Two days ago, Uncle Xue talked about "Kung Fu" and "Jackie Chan Kick Hall" based on Kung Fu movies, but these early FC games basically had no plot expression, so Uncle Xue began to recall the first What is the game that makes Uncle Xue feel the plot in the game more deeply?
I immediately thought of a classic in my mind. It was the first time that Uncle Xue, who had never just been hitting, felt the plot of the game. This is one of the pinnacles of action games on FC, the "Ninja Dragon Sword" series. So today Uncle Xue decided to talk about the 3 "Ninja Dragon Sword" on FC.
TECMO, famous Pants Demon, released the arcade version of "Ninja Dragon Sword" in 1989. Our protagonist, Hayabusa Ninja: Hayabusa, who inherited the lineage of the dragon clan begins here.
This arcade The version of "Ninja Dragon Sword" is quite different from the later FC version. The attack of the protagonist Hayabusa is not relying on the sword, but relying on his fists. The sword is only a special weapon that can be used occasionally. The game is like a ninja version of double intercept Dragon.
In December 1988, TECMO transplanted "Ninja Dragon Sword" to FC, but this is not a simple Transplant, this time is completely reworked, only the setting of the protagonist is a ninja is retained. An uninfluenced arcade version has been transformed into an action game with rigorous production and good controllability. This time Hayabusa finally Like a real ninja, Hayabusa is holding a magic weapon-a dragon sword, a sword carved out of dragon teeth, You can throw out shurikens and use various magical forbearance methods. In contrast, the difficulty of the game has been raised to a level that can be called "cruel".
The game not only has exquisite graphics, excellent music, and the most commendable The place is matched at the same time and there is a 20-minute movie cutscene. This is a breakthrough in the history of FC. FC is because of the capacity of the cassette.Limitations, action games rarely have such long cutscenes, usually one or two screens with a few explanations. However, "Ninja Dragon Sword" is not an RPG game, but it has movie cutscenes in every level. The plot was very shocking at the time.
Although this is a very simple plot now, at the time, it was the closest movie-level performance in FC
It started with a duel between two ninjas, and then our protagonist Hayabusa received a letter from his missing father, in which he told Son, fight with others yourself, ifNot being able to return means that he has failed, and he asked Hayabusa to bring the dragon sword inherited from the genre to go to the United States to find the archaeologist Smith.
After that, we cut into the chapter title, the performance effect was perfect, and then we were caught by a mysterious woman Attack and stun
After waking up, he was told that his father’s disappearance was related to a statue. Falcon found archaeologist Smith and learned that his father and Smith had discovered two seals in South America. The ancient statue of Cthulhu, for this reason, father and Smith decided to keep the two statues separately, so that the two statues could not be merged into one. At this time, the mysterious killer suddenly appeared and killed Smith and took the statue away.
At this time, a mysterious figure appeared, the captain of the CIA special operations team, Foster. He told Hayabusa that the mysterious woman named Irene was the undercover of the CIA and needed Hayabusa to go deep into the tiger's den. Rescue Irene and prevent the evil god from resurrecting.
When we came to the evil ghost king behind the scenes, we were taken away by the evil ghost king taking Irene as a hostageResurrecting the statue of the evil god
and learn that his father is still alive, but is manipulated by the evil ghost king After the manipulation was lifted, his father blocked the Evil Ghost King’s fatal sneak attack for Hayabusa and died
Finally, Hayabusa defeated the evil ghost king and the resurrected evil god. CIA agent Foster asked Irene to kill Hayabusa, but Irene refused and exchanged love with Hayabusa. This generation is over.p>
All players who have played the "Ninja Dragon Sword Series" I know that the game is very difficult. It requires the back version to be familiar with the enemy's attack mode and master the timing of the knife attack to successfully pass the level, but the high difficulty of the game has not prevented players from loving it. "Ninja Dragon Sword" became the sales volume of TECMO The cumulative sales of the highest work exceeded 2 million copies, which enabled TECMO to usher in a career climax and move into a newly completed office building.
Ninja Dragon Sword, which has both game quality and amazing performance effects. It was well received, so the second work in the series "Ninja Dragon Sword 2: Dark Evil God Sword" landed on FC in 1990
This generation retains and strengthens the advantages of the first generation: excellent graphics and music, movie version of the plot animation, slightly reduced difficulty, added shadow clones and new The ninjutsu has inherited the good reputation of the series and pushed it to a higher level. The status of the "Ninja Gaiden" series and the high quality of "Ninja Gaiden 2" are inseparable
Uncle Xue entered the pit in the second generation. "Ninja Dragon Sword 2" gave Uncle Xue the feeling of a magical movie. Although he can't read Japanese, the plot animation has not fallen at all, relying on animation I also guessed the general plot of the characters’ movements, and the second-generation music also left a deep impression on me. Some BGMs can still be hummed even now.
The opening scene of "Ninja Dragon Sword 2" In the animation, under the dark clouds and thunder and lightning, the leader of the Huangquan clan, the fierce emperor Ashtar sent people to take Irene away
With the assistance of Robert, a member of the U.S. Special Forces, Hayabusa traces the enemy all the way to Ashtar In a sneak attack, Robert took a hand to rescue him. At the same time, the two also learned about the enemy's real plan, which was to sacrifice Falcon and Irene's evil god before their resurrection.
