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Created: 12/08/08

Very Hard But Very Fun

Review For: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Nintendo, 1990)

Ninja Gaiden II is a great action/platform game, although it is not as good as the original. The reason why the first one is better is simply because this game is much more difficult, to the point where it becomes frustrating. This is mostly due to enemies constantly re-spawning.

If you have played the original Ninja Gaiden, this one plays almost exactly the same except that Ryu can now climb up walls so that it is easier to maneuver on them. There are also some new powerups which are cool. Other then that, the game looks the same, sounds the same (except for different music), and pretty much plays the same. This is not a bad thing considering Ninja Gaiden is one of the best NES games. There are also some environmental effects such as rain that pushes you in the direction it is moving in, and lightning that lights up the level for a few seconds. If you have never played the first one, Ninja Gaiden II is a fast paced, brutally challenging action game. You storm through several levels using your sword and a number of powerups to kill enemies. It is a pretty straight forward game but it is a lot of fun.

If you are an old school veteran, you will love this game, otherwise you will probably get so frustrated that you will end up hating the whole series. If you have not played the first one, I would recommend doing so before buying this game.

Pros:
- Fast paced action.
- New power-ups.
- Great level design.

Cons:
- Can be painfully frustrating.

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Created: 03/27/11

Ryu Hayabusa is at it again

Review For: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Nintendo, 1990)

If you're looking at this game right now, you're probably familiar with Ninja Gaiden on the NES. So what you're asking yourself is probably: Will this game kick my ass? Is this game as fun as the original Ninja Gaiden? Is this a good price for this game?

Yes. Not quite. And hell yeah!

Ninja Gaiden II is, of course, an incredibly hard and taxing game. Only the most elite will finish this game. Myself, I haven't even reached the halfway point yet. I grew up on the original Ninja Gaiden and the frustration is legendary. Don't fret, though. Every time you hear that game over music you're ready to go once again. Unlike modern games, most times you can only blame yourself in this game. The controls are TIGHT. When you make a mistake, YOU made the mistake. The game does not cheat you. It's hard as hell, but if you're in a complete zen state and press your buttons accordingly, you will win.

The major drawback here is that during certain sections, it require PERFECT execution. This can get frustrating, but the gameplay is fun enough that you will retry certain areas many times before finally calling it quits. The game is incredibly fun as well as incredibly difficult. That's really the only complaint I can level at this game. It's just so damn difficult, and that's why it only gets a 4 star from me. I can understand a difficult game, but the developers of the NES Ninja Gaiden series wanted actual ninja perfection in being able to complete the games. It's fun, but most will never see the ending cutscene.

The cut scenes. Wow, unlike most games Ninja Gaiden actually has a decent story running through the games. If you play well enough your treated to little cut scenes (that are amazing for their time) that actually give you a real story to care about. The graphics in this game are great. The music in this game is great. The controls in this game are great. It's just that damn difficulty.

If you're a glutton for punishment, or just can appreciated a well designed and entertaining NES game, Ninja Gaiden II is probably for you. The game will challenge you. The game WILL piss you off. The thing is, though, you're lying if you say you didn't have a good time during the process. NES lovers need to own a copy of Ninja Gaiden II!

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Created: 08/30/10

Buy this game if your into a challange!

Review For: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Nintendo, 1990)

Great game first off!
Anyways anyone whos played or heard of ninja gaiden know of its intense reputation. This game is very difficult! Ive played through the entire first game and it took me 4 months to complete! This game I expect a similar challenge from Ive played through 3 bosses and found the level designs very challanging and had many many deaths throughout. This game introduces some new things from the original inculding new powers, strong winds affecting the game, lightning giving you visual of the lvl, and new daunting enemies. I expect to complete this game within 2-5 days thanks largly to the skills I obtained playing through the first one 100+ times. This game is not a letdown definetly a must buy if your into the old school games!

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Created: 04/08/07

Great Game

Review For: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Nintendo, 1990)

This game is one of the greatest old-school nintendo games that was ever made. The second edition to the Ninja Gaiden games, it was a great addition to the games that I have played.

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Created: 09/26/08

For the second time: Is it Gai-den or Gay-den?

Review For: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Nintendo, 1990)

I'll come right out and say it, I'll take the original Ninja Gaiden 8 bit games over the remakes on the Xbox, 360 and PS3 any day. Playing in 3D is just too disorienting and you don't know what direction you are going. This is a simple problem solved by playing Ninja Gaiden or in this case Ninja Gaiden 2: The Dark Sword of Chaos for the NES. Both games are great but Ninja Gaiden 2 shares the same basic flaw: Enemies re-spawn way too easily, way too often and some environmental effects will knock your butt over cliff edges and into spikes and flames and crap that will kill you instantly. Yes, this game actually features environmental effects. You have wind, you have a stage that goes from being dark to light when there's a lightning flash. Difficulty aside though, the game is excellent. It is very challenging but it may frustrate you to the point of insanity. Still, it is a very enjoyable experience and a necessity if you are any kind of retro gamer.

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Created: 05/08/13

A challenging NES title that set the benchmark for the system in the 90's

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Nintendo, 1990)

Was looking to relive an old classic. Don't be fooled into believing NG3 is the best in the series because of it's high prices. That is due to the limited copies of it made compared to 1 and 2. NG1 was a great game but NG2 improved on the controls while adding substantial new ninja arts and taking advantage of the NES's power. NG3 tops it visually but NG2 has the best story and gameplay in the original NES trilogy.

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Created: 09/26/08

Ninja Gaiden

Review For: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Nintendo, 1990)

Great Nintendo game with good controls and detailed levels. A must have for any action gamers who strives for a challenge. I bought this item simply because I enjoyed it years ago and haven't been able to get my hands on one till now. It's sad to see this type of game have only have three sequels, but then some twenty years later, someone remembered how good this series was and brought it it into the twenty-first century.

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Created: 10/03/11

amazing

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Nintendo, 1990)

Best of the three game NES series. Absolutely one of the best ninja games ever. This game will keep you busy for a while. Although this is a bit easier than the first, you will still have to earn the right to see the credits scroll. If you like the first NG, you HAVE to get this one!

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Created: 08/16/10

Love it

Review For: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Nintendo, 1990)

Love Ninja Gaiden, a classic game, great for any NES fan. Can't wait to get it and add it to my growing NES collection. A great sequel to the first Ninja Gaiden but still just as hard. Still requires almost pixel perfect timing to beat. For anyone who may have played the first one it will be easy to just jump into this one and just start play without and problems. If you do by chance beat the game then you can count yourself as a hardcore gamer for this is one very difficult game to beat. This is also a great gift for a friend that you have who may still be into old classic games from the 80's and 90's.

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Created: 06/03/13

It is amazing!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Nintendo, 1990)

This game is a classic. Great music, exceptional cut scenes and of course its an 8 bit button smashing pain in the ass! You will feel a sense of pride once you beat this game. A must have for any 8 bit gamer!

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