Ninja Gaiden
BIG, LONG, AND VERY STIFF - The Unlabored Flawlessness FAQ
Authored by VampireHorde



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++MAJOR E3 2005 ANNOUNCEMENT: Ninja Gaiden BLACK has been formally 
announced. Scroll to the bottom of the FAQ for all info.




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Thanks for clicking on the FAQ. This FAQ will focus solely on obtaining 
and using what is probably the most overrated weapon in Ninja Gaiden: 
the Unlabored Flawlessness.

This weapon is the closest thing to invincibility that any player will 
ever get (with the exception on Ninpo magic). 
The weapon's sheer strength is enough to basically kill fiends with 
just a strong attack and all bosses in minutes.


So you ready for some hardcore cheating? READ ON!




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What is the Unlabored Flawlessness?
It is the true form of the Wooden Sword. It contains an ethereal sense 
of weight and its impact is very powerful.

After purchasing the Wooden Sword, there are six upgradeable slots 
available for purchase from Muramasa. 
With each upgrade the sword stays the same and does not have any 
effective attacks UNTIL it is upgraded to Level 7. 
When the sword is fully upgraded it changes form and becomes the 
Unlabored Flawlessness.  


++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: You must simply supply Muramasa with 5 Golden 
Scarabs and he will give you the sword free.


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To obtain the UF, the Wooden Sword should first be purchased during 
Chapter 3 or any chapter thereafter.  

Here are the prices for the sword and each upgrade:

Wooden Sword Level 1: 500
Wooden Sword Level 2: 3000
Wooden Sword Level 3: 5000
Wooden Sword Level 4: 10000
Wooden Sword Level 5: 20000
Wooden Sword Level 6: 30000
Wooden Sword Level 7: 40000 = Unlabored Flawlessness

It takes a total 108,500 essence (including purchase of the weapon) to 
upgrade the Wooden Sword to the UF. 
 
The Wooden Sword can be upgraded to Level 3 by Chapter 4, Level 5 by 
Chapter 5, Level 6 by Chapter 6, and Level 7 by Chapter 8. 
Yes, the Unlabored Flawlessness is obtainable by Chapter 8! 


++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: The prices are still the same. 



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Learn the intricacies of the UF. There are two separate ways to beat 
your foes with this weapon. Read on to find out how!


TACTIC #1 - THE HARD WAY  

++UNLABORED FLAWLESSNESS AT FULL HEALTH 
When Ryu is at full health the UF can basically kill any fiend with a 
Reigning Spiral counter attack or the Flaming Whirlwind move.  
An ultimate attack won't be as powerful on bigger fiends but will kill 
smaller fiends instantly.

Using the Flaming Whirlwind attack (Right, Y button) on a boss can 
strip away about 20-25% of health per hit. 
With this tactic, any boss can be beaten within a minute. 


TACTIC #2 - THE EASY WAY 
 
++UNLABORED FLAWLESSNESS AT LOW HEALTH
When Ryu's health is reduced to about 10% the kanji letters on the UF 
will glow bright red and becomes half-powered.  
When Ryu's health bar starts flashing red (5% health), the UF becomes 
fully powered.

Under this circumstance, any enemy struck (big AND small) will be 
killed instantly or any boss that is attacked with the Flaming 
Whirlwind move will strip away anywhere from 40% to 55% of health in a 
single blow. When Ryu absorbs max essence for an ultimate attack, the 
impact will kill ANYTHING in its blast radius!

Yes, this weapon is THAT powerful.


++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: This weapon has been overly toned down and is 
now a big joke. Most attacks with the UF only reduce a boss's health 
down 15% even with the 5% health trick and Armlet of the Sun. WTF?!?





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Now that we know what the weapon is, it's time to explain how to get 
the essence needed for it.  

What is essence? An enemy that is killed releases three different-
colored essence (yellow, blue, and red). Yellow essence is the main 
currency in Ninja Gaiden and what were gathering are 108,500 of it!


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--ABUSE ultimate attacks! Whether it's a one or two essence ultimate, 
JUST USE IT!  

