Ninja Gaiden (nes)
200x100 GFX Company: Tecmo
Genre: Platformer
Released: USA: 1989
From Ryu Hayabusa's dialogue from the intro:
With whom did father have a duel and lose?.. For what reason did he fight and die?

Even I don't know for sure.

The day after he disappeared, in father's room I found a letter addressed to me.

It said,
"Ryu, I am on my way to a life or death duel.

"If it is destiny that I not return, you are to take the Dragon sword of the Hayabusa family and go to America and see the archaeologist, Walter Smith.

Ryu, be always brave..."
"I will get my revenge!"
Player Characters:
Ryu Hayabusa
Enemy Characters:
Barbarian Bomberhead Basaquer Bloody Malth Kelbeross Masked Devil Jaquio Demon
Other Characters:
Irene Lew
Screenshots (click to see full-sized):
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Sprites - Ninja Gaiden series page
Custom Sprites - Tecmo sprite edits (including Ryu Hayabusa)
Mini Logos - Tecmo minilogos (inc. Ryu Hayabusa)
Logos - Ninja Gaiden series logos

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