Ninja Ryuukenden

Ninja Gaiden - Title Screen

No one who’s played it can ever forget the horrifying image of our ninja hero tied down with a giant buzz saw descending toward him, as he shakes his head furiously at his fate.

Dragon Ninja

Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja - Title Screen

Data East did do a good job of including plenty of references to their own properties into Bad Dudes though, in a way that wasn’t really done up until this point, creating their own sort of Data East culture.

Spartan X

Spartan X Arcade - Title Screen

It’s safe to say that none of the many titles in the genre to follow couldn’t have existed without this one.

Double Dragon

Double Dragon Arcade - Title Screen

Thankfully, Double Dragon does have an attack that’s practically guaranteed to get you through without too much trouble, as long as you get the timing down: The elbow smash.

Nekketsu Kouha Kunio kun

Nekketsu Kouha Kunio kun Arcade - Title Screen

It’s unclear how much inspiration was actually taken from other media, but in a 2013 interview director Yoshihisa Kishimoto said that the game reflected his own high school experience.