Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom

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Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
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Developer(s) Tecmo
Publisher(s) Tecmo
Series Ninja Gaiden
Platform(s) Virtual Console, NES
Release date(s) NES
JP June 21, 1991
NA August, 1991
Virtual Console
NA February 18, 2008
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player
Input methods Wii Remote, GameCube Controller, Classic Controller
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Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom is the third installment of the Ninja Gaiden trilogy, in which the events take place between the first two games in the series, Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos. The player controls Ryu Hayabusa as he is framed for the murder of Irene Lew and investigates the circumstances behind her death. He eventually discovers a plan by CIA agent Foster and another person named Clancy to utilize an interdimensional rift to create and control a race of energy-infused superhuman mutants.

NES Global Problems


Problems that may occur with any NES title on Dolphin are listed below.

DirectX with NES Games

Most NES games suffer strange graphical issues when using the DirectX backend with some graphics drivers; notably NVIDIA. This is a driver bug.

As of 5.0-4869, the D3D driver bugs can be worked around by setting Ubershaders to Exclusive/Synchronous (Ubershaders). It's unknown what exactly is going on with the driver that's causing Exclusive Ubershaders/Synchronous (Ubershaders) to work properly.

This seems to have been rectified at some point, though it's unclear what resolved it.


This title does not have any additional game-specific problems.


This title does not need non-default settings to run properly.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-21148 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS CPU GPU Result Tester
4.0-8445 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-3570K @ 3.8 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Works OK. Requires EFB2RAM. JMC47

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