--I suggest buying the Wooden Sword in Chapter 4 when obtaining the 
Han's Bar Party Ticket.

--Equip the Armlet of Benediction (obtained in Chapter 6 or Chapter 2 
on a Successive Play file) and you'll be an unstoppable moneymaking 
machine.  

--To take advantage of "bat" essence, use the Vigoorian Flail when 
facing groups of bats. Use an ultimate attack on the other bats and 
you'll receive anywhere from 2000-3000 essence easily per try.  

--ONLY purchase the Izuna Drop scroll and upgrades for the Dragon Sword 
if you want the UF by Chapter 10! 
Don't buy any armlets, the Inferno scroll; upgrade any other weapon, or 
any elixirs at all! 

--Take advantage of areas that re-spawn enemies. Don't worry about rank 
or time limits just get the essence.

--Attempt the 60, 80, or 100 Fiend Challenges (depending on what 
difficulty you choose) for more money.


++If most of your essence is wasted on purchasing Elixirs then you 
can't fully upgrade the Wooden Sword until Chapter 14 or 15. 
Practice your skills first before doing this UF run!



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I will reveal key re-spawning areas for the entire game. These areas 
can help you accumulate more money with each encounter. 
Whenever you arrive back to that area you'll receive a hefty amount 
each time per Chapter.


++FIEND CHALLENGE TIP: When attempting the 60, 80, or 100 challenges, 
kill all the fiends EXCEPT the last one. 
Leave the room and then re-enter to do the challenge again for more 
money. 


Ready? READ ON!


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Here is a list of key places to gather multiple numbers of essences 
(Choose one to your liking):


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--Area #1: ROOM NEXT TO THE SAVE POINT  
Keep coming back in this room with re-spawning brown and white ninjas 
(or black and white ninjas in the HP). 
With patience and about 30-40 minutes of back and forth death you'll 
have around 30000-35000 essence in this chapter alone.


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--Area #1: There is a wide-open area next to Muramasa's shop in the 
village. Kill the enemies here and pull out the Bow.  
Aim for the center of one of the three targets from far back and it'll 
release different colored essence. Replenish your arrows as needed and 
keep aiming until the target runs dry. 

++I know this area ain't much in terms of essence but at least it's 
SOMETHING!


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--NONE. All enemies killed in this Chapter don't re-spawn.


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--Area #1: MURAMASA'S SHOP
After opening the multi-jeweled door to Pleasure Street, three soldiers 
will patrol Muramasa's shop every time you come back here. Abuse the 
Izuna Drop and use ultimate attacks.  

--Area #2: CLOCK TOWER ENTRANCE
You can also head for the blue-lined door near the shop and attack the 
three soldiers waiting at the stairs. 


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--Area #1: HAN'S BAR
Exit Han's Bar to encounter 6-7 re-spawning soldiers. Take care of them 
in any style you see fit. 
Re-enter then exit Han's Bar for more soldiers. Oh, don't forget the 
silver XBOX in the corner if you need health! 

++The problem with fighting the Black ninjas (or catwomen in the HP) is 
that they tend to leave blue essence instead of yellow after being 
killed. Even an ultimate attack on a black ninja (or catwomen) leaves 
blue essence so ignore these encounters unless you need some health.


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--Area #1: ARCHIVE
After obtaining the Book of Eons, head for the Archive to attempt a 
Fiend Challenge. Remember to use ultimates!

--Area #2: TOMB OF EONS
Take the rotating platform down and enter the door towards the Ritual 
Room. The re-spawning zombies will always be ready for an essence-
gathering party. 


++These zombies will stop appearing only after completing the Fiend 
Challenge inside the Ritual Room.

--Area #3:  RITUAL ROOM
Grab the Holy Grail and exit. Re-enter the Ritual Room to attempt a 
Fiend Challenge.


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--NONE. All enemies killed in this Chapter don't re-spawn.
     

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--Area #1: AQUADUCTS 3
After obtaining the Jewel of The Demon Seal, beetles will spawn. Kill 
them all and you'll receive 4000-5000 essence on one go.  

