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Ninja Gaiden / Shadow Warriors - updated

Hack of Ninja Gaiden

Description:

No major change in gameplay but:

  • Some sprites of strange/ugly enemies have been replaced by most common ones (exit bikers, boxers, armored dogs and football players).
  • Some damages have been changed. Eagle: damages reduced from 3 to 1 (3 = no sense for a simple bird) ; Green Ninja: increased from 1 to 2 ; Bomberhead’ sickle: from 1 to 2 ; Bloody Malth’s lightning bolts: from 3 to 4 ; Jaquio’s fireballs: from 1 to 2 (that’s a challenge!)
  • Various graphical adjustments (for example, no more flickering in Barbarian’s sprite).
  • Some palette changes.
  • Bloody Malth don’t move his buckler anymore.
  • Barbarian’s axe is now a little more dangerous.
  • Time Freeze has been removed from the game (the level 6-3 was really too easy). Replaced by a simple bonus.
  • And others little changes!

Thanks to:

  • Ninjax
  • FXedit, old but still good Hex editor
  • yychr

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Shadow Warriors (Europe).nes
  • CRC:709C9399
  • SHA-1:CF5155ED1DC701DABD70EE8959214D07E91D8DAB
  • Ninja Ryuuken Den (Japan).nes
  • CRC:D7CB398F
  • SHA-1:C7D971420D6A2679904F3EB4C0DABC25BCC80C72
  • Ninja Gaiden (USA).nes
  • CRC:7C4A72D8
  • SHA-1:15F245161179AB1959B7DC20E82ADD024D23AA3D

Links:

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Frédéric BouixHacking

User Review Information

More Fine Tuned and a Bit Better Looking

Reviewed By: FreightMan71 on 27 Jan 2017

I have played the original NES version of Ninja Gaiden for years…in fact, it was one of my favorites as a teen, along with Tecmo’s Mighty BombJack, Ghosts n Goblins, Life Force, and Solomon’s Key.

You may be wondering why I mentioned those games in a Ninja Gaiden review and the answer is, they are all HARD games….yet very fun to play.

As is, the NES’ version of Ninja Gaiden is a good game (I like it better than its sequels to be honest), but the fine tunes found in this mod are quite welcome.

It isn’t a big deal in the early to mid levels, but later on you will really appreciate the downgrading of “bird damage” as often, games can come to a crashing halt in those later levels because those silly birds took way too much damage off before you got comfortable with a level.

Increasing the damage done by other enemies offsets the reduced bird damage and getting rid of the ridiculous enemies in favor of those more suited to the theme is also very welcome.

The game by NO MEANS was made easier…just better tuned with better fitting enemies.

All in all, very nicely done and Ninja Gaiden 1, along with THIS mod, is now my standard ROM of the game.

Highly recommended

Version 1'2 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Awesome HackLodan-Zark04 Nov 20171'4Yes
More Fine Tuned and a Bit Better LookingFreightMan7127 Jan 20171'2Yes