Mike Matei / February 4th, 2010
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April 8, 2010 at 12:05 am
Ive played ninja gayden when i was young never beat it
December 14, 2013 at 3:19 am
same here. I think it’s back then that I begin to swear.
April 8, 2010 at 2:59 am
Can anyone tell me what music is that playing when appear James training in the video?
January 10, 2013 at 4:22 am
The first one when they start is from NG2 Stage 2-2, the next is from NG1 Stage 5-1 which is followed by NG1 Stage 4-3 (scene witht the fan). When the Ninja is playing it’s the NG1 boss battle music. And in the long training sequence it’s NG1 Stage 4-2.
April 8, 2010 at 7:47 am
damn it in never even made it to the last stage..damn game was to hard…even the new games on the 360 was harddamn that ryu hayabusa..why can’t he stay outta trouble?
April 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm
Damn, this is a pretty hard game.. love the outtakes though.
April 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm
this is one of my favorite nerd videos, really funny.
April 9, 2010 at 11:14 pm
I Beat the the boss that you couldn’t but It gets worse…..there’s another Boss after it which is even Harder……A Demon Statue. I’ve tried attacking it but no matter how long I try, it’s health doesn’t seem to go down….and yes when you die at this one you go back to the beginning of the stage. Very good video.
April 11, 2010 at 12:26 am
oh man. i remember renting this from a small little rental store in a small little town that i lived in, in kansas. i was pretty young when i tried to tackle this one. .p.s. i never came close to finishing it. tried it again later in life and still got my ass whipped. ahhhh the memories.
April 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm
Ryu Hayabusa is a character from the Virtua Fighter games, just so you know
April 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm
@ Zohup the song is from the training mode In Killer Instinct Gold on the N64
April 15, 2010 at 1:49 am
I was a Ninjaholic when I was a kid – if it contained Ninjas it was awesome to me – this is one of the Reasons I love Ninja Gaiden – never beat it through. I can get past Jaquio with some Luck but then the Demon kills me – maybe I beat it one day.
April 15, 2010 at 5:32 pm
I don’t know who plays as the ninja master but he is awesome. This is one of the best AVGN video for me.
April 23, 2010 at 5:03 am
April 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm
Ryu Hayabusa is a character from the Virtua Fighter games, just so you know”
There is no character in the VF series with that name.
April 25, 2010 at 3:04 am
Ryu Hayabusa, to my record, was never in VF.
And He IS from the Ninja Gaiden Series.
If he is in VF, its a cameo.
April 26, 2010 at 9:08 am
He was never in Virtua Fighter. He was in the Dead Or Alive games, which both Ninja Gaiden, and the DOA franchise was made by Team Ninja. He’s been a playable character in the DOA games since the first one.
April 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm
lol so hilarious
April 30, 2010 at 12:00 am
ninja gaiden is horribly unforgiving, but it makes me want to come back for more, p.s. very funny stuff
May 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Hard game indeed.
May 19, 2010 at 9:07 am
Before u fuck…..:))))))) Why have u cut this scene?????????????!!!!!!!!!!
May 20, 2010 at 7:47 am
This one for me was the best episode ever. Great job nerd.
May 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm
sorry, my bad
May 24, 2010 at 10:09 pm
this is one of the funniest episodes ever. great job james.
May 25, 2010 at 2:00 am
It took me just over a year to complete the first one. Never been so relieved to have a videogame beat!
May 25, 2010 at 11:09 am
My fiancee couldn’t breathe. Those moments are awesome, thanks! (I of course loved it too)
June 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm
you shouldn’t have cut “before you fuck, you must use proper protection”. That was hilarious!
June 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm
what’s the part where u say somthing about ripping their heart out so u can show them how cold and black it is from? it sounds familiar (i fail at spelling).
June 10, 2010 at 11:45 pm
Games got way to easy on the X-box360
June 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm
no one noticed the similarity between castlevania and ninja gaiden?
Ninja Gaiden and Castlevania have the exact same style of lifebar etc(upper side of the screen), both use music with drum samples, in both you have a short range weapon, in both you attack lamps/candles to get upgrades, in both you hold a single upgrade secondary weapon except for the cutscenes I felt like playing a Castlevania 1 graphics/music only hack .
It even shares some glitches like enemies respawning when leaving/returning screen.
June 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm
Needed the line “Guess you forgot I was a ninja, motherfucker!”, but “Nunchuck fuck!!” is a good substitute.