--Area #2: AQUADUCTS 3
Exit the room and re-enter to do a Fiend Challenge. 
(More beetles in this lair spawn after Chapter 13)

--Area #3: PERISTYLE PASSAGE
Attempt the Fiend Challenge here for some essence goodness. 
(After completing the challenge, only a small number of fiends will re-
appear in this area whenever you return here.) 


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--NONE. All enemies killed in this Chapter don't re-spawn.


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--Area #1: ZARKHAN STADIUM
Attempt a Fiend Challenge here.

--Area #2: STAIRWAY TO THE IMPERIAL PALACE
Attempt a Fiend Challenge here. 


++Whenever you kill a Blue dragon fiend in the caverns they tend to 
leave MASSIVE amounts essence even if you didn't use an ultimate attack


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--Area #1: DRAWBRIDGE SQUARE
Attempt a Fiend Challenge.

--Area #2: HAN'S BAR
5 Zombie soldiers re-spawn here whenever you enter and exit Han's Bar.

--Area #3: GREAT BRIDGE SQUARE
Attempt a Fiend Challenge in the Fiend Realm.  


++In the Pyramids, use a level 3 Dabilahro on the large beetles. You'll 
garner around 5000-8000 essence.


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Both chapters incorporate the use of ghost fish. These fish are BOTH a 
blessing AND a curse for essence. 
But use whatever technique you find useful on these fish and UPGRADE 
THAT WOODEN SWORD ALREADY!!!


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--NONE. All enemies killed in this Chapter don't re-spawn.




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The following key areas contain groups of bats. The key tactic is to 
use the Vigoorian Flail and its ultimate attack on these bats to get 
max essence.  
With the Armlet of Benediction equipped you'll be riding high on the 
essence train.


--Chapter 6 & 7: GIANT FOSSIL AREA
Head for the save point before the Chapter 6 boss. The area next to the 
save point will continuously re-spawn 15 bats every time you come back 
here.  

The key tactic is to slay the first two bats near the stairs then 
immediately run to the middle of the room and charge up the ultimate 
attack and release as soon as you see the other bats swarming.  
With this tactic (and half an hour to spare) you'll make 2000 essence 
per go. Repeat over and over. 
And YES, it is possible to have 99,999 essence in this area alone! 


++I spent half an hour in this area gathering max essence.  After 
defeating the Chapter 6 boss, my clear time was 56 minutes BUT I got 
Master Ninja rank!


--Chapter 7: CHAMBER OF EVERLASTING SLEEP
After opening the door with the skull, groups of bats re-spawn down the 
walkway. Get as much essence as you can gather here. 
Be careful! If you kill the last bat and keep running down the walkway, 
the game activates the flooding of the chamber. 


++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: The bats are replaced with ghost fish


--Chapter 10: AQUADUCTS ENTRANCE
There are 10 bats that will always re-spawn here. Go crazy with the 
Flails and get that essence!


++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: The bats will only spawn here once


--Chapter 10: UNDERGROUND WATERWAY
When jumping down to face off against the two worms, you'll encounter 
30 re-spawning bats. Good luck trying to make some essence here!


++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: The bats are replaced with ghost fish


--Chapter 12: CAVERN ENTRANCE
After passing the waterfall, break open the wall and enter to a small 
area with 35 re-spawning bats. Grab those Flails and get moving!  
Dive into the pool of water and swim to the other end then dive back to 
re-spawn the bats. You'll make 5000-8000 essence per go if done 
properly.


++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: The bats are replaced with ghost fish


--Chapter 12: MAGMA CAVERNS
In the Magma Caverns, there is a room with a giant seesaw.  Enter the 
room from atop the seesaw and a group of bats will appear here.  

Gather the essence from here wisely because the bats will only spawn 
temporarily before disappearing forever!


++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: The bats are replaced with ghost fish


--Chapter 13: OUTSIDE THE HALL OF THE FLAME DRAGON
Bats will spawn in this area. Flails with Armlet of Benediction!  



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In certain areas (and Chapters) of the game are chests that contain 
free amounts of massive money. Each chest can net up to 5000 to 10000 
whenever one is opened. 
(And that's WITHOUT the Armlet of Benediction equipped!) 


