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Ninja Ryû Ken-den II: Ankoku no Jashin Ken (1990)



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May 1990 (USA)  »

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Ninja Gaiden - Episode II: The Dark Sword of Chaos  »

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Followed by Ninja Ryû Ken-den III: Yomi no Kata-sen (1991) See more »

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Ryu's path is a bit easier this time, but still incredibly challenging
11 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

This game is a followup to the fun, super fast game for the NES. It is a lot easier to find here at IMDb considering the first one is a bit harder to find thanks to there being a couple of versions of the same game. One for the arcade and the NES version. This one is a bit better than the first game, mainly because it is a bit easier to get through. Still really hard, but the stages are much easier to navigate and there is not a level as insanely difficult as the final stage in the first game. I say the music was better in the first game and this one's story is kind of more of the same. Still, the graphics are good for an NES game and it is satisfying to win this challenging game and you will pull less of your hair out accomplishing this feat!

The story has Ryu the target of a mysterious man named Ashtar. Much like Jaquio of the first game, this person has many minions ready to defeat the dragon ninja. Irene is captured nearly right away, but a stranger named Robert appears to assist our hero. The game once again relies upon cinematic sequences to advance the story. The game play is nearly identical to the first game with the only real addition being a power up that creates shadows of Ryu. These shadows are not, however, a small addition as they are used to fight and conquer some of the more difficult bosses in the game.

So this game is basically the same as the first...the story has a few twists and turns and the game play for the most part is still insanely difficult! There would be one more game to the original trilogy on the NES and I have not yet played it, but my guess is that it is basically the same thing as it will be a fast paced side scroller that is difficult to win. Especially, since that one features limited continues. This game and the first were hard enough with unlimited continues, I cannot imagine how difficult the third one must be! This one though is the easier of the two I have played and from what I have heard the easiest of the three. This one though is still hard and what makes this series, probably the most difficult trilogy on the NES.

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