AVGN: Ninja Gaiden

Mike Matei / February 4th, 2010

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  • Neomatt

    April 8, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Ive played ninja gayden when i was young never beat it

    • NeverTooOld

      December 14, 2013 at 3:19 am

      same here. I think it’s back then that I begin to swear.

  • Zohup

    April 8, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Can anyone tell me what music is that playing when appear James training in the video?

    • Olivania

      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?

  • Darkenmal

    April 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Damn, this is a pretty hard game.. love the outtakes though.

  • 3r4nd0n

    April 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    this is one of my favorite nerd videos, really funny.

  • BenKenobi

    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.

  • korpsegrynder

    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.

  • spiochu88

    April 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Ryu Hayabusa is a character from the Virtua Fighter games, just so you know

  • Combokiller

    April 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    @ Zohup the song is from the training mode In Killer Instinct Gold on the N64

  • nightbladehawkeye

    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.

  • Aberrance

    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.

  • AlucardsQuest

    April 23, 2010 at 5:03 am

    “spiochu88 says:
    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.

  • Psychopatrick88

    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.

  • bleach318

    April 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    lol so hilarious

  • alex1288

    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

  • Robin Uddman

    May 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Hard game indeed.

  • Anton Maers

    May 19, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Before u fuck…..:))))))) Why have u cut this scene?????????????!!!!!!!!!!

  • pags

    May 20, 2010 at 7:47 am

    This one for me was the best episode ever. Great job nerd.

  • spiochu88

    May 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    sorry, my bad

  • trentnirvanafan01

    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! 🙂

  • xXKitkatXx

    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!

  • supermark64

    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).

  • crisisbattl

    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.

  • crono04

    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.

  • dspari1

    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.

  • JT

    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.

  • JT

    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.

  • A_ninja

    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

  • DarkNeonRain

    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

  • gamerdude122

    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?

  • maxedwell

    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

  • ZeroX

    October 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    The acting is genius. Great episode!

    “Nunchuk FucK!”

  • phoenix252005

    October 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Ninja Gaiden!!! Konichiwa bitches! Long Live the Nerd!!

  • nintenkid78

    October 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm


  • pooperdoot

    October 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    TRY cave story its almost as hard as this

  • SpeedyEric

    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

  • mcnerven

    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

  • moldy_tomato

    December 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

    ProtonjonSA cheated.

    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.

  • moldy_tomato

    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.

  • Tripdoi666

    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! 🙂

  • metal0737

    December 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    OXXVZPSX Infinite energy
    Submitted by teaguecl

  • metal0737

    December 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    IZETPGVK Get infinite lives and dont lose spirit strength after death

  • Randalph33

    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

  • theavgnfan22

    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

  • BasementSteve

    February 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Nice “Wayne’s World” reference, James! This is one of my favorite Nerd videos.

  • stebbinsd

    March 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    So, Ryu’s father is Ken.

    Is his mother’s name Chun Lee?

  • paychecktopaycheck

    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! )


  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    April 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Great episode. It’s a shame that the chromo keying suck ass.

  • nanofuture

    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!

  • Default_Username

    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.

  • nate64

    May 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Nun chuck fuck!!!!! lmao 😀

  • smd

    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!

  • Monkeypaw

    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

  • Skar

    July 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

    best episode of all, great job guys. Just awsome

  • surgoth1983

    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.

  • astrobull

    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.

  • BladeJunker

    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. 🙂

  • Robin Ekenberg

    August 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    The training montage with the ninja and James is a masterpiece

  • CW

    August 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    The skits killed this episode for me.

    I want to see game reviews, not pointless skits.

  • tumAngor

    August 26, 2011 at 3:48 am

    at least the nerd now has a montage!

  • Eelco

    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

  • SpideySnooch

    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!

  • BrockLobster

    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.

  • JindraMadsen

    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.

  • Shadowfied

    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.”

  • theretrogamer14

    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

  • totengott

    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

  • BuddyRevell

    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.

  • totengott

    October 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    best video game review ever….EVER!!!! loved it!!!!

  • LFixxxer

    October 25, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Best game ever 😀

  • Universal

    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.

  • Universal

    November 6, 2011 at 6:02 am

    But where is the “Eye of the Tiger”?

  • SweetTooth

    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.

