DescriptionNinja Gaiden begins with a cinematic animation in which two ninjas duel to the death and one goes down. It is then revealed that the doomed ninja is the father of Ryu Hayabusa. When Ryu learns of this, he embarks on a quest to find out who killed his father and why. This quest takes him to America to find an archaeologist with whom his father was working. From there, Ryu becomes embroiled in an evil, supernatural conspiracy involving a villain named Jaquio who has plans to use an ancient castle and some relics to unleash a terrifying evil upon the world.
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. Power-ups that allow Ryu to toss fireballs and ninja stars as well as perform other feats are scattered throughout the landscape.
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.
- "忍者龍剣伝" -- Japanese spelling
- "Shadow Warriors: Ninja Gaiden" -- UK/Australian title
- "Shadow Warriors" -- European title
- "Ninja Ryukenden" -- Japanese title
Part of the Following Groups
- Arcade Archives series
- Game Center CX challenge games
- Games made into books
- Ninja Gaiden series
- Theme: Ninjas
There are no reviews for the TurboGrafx-16 release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Apr, 1992||89 out of 100||89|
|GameFan Magazine||Oct, 1992||84.5 out of 100||84|
|Video Game Den||Jan 10, 2011||60|
|Video Games||Apr, 1992||2 out of 5||40|
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|Arcade version||3||FatherJack (62754)
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|Trivia for the game.||8||Lain Crowley (6785)
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|Pending correction||2||Terok Nor (27936)
Oct 25, 2010
Arcade version differencesThe NES version, while starring the same main character ( Ryu Hayabusa), bears little or no connection to the original arcade Ninja Gaiden; nonetheless, some aspects of it were carried over to the NES title. The first stage is a vague adaptation of the arcade's first stage, the opening cutscenes are also somewhat similar. Both games feature Jason Voorhees look-alikes and, moreover, Bloody Malth from the NES game reminds of the coin-op's final boss.
- Electronic Gaming Monthly
- December 1989 - Best Nintendo Game of the Year
- December 1989 - Best Ending in a Video Game
- Game Informer Magazine
- August 2001 (Issue 100) - voted # 93 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll
Related Web Sites
- Howard & Nester do Ninja Gaiden (A regular feature in Nintendo Power magazine, Howard & Nester was a comic strip about two game whizzes who would one-up each other, while disclosing hints and tips, in the settings of various recently-released games for the NES platform. In the May/June 1989 two-page installment, they reveal the location of a 1-Up.)
- OC ReMix Game Profile (Fan remixes of music from Ninja Gaiden.)
- The Ninja Gaiden Homepage (Perhaps the biggest source of information on Ninja Gaiden, which has music, fan fiction, and other game-related information.)