I really like the Switch Online selection of NES and SNES games. Sure, it's not a HUGE collection. But it's at least interesting. It feels like it's a good selection of classics and oddballs. So I stumbled upon Shadow Of The Ninja, a 1990 NES game that I've never played.
What I know about Shadow Of The Ninja is that it's sort of like Natsume's take on Ninja Gaiden. So much so that Tecmos ended up getting the rights to the Game Boy sequel and just turning it into a Ninja Gaiden game proper. So in a weird way, Shadow Of The Ninja is kinda sorta a weird unlicensed spin-off. Or something.
Anyway, in the past year or two I have played a couple of the old Ninja Gaiden games and found that they don't hold up for me. I loved those games as a kid, but I just don't have the patience for them as an adult. Well, I can say that doubly so about Shadow Of The Ninja.
MY GOODNESS this game is just kind of annoying to me. First off, you have just one life in this game (and five continues). If you die, you have to start the level all over again when you continue. Oh, and your lifebar does not replenish between levels. Yikes.
The good stuff is that the game looks cool-ish; the weapon upgrades are kind of interesting (though have limited uses); and the music is solid. But dudes, the game just feels so cheap and difficult to me, I couldn't get into it at all. I honestly gave up when I went through all my continues in level 1-4. That's sad.