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Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword

by Tecmo Koei
Nintendo DS
Teen
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews) 83 / 100

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  • Innovative DS Stylus Functionality - Smoothly maneuver and fight through levels with the intuitive operation of the DS stylus
  • Hold the DS Like a Book - Hold the DS with one hand like a book to assist in the operation of the stylus which allows players to view a wider range of scenes
  • Cast Ninpo, Ninja Magic, by Symbol Input - Using the DS Stylus, draw various symbols to quickly execute numerous types of Ninpo
  • # New to the DS - Experience Team NINJA's first original action game for the Nintendo DS
  • Take on the role of Master Ninja Ryu Hayabusa

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000WCE9XK
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,819 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Uncover all the mysteries of Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword as you fight enemy ninjas and battle various fiends while taking on the role of Master Ninja, Ryu Hayabusa, in an all new storyline for the Nintendo DS.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've held off from buying the Nintendo DS for a couple years now. I used the excuse that there really wasn't any games for it that appealed to me. While the DS line-up of games have gone beyond the Nintendogs, Brain Age and Pokemon lines it was still limited in heavy action-oriented games. It took the announcement and subsequent release of Team Ninja's latest title in their great Ninja Gaiden series to finally make me pick up a Nintendo DS. I am more than happy and glad I broke my embargo of Nintendo's newest handheld. Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword was all I had hoped it would be and actually made the DS fun to play with.

Anyone who games a lot knows that Team Ninja's Ninja Gaiden series for the Xbox (soon for the 360 as well) was seen as a game for the hardcore of the hardcore group of gamers. This series was unforgiving in its difficulty and didn't baby the players. While such a thing may alienate the more casual player it does pose as a great challenge for gamers who have seen and played all types of games and where a challenge to their gaming skill comes only rarely. I was concerned that transferring that difficulty level from the console to the handheld would prove to be a problem, but Team Ninja seem to have found a balance in Dragon Sword's overall execution. While Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword is not sadistically difficult it's also not a pushover. There's enough of a challenge in the gameplay that it shows the spirit of what the Ninja Gaiden series has always been: a challenging and fun action series.

Dragon Sword also made great use of the DS touch screen and stylus system by pretty much using it as the end-all and be-all of moving and fighting throughout the game.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain awesome April 2, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Tecmo's classic franchise Ninja Gaiden makes its debut on the DS with fantastic results. Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword continues the adventures of the heroic and deadly master ninja Ryu Hayabusa, as he takes on evil forces including all sorts of beasts and baddies. What makes Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword on the DS so unique is the game's control scheme and presentation: holding the DS sideways (like with Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and Planet Puzzle League), you move Ryu with the stylus, and attack enemies by slashing across them with the stylus as well. This allows for some great combo attack strings that are just plain cool. Not to mention that this is one of the best looking and well animated games to hit the DS yet, especially from a third-party. One thing the Ninja Gaiden series has always been known for is the challenge it provides, and while there is a bit to be found here, it isn't nearly as super difficult as past games in the series have been. This can be good or bad depending on your own experience with the series, with the game's only other real flaw being that the touch screen controls aren't always as precise as they could be. However, everything else about Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword is spectacular: from the cut-scenes to the storyline to the epic boss battles, this game is a blast. All in all, Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword is one of the best recent third-party titles to hit the DS, and for fans of the series that own Nintendo's handheld, this is an essential pick up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pros/Cons April 9, 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Pros:

- Ninja Gaiden on the DS... Hellooo?
- Outstanding production values
- Stylus controls work amazingly well
- Comic book style cut scenes
- Same great sound effects/music score from Xbox classic
- No graphical equivalent on DS

Cons:

- Short
- Some of the moves can be tricky to execute
- Vertical view can make you feel boxed in
- Most bosses are recycled from xbox ninja gaiden
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BIG challenge packed in this Little Cartridge! May 26, 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This was a really challenging game on "normal" dificulty. It can get a little repetitive against the same enemies before you get to the boss battles. The enemies got harder as the game went on though. The boss battles were really challenging. You will probably need a new screen protector after you play this game, LoL. You use the stylus mainly in this game. I am glad I had a DSi XL for this game, because you had to hold the DS like a book for the gameplay. The graphics were excellent to me. The special powers, sound effects, and music were great. I thought the story line was good for my taste. They even had a nice little ending story while the credits were rolling. This is the best game I have played on the DS so far. Definitely a 5 star game in my book!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Game April 17, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game was fun for me to play. I have been waiting for a game like this since I got a DS.

Ultimately, its a game where you run around and kill bad guys by slashing them up. Not having played many of the other Ninja Gaiden games, I can't compare.

The gameplay is very, very similar to God Of War on the Sony systems: you run around and slash, and you get some super powers as the game progresses. However, there are no puzzles to solve.

To some reviews that pointed out drawbacks, they are true, and thus this isn't a five star game. You do just hack and slash, and it can get a bit repetitive (but I do think that its fun with the stylus). Also, a lot of the gameplay scenes are not real 3d.

All that said, a game like this on the DS is long overdue, and I'm glad I have a copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable, portable Ninja Gaiden experience.
Dragon Sword is definitely a Ninja Gaiden game, despite being on the DS; a little too short compared to previous titles. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zachary Proffitt
5.0 out of 5 stars ninja gaiden
now this game I truly love I am a big fan of doa and love he in it one of my fav people to play with I wish they put the new ones on 3ds as well I can not wait to play them u would... Read more
Published 13 months ago by torry
3.0 out of 5 stars good game
bought for seven year old and he hasn't figured out how to play it yet. great graphics he will get it figured out.
Published 16 months ago by lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good game nice features is the classical ninja game its a little hard to learn for kids less than 8 years old
Published 19 months ago by Paulo San Pedro Sula
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game and Feel Different from Other NG
It feels different from other Ninja Gaidenn games, but just like other Ninja Gaiden, the game is hard. But it's fun. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tiong K Hong
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprising debut on the DS
The Good: Amazing graphical achievement, fast responsive controls, uses the touch screen really well, not as hard as other NG games, fun boss fights

The Bad: Way too... Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by Richard Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars (raspberry sound effects)
it's kinda boring. stylus down 10,000 times, win the game. no hidden puzzles or extra content. not much of a story.
Published on September 2, 2011 by moolord
4.0 out of 5 stars An original entry in the modern day Ninja Gaiden series
While the Nintendo Wii will never see any of the modern day reboot Ninja Gaiden games, the Nintendo DS got lucky. Read more
Published on August 12, 2011 by BX Lounger
2.0 out of 5 stars where the story fails the game play doesn't really take charge
i would like put this game as a one, but a one star rating is just laziness on the part of the designer. Read more
Published on August 29, 2010 by Classic gamer!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Enjoyable Stylus-based Action Game on the System
I am a big fan of the Itagaki-helmed Ninja Gaiden series. I was initially put off by the idea of a DS version. Then, I tried it. I loved the game beginning to end. Read more
Published on August 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer
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