In 1989 Tecmo published the action platformer Ninja Gaiden on the NES. It went on to spawn two more sequels on the console. The series stars Ryu Hayabusa, dramatic cutscenes, and a ridiculous difficulty.
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy on the NES =
Cole – That’s really sad that dude’s dad had to die.
– Shouldn’t Ryu’s dad have taken the dragon sword with him instead of leaving it behind for me? Maybe he’d still be alive.
– Did this Ryu grow up to be Street Fighter’s Ryu?
– God damn every flying thing in this game… actually all games.
– Shinobi? Isn’t that a Sega property?
Jason – I was aware of a Nintendo Power Strategy Guide and even that didn’t help much.
Nicole – I remember taking those crappy ninja swords you’d win at arcades and recreating the opening scene in the back yard.
Ethan – Piggybacking off of Cole’s comments, I believe it was the first game I that really brought out my need for vengeance.
– Mr. Ryu sure had a lot on his plate throughout this game. I was always surprised no one offered to help. Life of a ninja I suppose.
– This was definitely a “rent it series” as it was too frustrating to own. My parents were already unsure of the long term effects of being a gamer and “Gaiden Rage” wouldn’t have helped.
Justin G – I beat Ninja Gaiden with my cousin. The first boss was a stone cold sonuvabitch. The closing scene should have been accompanied by bowchickawowwow music. Also, #IBeatThatGame and #FuckTheCrows
Kenny – I strongly associate it with the TV show Video Power. They had a segment where the contestants had to beat the first stage of Ninja Gaiden before everyone else. If you won, you got to run through a maze filled with video games that you could keep if you stuck it onto your Velcro suit! It was thoroughly amazing and still is (but also kind of terrible).
Coop – I immediately think of The Wizard. He was so much better at the game than me. It was on like a monitor built into the table.
Justin – It is the second game that I remember noticing as a kid how hard it was to play (Contra was the first). Ninja Gaiden stood out. It didn’t seem fair. But I saw an older friend of mine play it and get pretty far so it was fascinating.
– Maybe if I get far enough, the game will actually let me play one of those cutscenes where I get to run through a field, jump through the air, and kill another ninja.
– I keep cutting this boss but he won’t stop coming at me.
– Those enemies with the Jason mask look a lot more bad ass in the arcade version, but this version is a lot more fun to play.
– I don’t understand why the flames don’t burn Ryu when he throws them.
– Seriously, do you think video games will ever look this good as these cutscenes?
– The main villain in Ninja Gaiden II still gives me nightmares. I think this was my first horror game.