  • Nemmex

    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.

  • Derailment

    December 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

    reminds me of castlevania 3

  • JoeyZavala

    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.

  • Olivania

    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.

  • Tekkenfan

    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.

  • Nintendo_Frog

    December 19, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Probably the best AVGN episode made so far.

    • Tekkenfan

      December 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      @Nintendo_Frog well i wouldn’t say that well it’s your opinion pal

      • Nintendo_Frog

        December 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm

        @Tekkenfan Update:

        “In my point of view: Probably the best AVGN episode made so far.”

      • Tekkenfan

        January 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

        @Nintendo_Frog ok i see

  • zellnesking

    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

    • mst3kevin

      January 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      @zellnesking true fans use the system.

      • RandyRigg

        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

        @[email protected] Umm, my NES is long gone. Can you tell me how to emulate from a computer? Sounds interesting.

      • RandyRigg

        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!

  • tyds83g

    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.

  • ChrisFrint

    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.

    • tyds83g

      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!

  • JohnnyMcchensey

    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

  • AJB

    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.

    • CGBongsmoke

      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?

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    January 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm


  • JaysonGeronca

    January 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Ninja Garden is like an Asian gay bar.

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  • Erizot

    January 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I love this episode…the training montage was hilarious, and the performances were spot on! Well done, James! lol

  • Protoman

    February 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm


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    February 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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  • February 15, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Playing the Gaiden games….I honestly think they had to nerf the shit out of Ryu Hayabusa in Dead or Alive 4. Lol~

  • TobiasMathes

    February 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Very nice take on the classic kungfu-master / student formular! the training-methods are really creative and fun to watch! could have been some more, but thats easy to say, right? 🙂
    This mixture of real life, gaming and review is exactly what i like about AVGN.
    Very well done!

  • Anthony33

    March 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    “Nunchuk FUCK” lol, that’s my favorite part.  Interesting, creative training montage (MONTAGE) and very fun, informative episode.  This is definitely one of my favorites.

  • BruceAllen

    March 11, 2012 at 2:05 am

    man… dont even have to ever track this game down to play it… u showed me all i need to know james… thx man.

  • DraculaAlucard1

    March 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    This game was child’s play for me. I lost maybe 1 life the 1st time I played

    • Grandmasterp

      September 22, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Im callin bullshit on that one, dude.

  • Erwinator

    March 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

    one of the best episoded imo 🙂 

  • Erwinator

    March 13, 2012 at 11:58 am

    one of the best episodes imo 🙂 

  • JamesSmith3

    March 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Once again, I thought Mike was the one portraying Ninja. It only took me the second time watching to find out it was Kevin.

  • Planters_Peanuts

    March 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I love this game.. but it pisses me off so much.. It’s like Castlevania, haha.

  • supersheamus

    March 28, 2012 at 2:11 am

    if you like ninja gaiden james do you like yakuza 

  • April 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Actually, there’s four final bosses. Though the last one doesn’t seem to be too hard. And no, I haven’t beaten this game legitimately yet. The second boss though, the pattern you’re supposed to follow can be seen on YouTube. It’s tricky, but feasible.

  • Sirkrozz

    April 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I never played this game during the NES era -along with Castlevania, for example-, so i determined myself on finishing it without savestating/wlakthroughing.

    After 6 days of relentless practice and using 5 continues, i could finish it. A verry solid experience!

  • May 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Love Ninja Gaiden and this is one of the funniest episodes ever. Very nicely done!

  • Mad Gamer xD

    May 24, 2012 at 8:14 am

    u think that ninja gaiden was hard try Ninja Gaiden for the old xbox and for the 360 those are harder there is no easy and try beating it on master ninja it took me 5 years to beat the very first boss i forget his name so i always call him Mr Numchuks although after 5 years when i played ninja Gaiden black i kicked his but on my first try but if u want something to blow ur top Avgn try that game oh and ull hate Alma she will own you like no ones business the bone dragon was easy even though all i had was 1 potion to fight with took me a month to get the right stategy

  • Dan021

    June 28, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Mad Gamer xD
    No, the whole new series of Ninja Gaiden are really hard, but I finished all 3 nes titles and the new ones and let me tell you that back when I was 7 years old, Ninja Gaiden 1 was the hardest game and is one of the hardest game I’ve ever beated. Demon Soul, Monster Hunter are super easy compare to these games. The only game that comes to my mind that would be harder would be Kileak the DNA Operative back on the PS1. By the way guys the second form is the hardest, to beat him hang on the walls on the right and left and jump down dodging the fireballs jump and strike once then rush to the other side, climb up and do the same. It you screw up the timing, you’ll be dead in a few second. Good luck!

