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Nintendo NES
UPC: 18946110073

Released: 5-01-89
Players: 1
Country Origin: US

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3rd-Person Perspective, Side-Scrolling

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Ninja Gaiden Review by: Sephirothxxxxxx.. - 9.9/10

Ninja Gaiden - Fast paced and Super Hard
Today I'm going to review Ninja Gaiden for NES. This game is a perfect example of how to do difficult, high octane side-scrolling action on the NES. Developed by Tecmo and released in 1988 in Japan and 1989 in North America, Ninja Gaiden made a massive gaming innovation by being one of the first games to ever use cutscenes. While it had its great points like interesting story and nice graphics, Ninja Gaiden also proved to be very hard and sometimes unforgiving. Read along as I rate the aspects of the game and, if you haven't played it yet, convince you to try it for yourself!

Graphics-9- The graphics in this game are very well done, and this shows the best in the cutscenes. The developers did a great job of making detailed sprites and environments that have done well at standing the test of time. There's rarely a time in Ninja Gaiden that you will see an enemy that looks similar to another, completely different one. There is lots of variation, and it looks great. The cutscenes are the most detailed aspect of the game. They are smoothly animated, very well done, and when I see them I can't help but think of "Fist of the North Star".

Sound-10- The sound in this game is phenomenal. Everything about it- the music, sound affects, everything - is great. The levels each have a great theme that perfectly fits their design. The developers took special attention to detail when adding sound effects. Your character will make a landing sound upon landing, every weapon makes a noise when swung or fired, etc. If I'm not mistaken, there is a sound effect for nearly every, if not 100% every, thing in this game.

Addictiveness-10- This game deserves that entire "10" rating when it comes to addictiveness.  There's always something to kill on the screen, and the levels are splashed with point bags and power-ups. Top it off with wall-jumping and high speed hacking and slashing and you've got a recipe for a successful side-scroller.

Story-7- The story in this game is interesting. Here's the basics: your father, Ken, has recently been killed in a duel and before he leaves  for this duel he leaves a letter behind for your character, Ryu Hayabusa. The letter tells Ryu to find an archaeologist named Walter. Ryu finds him, learns of 2 very important items that hold the potential to end the world, and sets out to find them. Along the way you will meet some significant characters and find yourself in numerous events all while trying to a) avenge your father and b) keep these 2 items from falling into the wrong hands. The story may sound cliché in this review, but it is in fact an interesting story that is told very well through the cutscenes in a way that no game could tell a story in the same way before it. If you haven't noticed yet, I place big emphasis on these cutscenes. They do their job very well and I have found them to be unique.

Depth-7- I rated the depth with a "7" because, despite being a side-scroller, there is a lot to do. There is a slew of enemies, which succeeds in making the game longer, and on top of that the game has a grand total of 20 lengthy levels and 8 bosses that only become harder and harder as you progress. However, I feel this game could have been even better if they had implemented a 2-player mode and a second story, similar to "second quest" in The Legend of Zelda.

Difficulty-8- The only thing that keeps this game from being a solid "10" is the fact that it isn't as hard as its NES sequels: Ninja Gaiden 2 and 3 (2 is harder than the first one, and 3 is drastically harder than the 1st and second.). The first level is a normal difficulty level that can prove to be a breeze even for new players. After that, though, it starts to take a hairpin turn into Difficulty Avenue. Only when you beat this game can you truly be a "big boy now". It only gets harder and harder from the start, and you will need some serious patience if you want to brave this game. Thankfully, the developers gave us a saving grace by giving you infinite continues. I won't try to spoil anything by talking about bosses and such. You will just have to play for yourself.

Well here we are at the end. I'll be honest, I tried to not sound bias when I did this review. I will be honest, I never played this game as a kid. At the time of making this review, I am only 16 years old. When you live in the age where "graphics mean everything" you don't always come across someone with such a passion for these gems as I have. That hopefully proves that I am not blinded by the rose-tinted goggles of nostalgia - I really do feel the way I do about this game. I hope you enjoyed reading this review as much as I did making it. The game is serious fun to play, but I'm not responsible if you break your keyboard, or in my case, the controller. Now if you will excuse me, I have some gaming to do. *Runs into the basement and turns on his NES.*

Until next time,

My Reviews of the Ninja Gaiden Series (Click one):


