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8.4
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Score Breakdown Based on 1974 ratings
  1. 10 (468)
  2. 9 (791)
  3. 8 (482)
  4. 7 (131)
  5. 6 (29)
  6. 5 (18)
  7. 4 (10)
  8. 3 (8)
  9. 2 (8)
  10. 1 (29)

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  • User Rating 10

    Rated on November 07, 2003 by Blue-Blade

    One of the greatest games I've ever played! It was every innovative for it's time, and very uncommonly cool and stylish for a game in the 80's (the jumping from wall to wall was so kick ass). I also t...

    3 out of 5 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.8

    Ninja Gaiden never gets old.

    Rated on July 20, 2006 by ghangiskhan1

    Ninja Gaiden is one of the NES's very best gems. For those of you who know nothing of Ninja Gaiden, you play as Ryu Hayabusa and you go to America to avenge the death of your father. The style of gami...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.8

    17 years-old and still kicking our ass!

    Rated on May 16, 2007 by Pacrone

    Have you every burnt the roof of your mouth and, although it hurts, you can't help but run your tongue over it? Ninja Gaiden is sorta like that. It's this game that seems to punish you but your compel...

    2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5.5

    This is the game they make you play when bad NES gamers go to Hell.

    Rated on May 20, 2007 by Havraha

    Ninja Gaiden is a popular series. There's plenty of good XBOX games out now sporting its name which are, yes, very good. And Ninja Gaiden may be a cinematic extravaganza for NES' time ... but the si...

    1 out of 8 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9

    WOW! Seeing this title is a blast from the past! I spent MANY waking hours on my NES playing this puppy!

    Rated on May 20, 2007 by gamegirl8197

    I bought the NES when it came out.....and this game...I bought the DAY it came out. There were no game reviews, no internet, no cheat codes, no game guides.....(except for the rare exceptions) There...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9

    The original that set the standard for this series

    Rated on September 09, 2009 by mesk14

    Where do i start?What a awesome game a hard but still great game I still cannot belive this game was marketed toward kids i think i was about 10 when this game came out and i got it shortly after i r...

    1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 8.3

    If you can beat this game, well... You could probably beat any game :P.

    Rated on May 26, 2007 by myster_samz

    You are not the same gamer after you beat the original NES Ninja Gaiden. It is one of the toughest, most unforgiving, and at times most frustrating games you will ever experience. But you keep playing...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 7

    Ninja Gaiden Arcade is as challenging as the games that would later come after it.

    Rated on March 17, 2010 by Asagea_888

    I'll bet a lot of you don't know that the Ninja Gaiden franchise began its life cycle as a 1989 arcade game. Having actually played it a few times as a kid, it was an interesting experience, but the ...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 9.3

    When I was playin Ninja Gaiden on my NES in 1991 i thought that it was difficult. But when I got to the arcade version..

    Rated on March 29, 2006 by C-Bizkit

    When I was playing Ninja Gaiden on my NES in 1991 I thought that it was difficult. But when I got to the arcade version in 2006 I realised that I was wrong. The arcade version is a lot more difficult...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
  • User Rating 5

    This is not Ninja Gaiden. It's slow, boring and forgettable.

    Rated on November 18, 2011 by RyugGomba

    The Good: .This is the first Ninja Gaiden game ever .Two player co-op .Pretty visuals .Best game over screen ever The bad: .Combat is slow, shallow and sometimes isn't very responsive .Enemie...

    0 out of 0 found this review helpful.