Ninja Gaiden Trilogy - Super Nintendo (SNES)
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Release year: 1995 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Tecmo

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Ninja Gaiden Trilogy (AKA 忍者龍剣伝 巴 Ninja Ryūkenden Tomoe in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling ninja platform video game developed by Tecmo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1995. It is a collection containing the three Ninja Gaiden games for the NES console.

Ninja Gaiden is one of the NES classics, so announcing its SNES version certainly drew high expectations. As it turns out, the compilation of the successful trilogy game is a huge disappointment.

Plot-wise, Ninja Gaiden Trilogy still revolves in the original story of Ryu Hayabusa, a young man who journeyed to avenge his father’s death but events spiraled, and he was suddenly tasked to save the world. Tecmo has maintained to keep the storyline interesting but with few twists including Ryu’s uncensored dialogue in Ninja Gaiden 1.

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Ninja Gaiden Trilogy Cover (SNES)

One of the biggest letdown in the game is its graphics. Tecmo bears a reputation of having superb graphic style so it is very disconcerting that Ninja Gaiden Trilogy for SNES is filled with glitches and sometimes crashes. Ending credit sequences are missing and some scenes aren’t correctly timed with the music. Censorship in graphics is another problem. Blood is an essential variable in the game so the use of green to color it somewhat botched the scenes. If a player didn’t played the original trilogy they may have a hard time understanding the sequence.

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The removal of the lightning on stage 3-1 of Ninja Gaiden 2 and using a richer palette for the redrawn cut scenes are also some of the problematic modifications.

Ryu Hayabusa is back in Ninja Gaiden Trilogy

The audio is another downfall. The music was recomposed but it is worse than the original soundtrack. They could have kept the original instead because of the nostalgia it brings to the players.

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy’s gameplay stuck to its original version, but is somewhat easier because of SNES wider screen. Tecmo, however, could have added improved actions such as wall climbing for NG2, the ability to forward-flip over a wall corner instead of that awkward “jump back then push forward” maneuver in Ninja Gaiden 3 but it seems they chose not to.

Overall review: 4/10. Ninja Gaiden Trilogy has a huge potential to be a hit game. It has decent gameplay but the graphics and music killed it. Enhancements should have been made so it is a question why Tecmo decided against it.

Ninja Gaiden Trilogy game has only been ported to the SNES.