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Ninja Gaiden - Death Counter

Hack of Ninja Gaiden


This hack repurposes the life counter in Ninja Gaiden into a death counter. You begin the game with zero deaths, and each time you die the counter increases by 1 (up to 99). This effectively gives you infinite lives but more than just a simple cheat code, it also modifies the in-game UI to help players keep track of deaths and encourage trying to have as few deaths as possible. It also makes a few necessary design changes to make the game a bit more palatable.

[Main Changes]

  • Repurposes the lives counter as a death counter.
  • Death counter starts at 0.
  • Dying increases the counter.
  • Added a little skull icon to the UI to indicate deaths instead of lives.
  • At 100 deaths the counter loops back to 99 to prevent a Game Over caused by an overflow.

[Additional Changes]

  • Dying during the final boss rush sends Ryu back to 6-3 instead of 6-1.
  • Birds do minimum damage to Ryu (1) instead of “final boss” damage (3).

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Ninja Gaiden (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: CA513F841D75EFEB33BB8099FB02BEEB39F6BB9C
  • File CRC32: 11F953F6
  • ROM SHA-1: 15F245161179AB1959B7DC20E82ADD024D23AA3D
  • ROM CRC32: 7C4A72D8



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I liked it way more than I anticipated!Allen080010 Sep 20221.0Yes