  Graphics 9   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Depth 7   Story 7   Difficulty 8

Ninja Gaiden Game Description

Ninja Gaiden begins with a cinematic animation in which 2 ninjas duel to the death; one goes down. It is 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 Ryu's 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. 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 Reviews

Overall 8.8    Graphics 8.4    Sound 8.9    Addictive 8.6    Story 8.4    Depth 8.1    Difficulty 9.3

Ninja Gaiden Review   Zircron Swift
Man, I just love this game. It's the ninja game I've dreamed about playing. It has everything, fast ...
  Graphics 9   Sound 9   Addictive 9   Story 8   Depth 7   Difficulty 10

      Review Rating: 5/5     Submitted: 11-28-11     Review Replies: 1

Ninja Gaiden - Fast paced and Super Hard   Sephirothxxxxxx..
Today I'm going to review Ninja Gaiden for NES. This game is a perfect example of how to do difficul...
  Graphics 9   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 7   Depth 7   Difficulty 8

      Review Rating: 4.9/5     Submitted: 04-11-13     Updated: 05-21-13     Review Replies: 3

Ninja Gaiden Review   THEKILLERJUNKER
So you think you’ve mastered them all aye? You’ve beat the likes of Castlevania, Battletoa...
  Graphics 9   Sound 8   Addictive 8   Story 7   Depth 8   Difficulty 10

      Review Rating: 4.8/5     Submitted: 06-07-15     Review Replies: 6

The Start of a Hard and Difficult Game   Redxsparrow
   Tecmo is the creator of this fine game. Tecmo was a Japanese video game company that wa...
  Graphics 8   Sound 9   Addictive 8   Story 10   Depth 8   Difficulty 10

      Review Rating: 4.6/5     Submitted: 05-03-11     Updated: 08-06-11     Review Replies: 3

A fun game not for beginners   bubblemanftw
Ninja Gaiden is the 1st game in the NES trilogy. It was made in 1989 by Tecmo, who also made Tecmo S...
  Graphics 10   Sound 10   Addictive 8   Story 8   Depth 8   Difficulty 10

      Review Rating: 4.4/5     Submitted: 09-07-12     Review Replies: 0

Ninja Gaiden HAI! Review   dazzsheil
"Two ninjas face each other,they run and clash their sword in mid-air...they fall to the ground and ...
  Graphics 10   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 10   Depth 8   Difficulty 10

      Review Rating: 3.6/5     Submitted: 06-18-11     Review Replies: 4

A "Suicide Game"   ThunderGaming
First, allow me to elaborate on that title. A "Suicide Game" is a game that is so rage-quit-inducing...
  Graphics 9   Sound 10   Addictive 8   Story 7   Depth 8   Difficulty 9

      Review Rating: 3.4/5     Submitted: 07-14-13     Review Replies: 2

Ninja Gaiden 1 review on the NES.   Stevie 764
Time to review another video game, this time, it will be... Ninja Gaiden! :S How to play: Yo...
  Graphics 8   Sound 7   Addictive 6   Story 6   Depth 7   Difficulty 10

      Review Rating: 3.4/5     Submitted: 06-08-12     Review Replies: 10

Games aren't fun when they're this hard.   Rayman85
Please send this post to the Trash Can....
      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 08-31-19     Updated: 11-16-19     Review Replies: 0

Ninja Gaiden "I" (NES)   Monchete
So, Ninja Gaiden for the NES is the first of a trilogy of sidescrolling action. The game has a very ...
  Graphics 10   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 9   Depth 9   Difficulty 9

      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 08-19-16     Review Replies: 1

Ninja Gaiden   VideogamemanX
Hey guys its me VGMX bringing you a Vizzed VideoGame Review today's review will be on Ninja Gaiden a...
  Graphics 8   Sound 10   Addictive 5   Story 8   Depth 10   Difficulty 10

      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 01-26-14     Updated: 03-22-14     Review Replies: 8

Review Gaiden   PixelBrick
Ninja Gaiden....a trilogy I've waited long enough to review, now I'm starting. I will be reviewing N...
  Graphics 8   Sound 7   Addictive 8   Story 8   Depth 7   Difficulty 8

      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 01-13-14     Review Replies: 0