June 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm
This was hands down one of the most challenging video games I have ever had the privilage to play. I played it at a friends house while I was in grade school and as soon as I reaquired an NES I sought this game out. Needless to say, this game chewed my balls off and spit them up my ass. I am proud to say that I have in fact beat this game. I have only done this one time and never have I ever reproduced the end credits.
This video was a classic reminder of the profanity that flew from my mouth when I played it, and I was rolling in laughter seeing you hung up in the exact same places I was by those fucking piece of shit birds.
June 27, 2010 at 11:41 pm
They had an enhanced version of the first game on the PC Engine (TurboGrafx 16). It’s much better than the SNES port, and it even had new dialog (hold 1+2 and press select to change it to English).
July 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm
OMG i tried the game just to see if it really was as hard as the review said. DUDE, who was the possessed person who cranked up the difficulty level to “Don’t Even Try to Play this Game You Fucker”.
July 4, 2010 at 11:38 am
check out this Ninja Gaiden video clip with some “Z-RAY” composer cover!
July 14, 2010 at 11:06 am
Probably the thing that most connects this game with Castlevania is the fact that you fly back every time you get hit and then you can fall into pits and water and die (yeah I know avgn has talked about this a lot but it bears repeating until no video game or movie features that bullshit ever again!). I remember that the Tecmo games were particularly infested with this to the point that even Tecmo Bowl had characters flying improbably all over the screen. At least then there was some kind of purpose to that weird football player enemy in the Ninja Gaiden games. What the fuck was that anyway?
A key to a lot of the landing issues is using the jump&slash, but if you don’t have it, you’re screwed, and there are parts where you might want to use other weapons. I haven’t played this series in a long time, but I do remember holding onto that jump&slash as best I could.
July 14, 2010 at 11:30 am
ok I just “popped that fucker in” and it is just as great and just as hard as I remember it from back when it was new. At the end of a boss battle you lose all your “spiritual strength” which, like the hearts in Castlevania powers your weapons. Another similarity to Castlevania is that there is generally a weapon you actually want and one or several on a stage you do not want, but you need to kill those lamps and collect those powerups, whatever they are, fast. So you end up with the wrong weapon a lot, and I still say the jump&slash was the most useful because although it burned “spiritual power” every time you jumped and used your sword at least with a spinning buzzsaw you had some hope of landing in more difficult spots. I forgot that the “invincible fire wheel” left you with no weapon at all. I forgot how relentless the timer was. This is still a great game though and a classic.
July 15, 2010 at 3:37 am
Fantastic game. This one will make a man out of you. I used to be able to beat it with 1 guy.
July 15, 2010 at 3:58 am
The trick on the last level is to not die. If you die there you are most likely screwed royally. Master the first fight and analyze the attack pattern of the Jaquio so you can take him out without taking too many hits. The last boss is a breeze if you can make it through the first two the initial attempt. Just keep pounding him, take out his tail and wail on him dodging his junk and he goes down quick.
July 19, 2010 at 3:23 am
Hey nerd this is a totaly serious comment…
My friend was tripping on shrooms and was just spewing stuff right,And he was listening to this episode and starting saying something about how all the stuff you say can be linked to life,I thought he was just tripping but then i started listening to what you and the ninja were saying.
“nobody has the curtesy to refile your life bar” Its true nobudy is going to help you A GOD isnt just going to refill your life so you just have to deal with what life you have left or something like that.
“You must look before you leap” Agian true you must look at what your going to do before you do it.
just something cool i thought about right now
July 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm
I:ve watched this video many times, and it remains as one of my favorites. Kevin Finn:s first episode, and a damn good performance, i just love that guy. anyway, i desided to download the game on wii and i love the game but i think this game was programed by the devil. Finishing ninja gaiden is a true achievement and something you want to have on your resume. thank you James for this wonderfull episode, and to Kevin Finn
August 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm
Yeah. Bastards. I beat the game. Admittedly, I used some emulator saves, but only at the very beginning of the level. So, I really didn’t cheat. Yeah, those birds are a dick’s bitchy bitch dick.
September 6, 2010 at 1:48 am
I like how creative this one was, the montage and training were really good and the ninja was funny as hell.
A lot of neat tricks with the editing and camerwork, the green screen use and some of the retro-ish pans? I think they’re called. Maybe it was a zoom.. I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.
Anyways, this was a perfect Nerd video. Awesome!!
