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Ninja Gaiden PlayChoice Ninja Gaiden PlayChoice - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Ninja Gaiden PlayChoice - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


This game tells the story of a young ninja named Ryu Hayabusa in his quest to avenge his father's death.

Ninja Gaiden PlayChoice was produced by Nintendo in 1989.

Nintendo released 107 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1970. Nintendo was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Nintendo during the time period Ninja Gaiden PlayChoice was produced include: Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Pinbot, Vs. Freedom Force, Double Dragon PlayChoice, Baseball Stars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PlayChoice), Dr. Mario, F-Zero, and Vs. Dr. Mario


Name Ninja Gaiden PlayChoice
Developer Nintendo (Japan)
Year 1989
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8882
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Nintendo PlayChoice
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Jump|Slice/Throw
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Ninja Gaiden PlayChoice Control Panel Image

Game Play

Fight your way through various enemies and bosses to defeat the evil demon that has been awakened. Jump onto a wall to cling to it. Push up then "B" to use a ninja art (throwing stars or ninja magic).

Ninja Gaiden PlayChoice KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 4.45 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.40

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 2.50
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 4.50

Technical Rating: 4.50

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 5.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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This game was originally a Japanese Famicom title called INinja RyukendenI, which loosely translates to Ninja Dragon Sword Legend. For some reason Tecmo decided to change this games name when they ported it to the NES in America, even though the arcade game they named it after was not all that popular. This game and its Japanese counterpart proved very popular, spawning two sequels.


LICENSOR TecmoPThe website URL listed above has information on all versions of INinja GaidenI and INinja RyukendenI, both for the arcade and home systems. The site primarily focuses on the game that was released through Nintendo for the NES.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Ninja Gaiden PlayChoice Census

There are 14,896 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,153 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 17 known instances of this machine owned by Ninja Gaiden PlayChoice collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are original dedicated machines. 15 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Ninja Gaiden PlayChoice.

This game ranks a 7 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


The cabinet has mutiple player controls and might even contain an optical gun. This game, however, is one player only.


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