THE LEGEND OF KAGE / Taito / Arcade
The Legend of Kage is famously maligned for its terrible NES port ... the original arcade game is better, but not much.
Four repeating levels of stiff ninjer action as you take huge leaps, huck shurikens and swing your blade at waves of ninjers who are doing the same to you. As with many Taito 80s arcade games the design decisions are sometimes just weird and inexplicable, like the stiff jumping, lack of side jumps and ability to climb stuff that really offers no tactical advantage whatsoever.
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