September 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm
When James asks “How am I supposed to get past this guy?” (The dude with the gun), I can answer you quite clearly. From experience with the game and by simply looking at the video. Well, you jump down after he’s shot at you and grab the wall. After he shoots, jump and slash him. That’s it. For someone who’s been playing Nintendo since… ’88 (I think it was ’88), you don’t seem to be noticing the things you should. I’ve been playing NES for about a year and I can beat Ninja Gaiden. Am I missing something here?
September 30, 2010 at 11:57 pm
The original is nothing compared to part 3 as far as difficulty goes.
October 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm
I love the acting in this episode, its better than the Karate Kid, I love it http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/index.php?ref=65348
October 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm
The acting is genius. Great episode!
October 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm
Ninja Gaiden!!! Konichiwa bitches! Long Live the Nerd!!
October 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm
October 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm
TRY cave story its almost as hard as this
October 31, 2010 at 11:18 am
I love the way you flipped-off the E.T. Atari 2600 advertisement in the intro.
I haven’t played any of the Ninja Gaiden games, but I will say that the 8-bit games DO look awesome.
4:08- Well, atleast you and Mike were able to beat Ninja Gaiden II some time after this episode way released. Conglaturation… I mean Congradulations. =P
November 1, 2010 at 6:32 am
At least someone can kick this game’s ass:
Though really this game isn’t that tough and then you hit stage 5-1 when it starts to just repeatedly rape you with a frozen donkey diarrhea popsickle.
November 14, 2010 at 3:41 pm
You may not belive me , but I actually finished the third one !
November 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm
ProtonjonSA on youtube beat the entire trilogy doing let’s plays
December 7, 2010 at 11:33 am
If you lose to the second final boss, you’ll have to get through the whole stage 6 again and fight the boss without having the health bar refilled.
December 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm
James, I found a way to finish this game. You still need to die a couple of times, but I’ll garantee you will finish.
Your weapon of choice, for all of the bosses, should be the windmill(the one that Ryu pulls out his sword as he jumps and kills everything on your path). YOU CAN ACTUALLY KILL ANY BOSS IN ONE JUMP!!!!!!!
Now the problem with the windmill is that is used automatically right after you jump and we know that we jump a lot in this game. To hold Ryu from spinning while equipped the windmill you have to press DOWN on the D-pad BEFORE hitting the sword button. This way you can save the energy used to use weapons for the bosses. Yeah it’s a pain in the ass to do that, but once you master it, you’ll thank me later (and if you do I wish you’ll do it in another review of this game if you ever do it). On a boss, just jump close to it and see that life bar of his fly out!!!!
On the last stage there’s a point where you get the windmill DON’T FKIN USE IT ANYWHERE ELSE (Except at that part where you showed it a lot in the video. There’s no way out without the windmill). On the final boss use the windmill technique. Yes, you might die in the 2nd cause you’ll use all of the weapons energy (or the game will deplete it to count it as points, I don’t remember well), but you try again from the beginning of 6-1, get the windmill, save it for the 2nd boss, rinse and repeat. 3rd boss, jump/windmill, boss life bar depleted, cut scene, YOU’VE WON!!!!!
This is the ONLY way ” I ” have finished the game. Any other way…. ? No fckin clue. Hope that solves the problem and helps you finally finish it!!!
You have fans in the Caribbean too. Cheers from Puerto Rico.
December 11, 2010 at 8:43 am
Yesh! I Beat the game without continues.
I did cheat by using the 1-Up respawn trick though.
The final boss isn’t really that hard once you know how to do it.
What makes it so difficult is that the game doesn’t allow you to practice on the boss; no matter how many lives you have, you go back.
December 15, 2010 at 10:27 am
what awesome music and an unbelievable epic video! Excellent work James!!!! and im never gonna try this game i might get a heart attack!
December 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm
OXXVZPSX Infinite energy
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December 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm
IZETPGVK Get infinite lives and dont lose spirit strength after death
February 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm
It is a very hard trilogy. I for one have managed to finish them all. But I did have my fair share of swearing at it too
February 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm
i have beat the trilogy took me six months but 1st one did it with no help
102 continues 2nd one game genie 3rd one game genie and by myself
god there hard
February 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Nice “Wayne’s World” reference, James! This is one of my favorite Nerd videos.
March 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm
So, Ryu’s father is Ken.
Is his mother’s name Chun Lee?
March 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm
One of my favorite skits! Mike is funny as hell as the ninja!
