Ninja Gaiden

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Ninja Gaiden Title Screen

Game Specs for Ninja Gaiden

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Title: Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden
Company: Tecmo
  • (Story) Sakurazaki
  • (Screenplay) Sakurazaki, Faw
  • (Image Illust.) Runmaru
  • (Art Works) Runmaru, Parco, Uma, Naga, Wild Tagou, Niwakamaru
  • (Program Works) Madoka Southernami, Masita
  • (Assistant) Nosuke
  • (NES Translator) Kevin & Daniel
  • (Director) Sakurazaki
  • (Sound Design) More Yamasan, B. B, Hakage
Year: 1989
Release Date: March 1989
System: NES
Genre: Action, Platformer
Ratings/Suitable For Age Group?: E for Everyone (Mild Violence)

Occult (Scary imagery and allusion to demons - especially to younger audiences), Animated Blood
Arcade Version?: Yes with major differences (Essentially two unique games.)
Port To Other Game Systems: Nintendo 3DS, included in NES Classic Edition (Direct Port) and on Nintendo's Nintendo Switch Online Service
Wii U Virtual Console (Arcade Version)
Part of Franchise: Original title (first) in Ninja Gaiden series and part of SNES' Ninja Gaiden Trilogy... and inspiration behind side-adventure titles, Ninja Gaiden Shadow (Game Boy) and Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (Nintendo DS). Reinvented in newer Ninja Gaiden series and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z in later generation systems.
Rarity/Availability: Cartridge ?, but can play through Nintendo's Nintendo Switch Online Service
Add'l Game System Peripheral Needed To Play?: N/A
1 or 2 Player: 1 Player
Number of Reserve Players: Start with 3 Players total
1-UP's: Ninja Gaiden 1UP
Life Meter: Ninja Gaiden Life Meter
Yes — divided up into 16 bars
Password: No
Battery: No
Continue?: Yes - Unlimited
Perspective/Orientation Gameplay: Horizontal/Vertical (Retraceable/Freedom to Backtrack)
Number of Levels: 6 Acts in all, 20 Areas
Checkpoints?: Yes, at beginning of a Stage
Save points?: No
Uninterrupted Play?: Upon death of Ryu, play stops and resumes from last checkpoint
Internal Map(s)?: No
Score?: Yes
Difficulty Settings: No
Time Limit?: Yes
Hero(es)/Heroine(s): Ryu HayabusaRyu HayabusaRyu HayabusaRyu Hayabusa
Ryu Hayabusa
Sidekick(s)/Cast?: Irene Lew, Walter Smith, Foster, Jaquio (Guardia le Mieux), Bloody Malth, Masked Devil
  • Sword (default)
  • Throwing Star
  • Windmill Throwing Star
  • The Art Of The Fire Wheel
  • Jump & Slash Technique
  • Invincible Fire-Wheel
Items: Bonus points
  • Spiritual Strength
    (Red is worth 10 points, Blue is worth 5 points ... allows Ryu to use Weapons)

  • Time Freeze
    (stops enemies on screen for 5 seconds, while you get to keep special weapon from Weapons section above), while enemies freeze)

  • Restoring Physical Strength
    (adds 6 cells/bars to your life meter)
Power-Downs: No
Main Enemy: Ninja Gaiden's Main Enemy... Revealed
Spoiler alert! Click here to see
Person/Place Being Saved:
Objective/Goal: Vengeance for father's death
Ending?: Yes
Secret Code(s)?: Yes
Stage Select: No
Invincibility: No
Extra Players: No
Continues: N/A
Sound Test: Ninja Gaiden's Sound Test
Yes. Click here to see how to access it.
Additional Secret Codes: ?
Trivia/Little Known Facts:
  • The title, Ninja Gaiden, was renamed Shadow Warriors in parts of Europe, due to censorship. Ninja were considered a taboo in some regions, thus the name change.

  • Aurally-unusual in that when Ninja Gaiden is paused and unpaused, the background music starts over again.

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