Excuse me if I've already asked this at some point, but for those of you familiar with Ninja Gaiden on NES, a question:
If you don't want to use your magic items, you can simply press 'up' and hit the fire button. This was given away as an easter egg of sorts back in the day, and makes the game much, much easier (especially the bosses, as you can just whoop em with the spin attack). The move wasn't described in the english instruction manual, but I've heard rumours that it was actually in the Japanese one and was lost in translation.
What's your take on it? Do you consider this a 'cheat' of sorts? Was the game ever meant to utilize this trick? You'll notice that the sequels, the trick doesn't work (well, I can't say 100%...I don't recall it anyway), and they removed the ultra powerful spin attack from the list of available magic. So those games are still hard as balls, particularly the third one. For this mortal, anyway.
What do you guys think? Does anybody have some info about the Japanese manual? I'd be interested to hear opinions. Personally? I...hate to say it, but I think it's a cheat. The game is ridiculously frustrating in one particular area, and the final boss sequences are killer without the use of the spin attack. Back in the day, though, I would use the spin attack...which would mean saving magic points, avoiding getting new magic, and hopefully making it to the boss to rock it. But that's just me. I have finished the game both ways.
What sayeth you?