Visit the following areas for a ton of free essence:


--Chapter 4: NEAR GREAT BRIDGE SQUARE
Run down the walkway to the right from the Green-jeweled door and enter 
an alleyway. Do a Bird-flip and land on a second-floor opening.  
Jump down and you'll see a chest sitting in the corner.  


--Chapter 9: WAREHOUSE
Run up the stairs and open the first chest you see.


--Chapter 10: HALL OF BALANCE UPPER FLOOR
After defeating the first electric worm, go to the Hall of Balance and 
you'll see a chest on the right side.


--Chapter 12: MAGMA CAVERNS
Use the seesaw to jump up to the hidden room with a chest.


--Chapter 14: LABYRINTH
In the area where you obtain the Key of The Lion is a chest.


++Refer to my Hurricane Pack FAQ for all HP1 essence chest locations!



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FLAMING HELL SLASH:                 X, X, Y
FLYING DRAGON FALLING SLASH:        X, Y, X, X, X, X
IZUNA DROP:                         X, Y, X, X, X, Y
FOREST WINDS & MOUNTAIN FIRES:      X, press and hold Y, Y
BOULDER SPLITTER:                   Y
STEEL SPLITTER:                     Hold X
TEMPERED STEEL SPLITTER:            Hold Y with 1 essence
EARTH SPLITTER:                     Hold Y with Max essence
HUNDRED DEMON'S BITE:               Right, X
FLAMING WHIRLWIND:                  Right, Y
REIGNING SPIRAL:                    X or Y (while blocking)
HUNDRED MAN SLASH:                  Rotate analog stick, Y
CORPSE CRUSHER:                     Y (Next to a downed enemy)

While Jumping
FLYING DRAGON SLASH:                X, X, X, X
IZUNA DROP:                         X, X, X, Y
AVALANCHE DROP:                     Y


Congratulations on obtaining the Unlabored Flawlessness! Now it's time 
to learn how to use this sucker properly. 

The most powerful attacks of the UF are the Forest Winds and Mountain 
Fires, Flaming Whirlwind, Reigning Spiral, and Earth Splitter ultimate.  

IMO, it's easier to use the Reigning Spiral counter attack than the 
Flaming Whirlwind since the counter time is MUCH faster.

Practice each move in an isolated area and accustom yourself to the UF.



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If you obtained the UF by Chapter 8, the first boss that you can try it 
on is the first electric worm in the Aquaducts. 

The UF isn't so powerful when fighting bosses at full health but will 
certainly make the fight less stressful.  

To experience the ultimate boss fight, equip the Armlet of the Sun and 
get Ryu's health flashing in the red (5% health) before fighting the 
boss and see the results.  


++WARNING: If you haven't figured out the patterns for each boss then I 
suggest you practice and learn your tactics before engaging in battle 
with a fully powered UF.


Ready? READ ON!



CHAPTER 10: ELECTRIC WORM
This boss has higher endurance than the other worm bosses.  It takes 
two to three Flaming Whirlwinds to defeat this worm.

++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: The Flame Worm replaces this boss


CHAPTER 10: ELECTRIC WORM x2
The same strategy from above applies here.

++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: The Flame Worm replaces this boss


CHAPTER 10: BONE-WING DRAGON
This boss is hard to understand. It can sometimes take two Flying 
Dragon Falling Slash's to kill or sometimes it takes more than three. 
Why is that?


CHAPTER 11: DOKU
Lure Doku into doing his charge attack. Roll away then counter with the 
Flaming Hell Slash to reduce his health to 40%.  

--If you're daring, do a Forest Winds and Mountain Fires attack on Doku 
to reduce his health to 35%. Be careful though, Doku CAN block the last 
hit of this combo so roll away quickly if he does!
Repeat and the fight will be over in 30 seconds.   

++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: Doku takes less damage and is faster to 
counter so be careful!


CHAPTER 12: ICE FIEND
A good tactic is to do one Flying Dragon Falling Slash and then wait 
for his counter. Evade its counter then immediately attack with a 
Forest Winds and Mountain Fires attack to finish the fight.  


