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Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword

version: pal (de) - year: 2008 - developer: team ninja - publisher: tecmo/ubisoft - format: nintendo ds, cartridge - condition: mint - rarity: common

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword continues the story of Ryu Hayabusa after his adventures on the Xbox.


The right screen shows the action and requires the use of the stylus to move ryu around


Magic or Ninpo can be activated via the touchscreen. Quickly draw the symbol on the screen to unleash a devastating attack!


The pre-rendered backgrounds look nice and clean...


---while 3D enemies lack detail and are a bit pixellated. The DS isn't the greatest platform to handle 3D graphics.


The story is advanced through gorgeous anime drawings displayed like comic strips...


...and they give to the game an extra layer of beauty and shine.


Review - Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword was released by Team Ninja while Tomonobu Itagaki was still at its helm.

Unexpectedly, this DS outing plays very differently from Ninja Gaiden on regular home consoles for a very good reason: you control the action on screen via the stylus and by holding your DS vertically like a book.

By swiping the stylus across the screen, you'll be able to perform an amazing number of moves and chains. The system is versatile and intuitive and the clever use of the DS microphone adds an extra layer of freshness to the action, as you'll be required to blow or scream in it to solve some puzzles.

Clearly, the experimental path Team Ninja took with this game means that some concession had to be made. One of them is the difficulty, which is lower than the usual Ninja Gaiden standard. No doubt this had to be made to accommodate the control system which is original and fun but it doesn't really allow for the same level of pixel perfect precision of the traditional D-Pad.

The watered down difficulty level shouldn't be seen as something negative though as Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword is a very pleasant game, a bit short but beautifully designed and very intense.

Bottom line: If you feel like trying out something original with a taste of the old and the new mixed together, get this one blindly, as it won't disappoint you. 8/10










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