  • TheyCallMeNasty

    July 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I have practically master 1-1 up to 6-3 then 6-4 comes and I beat first boss and come close to beating the second

  • Megatyrant

    July 23, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Sad as it is, I haven’t played the first game in the series. However, I did own the second one. Here in Europe it was titled Shadow Warriors 2, and I will agree with you on the point that it is hard as fuck. But one day, about 10 years ago or so, I sat down with my NES console, booted up the game, and proceeded to beat it that very evening. I hadn’t played it in years at that point, and yet I sat down and got through it in a matter of hours. So if anybody is having trouble all I can say is “keep trying.” You WILL get it eventually.

  • Sarabeam

    August 19, 2012 at 6:42 am

    should review the original metroid, it was an awesome game too, but good grief its hard… at least in my opinion. Maybe I just suck, but metroid 2 and super metroid I had no problems with but metroid… it eats me alive

  • wintermute808

    September 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Holy cow this episode is so good. It is funny as all hell.

  • jsb5302

    September 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    After 20 years I finally put this game in its place. I found that 12 shots just wasn’t enough so 16 shots and 6 hours of trying (about 4.5 hours in stage 6 alone) was enough to beat this tough bastard. Your glitch tick in stage 6-2 was a life saver btw.
    Awesome episode and awesome game. keep em going James

  • enzoe35

    September 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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    September 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  • thatonenight

    October 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Watching all these AVGN videos again.. I think the movie – if it has anything like this – will be awesome.

  • PixPak

    January 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Loving this episode! One of my all time favorites, Best part is when The Nerd is gonna dodge the blades of the fan and the ninja is like just you know closing his eyes! Hilarious!!

  • Unbreakable

    January 6, 2013 at 8:48 am


    Uh, that’s what makes world 6 so fucking hard. If they made you fight the bosses all over again, it’d be much easier because they refill your lifebar after each boss you fight. But still, once you spend a shitton of time, the game gets monumentally easier. At first, 6-2 was ridiculous. After memorizing all the patterns, you’re able to run through it without dying once. 6-3 is even easier, but because of the fact that they don’t have you re-fight all the bosses, it forces you to do exceptionally well on 6-3 so that you have plenty of life when you face the boss.

    Having beaten this game, I think I’m allowed to say that I hate this game. There’s a ton of issues with it which always seem to get ignored because the game has cutscenes and a wall jump.

    1) The jump attack’s hitbox is horrible making attacking enemies on pillars a 10% chance of success.
    2) The respawning enemies is stupid.
    3) The bosses are ridiculously easy with the exception of the 3 final bosses.
    4) The game is based entirely on memory. To succeed, you must learn where every enemy is and where every powerup is that is required to beat the levels. That’s fine, but there’s several enemies which don’t have patterns to their attacks, which makes their entire approach worthless.
    5) No 2-player mode. Yeah, it’s a story game, I don’t really care.
    6) Some of the music is fucking annoying. Some of it is awesome.

    Overall, Ninja Gaiden is way, way, overrated. Go play Vice Project: Doom. It’s essentially the same game except better in just about any way and it’s also a slight mix of spy hunter.

    Or if you want to play a truly great game, go play Gimmick!.

    • February 5, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      What are you talking about? i love Ninja gaiden its fun, the music is good (in my opinion) its very difficult, the jump attack i found to be actually be very useful which is strange if it has ( if you mean the the power up i agree but your other points 100% true like the respawning enemies, the bosses are too easy, the memory part is kind of annoying. i personaly love this game all the way through its the first game i played with cutscenes it is not a bad game! and yes i did beat Ninja gaiden.

      • Unbreakable

        February 17, 2013 at 1:08 am

        My point isn’t that it’s a bad game, it’s that it’s a terribly overrated game that I happen to hate.

