Ninja Gaiden (Arcade)
Also known as: Ninja Ryukenden (JP), Shadow Warriors (EU)
This game has regional differences.
The Japanese version is the later released version of the game. It has the following changes from the other versions:
- Has a copyright date of 1989 instead of 1988, as befitting its later release. The Famicom version was already released when the arcade game was distributed in Japan.
- 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 • Ninja Gaiden Episode III|
|Commodore 64||Shadow Warriors|
|Game Boy||Ninja Gaiden Shadow|
|Sega Master System||Ninja Gaiden (Prototype)|
|Sega Genesis||Ninja Gaiden|
|SNES||Ninja Gaiden Trilogy|
|PlayStation 3||Ninja Gaiden Sigma • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2|