After Hayalon defeated Ashtar and rushed to the altar, he found the evil ghost king who should have been dead. The evil ghost king resurrected with the power of the evil god and used the evil sword As the key, as long as enough blood and power are drawn, the dark door can be opened and the evil god can be resurrected.
evil The Ghost King was defeated again, but the Cthulhu was still resurrected. The Falcon once again defeated the Cthulhu. The last blow of the Cthulhu before his death hit Irene. Just when the Falcon thought he was about to lose his love, the dragon sword passed down by the genre It turned into a state of soul and brought Irene back to life.
The last big The ending is still holding the girl back.
This game Uncle Xue played over and over again in those days, and the final bossI don’t remember how many times I played Sanlian Zhan. Back then, Uncle Xue used a video recorder to record the plot animations that passed the level. When the parents were not allowed to play the game, I would just watch it, so I can do it at that age.
"Ninja Dragon Sword 2" is still very popular, so in 1991 TECMO continued to launch "Ninja Dragon Sword 3: Huangquan's Ark"
In FIn the late years of C, the screen of "Ninja Dragon Sword 3" continues to improve. In order to increase the number of new users in the series, the difficulty of the game continues to decrease. After the sword attack of ordinary attacks is strengthened, the attack judgment becomes larger, and the timing of the sword is not as strict as the previous game. , Still retains a long-term plot performance, but the plot begins to develop in the direction of a clone of sci-fi settings
Actually ""Ninja Dragon Sword 3" still retains the advantages of the previous game, and continues to reduce the difficulty to pull new, but in the process of rapid development of the industry as a whole, stepping in place or making a small improvement is actually a step backward. The sound and picture of the third generation are still excellent, but The previous amazing feeling is gone. If you go against the current, you will retreat. The 3rd generation actually has no major problems, but the word-of-mouth and evaluation has begun to decline.
As soon as the story of the 3rd generation began, Irene was caught by the Hayabusa Forced to fall into the sea accidentally on the edge of a cliff outside a certain research institute (safe)
After learning the news of Irene’s death, Hayabusa sneaked into the research institute and a mysterious man Telling the truth can only be obtained in the fortress of Rock Castle, Hayabusa discovered through the display of the research institute a former acquaintance, that is, the CIA special operations team captain Foster who appeared in the "first generation", and he is also the former of Irene. Boss.
Falcon overcomes obstacles along the way, finds Foster and learns the truth. After defeating the evil god in the second generation, Foster leads The CIA studies the energy produced by Cthulhu to create powerful bio-humans. At the beginning of the game, it was a clone of Falcon to chase Irene. Because Irene discovered the secret of the research institute, Foster ordered the clone to kill Falcon to further Research stronger biochemical warriors on Hayabusa
At this time, Irene suddenly appeared. It turned out that she used to fall into the sea to get some breathing time to contact the military. At this time, she appeared to help Falcon Dragon
At this time, the mysterious male Kuransi before took advantage of the chaos and killed Fu Ste, opened the door of subspace, after Falcon defeated the cloneIt was discovered that Kuransi used the chaos to launch and control the ultimate weapon dimensional battleship in the ruins-the "Huangquan Ark", to destroy the humans in the world and rebuild the world.
Finally, Hayabusa once again defeated the enemy and embraced the girl, but A good magical story turned into a sci-fi story of clones and spaceships. It’s a bit big, right?
The story of "Ninja Dragon Sword" FC ends here, "Ninja Dragon Sword" series The biggest feature is that the ACT action game at the time added a large length of high-quality plot expression. Although it was only a dynamic picture and text, it still very well contrasted the game atmosphere and improved the user experience, coupled with excellent and excellent graphics And music, it has a kind of standard for the ACT action games at that timeDemonstration effect of pole style.
The success of the "Ninja Dragon Sword" series has attracted SEGA's attention, and SEGA also obtained the authorization of "Ninja Dragon Sword" from TECMO, and on this basis, developed three out-of-character works.
A game called "Ninja Dragon Sword" was also released on GameBoy console in 1991, although the GB version was released under the name of TECMO , Is actually made by NATSUME.
Unfortunately, in the third generationAfter the work, TECMO carried out a large-scale organizational structure adjustment in 1994, resulting in the resignation of some of the "Ninlong" production staff. Therefore, in addition to the transplantation works on SFC, TECMO temporarily suspended the orthodox sequel of the series. The development, even the new work that has been planned to be launched on the SNK host NEOGEO, has been suspended due to manpower issues.
"Ninja Dragon Sword Legend" released at SFC in 1995
The FC123 generation collection launched on SFC, the picture is improved, but the changes to the music have led to the series of old The bad reputation of players, this is the last Japanese version of the series titled "Ninja Dragon Sword", and the title of the series was restarted on Xbox after that was "NINJA GAIDEN".
The story of TECMO's re-launch of this series by Itagaki Toshinori on Xbox afterwards is not included in today's article.
The "Ninja Dragon Sword" series ended after a short period of glory on FC. Although it started again after many years, there is still a little regret. I hope that the new work will not be a lifetime. Series up.
Okay, let's do it, let's stop here.