Ninja Gaiden Game Review   Klutch
Ninja Gaiden, probably THE single hardest game to ever be produced by Tecmo    &...
  Graphics 1   Sound 7   Addictive 9   Story 10   Depth 10   Difficulty 10

      Review Rating: 2/5     Submitted: 04-23-12     Review Replies: 6

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Awegamer 02-11-14 - 06:35 PM
 Beating this game was probably the most adrenaline packed moments of my life. Had to use save states on the final boss though, heheh.....
magimangr 01-20-14 - 09:45 AM
 I have always loved the Ninja Gaiden games, but they are still really hard!
Jackwolfskin12 12-31-13 - 07:42 AM
 Final boss is freaking hard beacuse of the time limit,and if i fail START OVER AGAIN DX
iN008 11-27-13 - 10:04 AM
 That time makes me feel inferior rcarter xD I'm horrible at this game xD
rcarter2 11-27-13 - 08:24 AM
 Shaved over 2 minutes off my last time!
rcarter2 11-26-13 - 07:07 AM
 I assume that video wasn't taken in time trial mode? Otherwise, you would have submitted a tile here of 24 min 10s. I thought I saw a save state used on your video on level 5-2. Am I wrong on that?
nguyenminhthien.. 11-26-13 - 04:49 AM
 rcarter2: I HAD 24MIN 10S, IN VIDEO. 1 second faster than you. I can reduce the time to 22 minutes if internet speed the better
madison 11-25-13 - 06:20 PM
 Then when I restarted the room, the hammerbro person kept knocking me in the hole until I got a game over. He's tough to get past without a powerup.
madison 11-25-13 - 06:19 PM
 rcarter: I got to stage 2-2 I believe it was. At the end of the first room there's that ladder you have to climb down to get to next room. Apparently you HAVE to use the ladder! I did not know that.
jerryaberry 11-25-13 - 12:29 PM
 Awesome rcarter2! Can't wait to see how this one will end.
nguyenminhthien.. 11-24-13 - 06:36 PM
 rcarter2: good job.
rcarter2 11-24-13 - 05:08 PM
 madison: how far did you get?
madison 11-20-13 - 05:34 PM
 First time playing Ninja Gaiden. Let's see how far I can get until my first game over. . .
rcarter2 11-17-13 - 02:13 PM
 Alrighty. I think I finally got those 2 difficult parts down. Just gotta get a runthrough in which everything works out :P
nguyenminhthien.. 11-17-13 - 02:08 AM
 i'm finish game in 18 minute. so hard because internet slow, and lag.
jerryaberry 11-14-13 - 11:00 AM
 It is possible to fight the lag but that’s too mentally demanding especially when you’re finishing up your degree and have a girlfriend like mine o_O. Too bad, I was really excited about this one until I remembered my lag issues.
jerryaberry 11-14-13 - 10:57 AM
 I wish I could but the lag I get is pretty unpredictable with NES video recording. It's not a big deal for games like Donkey Kong 3 but for platformers like Mega Man and now Ninja Gaiden it’s extremely difficult to judge every jump.
rcarter2 11-14-13 - 08:18 AM
 I will nguyen. Just trying to get a better time. Pretty much everything is perfected but level 6-2 and 6-3. If I can just get those, I will be able to do this :D
mrkoolnerd 11-13-13 - 08:41 AM
 i can't play this game at all only nes game i have not beat
nguyenminhthien.. 11-13-13 - 08:05 AM
 why noboby not compete speed run with me?
nguyenminhthien.. 11-06-13 - 11:05 PM
 :D Good one jerryaberry about girlfriend.
jerryaberry 11-06-13 - 10:14 PM
 rcarter2: I meant considering he has the highscore and how quickly he posted his run that he likely had some serious time with the game prior to this competition. Sorry… my girlfriend told me I’m not that clear at times.
rcarter2 11-06-13 - 10:13 PM
 nguyen: Figured you would be shaving that time down :D I just am still having a lot of trouble with 6-2. Everything else (except for occasional mess ups with stage 5) is about as flawless as I can get.
nguyenminhthien.. 11-06-13 - 10:05 PM
 Yeah! rcarter2: 20-25 min if we are play good!
rcarter2 11-06-13 - 09:51 PM
 Why does nguyenminhtien have a slight advantage? I assume his computer plays the game the same as everyone else's.

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