Ninja Gaiden Trilogy


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 6

Sound: 7

Gameplay: 9

Overall: 8


ninjagaidentrilogy1.bmp (171290 bytes)Is there any reason NOT to own this triple collection consisting of some of the 8-bit eras best action/platform titles? This SNES cart, simply titled Ninja Gaiden Trilogy increases visual detail, remixes the music, and puts three of the best inside one cart. Unless you're a purist, this is the best way to play these games.

There's little reason to worry. Each of these games offers the same brutal difficulty they were known for. Nothing has been left out or tweaked for the sake of making it accessible. There are no extra powers, magic, or levels. Excluding the video and audio upgrades, these are exact.

In no way is that a complaint. The simple gameplay of the original became a classic because of the engine, giving players an unmatched sense of control with a meager two buttons. The sequel added to the repertoire, beefing up Ryu Hayabusa's power, and a wide variety of stages to run through. The third added even more, this time letting players feel like professional gamers as they bounce and climb along walls.

It's the same mission in all three games of course. Run to the right, slash at whatever gets in your way, and hope you're not hit during a platform leap. Bosses offer unique battles every time, each one more memorable than the last.

ninjagaidentrilogy3.bmp (171290 bytes)There is also room to praise the soundtracks, pushing the NES's sound chip with incredible bass, and here on the SNES, it's better, at least in a few stages. The extra punch provided by the extra available channels doesn't sound different to the untrained ear. Those who adore the NES soundtracks will find these upgrades a magnificent improvement. Tracks have however, been changed. That's unacceptable. Purists angry about the soundtrack will have only a few problems with the graphics as the sprites remain the same size, and the few added colors are barely noticeable.

This isn't a cart to push the Super NES though. It's about having three of the best NES games ever made in one place. Aside from the soundtrack issues, it's an excellent set and convenience at its best.


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Last updated: Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:05 AM