With the Ninja Gaiden Black being available on numerous platforms with differing versions, it might be a good idea to know just what the advantages and dis-advantages of each version are before you dive in. Like most games with numerous releases there – sadly – isn’t a clear-cut best version. So let’s find out shall we, what console is best to play Ninja Gaiden Black on?
Ninja Gaiden Black is available as a playable disc on the original Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox One X, as well as downloadable availability on the latter two systems. Below we’ll show a quick table giving insights in which version offers what exactly.
The key differences between the versions lay in elements like frame-rate, resolution, input-lag, bugs and support for unlockable arcade games.
|Xbox NTSC||Xbox PAL||Xbox 360||Xbox One||Xbox One X|
|Bugs||Present||Present||Present||Partially fixed||Partially fixed|
So with that information on display, here’s a short piece of information on each version.
Xbox NTSC / PAL
Xbox 360Read More
Xbox One & One XRead More
DOWNLOAD OR DISC
Some systems like the Xbox 360 and Xbox One offer a download and disc version for Ninja Gaiden Black. While the disc is great for purists with its slick shelf-presence, the download-version has quicker loading times due to it being installed on the harddrive completely. Note that for the Xbox One version, the game is installed of the disc and not actually run through the disc.
WHAT ABOUT EMULATION
Sadly, due to the complications of emulating Xbox games most of its emulators like Cxbx, Xeon and XQEMU have been abandonned. Even the best of emulators of the system cannot get Ninja Gaiden Black to run past its opening cutscene.
Which version you end up getting is entirely up to what your tastes are and what you expect to do with the game. Ninja Gaiden Black is often regarded as one of the genre’s finest, so there’s no shame in making a purchase surrounding it.
If you like experiencing the game as it was on release then the original Xbox is the version for you. You want a complete package and don’t aspire to absolute frame-perfect mastery? Then the most recent re-release on the Xbox One X is perfect, especially if you just want to experience the game once. Though it lacks polished cutscenes and a modern resolution, the 360 version can be considered top of the bar for gameplay with its 720p resolution, ability to download and instal the game via the online marketplace and no rumoured input lag.
Personally, I prefer the Xbox 360 version for the reasons listed above. So, with that said, which version are you running? Or which are you planning on getting? Let us know!