Richard Wakeling writes:
''Ninja Gaiden IIhas become a significant title over the past few weeks. If you've been following the gaming news you would have heard of Tomonobu Itagaki's departure from Tecmo as a result of some alleged incidents within the company. So, in a way, Ninja Gaiden II has become Itagaki's swansong title; as the last game made by one of the bigger gaming personalities out there.
Once again you're thrown into the shoes of master ninja, Ryu Hayabusa - member of the Hayabusa Ninja Clan. That's pretty much all you need to know about the story. It's a nonsensical mess, only really serving to move Ryu from location to location. But this doesn't affect the game in any way. If you come into NGII expecting a deep and engaging narrative, you're in the wrong place. NGII is all about chopping people up. The story just gives you a reason to.''