Ninja Gaiden Shadow

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North American box art.

Ninja Gaiden Shadow, known in Japan as 忍者龍剣伝GB 摩天楼決戦, Ninja Ryu Ken Den GB Matenro Kessen, "Legend of the Ninja Dragon Sword GB: Skyscraper Showdown", is a scrolling platform hack-and-slash developed by Natsume and published by Tecmo for the Game Boy and released in 1991. The game is a prequel to the first Ninja Gaiden game, Ryu is trying to defeat the evil Emperor Gulf, a servant of Jaquio.

I never played this game when it was popular. Instead, I saw it on a list of the best Game Boy games and played it in an emulator.

Status

I do not own the game, but I beat it on 2017-08-02.

Review

  • Overall: 4/10
  • Best Version: Game Boy

Good

  • The game has decent graphics and sound.
  • There is a good amount of variety among the enemies, bosses, and level design.
  • In the brief time you have, the game presents a good challenge.

Bad

  • The story is pretty dull.
  • With only 5 levels, the game is pretty short.
  • So much from the original has been cut, it feels like a hollow game. You can't wall jump, there are no story cut-scenes, and Ryu has only a single ninja art (the manual explains it by saying he hasn't yet learned the rest).
  • The North American release didn't even bother to create new box art, and European release even kept the same title as their NES release despite the games being entirely different.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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