Ninja romance is best romance.
What can I say after now having played Ninja Gaiden II? Well, for starters, it was definitely easier than the first game. I played it for the first time ever tonight and completed it in about 2.5 hours, most of which was spent on the last level. I’m not saying that it was an easy game at all, but at no point is it harder than the original, so if you’ve mastered that one, you’ll find this a satisfying, but in no way extreme challenge.
Second, it looks absolutely great for an NES game. The highly animated backgrounds are gorgeous and the colors really pop. A big step up from the comparatively static and drab original.
The music was a bit of a step back. It’s not bad at all, but there’s nothing approaching the brillance of a track like “Unbreakable Determination” here.
Gameplay-wise, the designers experimented a lot more this time, with most levels having unique environmental platforming hazards like hurricane-strength winds, darkness, running water, slippery ice, and exploding fireballs. Very welcome and perhaps necessary to stave off monotony if you’ve also played the first game extensively.
The story was just more “ninja fights demon cultists/demons/a ton of angry birds for some odd reason.” It’s still sumptuously presented for this generation of gaming, though. The drawings, animations, and music for the story scenes are all fabulous, even if the dialog actually has the hero saying things like “You fiend!”
Overall, I highly recommend the game. Other than a slightly downgraded soundtrack, it surpasses the original in most every other respect.
Plus, ninjas are so dreamy. ♡♡♡