Commentary – AVGN: Ninja Gaiden

Mike Matei / May 13th, 2014


  • May 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    First! Yay! Finally!

  • frostare

    May 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I’ve always said Ryu because that’s how it sounds correct in Mexico.

    Still, I remember always reading the name of the game as Gay-den because I first thought it was an english name and I was used to reading some english words. It was when I saw “El Genio” (The Wizard) that I knew it was pronounced like that, kinda like you commented.

    • frostare

      May 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Sorry, for the pronunciation I meant “Reeh-oo” that’s how it really must be said, by the way.

      • October 3, 2015 at 6:23 pm

        It is Ninja (Gy – Den) and Ryu is pronouce (Ru)…I live in me this is how you pronounce it…

  • BladeRunner

    May 13, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    awesome, love the commentary videos. I just went through and re-watched your older ones a couple days ago. Great stuff!! you should do a commentary on the episode with Lloyd Kaufman, I would love to hear some insight into how that was like. He’s a crazy bastard!

  • May 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    This game is hard as FUCK

  • May 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    But do you know whats really hard as Balls,GODDAMN SUPERMAN 6FUCKING4

  • drev

    May 13, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I’ve always called Ryu “γƒͺγƒ₯”

    • Kenshiroh

      May 14, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Actually it’s γƒͺγƒ₯ウ. (The kanji is ιš†.)

  • May 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Nice commentary, James and Kevin πŸ™‚ This is one of my favourite episodes of the entire series.
    I’ve actually managed to beat this game after a lot of trials and errors…If you try to beat all the 3 bosses in a row, you’ll notice that the game replenish your health, but, on the downside, it tooks away your secondary weapon right after the first battle, leaving you with the lame toothpick sword. If you want to have a chance with the second and the third boss you need that damn fire power. The only way a normal human being can beat this game is to fight each boss separately, so you can keep your secondary weapon at each battle. It takes a lot of time and it sounds absurd, but it gives you a great help with the bosses. Besides, if you break the first candle on the last section of 6-3 you’ll find a potion that replenish your health, and immediately after that there’s an hourglass that temporary stop that motherfuckers that keep coming from the ceiling. If you master that section you’ll manage to get to the boss with almost full health AND the fire power. It still requires A LOT of patience, though.

    Please apologize my bad english and keep up the good work, cinemassacre staff!
    Greetings from Italy, Ciao! πŸ™‚

  • mysterywolf

    May 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I’ll never forget the outtake when he actually caught the Q-Tip. The real nerd needs no training!

  • May 13, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    In Ninja Gaiden, the screen is your friend. Use it with the bats of Stage 4-2 and 5-1, for example. Scroll the enemies’ spawning points away from the borders (one special case however, is the 2nd bird of Stage 6-2D which you should crouch under). It’s not really as hard as a lot of people make it out to be. I’ve beaten it several times.

    Simon Belmont was a crippled hero in comparison, until Castlevania IV. Ryu Hayabusa on the other hand, could jump cancel his slashes, steer his jumps, have a pretty much instantaneous air slash, and only in the first Ninja Gaiden game he could use the Jump ‘n Slash weapon and do slash canceling while in mid-air by pressing Down+B on the same frame. That technique can easily demolish the 4th boss and every final boss. As for Jaquio, he moves back ‘n forth about every 108 frames and shoots 2 fireballs every two seconds. Focus more on dodging his shots. It’s harder for them to touch you if you’re on the wall. How did Kevin Finn know that there are three final bosses? They didn’t show thumbnails of the final bosses like with Castlevania III in Castlevania Part 2.

    I hope someday that AVGN revisits Ninja Gaiden and beats it once and for all!

  • May 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Final Cut sucks for keying. Best bet is to get your edit right first, and I’d suggest Primatte Keyer in After Effects. It’s an extremely effective keyer, but also very user-friendly. It’s a long process, but your best bet if you want a clean key.

  • May 14, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Want to know how to pronounce Ryu?

    Wii U!

  • May 14, 2014 at 2:16 am

    James, you dont need fast reflexes, you just need to be accurate. I used an emulator and experimented on that scene that you had trouble with moving to the right on like level 5 or six i dont remember. I did it over and over and found that you can do it without even using the sword as long as you use the correct motions. I have a theory that the whole first game can be beaten without the sword or items except the bosses. I haven’t tried it though, i’m not a gamer anymore really.

    • May 14, 2014 at 2:18 am

      the part i am refering to is on this video at 8:30

      • May 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

        You mean Stage 6-2D? What you want to do first is kill that guy with the baseball bat, then as you advance a bat and a football player will appear. Proceed further and the first bird and another bat appears. Try to scroll far enough so the first bird doesn’t respawn when you kill it. Now, take advantage of the screen to make the knife thrower disappear. Advance to the edge of the platform just before the one the knife thrower was standing on, and crouch under the 2nd bird. As you reach the next platform, another football player appears. Easy as pie!

        As a last resort, try this Game Genie Code: APTAIA. I haven’t tried it on an emulated Game Genie or actual Game Genie yet.

