My Top Ten NES Games #9: Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden boxart NES tecmo

After debuting with a forgettable Double Dragon clone in the arcades, the NES version took a downgrade in graphics but made up for it with gameplay.

First level ninja Gaiden Ryu Hayabusa NES Taito

Ninja Gaiden on NES is almost like Castlevania but much faster and with ninjas; instead of whip-cracking Europeans. You move like lightning, use ninja stars, sword slashes, and some decent power-ups among your epic quest. 

Ryy Hayabusa takes on the castle ninja Gaiden nes Tecmo

And it’s an epic quest indeed. Harder than you could ever imagine too! Once you get to this scene where Ryu Hayabusa reaches the castle; prepare to give up all hope because those stupid eagles, and other hell-spawn will give you a run for your money. Even if you get stuck here; the levels prior to it are still fantastic, and can almost feel like a whole game themselves. 

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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