( I have been huge AVGN fan since 2006, and after watching 100 episodes of James as the Nerd, he’s inspired me to make my own show, reviewing shitty Wii games! So if you have the time, check out my vid on youtube where i review probably the worst Wii game of all time Party Pigs Farmyard Games! )
April 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm
Great episode. It’s a shame that the chromo keying suck ass.
May 5, 2011 at 8:12 am
Gotta love the green screen effects.
I can’t wait to see the AVGN movie and the long anticipated ET review!
May 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm
I hope he reviews the third game, that one was fucked up. The first two are awesome though.
May 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Nun chuck fuck!!!!! lmao
June 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm
This was one of my favourite episodes. The ninja guy was a great addition. I remember also making it to the end boss as a kid and never being able to beat it. Damn that game was hard!
June 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm
Would be cool if you would publish the training montage in a seperate video. Keep up the work
July 16, 2011 at 10:00 am
best episode of all, great job guys. Just awsome
July 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm
I’m rather surprised if you’ve never beat this game. I duno if your saying that just for the video or not but it is beatable. I have taken down the 1st and 2nd one with no cheats and very little assistance from glitches. These games are doable but it takes alot of time and pationce. Good luck if you ever do decide to try and beat the game again.
August 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm
one of the best AVGN videos. I love the performance of Kevin Finn, just brilliant. I love the bloopers for this video too.
August 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm
I have to say this is great episode, just excellent. Every NES player in the entire world can relate to the hardness of Ninja Gaiden. AVGN in this episode is hilariously frustrated rather than just angry and Kevin Finn makes the perfect ninja. Great stuff man.
August 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm
The training montage with the ninja and James is a masterpiece
August 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm
The skits killed this episode for me.
I want to see game reviews, not pointless skits.
August 26, 2011 at 3:48 am
at least the nerd now has a montage!
August 26, 2011 at 11:57 am
I think this episode is the best I’ve seen so far. Love the whole training part and stuff. Are the Ninje Gaiden games developed by the same game company as the Castlevania games?
I’m probably a noob asking this, but I noticed the game has exactly the same life bar and power ups system in as in Castlevania.
Furthermore, Shinobi on the Sega 8-bit was also an excellent game, as was The Last Ninja trilogy on the C64
Thanks again for an epic episode of AVGN James
August 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Jeah I also thought of that, the Layout is EXACTLY the same as in Castlevania, furthermore you get upgrades and valuables out of… CANDLES!?^^
August 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm
out of all of James videos that he created for the angry video game nerd, i can say that this was his best and my fav one i would watch this review any time (as well as zelda 2 and the castlevania review) keep up the great work
August 29, 2011 at 9:33 am
This is the first time I noticed that the ninja drank either a Japanese beer or sake. Nice touch!
August 31, 2011 at 1:39 pm
@SpideySnooch: I’m fairly sure that’s a Yuengling bottle, given the label, what of it we can see.
September 9, 2011 at 11:27 am
This happens to be my favorite episode so far. I love Kevin as the Ninja and the training, especially in the 8 bit grass.
September 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Amazing episode and yeah Kevin is great as the ninja.
September 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm
“And it HAS. For the past 20 years it’s kicked my ass.”
September 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm
This game is the unholy ass of nes classics I love it but the last stage is so hard I gave up (never even made it to the boss
September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm
this is such an awesome video! so creative and funny! you’re a genius James!
October 1, 2011 at 9:34 am
Yesterday, I have finally finished NG1 on the NES.
What I did is use the diagonal fireball rings on all 3 final bosses. Unfortunately, that means I re-did all 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3 an insane number of times but I finally did it! What I do is, in the final stage, I get all the weapon energy up until the boss. I try to avoid using any of the special weapons until the boss. And if I die somewhere in the stage or lose too much health, I get game over on purpose to restart from the beginning of 6-3 and get the opportunity to collect everything again without getting hit too many times or dying.
At the beginning of the last section of 6-3, there is a health power-up that you can re-collect by backtracking to the last section and coming back.
About that motherfucker in 6-2, all you have to do to make it disappear is to take babysteps and leave him on the very edge of the screen until it disappears, then you jump the hole while slashing to take out the bird. (After the mofo disappears, don’t stop on your way to the hole, or the bird will have enough time to hit you.)
