Shadow of the Ninja
In January 1991, game-development company Natsume realized there could never be too many ninjas in the video-game world and released Shadow of the Ninja. The game's breathtaking introductory scenes reveal that evil Emperor Garuda rules the United States with an iron fist. As a ninja vehemently opposed to tyranny, you must progress through several side-scrolling, action-packed stages to defeat Emperor Garuda and overthrow his malevolent dictatorship. Ask a friend to join you for some simultaneous two-player action; he won't refuse when you tell him the game allows you to do all of the exciting things ninjas do: jump, slash, throw shurikens, and yell "Ya!" a lot.