Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword golden

The first DS instalment of the Ninja Gaiden series will be shipping out in the US on March 25.

Master Ninja Ryu Hayabusa's latest adventure--Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword--has gone gold.

The latest game in Tecmo's series is the first for the Nintendo DS platform, and gamers hold the DS sideways to play, as in detective adventure game Hotel Dusk: Room 215.

Dragon Sword tells the story of young Ninja Ryu Hayabusa, who used family heirloom the Dragon Sword to shatter the Dark Dragon Blade, and six months have passed since this epic battle.

The title has gone golden, and will be out in stores on March 25. On March 26 between 12 and 4 p.m. at the Nintendo World Store in the Rockefeller Center in New York, game director Yosuke Hayashi will be signing autographs for fans of the games.

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB, and has a recommended retail price of $34.99.

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85 comments
necronaux
necronaux

OK. Saw the demo. Definetly worth buying day one.

DreFullCircle
DreFullCircle

i played the dowload station demo, and this is one of the most fluidly animated and visually striking ds games ever made. i'd even compare its technical aspects to some dreamcast games. i'm not a fan of games where you hold the ds on it's side, but it works in this game. there hasn't been a must buy game for me in about a year, and i'm sure this is it.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I bought a PS3 because of Ninja Gaiden Sigma even though it was pretty much the same game I'd been playing on Xbox since 2004. That's how much I love Ninja Gaiden. I'm definitely buying a DS when this gets released. It looks really good. I wonder if it will be better than GoW on PSP?

Star650
Star650

I liked NG on the xbox too bad I don't have a DS.

atomD21
atomD21

This game is going to be awesome. The demo was far too short IMO...I can't wait until March 25. I guess Kratos and the Patapons will have to hold me over until then...

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

AAA and handheld game of the year is what i expect

okassar
okassar

Don't denounce Ninja Gaiden people,it's an amazing series and the DS game,if you see the trailers and stuff,looks really unique and utilizes the stylus alot like Zelda except in its own way and with much more blood and action.It's a definite buy for DS owners,and I expect Assassin's Creed for the DS to be the same.Now Ninja Gaiden II for the 360 is going to be a big one too.NG rocks overall,you would no that if you started playing it back on the original Xbox,just as those who truly appreciated Halo and played the first one in its time too,because then you could see original games evolve,it's great,then you can't call them overrated.

peacenutman
peacenutman

As much as a NInja Gaiden Fan myself (I do have Ninga Gaiden Black and Sigma) I really don't like this concept. I'll just get GOW for psp.

guitarman89
guitarman89

Sweet, I may just pick this game up when it comes out

sacatash
sacatash

I saw the feature in 1up.com's podcast and all their editors(including me) were blown out of the games graphics,presentation and gameplay. This is a AAA title from a third party company that should not be missed. If you do not believe me, just go to 1up.com and see it for yourself.

jazilla
jazilla

Nice! A game that Sony and Nintendo Fanboys can agree upon! Let's all stop hatin' and start playing Ninja Gaiden!

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Oh wow ... That is one to watch out !!!

ahmedbilal1993
ahmedbilal1993

Now thats going to give chains of olympus a good time

Kanden626
Kanden626

People wondering how swordplay will work, read Nintendo power. They had an article explaining how it works, and trust me. this isn't gonna be like PH's swordfighting. It's gonna be intense!!! Can't wait for this game!!

URError
URError

yet another good game coming out for Nintendo. will it ever stop? (probably not)

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

Hmm... fan autograph is great, but I think Bringing Itagaki could mean more. I mean I'm sorry but I am very aware of who Itagaki is, but not the Yosuke Hayashi guy.

Raykuza
Raykuza

I hate how people keep on saying that this is just another third party console game dumbed down to fit in your pocket. Remember that this game's control system was built from the ground up to work with the DSs touch screen. This game was intended to be a fast paced, high action, hardcore game and not just developers grasping at straws for some extra cash.

necronaux
necronaux

Sword fighting on the DS... unless it combines button and directional pad combos, with stylus moves, I can't see many 'combos' offered. I'm picturing Ninja-Link / Zelda type sword play (gawd I hope I'm wrong). Even the 1st person view (knife master) in Resident Evil DS was very limited (slash or stab).

