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Episode from the podcastRETRO VGM REVIVAL HOUR

STAGE 73: Ninja Gaiden

Released Wednesday, 25th August 2021
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Created in 1988, Ninja Gaiden was originally known as Ninja Ryukenden, which would translate to originally as ”Legend of the Ninja Dragon Sword.” Developed by Tecmo (now named Koei Tecmo) The first Ninja Gaiden game was an arcade beat em up, in the vein of Double Dragon and was very well received. Even in saying that, many who played the game regarded it as being far too difficult, which would basically foreshadow things to come for the series that starred the legendary ninja hero Ryu Hayabusa.

So this is why THIS STAGE of the Retro VGM revival Hour we are covering some of the best Music tracks from the various games in the Ninja Gaiden Series.

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1.) Ninja Gaiden – Mikio Saito & Ryuichi Nitta – “L.A Stage, NY Stage, Las Vegas Stage Boss & Final Stage Boss“ – October 1988 – Tecmo – Arcade

2.) Ninja Gaiden – Keiji Yamagishi & Ryuichi Nitta – “The Dragon Ninja, Bravery: On the Clutches, Showdown: At the Portal of Death (Battlefield) & The Amazing Ryu/Credits Theme“ – December 9, 1988 – Tecmo – NES

3.) Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos – Ryuichi Nitta – “Chaosium Sword, Overdrive, The Parasprinter & A Long Way To Go“ – April 6, 1990 – Tecmo – NES

4.) Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom – Rika Shigeno & Kaori Nakabai – “Stage 2-1/7-2, Stage 2-2/5-2, Stage 4-1/7-1 & Stage 4-2/7-3” – June 21, 1991 – Tecmo – NES

5.) Ninja Gaiden – Takashi Horiguchi – “Escape in a Forest, Pursuit in Tokyo & The Land of Enemy“ – July 1992 – SIMS/Sega – Sega Master System

6.) Ninja Gaiden – Kenji Yamazaki – “Assault, Skyscraper & Siragane” – November 1, 1991 – Japan System House/Sega – Game Gear

7.) Ninja Gaiden Shadow – Hiroyuki Iwatsuki – “Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3 & Stage 5“ – December 13, 1991 – Natsume/Tecmo – Game Boy

8.) Ninja Gaiden (Ninja Gaiden Black/Ninja Gaiden Sigma) – Makoto Hosoi, Wakana Hara & Ryo Koike – “An Easy Enemy, Revival of the Dead, Iron and Sword & Devil“ – March 2, 2004 – Team Ninja/Tecmo – Microsoft Xbox, PS3 & PlayStation Vita

9.) Ninja Gaiden II (Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2) – Hiroyuki Akiyama, Ryo Koike & Takumi Saito – “Murderous Intent, Fighting Soul, Standing Tall & Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Theme“ – June 3, 2008 – Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo – Xbox 360, PS3 & PlayStation Vita

10.) Ninja Gaiden 3 (Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge) – Takumi Saito, Ryo Koike, Hiroaki Takahashi & Riichiro Kuwabara – “A Hero Unmasked, Heavy Machinery, Betrayal & She“ – March 20, 2012 – Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo – Xbox 360, PS3 & Wii U

11.) Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z – Grant Kirkhope – “Yaiba Main Theme, Ninja Fight, Reception From Hell, Dragon Ninja & Brilliant Ryu“ – March 18, 2014 – Spark Unlimited/Koei Tecmo – PS3, Xbox 360 & Windows PC

12.) Warriors Orochi 3 (Musō Orochi 2) – Masato Koike & Keiji Yamagishi – “Brilliant Ryu (Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors MIX)“ – December 22, 2011 – Omega Force/Koei Tecmo – PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, PSP, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, Wii U & Xbox One

13.) Warriors All-Stars – Masato Koike & Keiji Yamagishi – “Brilliant Ryu (Ryu Hayabusa Stars Mix)“ – March 30, 2017 – Omega Force/Koei Tecmo – PS4, PlayStation Vita & Windows PC

14.) Dead or Alive 2 – Shigekiyo Okuda, Shouichi Koike & Makoto Hosoi – “The shooted (Theme of Ryu Hayabusa)“ – October 16, 1999 – Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo – Arcade, Sega Dreamcast, PS2 & PS3

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