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Ninja Power Or Ninja Shame?

Ninja Gaiden II (NES) Review Ninja_10
(Virtual Console)

(C) 1990, Tecmo

Developer: Tecmo
Publisher: Tecmo

NA Release: October 15, 2007 (Virtual Console), May 1990 (NES)
EU Release: October 27, 1994 (NES)
JP Release: April 6, 1990 (NES)

# of Players: 1 player
Price: 500 Nintendo Points
Genre: Platformer

Is Ninja Gaiden II (NES) worth your time and money? Let's find out!

Story and Gameplay:

The story in Ninja Gaiden II is very dark and surprisingly detailed for a 1980's sidescrolling action game, but what is truly amazing is the level of difficulty this game possesses!
First of all there are no game overs, but the game is still a tough game to beat thanks to hordes of enemies and devious platforming layouts that will test your skills and patience.

The bosses start off easy, but later in the game they are brutally difficult to beat. The game is a little easier to beat in the Virtual Console version thanks to the suspend save feature!
The game also features power-ups and weapons such as shadow clones, shuriken, and Ninpo which will help you when you're cornered by enemies!

Ninja Gaiden II (NES) Review Ninjag11

Graphics and Sounds:

The level of detail in the levels is amazing for a game on the Nintendo Entertainment System with lightning lighting up an otherwise pitch black level, embers raining down from the sky, and many other details truly show off the power of the NES!
The most impressive visual detail in this game, however is during the hand-drawn fmv clips during the story sequences which look like they belong on a 16-bit console!

The soundtrack is good, but when compared to the visuals it isn't as jawdropping and the sound effects are typical NES fare.

Ninja Gaiden II (NES) Review Ninja-10

Bottom Line:

With a surprisingly detailed story, solid gameplay, and amazing visuals for a game released at the time this game is an amazing title, however the blistering difficulty might be a turn off for some gamers.

Price: 500 Nintendo Points

Score: ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 9/10

Last edited by Rukiafan on July 16th 2012, 8:03 pm; edited 2 times in total

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on July 16th 2012, 1:42 pmTowafan7
This review needs to be formatted. Wink
on July 16th 2012, 1:58 pmKokorOtaku
Sweet, I may pick this one up, then I'll see how Razors Edge on wii U does
on July 16th 2012, 3:10 pmClαππαd
Not a game I would download, but your review is nice. Smile
Rena Ryuugu Fanboy
on July 16th 2012, 3:45 pmRena Ryuugu Fanboy
This game is even harder than the first. Neutral
on July 16th 2012, 4:10 pmLizofDoom
Sounds difficult.
on July 16th 2012, 5:48 pmElza
It's been a long time since the last WiiWareWave Virtual Console review! Surprised
Nice review btw. Smile
on July 16th 2012, 6:31 pmMegatron2000
Ah this review brings back good memories of my early adult life! |D
on July 16th 2012, 6:53 pmToughGamer
I remember this game. Was hard as hell, but fun nonetheless.
on July 16th 2012, 8:04 pmTowafan7
Thank you for your positive comments! Very Happy
Aqua Cherry Blossom
on July 17th 2012, 2:45 pmAqua Cherry Blossom
I don't like the series myself, but the review is very detailed and easy to read.
Ichigo Kurosaki
on July 17th 2012, 3:20 pmIchigo Kurosaki
The game is a hard but rewarding experience!
on March 22nd 2013, 1:29 pmFM_Alchemist
Should I download this or Super C?
on March 22nd 2013, 1:41 pmNINTENBRO
Rukiafan wrote:This review needs to be formatted. Wink
This sounds like a job for... KingreX32!!!

FM_Alchemist, I'd go with Super C first, if you don't have either of them yet. Just because it feels more like an essential NES VC purchase, in my opinion.
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