Ninja Gaiden Black has a level of difficulty that can best be described as "Fuck You." That's part of the appeal -- you're meant to be a ninja master, and, goddammit, you have to prove it. But, if you can't handle it and die three times in a row on normal difficulty, you're given the option to "abandon the way of the ninja." This makes the game much easier, but it also makes the game treat you like cold shit.
See, you have an ally named Ayane. She trusts you to be a badass, and you trust her to inexplicably look like a J-pop star. But, if you abandon the way of the ninja, she expresses more disappointment in you than our parents did when we announced we were quitting medical school to try comedy writing.
Here she is apathetically examining your battered corpse.
First, she says she greatly overestimated you and strips you of your title of Ninja Master. You're a Ninja Dog now. That sounds like a "so bad it's good" '80s movie, but we're just getting started. She explains that you're still her only hope of defeating the villain, but, damn, does she wish you weren't. So, she's going to hold your hand every step of the way and issues you the first of many flowery ribbons that give you combat superpowers at the cost of making you look like a flower girl at a wedding.
You're less aerodynamic now, but you are more fashionable.
The sarcastic easing of the difficulty came in response to complaints that the original game was way too hard, with the developer pretty much straight up calling anyone who needs it pathetic. Regardless, becoming a Ninja Dog is the only way to beat the damn game for some, but, in the process, you're stripping the main character of his pride so hard that he even gets replaced by Ayane on the title screen. It takes a special kind of worthless to no longer be the star of your own game.
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