CHAPTER 12: FLAME WORM
This worm is the weakest of the worm clan. It ONLY takes two Flaming 
Whirlwinds to kill it.

++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: The Electric Worm replaces this boss


CHAPTER 12: FLAME DRAGON
When the fight begins the dragon will just sit there and lower its head 
(I guess to take a break before fighting). 
There are two key techniques here:

--Technique #1 (no dragon reaction): Start the fight with an XX combo.  
When it lowers its head do a Flaming Hell Slash to reduce its health to 
30%.  If the dragon HASN'T reacted to that last combo then do the combo 
again to finish it off.

--Technique #2 (dragon reaction): Start the fight with an XX combo.  
When it lowers its head do a Flaming Hell Slash to reduce its health to 
30%.  If the dragon DOES react (it roars and moves its head away) then 
start a Flying Dragon Falling Slash as soon as it moves away to finish 
this overgrown lizard-bitch.


CHAPTER 13: ALMA
I found the UF to be very unfriendly in this fight. Since Alma runs 
around so much it's quite difficult to pull off a complete combo 
without taking damage in some way. 
I'm sure there's a definite way to defeat her with the UF but so far 
nothing has worked in my case.

++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: Alma's fireball attacks are much faster. Be 
evasive or Intercept the attacks.


CHAPTER 14: DOKU
The same strategy from Chapter 11 applies here.  

(BTW, if you successfully pull off JUST ONE Forest Winds and Mountain 
Fires attack on Doku you will reduce his health to 25%! EXCELLENT!)

++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: Doku blocks your attacks more often so be 
careful!


Chapter 15: TENTACLE, ICE, AND SUPREME FIEND
Fight the Tentacle Fiend with an un-powered UF. After killing that 
sucker have the pink fiends reduce Ryu's health to flashing red. Then 
kill the pink fiends and enter the portal.  
Fight the Ice and Supreme Fiend with a fully powered UF and it'll be 
over in seconds.     

++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: Never stop moving! All the fiends in this 
fight can break Ryu's guard.


CHAPTER 15: VIGOOR EMPEROR FORM 1
I found the UF to be quite useless in this fight. Since this boss just 
fires lasers so frequently it's hard to get a decent combo. I suggest 
you stick with the True Dragon Sword for this fight.


CHAPTER 16: ???
I find ??? to be too mobile in this fight to get a combo on him.  
Stick with the True Dragon Sword for this fight.

++HURRICANE PACK UPDATE: ??? is now a quicker version of his original 
self so be cautious!




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If you got the UF WITHOUT doing any Fiend Challenges after Chapter 8 
then you can attempt them all with this weapon.  
Using this weapon on Fiend Challenges is a blast!  

All Fiend Challenges can be finished within the time limits with 
specific conditions. For example, the challenge in Zarkhan Stadium 
should be done with a fully powered UF and the challenge in Peristyle 
Passage can be done with an un-powered UF.  

The best tactic for smaller fiends is to use the Reigning Spiral 
counter attack after blocking an attack (it decapitates them!).  
For bigger fiends, be defensive before attacking with a combo.  
AND ALWAYS USE THE ULTIMATE ATTACK!!!  


--Attempt the following Fiend Challenges with an un-powered UF (Ryu at 
full health):

**60, 80, or 100 Fiend Challenge in Peristyle Passage at the Aquaducts.

**60, 80, or 100 Fiend Challenge in Aquaducts 3

**60, 80, or 100 Fiend Challenge at the Stairway to the Imperial Palace

**60, 80, or 100 Fiend Challenge outside the Hall of the Flame Dragon


--Attempt the following Fiend Challenges with a fully powered UF (Ryu 
at 5% health).  

++WARNING: this tactic is VERY dangerous for beginning and intermediate 
players. Be sure that you've gotten used to the UF before attempting 
these challenges.

