> Most of us know Taito for their great shooters -- Night
Striker for Mega/Sega CD comes to mind.
In my eyes, Taito has yet to establish themselves as a major
third party developer for anyone. They did, however, come up with
an interesting ninja action title called The Ninja Warriors.
The arcade version boasted a widescreen format (some machines used multiple
screens) and plenty of bad guys to defeat. When the Mega/Sega
CD arrived, it was a natural for the home conversion, as Zuntata's
music would really be able to take advantage of the medium. To this day,
the Mega-CD version remains the most faithful to its arcade
> If you want this game, you'll have to get the import version (note: the
SNES version is not the arcade version). Playing it is a snap with
a CDKey or Pro CDX, as it's almost entirely in English. It even has
English voices with Japanese subtitles!
> When this game came out in arcades (1987), its graphics were considered
state of the art. Although once it reached the Mega CD
in 1993, that was no longer true. At any rate, purists will enjoy
the fact that this version remains faithful to the original. It even
maintains the widescreen format, albeit the single screen version.
> All levels have a military theme. You'll see tanks, various types
of infantry, aircraft, other military hardware, and lots more. The
side scrolling action is enhanced with two layers of scenery, just like
the arcade version. The coolest feature though is the animation of
the two main characters (a ninja and kunoichi). Throughout all their
moves, they look really good (albeit a little stiff). Also, they
are robots, which turn into endoskeletons as you take damage!
> Simple action. You can jump, slash, and throw a limited number
of shurikens -- no power-ups. Your objective is the kill the never
ending swarm of enemies as you seek the end of a level. Bosses and
mid-bosses await as well, and usually require a certain strategy to kill
> This is cool. Zuntata, Taito's main sound team, has
really done a great job. You can select original or arranged arcade
music, both of which are great. Just imagine 80s pop-rock with a
slight hint of techno, and you know what to expect. Lastly, the sound
effects work great and include weapons fire, death moans, and some environmental
> This is truly a classic. By today's standards, it's kind of over
simplified, but sometimes that's just what a hardcore gamer wants.
I loved it in the arcades and now I'm loving it at home. Bring along
a friend for two player action as well.
> The Ninja Warriors is for people that like simple gameplay, arcade action,
and cool music. If you like the arcade original by Taito,
have a means to play Japanese Mega-CD games, then definitely
get it. It's a great ninja action title complete with Zuntata's best
music. Nostalgia -- you know I'm all over it.
|Overall: 8.6 | Graphics:
8.0 | Control: 8.5 | Sound: 10 | Fun: 8.0