Well, all of this is easier said than done, but after playing those 3 stages so many times, you actually become a real ninja and are able to blast through with minimal damage. Still hard as shit though. : P
October 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm
this episode is fucking epic. i love the montage with the ninja gaiden nintendo metal. amazing work as always avgn crew. i can watch this shit all day long.
October 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm
best video game review ever….EVER!!!! loved it!!!!
October 25, 2011 at 12:14 am
Best game ever
November 6, 2011 at 5:49 am
Loved it when Ninja Gaiden came to XBoX. Taught this current generation of “gamers” that the shit was harder before auto-aim and regenerating health.
December 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm
November 6, 2011 at 6:02 am
But where is the “Eye of the Tiger”?
November 27, 2011 at 12:27 am
If it weren’t for the ZSNES emulators “load from saved game position”option i would’ve never beat this game.Jaquio was an ass to beat.His first form was so damn hard,but his last form was easy as hell.
December 8, 2011 at 5:12 am
I just got this game yesterday for nes and got to the 4-4 boss down to 2 bars left and gave up because it was late. and shit man. stage 3-2 is a fucking bitch. i had to redo it so many fucking times i was able to go through the whole level without getting hit once all because of the fucking asshole that blocks the cliff you have to jump on to enter in the boss’s cave.
December 10, 2011 at 11:17 am
reminds me of castlevania 3
December 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm
Even though the first two had unlimited continues, I never beat those games, never had patience when it came to Jaquio. Despite the third having limited continues, its actually the easiest. Fewer enemies and the jump back after getting hit was A LOT smaller. Beat that one many times.
December 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm
One of my favourite AVGN videos. Glad to see an AVGN review about an awesome game like Ninja Gaiden. As a Martial Arts movie fan, I also enjoyed the “training scene”
January 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm
@Olivania Have you ever seen,,
“The Crippled Masters”?
Very disturbing, yet good, in a cheesy, sick kinda way.
December 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm
Hey James what do you think of the remake ninja gaiden the 1st is on xbox 2nd is on xbox 360 so is the 3rd coming out try the remakes if you have them man.
December 19, 2011 at 11:43 am
Probably the best AVGN episode made so far.
December 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm
@Nintendo_Frog well i wouldn’t say that well it’s your opinion pal
December 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm
“In my point of view: Probably the best AVGN episode made so far.”
January 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm
@Nintendo_Frog ok i see
December 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm
man i play nes all day evry day ima die hard nes fan i have evry nes emulator known in the us
January 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm
@zellnesking true fans use the system.
January 13, 2012 at 5:12 am
@mst3kevin What about the people who don’t have access to their NES and a TV but yet a computer?
January 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm
@RandyRigg@mst3kevin Umm, my NES is long gone. Can you tell me how to emulate from a computer? Sounds interesting.
January 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm
FIrst thing Mechagary is you need an NES emulator. There are quite a few available but I use NEStopia, http://www.emulator-zone.com/doc.php/nes/nestopia.html
After that you need some ROMS, which are the files your emulators reads as the games. I use http://www.romnation.net/
However with the Virtual Wii, many of the more classic games are blocked from ROM download, unless you risk visiting the more “underground” of the ROM sites, which means get some virus protection if you use them.
January 10, 2012 at 12:33 am
So, far, this has been my favorite episode! Funny as hell!
January 10, 2012 at 1:33 am
Say, if he had infinite lives, wouldn’t that mean he could continually keep playing the boss? Infinite lives means no continue, therefore, no start from 6-1. That’s just an observation I saw, not a critique.
January 14, 2012 at 12:13 am
Actually no matter what you have if you die on the boss it sends you all the way back.
January 14, 2012 at 1:29 am
@ChrisFrint Ah ok, thanks, I’ve never played the Ninja Gaiden games (never owned an NES), so I didn’t know, just an theory I had. Thanks a bunch for clarifying!
January 15, 2012 at 3:08 am
The farthest I have ever gotten in this game was stage 6-2, birds and jetpack ninjas that throw shuriken are probly my most hated enimes in any video game also this has nothing to do with Street Fighter or Shinobi however it would later become part of the Dead or Alive Fighting game series
January 16, 2012 at 12:35 am
This game is such a beast. It took me so many hours to beat it.
January 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm
You know, Guy Den, actually sounds gayer than Gay Den.
February 13, 2012 at 5:50 am
@MECHAGARY Because it’s Gaiden. Besides, would you rather be in a guy den, or a Gay den?
January 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm
MORE FUCKEN PORN BITCH