**60, 80, or 100 Fiend Challenge in the Ritual Room

**60, 80, or 100 Fiend Challenge in Zarkhan Stadium

**3 (yes, I said 3) Fiend Challenge at the Drawbridge in Chapter 13

**60, 80, or 100 Fiend Challenge in Fiendish Depths near Great Bridge



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With the exception of the Earth Splitter ultimate attack, the Reigning 
Spiral counter is the second most powerful move for the UF. 
When fighting smaller fiends, the counter can kill more than 10 fiends 
back-to-back-to-back seamlessly without flinching.

How do you counter attack with the UF?
When Ryu is blocking he is invulnerable but when you release the block 
button to attack, he becomes more susceptible to enemy damage. 

To counter attack properly, HOLD THE BLOCK BUTTON. When an enemy 
attacks, press the X or Y button immediately WHILE HOLDING THE BLOCK 
BUTTON. When done properly, Ryu will strike quickly with the Reigning 
Spiral attack. 
NEVER RELEASE THE BLOCK BUTTON WHEN DOING COUNTERS! Learn this move; 
it'll be your best friend for the rest of the game.


++This isn't like the Onimusha games where you need to block at the 
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Is using the UF considered cheating?  YES, and anyone who hates 
cheating shouldn't use this weapon or read this FAQ. 
But keep in mind that there is NO source of "temporary" invincibility 
(ala Devil Trigger from Devil May Cry) in Ninja Gaiden.  

This weapon is the only thing that can kill bosses in mere seconds as 
opposed to the rest. So I suggest you get your health flashing red and 
CHEAT YOUR ASS OFF!!!


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Have you heard? TECMO is re-releasing Ninja Gaiden only this time with 
additional content on one disc called Ninja Gaiden BLACK. Here's the 
new content that what was announced:


--BOTH HURRICANE PACKS
I'm assuming that you STILL need to have XBOX Live in order to access 
the Hurricane Packs (even though there available on the disc), 
otherwise all the people (like me) who downloaded both HP's a year ago 
LIKE A LOYAL FAN SHOULD HAVE would be screwed over!


--ADDITIONAL DIFFICULTIES
From the screencaps released, some of the Hurricane Pack 2 enemies 
appear in the regular game. 
And some additional enemies have been added in the wrong places:

++Pink Fiends in the Alma 1 boss battle
++A doppelganger! Ryu versus Ryu!
++One-eyed clawed fiends from HP2 in the Sewers
++The Tentacled bitch from HP2 replaces the Winged Demon boss in 
Chapter 15! OH SHIT!


--ADDITIONAL CUTSCENES
From the screencaps released, you'll be seeing more of Ayane this time 
around. I hope they also explain why Rachel is such a whore that they 
had to dedicate the HP2 to her just to save her useless ass.


--ADDITIONAL COSTUME
Ryu's blue ninja costume from the 1988 arcade game reappears (which was 
an unlockable in DOA Ultimate).


As far as I know, NGB will be released in the Fall season around 
September or October. Get ready for ANOTHER 300 hours of your life down 
the drain.


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"I'll never know what she was running away from. I'll cash her check in 
the morning."

--The Salesman, excerpt from the short story "The Customer Is Always 
Right" in the "Booze, Broads, And Bullets" TPB from Frank Miller's Sin 
City.


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This has nothing to do with Ninja Gaiden but I urge you to go see 
"Frank Miller's Sin City". 
I doubt there any theaters (besides the cheapy kinds) still showing 
this movie but set your calendars for August 16 2005. That is when this 
movie is finally released on DVD!

And for the Jessica Alba fans out there (c'mon, you know you can't 
resist her), I've got some HOT screencaps of her directly from the 
movie and some of her other flicks just for you. Click on this link to 
find them: 

http://fox302.com/index.pl?s=vg&user=VampireHorde

and this link also:

http://fox302.com/index.pl?s=vg&user=VampireHorde2


Enjoy!


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This also has nothing to do with Ninja Gaiden but if you are the least 
bit interested in anything skateboarding or surfing related, then I 
urge you to check out the movie "Lords Of Dogtown" in theaters on June 
3.

And while you're at it, make the trek to your local video store and 
rent the excellent documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys" which was the basis 
for the movie. It's a great way to kick off your summer.



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