Ninja Gaiden is a side scrolling game in which Ryu the ninja can run, jump, and slash his way through a multitude of action-packed stages. He can also attach to any vertical surface. Powerups are littered throughout the landscape that allow Ryu to toss fireballs and ninja stars, and perform other feats.
Ryu will battle through urban city settings, forests, jungles, snow covered castles, underground railroads, and ancient castles. A major feature in Ninja Gaiden are the cinematic scenes through which the storyline unfolds.