Ninja Gaiden
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Team Ninja


Nintendo (North America and Europe)


Platform, beat 'em up, action-adventure, martial arts

First Game

Ninja Gaiden (1988)


NES, Arcade, PC Engine, Atari Lynx, Game Boy, Game Gear, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, SNES, Mobile phones, Xbox, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii Virtual Console, PlayStation Vita, Wii U

Ninja Gaiden is a series of video games by Tecmo featuring the ninja Ryu Hayabusa as its protagonist. The series was originally known as Ninja Ryukenden (忍者龍剣伝 Ninja Ryūkenden, lit. "Legend of the Ninja Dragon Sword") in Japan. The word "gaiden" in the North American Ninja Gaiden title means "side-story" in Japanese, even though the Ninja Gaiden series is not a spinoff of a previous series. The original arcade version, first two NES games and Game Boy game were released as Shadow Warriors in PAL regions.

The series gained popularity on the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) for its tight action-platform gameplay, catchy music and, according to G4's X-Play, for being the first console game to have the story presented in cinematic cutscenes. The 8-bit trilogy was enhanced for the 16-bit Super NES in 1995. Sega also released two Ninja Gaiden games for the Game Gear and Master System, the latter only for PAL regions. A new game, titled Ninja Gaiden, was released in 2004 as a 3D action game on the Xbox, developed by Team Ninja, the makers of Dead or Alive. The Ninja Gaiden franchise is well known for its high degree of difficulty, particularly the original NES version and the Xbox revival.


  • Ninja Gaiden: Shadow (1991-1992)

Original TrilogyEdit

  • Ninja Gaiden (1988-2012)
  • Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (1990-2013)
  • Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (1991-2008)
  • Ninja Gaiden Trilogy (1995)

Sega GamesEdit

  • Ninja Gaiden (1991)- Sega Game Gear
  • Ninja Gaiden (1992)- Master System

Modern seriesEdit

  • Ninja Gaiden (2004)
    • Ninja Gaiden Sigma (2007-2012)
  • Ninja Gaiden II (2008)
    • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (2009-2013)
  • Ninja Gaiden 3 (2012)
    • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (2013)
  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (2014)

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