33. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos

Released: 1990
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Fun Fact: A sound test called “Musicruise” can be unlocked from the main menu of Ninja Gaiden II.

Ninja Gaiden II continued the tradition set by the first game in the series of cinematic story mixed with punishing platformer gameplay. The player once again controlled the ninja Ryu Hayabusa, who had increased abilities to hang on walls. The other, substantive mechanic was Ryu's ability to clone himself and use the double, who copied his every move, to take down enemies.

While the gameplay was better, the story in Ninja Gaiden II disappointed some critics for being too generic.