Ninja Gaiden (Arcade)
Also known as: Ninja Ryukenden (JP), Shadow Warriors (EU)
This game has regional differences.
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A game overshadowed by its NES counterpart, mostly due to this game being a clunky beat em' up.
The Japanese version is the later released version of the game. It has the following changes from the other versions:
- The background music for Stage 4 was replaced by another tune that resembles in some parts Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. And though the other background music tunes are the same as in the U.S. version, there are some minor additions to the tunes in the Japanese version.
- The enemy characters cause normal damage during the final stage (a three-hit combo takes one square of the player's life bar), unlike the U.S. version, where at the last stage, the standard enemies and the mid-bosses just need to hit the player once to take off one or two life squares, and the last boss(s) can kill the player's character with just one attack.
- A digitized voice shouts the game's title on the "stage clear" screen.
This game has been ported to the Nintendo Wii as a downloadable Virtual Console Arcade game. However, this contains the same changes found in Ninja Gaiden Black, including:
- The boss music in Stages 2 and 5 has been omitted from this version (due to the supposed similarity to Black Sabbath's "Iron Man"); in turn, the regular background music keeps playing even after the bosses appear (which would normally prompt the quick music switch).
- The use of the Star of David in the game's imagery (such as the rug at the end of Stage 4) was edited out.
|The Ninja Gaiden series|
|NES||Ninja Gaiden • Ninja Gaiden Episode II: The Dark Sword of Chaos • Ninja Gaiden Episode III: The Ancient Ship of Doom|
|Commodore 64||Shadow Warriors|
|Game Boy||Ninja Gaiden Shadow|
|Sega Master System||Ninja Gaiden (Prototype)|
|Sega Genesis||Ninja Gaiden|
|SNES||Ninja Gaiden Trilogy|
|Xbox||Ninja Gaiden • Ninja Gaiden Black|
|PlayStation 3||Ninja Gaiden Sigma • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2|