NES Ninja Gaiden Leaps To 3DS Virtual Console In Japan Soon

By Ishaan . August 21, 2012 . 10:40pm

The original NES Ninja Gaiden is headed to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in Japan. Originally released in 1988, the game puts you in the shoes of the pre-Team Ninja Ryu Hayabusa, who’s travelling to America to avenge his father’s murder.


Ninja Gaiden gives you a sword and secondary weapons like throwing stars and spinning fire balls that require spiritual energy to perform. The game also gave him a wall jump.


Ninja Gaiden will be available in Japan on August 29th for 500 yen.

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  • darkfox1

    Haha good luck trying to beat it kids :D or even just old fans who want to feel the nostalgia of all the rage from back then ;D

  • Derek E Nay

    I can see it now, “Oh cool! Ninja Gaiden!” *buys*

     *10 minutes later* “FREAKING BIRDS!”

    … I know I would do that :P

  • LustEnvy

    I remember playing this on an emulator with save states, and STILL having a ridiculously hard time beating it. I can’t imagine playing this game without save states. It is absolutely brutal, and bound to cause people to fling their 3DS in pure, unadulterated rage.

    Funny thing, I think I beat this back in the NES days… sigh.

    One of the hardest games in existence. Easily.

    • kylehyde

      Well there is actually some kind of save feature on the nes eshop that works like the emulators, but. yeah, even with saves this game is really hard. I hope it gets released here, I can’t wait to play it again (and finish it at last).

  • Oh god, back to raging as the old days!

  • Jirin

    I went to download it, but right before the download was completed a bat suddenly flew out and knocked me into a hole.

    Ninja Gaiden 1 has a lot of cheap stuff, but once you learn how to deal with the cheap stuff it’s not nearly as hard as Ninja Gaiden 3.  I mean, Ninja Gaiden 1 has a lot of holes where bats fly out at you the second you start to jump over.  But Ninja Gaiden 3 is twice as frustrating without being cheap.

    I normally can’t get past level 3 in NG3.  Once I got to 7-3 at the game froze, and that was the last time I played it.

    But, NG1 and NG2 I can pretty easily get to the sequence of last bosses, who are insanely hard just because you have to fight three bosses with no healing in between and dying sends you back to the start of the level.

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