History YMMV / NinjaGaiden

7th Sep '17 2:54:55 AM nrrork
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*** Since the battle follows a cutscene, you start the battle with a full health bar. Because of that, the best strategy really IS to just rush him and mash the B button. It could be considered an act of mercy if there were any evidence the developers were capable of such a thing.
19th Aug '17 7:10:44 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: In a series featuring demon lords and other unholy terrors as villains, BigBad [[spoiler:Clifford "Cliff" Higgins]] from the third game of the modern trilogy comes off as one of the most evil opponents Ryu has ever faced. [[spoiler:[[BitchInSheepsClothing Cliff seems like a helpful scientist working for the Japanese Defense Force]]]] at the start of the game, but reveals himself as TheMole working for the LOA, a group that wants to destroy the human race and replace it with new "perfect" god-like beings. Incidentally, he's also the grandson of the head of the LOA. [[spoiler:When Cliff's brother Theodore opposed their plans, Cliff [[CainAndAbel had him and his wife Saya killed]] in an [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accident]], resurrects Theodore yet [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashes]] him and [[TheManBehindTheMan turns him into a terrorist]]. Under Cliff's control as the Regent of the Mask, Theodore launches a terrorist strike on London and murders the British Prime Minister. His plans come to a head when he uses LOA technology and Ryu's Dragon Sword to turn Theodore's daughter [[ChildrenAreInnocent Canna]] into an EldritchAbomination called "the Goddess", who proceeds to rampage across Tokyo and will eventually destroy humanity]]. After a fight with Ryu and a fatal injury [[spoiler:from Theodore]], the BigBad admits he did all this because he was [[DrivenByEnvy jealous of his brother and wanted to step out from under his shadow, any way he could]].

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a series featuring demon lords and other unholy terrors as villains, BigBad [[spoiler:Clifford "Cliff" Higgins]] from the third game of the modern trilogy comes off as one of the most evil opponents Ryu has ever faced. [[spoiler:[[BitchInSheepsClothing Cliff seems like a helpful scientist working for the Japanese Defense Force]]]] at the start of the game, but reveals himself as TheMole working for the LOA, a group that wants to destroy the human race and replace it with new "perfect" god-like beings. Incidentally, he's also the grandson of the head of the LOA. [[spoiler:When Cliff's brother Theodore opposed their plans, Cliff [[CainAndAbel had him and his wife Saya killed]] in an [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accident]], resurrects Theodore yet [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashes]] him and [[TheManBehindTheMan turns him into a terrorist]]. Under Cliff's control as the Regent of the Mask, Theodore launches a terrorist strike on London and murders the British Prime Minister. His plans come to a head when he uses LOA technology and Ryu's Dragon Sword to turn Theodore's daughter [[ChildrenAreInnocent Canna]] into an EldritchAbomination called "the Goddess", who proceeds to rampage across Tokyo and will eventually destroy humanity]]. After a fight with Ryu and a fatal injury [[spoiler:from Theodore]], the BigBad admits he did all this because he was [[DrivenByEnvy jealous of his brother and wanted to step out from under his shadow, any way he could]].could]].
**In the [[OriginalVideoAnimation anime movie]] based on the original NES trilogy, Professor Bucky-Wise is a [[BitchInSheepsClothing seemingly-nice man]] who was really the [[TheManBehindTheMan hidden villain]] pulling the strings. Bucky-Wise recorded a power surge when [[TheProtagonist Ryu Hayabusa]] defeated a powerful demon, managing to capture some of its power. He forces his colleague Ned Friedman to help him perform bizarre experiments [[IHaveYourWife by kidnapping his daughter Katherine]], using the demon's power to create an army of genetically altered creatures. Bucky-Wise is [[TestedOnHumans experimenting on humans]], as Ryu and his friends discover that one of his labs has [[WouldHurtAChild babies in jars]] and a twisted, mutilated dead creature on the ground. Bucky-Wise has his monsters attack Ryu and, when they fail to kill him, he kidnaps Ryu's girlfriend, Irene Lew. Ryu goes to Ned Friedman's corporation, believing he kidnapped her. Ryu confronts Ned, but Bucky-Wise kills him, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness stating he is no longer useful to him]]. Bucky-Wise then tells Ryu he plans to release the same demon Ryu defeated on the world,[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt not caring that this demon has the power to destroy humanity]]. Ryu kills Bucky-Wise and frees Katherine, but not before Bucky-Wise transferred some of the demon's power to her, [[DemonicPossession making her a vessel for the demon]].
5th Aug '17 8:41:50 PM SamMax
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* ContestedSequel: Yosuke Hayashi's drastically different vision for ''III'' left many fans skeptical. While some players believe it's still a fun ActionGame in its own right, if not, on par with the first two games, others prefer to pretend it never existed. Interestingly, Hayashi was already involved in [[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM another]] ContestedSequel.

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* ContestedSequel: Yosuke Hayashi's drastically different vision for ''III'' left many fans skeptical. While some players believe it's still a fun ActionGame in its own right, if not, on par with the first two games, others prefer to pretend it never existed. Interestingly, Hayashi was already involved in [[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM another]] ContestedSequel. ''Razor's Edge'' is unanimously considered an improvement, but it remains this in its own right, since some feel it saved the game, while some others feel that it was still a bad game regardless of the improvements.



