It's been a year since everyone's favorite ninja, Ryu Hayabusa, defeated the evil demon, Jaquio, and rescued Irene, the beautiful and mysterious CIA agent. Now, evil stirs across the land once again as Ryu, now known as the Ninja Dragon, sets out to battle Lord Ashtar in Ninja Gaiden II. It's Tecmo's sequel to their smash arcade/action hit, Ninja Gaiden. Like the original, this game boasts excellent action sequences and superior graphics, along with special animated story-line sequences that take place between the different levels.
Enter the Ninja Dragon
Prepare for a barrage of obstacles and opponents as you make your way through the seven acts and their sub-acts (22 levels total!). Battle through city, streets, across mountain tops, past boiling pits of lava, and even on top of a speeding train. Survive the different perils that await you in each grueling level by fighting off solders, birds of prey, and, in some acts, elements of nature.
- You'll find yourself in the middle of a wicked thunder storm. Move only when the lightning flashes and you can see where you're going-otherwise, you'll find yourself in deep trouble! To protect yourself press Pause when there's no lightning. Nothing can hit you but the storm continues. When the lightning flashes again, hit Pause and move on.
- The wind and snow in Act 2-2 blows you around and puts a damper on your agility. When you make long jumps across cliffs, don't jump into the wind.
Hack the red dragon crystal balls and grab the different power-up items and weapons to increase your strength and Ninjutsu skills. Red and blue ninja power increases your overall power. The Scroll of the Dragon Spirit increases your maximum power levels. Medicine heals you and revitalizes you for your battles. Grab ghost ninja clones. They'll back you up and battle side by side with you.
As your powers increase, use the special Ninjutsu skills to make yourself a formidable foe. The deadly Throwing Stars are the base Ninjutsu weapon. When you're stronger, try the Art of the Fire Wheel and burn your enemies to a crisp. Use the power of your Dragon Sword to transform electrical energy into Fire Dragon Balls which you can hurl at your foes. Your strongest Ninjutsu skill is the Invincible Fire Wheel. When you call on the magic, blazing flames appear and whirl around your body, frying your enemies and making you invincible for several seconds.
Remember, this item won't work when you have other items in your possession.
Beat the Boss
At the end of each level, you must fight and defeat a special boss. As you progress through the game, the bosses become harder and harder to beat. Each villain has either a special power or a weapon that decreases your physical strength by as much as three units with just one hit, so watch out!
In Act 2-3 dodge spikers that Baron Spider hurls at you. The best way to beat the Baron is to climb to the top of the wall on the right of the screen and then when the Baron jumps off his ledge, follow him down and hit him as many times as possible before he jumps back up. Repeat this strategy until you defeat him. And, by the way watch out for snow flurries!
Beat Naga Sotuva, the under-world water dragon, by climbing up one side of the waterfall while his claw snipes at you from the other side. Use your special climbing ability by holding down the A button and pushing either Left or Right on the controller (depending on which direction you're facing). Once you're up on top of the waterfall, you've got a clean shot at Naga Sotuva.
Will Ryu meet up with Irene again? Who is the mysterious Robert T.S.? Where is Ashtar, and how is Ryu going to stop him? Ninja Gaiden II features the same top notch action found in Ninja Gaiden (there is a Continue option this time!), as well as classy graphics and fun movie-style animation to keep the story line flowing. Here's your chance to prove once again that you're not just another ninja!
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