Ninja Gaiden (Mega Drive)

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Ninja Gaiden
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Opus[1]
Planned release date(s): 1992-03[2], 1992-10-30[3], 1992-11-20[4], 1993-02[6], 1992-12-24[5]
Genre: Action
Number of players: 1
Status of prototype(s): Prototype dumped (badly)

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Ninja Gaiden (忍者外伝) for the Sega Mega Drive is a Ninja Gaiden game that was set to be published by Sega under license from Tecmo. It was scheduled to be released sometime in 1992 but was cancelled for mysterious reasons.

The game is a side-scrolling beat-'em-up modeled after the arcade version (though not a port of it) rather than a platforming game like the NES games. Like the other Ninja Gaiden games for Sega platforms, the game bears a "reprogrammed by Sega" line, but it is a brand new work.

As of 2011 no clean dumps of the prototype's ROM exist, only bad dumps and ROMs containing hacked headers.


Ninja Gaiden uses standard beat-'em-up controls and mechanics: A attacks, B jumps, and C uses a health-draining special move if the player has the health for it.

Magazine articles

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Ninja Gaiden (Mega Drive)

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Promotional material

Print advert in (JP) #1992-11: "November 1992" (1992-10-08)

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
SHA-1 dced2e4eb53ae5d9e979b13f093f70d466634c5b
1MB 1990-07 Download.svg (352 kB) (info) Page


Ninja Gaiden (Mega Drive)

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Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1990-07

Ninja Gaiden games for Sega systems
Sega Game Gear
Ninja Gaiden (1991)
Sega Master System
Ninja Gaiden (1992)
Sega Mega Drive
Ninja Gaiden (unreleased)
Sega Dreamcast
Ninja Gaiden (unreleased)