Ninja Gaiden II coming to the Virtual Console

By Spencer . May 22, 2007 . 9:58am

The ESRB posted up a listing for Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos as a Wii game. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since Tecmo released Ninja Gaiden on the Virtual Console last week, but it looks like Tecmo might be rolling out the sequel soon. While Tecmo is selling each Ninja Gaiden game alone, there is a rare Super NES cartridge called Ninja Gaiden Trilogy with the three games and updated graphics. We might get to see Ninja Gaiden Trilogy in the future, but that will be way after people purchase the three NES Ninja Gaiden games. Would it be better if Tecmo cut to the chase and sold the SNES remake for $23 (three times $5 for the NES games and $8 for a SNES game)?


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  • Badfish

    This is an awesome Nintendo game. I’am actually play this game online at EVERYDAYGAME.com. Try the game and then see if you like it.

    I personally dont feel that TEMCO is doing the right thing from a consumers point of view. From a corporations point…oh heck yeah! MILK the consumers for all their worth!!

    Sorry about that, I invest in the market and get alittle carried away sometimes.

  • astrodan

    Probably the best action platformer on the NES, Ninja Gaiden II is a must play for anyone who likes their platformers fast, slick, and tough as nails. As for buying them individually or just waiting for the SNES collection I would have to say it’s actually a good thing to have the NES versions available in addition to the SNES trilogy reprint.
    Why? Well, for those who perhaps missed out on only one installment it is nice to be able to grab just the one you want without paying for those you don’t. And from the obsessive fanboy perspective, the SNES remake has several problems. Unlike the SNES Mario Bros. remakes, there were no obvious graphical retouches. As for the sound, the “improvements” TECMO made arguably sound worse; definitely less rich (sad considering the SNES capacity for great sound). And lastly, there are some graphical glitches in the SNES versions (especially in Gaiden II where a very cool lightning effect that leaves the player in intermittent darkness has been removed from the game).
    The only thing the SNES trilogy has going for it is an adjusted difficulty for Gaiden III (enemies deal less damage) to bring it in line with the other games in the trilogy. As anyone who has played the original remembers the difficulty went from “enjoyable challenge” to “how can anyone play this” with III.
    That said, I’d grab Ninja Gaiden II now if you haven’t before. All you have to gain is a less than perfect port.

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