Great_Ragnarok
Great_Ragnarok

I have to say this game is definitely the most interesting game out on DS.as a ninja gaiden fan I'm looking forward to the different experience.although I'm a little skeptical about the speed of moves.since all moves except blocks are executed via the stylus.how will you do many combinations at once???

re4leonkennedy
re4leonkennedy

Looks like a must get for the ds. Surprised that a ninja gaiden game got a t rating. This has nothing to do with the game but my wii friend code is 3483 1966 1311 5812. I am looking for people to play ssb: brawl with next sunday.

MartinMan
MartinMan

can't wait to get my hands on this game

ericphenomenon
ericphenomenon

this game looks pretty good i hope it lives up to the hype.

0011992288
0011992288

Ranjeet you want a PS3 version of a DS game? Ok...

i_got_you60
i_got_you60

finally i was waiting for a good game on the ds and after playing contra 4 i hope this gives me hours of joy and excitment lol

panosl
panosl

i just can't wait!!!!!

xboxaficionado
xboxaficionado

I'm happy to report a new game going to my DS collection!

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

To those people who're trashing this game and saying it's not gonna be anywhere near as good as NG for the Xbox because it's on the DS, why not wait till it comes out and then see how it turns out? Because if after it gets released it turns out to be quite a good game, ya'll just be feeling really stupid for trashing it without having the full facts.

nappan
nappan

I'm sorry, I love portable gaming for what it does well, but how can anyone really enjoy a game in this style on a tiny screen? I realize that is a matter of taste, and I'm sure for those who can enjoy this kind of thing, NG:DS will be fantastic, but I'd rather stick to a good book and do my gaming on a full screen unless it's puzzle or non-graphic focused games (which the DS does do VERY well I might add).

ArchAngel2284
ArchAngel2284

no it isn't limited edition. it's a regular ds game.

white143papi
white143papi

the is going to be the greatest action game on the DS

ghost867
ghost867

I'm a huge supporter of NOT wasting development time and money by putting crappy versions of third party hardcore games on the DS/Wii. Look at the numbers (sales and scores), I'm not all that crazy to think that. Though from everything I'm hearing from the press, this is actually looking to be an incredible game. Hmm, change of pace much? This should destroy the competition (Assassins Creed, COD4, Brothers in Arms, Resident Evil) which were all mediocre/awful games. For those looking for a hardcore DS game, Ninja Gaiden is pretty much your only option. Don't both with those other games.

Samfisher_1
Samfisher_1

Finally, my little brother'll stop bothering me for the release date

okassar
okassar

That is definitely going to be one of the best games for DS along side Zelda Phantom Hourglass because it has a lot of use with the stylus and the graphics are cool and relatively good for the DS.Plus...Ninja Gaiden is awesome.I bet Assassin's Creed for the DS is going to be quite nice too.

DS_Lightning21
DS_Lightning21

I played this game at E For All, and it's comparable to Phantom Hourglass. Pretty cool game!

Timbydude
Timbydude

Yay, Hotel Dusk made a cameo in this article! And NGDS looks really awesome.

Archon_basic
Archon_basic

Ninja Gaiden sure looks like a landmark title for the DS, both for it's advancements in graphics and touch screen controls. There's nothing remotely like it in the DS library. Coming from a quality developer like Team Ninja I'm expecting this to review very well. The sword stylus that Gamestop is giving away as a pre-order bonus sealed the deal for me. I'm pre-ordering this when I pick up Brawl.

Ingenemployee
Ingenemployee

This game will be awsome. who is this 09231991 and what he post about NGDS

musicaz70
musicaz70

March is going to be kicking but for the DS and the PSP.... All the games I bought those two consoles for come out then! (Well, other than the two Kingdom Hearts titles.)

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

hmm, where's this famous 09231991's comment?

Jbul
Jbul

A DS game that's not aimed at Kids, and isn't shovelware? And it's Ninja Gaiden to boot?! Count me in!