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Release year: 1990 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Tecmo

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Ninja Gaiden 2: The Dark Sword of Chaos (AKA Shadow Warrior II or Ninja Ryuukenden II: Ankoku no Jashinken 忍者龍剣伝 II 暗黒の邪神剣 in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling platform game developed by Tecmo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1990. Ryu is back!

The Dark Sword of Chaos is the sequel to the first Ninja Gaiden that was released for the NES in 1988. This mouthful of a title is a 2D side scrolling platformer that was considered as one of the best games of its generation. It gave players the ability to jump high, cling and climb on almost any surface, throw shurikens, and so much more. Basically, anything a ninja on TV could do, Ryu Hayabusa can do – and more.

The game picks off from the part where the last installment ended, namely when Ryu rescued his girlfriend and defeated the big bad guy. However, all is not well as a looming shadow around the corner kidnaps Ryu’s girlfriend. It’s up to Ryu to rescue her from the evil clutches of Ashtar, and save the world along the way. So in terms of plot, the game is pretty much your vanilla save the girl and the world affair.

Nothing much has changed from the first Ninja Gaiden. Ryu still possesses all the weapons and skills he had in the previous game with the addition of a new power in the form of astral projection. Think of astral projection as something similar to Naruto’s shadow clone. Ryu makes a copy of himself that moves like he does and copies his attacks.

Ninja Gaiden 2: The Dark Sword of Chaos may not be much now in terms of graphics. However, during its time, this game was one of the most visually astounding games to have ever been made.

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The game is not without its flaws. For one thing, the game had a bad habit of spawning enemies the moment that their spawn point was out of the screen. This made for some really frustrating and annoying moments. Players could end up being greeted by an opponent that they just killed the moment they try to jump a gap.

The game is a must play for anyone looking for a challenge. Ninja Gaiden II is known for being a throw-the-control-pad-to-the-wall-out-of-frustration difficult. This is the sort of game that old school NES players lived and breathed during their days of gaming.

Ninja Gaiden 2: The Dark Sword of Chaos has been ported to NES (this version), MS-Dos, Nintendo Virtual Console, and Amiga.

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