Ninja Gaiden DS emerges March '08

Team Ninja's stylishly violent action adventure set to arrive on Nintendo's portable early next year.

Ninja Gaiden 2, the proper sequel to the notoriously difficult action game appearing on the original Xbox, could emerge from the shadows on the Xbox 360 as late as the end of 2008. However, its portable counterpart, Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, will be stalking the Nintendo DS far sooner than that. Tecmo announced today that a pint-size Ryu Hayabusa will work his signature ninjitsu on the DS in March 2008.

Despite Dragon Sword being a portable game, developer Team Ninja is promising a fully featured Ninja Gaiden experience. The game offers a wide array of Hayabusa's lethal moves, including the master ninja's flashy Izuna Drop and Cicada Slash as well as Ninpo magic. The game will also heavily employ the DS's touch screen, with players being able to control Hayabusa by tapping and slashing with the system's stylus.

For more on what Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword has to offer, check out GameSpot's previous coverage. According to Tecmo marketing manager Yoh Watanabe, a demo for the game is currently available on the DS Download Station kiosks.

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword has not yet been rated or priced.

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CRaZYthaCoBRA
CRaZYthaCoBRA

I played the demo... from what little there is to it, the game is awesome. They only have a small level where you navigate Ryu up to a temple, fighting off a couple baddies along the way. Once inside the courtyard you fight several enemies in waves of 3 as they show-off some of the signature fighting moves and abilities... And finally they throw in a "boss" fight. The game requires you to hold the DS sideways, like "Brain Training" or "Room 215". The movement is controlled completely with the stylus, except for blocking, which is any of the DS' buttons. Ninja magic is used by touching the selected icon and then tracing the kanji symbol on the screen. If they make it long enough, it will be an awesome game !!! Can't wait !

raze-boi
raze-boi

This is a good news because I own DS, Wii and Xbox 360 but when is NG 2 coming out?

synapticflow
synapticflow

I don't know about that, but this game will be hot!

loyski29
loyski29

awesome! can't wait, hack slash wit your stylus and wi-fi, i hope its single-card downloadable.

eternalemblem
eternalemblem

great ninja gaiden for ds? this is going on wi-fi i can feel it :D

goodemon
goodemon

Man this game looks cool. If the controls are as tight as they say, then this will definitely rock! Wish there was a PSP version...cause it would look WAYYY better

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Probably yet another AAA game for the DS!:D

msudude211
msudude211

I think it would have to be Mature.

livefantasy
livefantasy

is it going to be m for muture??????

bboygamer89
bboygamer89

i need to go to the DS download station and play this game i cant wait!!!

PyroX4414
PyroX4414

Though I am excited, I hope that this will let players choose whether or not they want to use the touch screen. I sure don't.

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Man this game is gonna be so good!

imortiferus
imortiferus

This game will rock, I simply cannot wait for it and NG2 on 360, Thanks Tecmo!

pajamas
pajamas

This is one of my favourite Xbox games, and now it has migrated (my gaming console) with me to DS. This is the game that I'll eagerly wait in 2008.

nate1222
nate1222

@ burnttoastman06 I agree. I've fallen back in love with Nintendo since DS and Wii. Hell, I think they're the ONLY console maker with their heads on straight right now. Some kid-friendly titles are cool (Meteos, Zelda PH, Mario). But as an adult gamer, sometimes I feel left out. I believe that this added to Nintendos problems during the GC era.

nate1222
nate1222

I now own a DS (bought one for my B-Day Dec. 22nd). And Ninja Gaiden looks like a damn fine edition to my handheld library. Along with the sh-- load of GBA titles I own.

ss3zolo
ss3zolo

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Mini_Bob968

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peterles
peterles

*note to gamespot editors* you should probably just give this game like a 9.0 without even playing it, or you might get fired.

Furan-San
Furan-San

I wanna play NOW damnit!!!!!!!!!!!! That and NGII!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

it has me hyped up. finally a portable action adventure game on ds. there arn't many oon psp either. the only ones i can think of is ratchet and mario 64 ds. although gow is coming soon:D

burnttoastman06
burnttoastman06

I'm excited that a game intended to reach older players is coming to the DS. With Nintendo, it always feels like a ton of little-kiddy crap floods their systems. Now, I'm not saying that all games with a younger audience in mind are bad - which they're not, many of them are really fun - but Nintendo needs to do some major quality control. With releases like Metroid Prime 3, Resident Evil, and (in March) this one, it feels nice to at least be acknowledged by Nintendo.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I think I just peed myself a little

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

NG: DS -Wow. It's going to sport 3D graphics. I'm stunned.

randomrings
randomrings

anybody seen the gameplay clips? This game looks awesomely put together. So awesomely that awesomely could be considered a word right now.

Agreb91
Agreb91

Awesome, can't wait to see more about it.

flipin_jackass
flipin_jackass

ooooh... I'm already turned on... this better give me the orgasm I've been yearning for in a DS game...

Aurey
Aurey

Aww, there is not even a single download kiosk nearby. Why can't they just let me download the demo in the same way the PSP does?

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Sounds good. But sounds like it should be better in Wii

magicaltrevor11
magicaltrevor11

Where are download kiosks? Please message me the answer.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

I'll very surprised if GS doesn't give the game a 9.0

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

Looks like it's time for me to buy a DS.

1337cole1337
1337cole1337

sweet looks like it could go head to head with god of war on the psp

ZeraphLordS
ZeraphLordS

The controls for the Demo were great! I can't imagine the Final version to be anything less. I can't wait!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Well, as usual I'm nervous about how the controls will be implemented, but to say that I won't buy a Ninja Gaiden game would be utter BS. This is great news.

enoslives7
enoslives7

sweet....Castlevania has been a huge hit on the DS, Ninja Gaiden will have a loyal following also.........I hope the DS gets more hard-core games instead of so much kiddie crap

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

Great, that's gonna be a must! I just fear this game will destroy my touch screen...

calvinx6
calvinx6

I want it now and this is going to be great Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword vs God of war psp.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Soon all touch screen shall be scratched!