        The jump attack hitbox when you’re jumping over to another platform, there is about a 10% chance of actually making the jump. If you fail, either you get hit and knocked back onto the platform you jumped from, or the far more likely case, you just get knocked back into the hole you’re jumping over.

        If someone wants to play a game with the same style of gameplay, Vice Project: Doom is a replica with all of the problems in Ninja Gaiden fixed.

  • February 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    FINALY! after 15 years i finaly beat Ninja Gaiden and the ending is the shit!

  • February 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I first beat the came when I was around 12 on the NES. When I went to college years later, behold, my roommate had an NES with Ninja Gaiden. I was about to beat it then as well. It’s not impossible, but definately takes a lot of trial and error

  • February 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    whoa i always pronanced the title right

  • Heatseeker86

    April 22, 2013 at 5:31 am

    This game was ruthless. After owning it for about a year, I only once or twice made it to the final demon statue boss but never beat him. It was because of this game that I never played the other 2.

  • Donny

    May 15, 2013 at 2:30 am

    it’s so funny because my little brother thinks he has it soo hard with games these days (plays xbox 360), i grew up with nes and snes showed him ninja gaiden and caslevania for nes he shut up real quick lol

    • Billy Staton

      June 25, 2013 at 6:32 am

      These games were rough! Sooo frustrating, but sooo great! Thanks for the video!

  • Slyjay

    July 8, 2013 at 4:25 am

    I really enjoyed it James. I will tell you I beat all 3. They were very hard and the third one was the worst. It was a nightmare but I succeeded.

  • Jason Emler

    August 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    i almost beat the game

  • ChineseBoomer

    August 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Yeah,Mr.James,I’m one of your fans from China,I’ve played Ninja Gaiden for 16 years,but I still can not beat the final boss…………Do you have a plan to come to China?We want to see you and your team.

  • October 10, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I had this beat by the time NGII came out, but it was probably the hardest game I’ve ever played. After the final boss the girl gets a phone call and she tosses the phone away and kisses Ryu.

  • Pokelol99

    October 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    i prononciate ninja garden

  • maximuscesar

    December 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I have a friend who can beat the 3 games without losing a life (well, in the third one he loses a life in a part where the time runs out). I will make a video and post it.

  • December 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    A Shinobi is a ninja warrior. Also vowel sounds in Japan don’t change: a:ah, e:eh, i:ee, o:oh, u:oo.

  • Pulloff

    February 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    i just now played it and i can see why this game is so hard. It’s not because you lose to the difficulty, or even the pitfalls, which are everywhere. It’s just the hit detection is so atrocious. the tip of your sword doesn’t count when you hit an enemy. it doesn’t count when you hit an enemy in the face or even the shoulders. no, you have to hit the enemy in the stomach or lower, and you have to be at an exact proximity to destroy an enemy without getting hit yourself. i can tell that it was designed to be a great game, but the hit detection ruins EVERYTHING.

  • May 16, 2014 at 1:46 am

    The whole fan thumb bit cracks me up every time.

  • nammm3

    June 19, 2014 at 3:02 am

    When I first saw this on Youtube, I thought the ninja was Mike 😛 I really wished you guys were able to beat this. Maybe AVGN part II of it? Especially since you beat ‘Ghosts N’ Goblins’!

  • June 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    i bought that game on the nintendo eshop for wii u and its impossible to beat );


      September 4, 2014 at 10:55 am

      No it isnt, second form of final boss is pretty easy with proper strategy. You can stack magic point (its possible to have more than 60) and use “fire power”, and finish him with sword (just few bars remain). Good luck !

  • Grandmasterp

    September 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    “You are slow as sloth, taking shit.” Ha ha!! I like all the AVGN videos, but you guys are in the zone when you made this one. Thanks for a good laugh.

  • damon

    March 29, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Oh, hey! The ninja drinks local brew at the end of the episode. nice throwback to the Spider-man episode!

  • Screenbones

    July 13, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Shinobi and Ninja are the same thing. I don’t think it was a reference to that Sega franchise.

    • Screenbones

      July 13, 2016 at 12:53 am

      Oh right… that wasn’t the point.

  • Jack Washington

    April 9, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I want to see you do a review of the last ninja downloaded off Wii store thought game was very bad

  • Jack Washington

    April 9, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I want to see you do a review of the last ninja downloaded off wii store i thought game was very bad

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