Ninja Ryukenden [Model HC92052]
A 26-year-old NEC PC-Engine Game by Hudson Soft.
Emulated in MAME !
Information for the following ROM(s): nryukend
忍者龍剣伝 © 1992 Hudson Soft [Hudson Group].
Ninja Ryukenden is a side scrolling action game by Hudson Soft and based on the arcade game of the same name released by Tecmo in 1988 (it is rather a port of the Famicom game). The player controls Ryu Hayabusa, a fearless ninja on a quest of revenge. His father was killed by a mysterious ninja during a fierce duel. After reading a note left by his father, Ryu travels to the United States to meet Dr. Walter Smith, one of his father's friend. But he soon gets head to head with a young girl who hands him a weird looking statue before disappearing. The complex plot of the game unfolds over no less than six acts (with a total of nearly twenty stages) and Ryu will finally find out what happened to his father and who hides behind his disappearance. Ryu Hayabusa is equipped with a sword which he can use at lightning-speed to slash his enemies to bits. He also has the incredible ability to wall-jump and to climb vertical surfaces. Finally, Ryu can use his spiritual energy to augment his powers and trigger powerful special attacks such as mystic shurikens or the ability to shoot flames. Various energy forms scattered around some of the levels reward Ryu with spiritual energy. They are often in the shape of burning flames but they also come in various forms such as insects or small animals.
HuCARD ID: HC92052
HuCARD Size: 4 Mbits.
Ninja Ryukenden for PC-Engine was released on January 24, 1992 in Japan for 6500 Yen.
This PC Engine version is a port of Ninja Ryukenden originally released for the Famicom in 1988. The conversion features enhanced graphics, a parallax scrolling and a totally different soundtrack. Enemy placements are also slightly different and although the levels layout is fairly similar, most of the backgrounds were redesigned. Curiously, some of the character names were also changed - for instance, Ken Hayabusa was surprisingly renamed Joe Hayabusa. Interestingly, an option in the game's menu allows the player to change the cut scenes from Japanese (default) to English and Chinese (see the Tips section).
March 1992 - Joypad N.6 [FR]: 90/100
* Change cutscene language:
Go to the title screen, hold I and II, then press Select to cycle through the available languages (the title should change to the desired language). Three are available - Japanese (Default), English and Chinese.
Producer: Eiji Aiyama
Director: Yoshiyuki Kawaguchi
Program Design: Ricky Sun
, Sammy Hau
Graphic Design: Matthew Yau
, David Tang
, Carlton Wong
, Siu Wai
Message: Geshu Cho
, Loretta Hieh
, Wendy Liu
Special Thanks: Masanori Wake
, Koji Matsuura
, Toshiaki Takimoto
, Yasuhiro Ichizawa
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] [JP] (apr.21, 2009)
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com