Ninja Gaiden (Sega Master System) Review

Ninja Gaiden Sega Master System boxart

I’m very fond of the Ninja Gaiden series. I loved the Xbox game, Dragon Sword, and the first two NES classics. However there was a Sega Master System Ninja Gaiden that was developed by Sega not Tecmo. I was always interested to see how it played.

Ninja Gaiden Sega Master System

It looks a lot more colorful than the NES games, and the gameplay is pretty similar. However it does have a much faster pace to it, which I think is more its downfall than it’s advantage. Jumping around is floaty, and you will fall into many unwanted places.

Ninja Gaiden Sega Master System Tecmo

Speaking of unwanted places, see those two pits? You will fall into pits like that a lot. Hit by a bomb? Death. Hit by other Ninja Guy? Death. Misjudge your jump? Death.

Boss battle Ninja Gaiden Sega Master System

After some frustrating trial and error, I managed to make it to the first boss. I really liked Mr. Sumo man a lot, since he was hard, but wasn’t impossible when I found out his moves and how to defeat him.

Ninja Gaiden Sega Master System version

The rest of the game jumps up in difficulty after that. The next stage is Tokyo or something, and apparently Yakuza, those mean eagles, and Japanese cameramen hate you worse than Hitler. It’s a decent try by Sega, but I think it’s unworthy of its series legacy.

Score: 5.0 out of 10

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

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

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