Ninja Gaiden Shadow

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North American box art.

Ninja Gaiden Shadow, known in Japan as 忍者龍剣伝GB 摩天楼決戦, Ninja Ryu Ken Den GB Matenro Kessen, "Legend of the Ninja Dragon Sword GB: Skyscraper Showdown", is a scrolling platform hack-and-slash developed by Natsume and published by Tecmo for the Game Boy and released in 1991. The game is a prequel to the first Ninja Gaiden game, Ryu is trying to defeat the evil Emperor Gulf, a servant of Jaquio.

I never played this game when it was popular. Instead, I saw it on a list of the best Game Boy games and played it in an emulator.


I do not own the game, but I beat it on 2017-08-01.


  • Overall: 4/10
  • Best Version: Game Boy


  • The game has decent graphics and sound.
  • There is a good amount of variety among the enemies, bosses, and level design.
  • In the brief time you have, the game presents a good challenge.


  • The story is pretty dull.
  • With only 5 levels, the game is pretty short.
  • So much from the original has been cut, it feels like a hollow game. You can't wall jump, there are no story cut-scenes, and Ryu has only a single ninja art (the manual explains it by saying he hasn't yet learned the rest).
  • The North American release didn't even bother to create new box art, and European release even kept the same title as their NES release despite the games being entirely different.


  • Nothing.

Box Art