I used to play this game as a kid a lot too. I honestly don't remember it being this tough. Yes, the president has been kidnapped by ninjas. They were big in those days, y'know. I don't really think ninjas ever go out of style, but whatever. There are 7 or 8 stages, each w/it's own boss. You will not be able to beat this game until you figure out how to fight the boss at the end of each level. If you can get through a level w/out dying, you get a 1-up, which if you accumulate enough help later on. I would just hit reset if you die within the 1st 3 levels or so. Watch out especially for the grey ninjas, they throw caltrops and shurikens at you and take two hits to die, unless you have a weapon. IF you get a weapon, all the ninjas are one hit kills('cept the bosses), and you should hold on to it for dear life. You even get to carry it on to the next level. Red ninjas drop the weapons and soda which restores your health. Ghetto but challenging and still somewhat fun. A forefather of later bro-ey fight games. As a kid my biggest gripe was that 2 player mode IS NOT simultaneous like on DoubleDragon II.
Reviewed by: Mike from SF on 8/22/2016