      • May 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

        You don’t have to kill anything. Experiment with it and you will see.

      • May 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        It’s nice to be evasive, but I think it’s harder that way.

      • May 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        yeah, so when you have mastered the game, you have another way to improve and enjoy the game.

      • Sammy Schitz

        May 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm

        After watching the original I went to look at a no cheats speed run and he just ran right by that part, so you’re probably right.

      • May 20, 2014 at 10:24 pm

        I’ll try to make a video with the emulator and post it on my youtube page.

      • May 21, 2014 at 2:43 am

        I tried to make a video but my computer is too slow and the result wasn’t really great. I can explain it well enough in words, and you all can try it for yourself. Basically you just come up the ladder and jump on the first platform, then the second one on the left edge right in front of the machete guy then immediately up and over him. Run right and then jump on to the next platform and keep running and jump on to the next one. This is the tricky one. You basically run to about halfway on this platform and then jump backwards and then cut back forwards again mid jump. In this movement, you will prompt the high eagle to appear and the hatchet throwing guy on the narrow platform to scroll off, and by cutting back, you will dodge the eagle. Then you jump on the small platform where the hatchet guy was. just walk off that onto the oil drum looking platform and jump on the ladder and go up right away. You must keep your speed going the whole time as much as possible. Try it yourself, you will see it all fall into place. The only challenging part is that tricky jump-back/cut-forward part.

      • May 21, 2014 at 2:46 am

        oops, i mentioned one more platform after the machete man than was really there. You’ll get it yourself once you try to do it.

  • Dr.Octagon

    May 14, 2014 at 3:13 am

    you and Kevin do the best work with each other. i hope to see him again some time soon in another one of your videos.

  • Don Skiver

    May 14, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Ninja Gaiden 2 is the first Ninja Gaiden game I ever played, and it’s still my favorite Ninja Gaiden to this day…even though I can’t fucking beat it.

  • flawn scorpion

    May 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    not real beer? Lame

  • Travis McNabb

    May 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    This episode will always and forever by my absolute fave! I fucking loved it. Kevin Flynn killed it as the Ninja. To this day, I periodically will search and find this one particular episode and watch it non-stop because it’s that damn funny. In my opinion, it’s the best nerd espisode in existence and will never be topped. First time I ever viewed it, I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. Everything about it was well timed and all around perfect. It will hold that one special place in my heart for all time!

  • May 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    The correct pronunciation is Ryu as in *Ree-you. At the ree you want to kinda curve the “You into an l, but James, you got it right. If it was read as Raiyu–that is how it would be spelled in Japanese.

    Source: Spent 10 months in Japan as a foreign exchange student and took four years of Japanese courses.

  • likalaruku

    May 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Everyone pronounces Shenmue wrong too.

  • Moose Of Woe

    May 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Jaquio was a jackass. The demon statue you fight after him (and Ken Hayabusa beforehand) weren’t nearly as difficult.

    Jacky is even more of a dick in Ninja Gaiden 2. He zig zags all over the frickin’ room.

    • May 14, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      I can barely even hit Jaquio with just my sword in NG2.

    • May 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Jaquio isn’t hard. You just need to make sure you are running against his flight path. If he’s flying left, make sure you’re running right. Once you have that timed with when he throws fire balls, it’s just knowing when to jump and slash at the right time. He’s the easiest boss of the three.

      Masked devil is the hardest, unless you know how to climb up the wall and jump over him (which I consider a glitch). Jashin is a pain as well if you don’t pay attention.

  • May 15, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I understand you are an adult, but hearing you have a wife, shatters the whole “lonely nerd that plays games and drinks beer”. In Wrestling there is a phrase called KAYFABE, where you never break character. Even in public, you keep the storyline alive

    • Sammy Schitz

      May 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      When he does commentary, you have to think of it more from the perspective of writer/director/producer James Rolfe and not the character AVGN who just happens to be played by James.

  • Manolito Mystiq

    May 18, 2014 at 8:47 am

    From my understanding, β€˜Ryu’ is indeed pronounced with an [i]- and an [u]-vowel, BUT, the stress is on [u].

    It’s similar to the word β€˜few’. You don’t pronounce it as FEE-oo, but as fj-OO.

    Other words with this unstressed short [i] β€˜ee’:

    cute, mute, cue; or in British English: due, new, tube.

    So say β€˜cue’ and replace the c [k-sound] with an r and there you go!

  • May 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm

  • ryan

    June 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Have ya’ll seriously never beaten ninja gaiden? At least you can know that I have beaten it :-D. Record so far… 15 minutes.

  • chris jackso

    August 4, 2014 at 8:38 am

    the green screening isnt the best but dont think that means anyone enjoys it any less. we love your videos no matter what

  • January 4, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Can somebody explain to me how you can live in the next street but not in the same neighbourhood? πŸ˜›

  • meinerHeld

    August 28, 2015 at 1:15 am

    “Domestic…dark comedies??” How do I get to see one of these KEVIN JAMES ANSWER!

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