Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden (PC Engine)

The NES version of Ninja Gaiden is one of my favorite games of all time. If you were to do an examination of just how much time I’ve spent playing the game it would border on illegal. Of course it helps that the game is pure awesome but it’s also balls out hard.   Of the hundreds of hours I’ve spent most of that was spent on stages 6-2 and 6-3; those who have played the game know why. The Turbo Gr...[Read More]

Moon Crystal

Even on a console as awesome as the NES there were still many games that fell through the cracks or never saw US shores.  For the most part we did receive most of the absolute cream of the crop but there are some glaring omissions.  I still question why Konami left Parodius, Wai Wai World 2 and Gradius 2 in Japan just as an example.  There were a large number of gems we never got to play, most of ...[Read More]

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy

It’s hard to believe that Ninja Gaiden was once a forgotten property during the 16-bit era like Metal Gear and Rygar.  These were all beloved NES classics screaming for an update but none would appear.  In the case of Metal Gear it’s understandable; realistically what advancements to the series could they have added with the Super Nintendo or Genesis?  Not much.   The Ninja Gaiden games, though ba...[Read More]

Kabuki Quantum Fighter

This right here is one of the strangest games in the NES library.  You’re probably looking at the box art and wondering what does a Kabuki actor have to do with demons and computers.  The answer? Absolutely nothing.  Ignore that aspect of the game however and what is left is one of the strongest platformers in the console’s collection, one that is relatively unknown due to everyone going “WTF” at ...[Read More]

Vice: Project Doom

On a system with as many classics as the NES it’s only natural that some games will slip through the cracks.  Whether it’s a lack of marketing, low print run, or sometimes even the death of the publisher there are a number of games that go unnoticed.  Vice Project Doom is one of them. Vice Project Doom was released by American Sammy in 1991.  In the future the B.E.D.A is producing advanced weapons...[Read More]

Ninja Gaiden III – the Ancient Ship of Doom

Pure awesome ninja action.  Ninja Gaiden 3 was the last in the NES trilogy and the greatest by far.  Like Castlevania 3, Super Mario Brothers 3, etc. it improved upon its predecessor in every way to deliver the ultimate 8-bit installment possible. Released in the fall of 1991, although the third game in the series chronologically it takes place 2nd.  The story finds Irene Lew being inadvertently k...[Read More]

Ninja Gaiden II: the Dark Sword of Chaos

It was a strange time in the 8-bit era when it came to release dates.  No one actively kept track, there wasn’t an EB Games aggressively pushing you to preorder a game or you’d miss out; as far as most kids were concerned games simply showed up in stores when they were ready.  If you weren’t actively reading Nintendo Power or EGM you would have no idea what games were about to release.  In this ca...[Read More]

Ninja Gaiden

The Shinobi series is often seen as the pinnacle of classic ninja action gaming and for good reason with many high quality releases to back it up.  But nipping on its heels is the Ninja Gaiden franchise which enjoyed resurgence in popularity in 2004 and is still going strong to this day.  It’s interesting to examine just why the Ninja Gaiden series is mentioned in the same breath as other retro cl...[Read More]

Shadow of the Ninja

Natsume were a force to be reckoned with on the NES, with their games reaching near Sunsoft levels of quality.  The only thing holding them back from the upper echelons of the development community would be that they did not publish their own games until 1990, a bit late in the console’s lifespan. Shadow of the Ninja was released in 1991 and immediately drew comparisons to Ninja Gaiden.  It’s the ...[Read More]

Shatterhand

Once upon a time the house that Harvest Moon built used to make some of the most awesome action games known to man.  That factoid is probably blowing the minds of a good lot of you reading this but it’s true.  Natsume during the NES era were home to some incredible games that gave the likes of Ninja Gaiden and Castlevania a run for their money. Shatterhand was released for the NES in 1991, pretty ...[Read More]

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