, wie gelenkig der Ninja ist. Hinzu kommt, daß alle acht Level erfreulich lang sind und längerfristig für Kurzweil sorgen.

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Sega Power (Dec, 1993)
An above-average ninja platform game with good graphics - even if they are a tad on the small side. Unfortunately, a bit too similar to other platformers.
Retro Gamer (Feb 18, 2015)
Ninja Gaiden arrived at a time when the general quality of Master System games was at an all-time high, and this shows through in the game’s excellent visuals and high quality soundtrack – the first stage in particular has a real earworm of a tune, one of the best on the console. Whether you’re a NES gamer wondering what you’ve missed or a Master System enthusiast, we’d recommend Ninja Gaiden highly – just be prepared to pay a little, as it’s not the cheapest game these days.

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