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Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos

by Tecmo
Nintendo NES
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B000EA0HMW
  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,170 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos picks up where the first game in the series left off. New characters are introduced into the increasingly intriguing plot and old ones make a return. Ryu must now rescue Irene from the evil Ashtar, who turns out to be Jaquio's master -- or is he? Control has been tightened, and Ryu has even more weapons and new moves to help him overcome his adversaries. ~ Aaron Kosydar, All Game Guide

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By John. N
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
When it comes to video games, I try to be subjective. While I won't shy away from praising a solid title in conversation, I'm usually able to offer up some criticism to go along with the good. Impartial as one thinks they can be, there are some games even I can't help but fawn over. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos is one of those games.

So what's so special about The Dark Sword of Chaos or Ninja Gaiden in general? As wishy-washy as such an explanation may seem, a lot of Ninja Gaiden's charms have to do with what the games accomplished during their era. The games may have been legendary for their high level of difficulty, but the real reason Ninja Gaiden was able to distinguish itself from the crowd was a novel feature that was dubbed "Tecmo Theater." A form of storytelling that's been incorporated into nearly every game today, "Tecmo Theater" was a primitive take on the quintessential cut scene. As primitive as these "cut scenes" are, they're incredibly powerful in propelling the game's refreshingly adult-oriented narrative forward.

It's this "mature nature" that the Dark Sword of Chaos and the original take to the bank. Characters are stabbed, shot and killed, not just "defeated" like a typical Nintendo game, and the life-and-death struggle that plays out sets a mood that few games (of the time) could match. There is perhaps no greater example of this than the game's opening scene. Point plank, I can't be the only one who gets chills as Asthar scrolls across the screen declaring his allegiance to the forces of evil. It's easily one of the most defining moments I've experienced in a video game and I'm sure I'm not alone.

In regards to gameplay, the most common comparison people make in regards to Ninja Gaiden is old-school Castlevania.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly, perhaps my favorite game for NES November 7, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
When this game first came out, it was a whopping $44 and up!! But fortunately because I behaved well, my parents got it for me. I started playing it, and instantly fell in love with it. It has an incredible soundtrack and a great feel to it. Ninja Gaiden was good too minus the horrible dreaded stage 6 "challenge of three bosses". This game is one I keep coming back to because it commands respect. They don't make em' like this anymore. I love how the story took a more apoctolyptic dramatic feel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ninja-ing up again September 8, 2014
An improvement over the original Ninja Gaiden due to being slightly more manageable and not as luck-based, but still flawed in the extreme difficulty department because seriously, who wants to play a game so challenging more than once a year? The enemies seem to take a turn for the worse- they seem smaller overall and less interesting to admire with their weaker animations this time around, and of course the music is *nowhere* as legendary as in the original.

However the gameplay and specifically the level design is where the sequel shines much higher than the original. You go through train levels, waterfall areas, fire-scrolling background stages which are all phenomenal to look at with familiar city street and cave areas as well. The boss fights are excruciatingly hard just like in the original but often times you feel like there's an element of skill involved while battling them if you're willing to give them a chance. With some of the bosses in the original Ninja Gaiden you have to tightly grip your controller hoping you're able to take them out before they take YOU out. The sequel is ever so slightly more forgiving in that regard.

The storyline is this games biggest improvement. I seriously couldn't understand the story in the first game at all. Now I can plainly tell it's about a ninja having to stop demons from turning the world into eternal darkness. Nothing flashy and certainly nothing I haven't heard a million times already in plenty of other video games, but I suppose the Ninja Gaiden series was one of the first to utilize cutscenes in between completed levels which is an idea that is WAY too common nowadays (a negative influence).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tecmo Creates a Classic September 17, 2014
Let's face a slightly uncomfortable truth. In general sequels fall short of the original product. There are a few notable exceptions though, The Empire Strikes Back, Captain America Winter Soldier, and this video game. The first Ninja Gaiden was a fantastic game in it’s won right. But with this entry all the stakes were raised.
First off the graphics greatly improved. The controls were tweeked and the power ups are even better. I love you shadow ninja Ryu! But just like the original the strength of the game lies with two major points, 1) the story, and 2) the difficulty. The story is just as intriguing as the first game. High stakes. Twists. Betrayals and murder. And those amazing cut scenes. Nothing short of breathtaking (they are still 8 bit of course, but pretty great all the same).
The difficulty was so perfectly balanced in the game. It is hard. There is no argument there. But the game isn’t hard because the controls are bad, or there are annoying glitches. It’s tough because of the challenge. With patience and perseverance any challenge in the game could be overcome. It rewarded skillful play and punishes errors.
This game is one of the best platformers and top games for the NES you will ever play. Don’t pass it up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works perfectly! Thanks!
Published 2 months ago by Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super Fast delivery Game works good as far as i know i ve only gotten past the second boss
Published 4 months ago by Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars NG2
Box looks great and the cart looks good as well. The price may seem steep to some but this was a steal for $72
Published 12 months ago by The Dueceler
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying and Awesome
This is one of the most difficult games you may ever play, but you will feel so accomplished when you finally come to beat it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kako
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
Great game for a good price item as described, Old school games never get old, the trilogy is awesome but very difficult
Published 15 months ago by Goodfella
5.0 out of 5 stars A super good game for the NES
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword Of Chaos (known as ''Shadow Warriors II'' in Europe, and as ''Ninja Ryukenden II'' in Japan) is a super good side-scrolling platformer game made by... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Fuwwyfootpaws
5.0 out of 5 stars Ninja Gaiden 2: The Dark Sword of Chaos
It only took a year for Tecmo to follow-up the smash-hit status of the original Ninja Gaiden with its sequel. Read more
Published 18 months ago by gerald marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryu is back...along with the horde of minions in his path to stop him.
This game took up a lot of time in my childhood and it isn't easy. This isn't a game for people that like a casual difficulty level with an easy play through style. Read more
Published 20 months ago by This Guy Over Here
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when the nes system exsisted there were 3 ninja gaiden games my favorite nina gaiden game is ninja gaiden 2 the dark sword of chaos there are a lot more opportunities to get power... Read more
Published 22 months ago by C. Glass
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic game for NES (Nintendo Entertainment System).
Ninja Gaiden is a series that was/is on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). You play as Ryu Hyabusa. Ninja Gaiden II is one of the NES games I still have. Read more
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