* FanonDiscontinuity: The original ''Ninja Gaiden III'' is usually ignored, and ''Razor's Edge'' is considered by most the "real" version of the third game.

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* FanonDiscontinuity: The original ''Ninja Gaiden III'' is usually ignored, and ''Razor's Edge'' is considered by most the "real" version of the third game. And that's without considering those who didn't even like ''Razor's Edge''.
2nd Jun '17 4:48:20 PM Lyendith
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* FanonDiscontinuity: ''Ninja Gaiden III''

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* FanonDiscontinuity: The original ''Ninja Gaiden III''III'' is usually ignored, and ''Razor's Edge'' is considered by most the "real" version of the third game.
6th Apr '17 11:47:35 AM bt8257
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8th Jan '17 10:45:17 AM ShiningDestinyKai
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: At the end of Day 5 in ''III'', a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever colossal Obaba]] interrupts Ryu and Momiji who are on the way to see Joe Hayabusa via a boss fight. Not only do her and the Black Spider Ninja Clan aren't connected to the rest of the plot, they're not mentioned after the end of Day 5. ''Razor's Edge'' rectifies this by briefly noting the Black Spider ninjas are in cahoots with the "Lords of Alchemy" (LOA), yet the reason remains vague.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: At the end of Day 5 in ''III'', a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever colossal Obaba]] interrupts Ryu and Momiji who are on the way to see Joe Hayabusa via a boss fight. Not only do her is she and the Black Spider Ninja Clan aren't not connected to the rest of the plot, they're not never mentioned after the end of Day 5. ''Razor's Edge'' rectifies this by briefly noting the Black Spider ninjas are in cahoots with the "Lords of Alchemy" (LOA), yet the reason remains vague.
7th Dec '16 7:38:52 PM DustSnitch
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[{{Badass}} Robert T. Sturgeon]] in ''The Dark Sword of Chaos'' is a MysteriousInformant[=/=][[MysteriousProtector Protector]] with an agenda of his own, wears CoolShades and able to take down demonic horrors with a single gunshot, [[spoiler:who turns out to be a top United States Army operative and an extremely loyal ally to Ryu that he makes a LastStand to guard his back in the very bowels of Hell]]. This is especially notable considering how ''[[SarcasmMode well]]'' Ryu gets along with covert government agencies...

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[{{Badass}} Robert T. Sturgeon]] Sturgeon in ''The Dark Sword of Chaos'' is a MysteriousInformant[=/=][[MysteriousProtector Protector]] with an agenda of his own, wears CoolShades and able to take down demonic horrors with a single gunshot, [[spoiler:who turns out to be a top United States Army operative and an extremely loyal ally to Ryu that he makes a LastStand to guard his back in the very bowels of Hell]]. This is especially notable considering how ''[[SarcasmMode well]]'' Ryu gets along with covert government agencies...
7th Nov '16 10:55:13 AM 32_Footsteps
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* BreatherBoss: Kelbeross in the first two NES games. Even given that only one can be damaged, they're extremely slow, they have an obvious pattern, and there's even a safe spot in the boss room where Ryu can stand [[spoiler: and it's directly in front of where Ryu starts the fight, with no obstacles in his way]] and just repeatedly slash to win. Somewhat astoundingly, the only difference between the fights is that their graphics were updated for ''Ninja Gaiden II''.
17th Sep '16 3:18:44 PM Lyendith
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** "Ultimate Techniques" in the modern games are a similar case: in the first game, without absorbing essence to speed it up, it takes seconds to charge a full-powered Ultimate Technique and their range of effect is limited. In ''Ninja Gaiden II'', it takes mere seconds to activate, with some weapons' Ultimate Techniques being ''glaringly'' over-effective on large groups of small {{Mook}}s.

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** "Ultimate Techniques" in the modern games are a similar case: in the first game, without absorbing essence to speed it up, it takes several seconds to charge a full-powered Ultimate Technique and their range of effect is limited. In ''Ninja Gaiden II'', it takes mere seconds half the time to activate, with some weapons' Ultimate Techniques being ''glaringly'' over-effective on large groups of small {{Mook}}s.
18th Aug '16 3:06:01 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* VillainDecay: The [[FourIsDeath Malice Four]] ([[TheBrute Barbarian]], [[RingsOfDeath Bomberhead]], [[KnifeNut Basaquer]], and [[ShockAndAwe Bloody Malth]]) become ordinary {{Mook}}s throughout the stages in ''The Dark Sword of Chaos'' and can be killed with a few hits. Granted, they're located on platforms where [[DemonicSpiders they'll most likely throw players into a pit]], but [[DegradedBoss they were major bosses]] in the first game.
** Justified in a GuideDangIt: the {{Mook}}s are sub-standard clones of the original Malice Four.
** The Greater Fiends from ''Ninja Gaiden II'' served no purpose in ''III'' and ''Razor's Edge'' than simply for gameplay purposes, appearing in Ninja Trials and Test of Valor challenges, respectively. Justified since they're KilledOffForReal, yet strangely enough, [[spoiler:Cliff]], one of the tougher bosses in ''III'', is nowhere to be found in Ninja Trials mode of the same games.
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