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OFLC Rating for Shadow of the Ninja Sneaks In

Posted by James Newton

Classic Natsume title recently rated

Europeans may know it better as the Taito-published Blue Shadow, but North American readers will recognise Shadow of the Ninja from its 1990 NES debut.

OFLC, the ratings board for Australia, recently granted the game a PG certificate listing Nintendo as the publisher, all-but guaranteeing the game is on its way to Virtual Console.

Veterans of Shinobi and Ninja Gaiden may think they've seen it all before, but Shadow of the Ninja boasts full two-player co-op play, something that should garner it a few more sales. We'll have more on this one as it unfolds.


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StarBoy91 said:

Oooh, Shadow of the Ninja. Good game. I could only get up to the third stage boss (it took a long time before he lost one HP). The music also sounded good.



Link79 said:

This looks cool. Never played it but nothing wrong with more Ninja games on VC.



Ravage said:

Co-op sounds cool, but we'll just have to wait and see I suppose.



Adamant said:

Awesome, Blue Shadow was one of my favorites back in the day. Can't wait.



StarBoy91 said:

I haven't played it in years, but I do recall that it takes place in future New York City (with the Twin Towers still intact).



Link79 said:

@ starboy91
Nice cover art! Very eye catching and impressive. Hope the game is as exiting as the artwork makes it look.



SmaMan said:

Wasn't this that game that some of the Ninja Gaiden developers worked on that eventually became Ninja Gaiden Shadow on the Gameboy? Or was that something else?



Adamant said:

Yes, "Ninja Gaiden Shadow" for the GB is Blue Shadow with Ryu tossed in and some minor plot changes.



Varoennauraa said:

AAAhhhh!!! This came out of the blue shadow! This was my favorite ninja game and one of my fondest memories ever. I wonder why there are so few co-op games novadays. Even the brawlers, that really should have co-op, can achieve universal acclaim in gaming media novadays without even meeting the 80's standards!



SNK said:

whats with all these nes games,surely nintendo can find better games to put on the VC than cruddy nes games week in week out.



Kuroshiro said:

I have been waiting this title for a long time.

But, it would be cool to have this game with the speed of PAL game being run with NTSC console, so the music would speed up. After all the 50hz "issues" with the other games (like Megaman 2), it would be really nice. Or even better, a chance to switch between 50hz and 60hz modes! It should be possible for every NES title in VC.



Vinsanity said:

Suh-weet! i've heard about this, and I think I even put in one of my own personal "Virtual Console games you'd like to see" lists in one of those threads here on the NL forums. It's basically 2 player Ninja Gaiden, and the VC could use more NES games. Charming, instantly fun, colorful, doesn't need the nunchuk plugged in and only 5 bucks? There should be hundreds of NES games on the damn service for christ sakes...

Thank you Natsume:) Can't wait till this makes it to the US, but Australia deserves far more early games. Those poor aussies always seem to get screwed with regards to game censorship and release dates...



Steviis_Father said:

I remember this game starts in the rain, and it falls in the same box of great Natsume co-op games as NARC was it? Overall a good game for ninjamers.



JGMR said:

This is way better than the Nes-version of Ninja Gaiden which was garbage, especially next to the Master System Ninja Gaiden!



H_Hog said:

Oh man, my best friend and I used to play this game TO DEATH....
Think we eventually did manage to clear it, but it took absolute ages...

...Looking forward to see if we can pull it off again =]

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