I had this game years ago but I got too frustrated with it (On the very first freaking level, on the guy with the nunchucks) and I traded it in out of sheer aggravation. A couple weeks ago I found it for $2 at a yard sale and I picked it up, actually looking forward to playing it again. So I played it, learning the ropes, and even played it on normal for a while before things started to get ridiculous. I ended up having to restart my game to go back to the first level so I could die three times so I could turn the difficulty down (A very inconvenient way to change difficulty!). On normal enemies and bosses were tough and cheap; on easy, what do you know! Enemies and bosses (Especially bosses) are cheap there as well. Bosses are ROYAL pains in the butt! I found myself getting angry and not enjoying myself when dealing with bosses. They should be challenging, but not ridiculous. So goodbye to easy mode, and good bye to the game for the time being.
I like the game, but I don't love it (At the moment at least!). I'll keep the game definitely because it really is fun. And besides, it's the only ninja-themed game I own. I played it seriously for about a week, and today I decided I'm finished with it for now. I want to play something that, by getting good at it, you can survive without having to be overwhelmed or cheap-shotted. I may be way off base here because this is really my first Ninja Gaiden game, and it may have always been that way in terms of sheer challenge. If that's the case, then I don't think I'll be spending much more on what Team Ninja has to offer for a LONG time.