Ninja Gaiden: Black

History of Ninja Gaiden

Twenty years of pain and pyjamas.

Ninja Gaiden is the franchise that never was, a famous videogame brand that has clocked up over ten titles without ever adhering to any consistent continuity. These are games that play almost identically, yet often have little in common beyond the name of the lead character and a propensity for fiendish difficulty levels. But still they endure, most recently revived and resuscitated by the mercurial talents of Tomonobu Itagaki and Team Ninja. Today gamers fidget in anticipation to see what the outspoken development wizard has come up with. Two decades ago, however, Ninja Gaiden was just getting started, launching in the arcades and on the NES in a peculiar criss-cross release pattern.

Xbox Originals

11th Feb update: Black, Ninja Gaiden, Pirates!

In December 2007, Microsoft launched the Xbox Originals platform. Part of Xbox Live Marketplace, it allows you to download Xbox 1 games for 1200 Microsoft Points (GBP 10.20 / EUR 12.00) apiece, with the likes of Halo, Psychonauts and Fahrenheit among the launch titles.

Ninja Gaiden: BLACK info

Deluxe edition of Xbox classic.

Bah. Turns out the rumours that Ninja Gaiden: BLACK was to be an Xbox 360 title were wrong - in fact it's just a new version of the original game for plain old Xbox.