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Release year: 1991 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Tecmo
Ninja Gaiden 3: The Ancient Ship of Doom (NES)
Ninja Gaiden 3: The Ancient Ship of Doom (AKA Ninja Ryūkenden III: Yomi no Hakobune or 忍者龍剣伝III 黄泉の方舟 in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling platform-action video game developed and released by Tecmo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1991. It is the last installment of the Ninja Gaiden trilogy.
The graphics of this game are not as decent as those of Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2. However, there are a few stages in the game that can be considered as innovatively designed, such as the moving desert background in stage 2.
The game also has a remarkable soundtrack. Each music blends perfectly with the stage where it is played. Upbeat songs play in the background whenever the main character, Ryu Hayabusa, is in intense action. On the other hand, melodramatic music is played when the scene tries to emphasize loneliness.
Ninja Gaiden 3: The Ancient Ship of Doom added some features to its gameplay such as the sword power-ups, but the overall gameplay is the same as that of its two predecessors. Ryu also now has the ability to climb on the undersides of platforms and ceilings. This extra ability is helpful in most of the stages.
Some features, however, were removed including Ryu’s signature “spirit clones.” That means Ryu can no longer split his body into three. The sword power-ups feature somehow compensated for this though, but it does not make the game any less difficult.
Ninja Gaiden 3 is hard to beat but not in a challenging way. It is annoyingly difficult that most of the challenges do not make sense. Basic enemies can take off huge portions of Ryu’s health bar and the game often throws a horde of them and expects that the character will survive.
The storyline could have been the saving grace of the game as the plot started with compelling points. However, as the adventure progressed, it just turned into a weird science-themed story. Despite being the last installment, Ninja Gaiden 3 is the least impressive game in the trilogy.
Ninja Gaiden 3: The Ancient Ship of Doom has been ported to Nintendo Entertainment System (this version), Atari Lynx, Virtual Console (NES version), and Super Nintendo (Ninja Gaiden Trilogy)