Ninja Gaiden officially slicing DS

Tecmo confirms Ryu Hayabusa's debut on Nintendo's portable will infiltrate North America in October; first screens inside.

Following a spate of rumors sparked by a fuzzy Japanese magazine scan, Tecmo has officially announced that Ninja Gaiden is coming to the Nintendo DS. Titled Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, the game will ship in North America this October, several months after Ninja Gaiden Sigma ships for the PlayStation 3.

Unlike most DS games, Dragon Sword will have players hold the handheld on its side, book-style a la Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day. Players will be able to fight off enemies by using the stylus in an "intuitive" combat system.

"The Nintendo DS will allow gamers to control Master Ninja Ryu Hayabusa slash for slash with the use of the DS stylus in a way never possible in previous iterations of the game," said Tecmo marketing manager Yoh Watanabe.

Players can also combat enemies via Ninpo spells. Magic attacks are cast using the DS's touch screen, with players using the stylus to draw characters corresponding to a particular spell.

GameSpot will have more details on Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword as they become available.

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201 comments
azfi
azfi

can't wait to get it

volumesoxxs
volumesoxxs

That game is going to be tight, well I hope atleast.

skate_n_game
skate_n_game

Well, I guess this will be my first DS game, as I just bought a DS for $20.

RockMan-NEO
RockMan-NEO

Wow im gona get this game =3 looks very awsome =3

DrDazzle
DrDazzle

I think this is what the DS needs. A popular gaming property making use of the DS's hardware. I think it just may boost the DS morale for some people who have been skeptical.

fat_otter
fat_otter

can't wait, hopefully not m-rated!

Nin10doFan44
Nin10doFan44

This game looks like its worth trying out!

lewser5
lewser5

It looks pretty good, but I don't know about how it plays.

bboygamer89
bboygamer89

hmmmm looks like one of those gimmicks for the DS

Abed_1990
Abed_1990

They should have released it on the PSP........ 3D graphics on the DS suck :/

NES-Master
NES-Master

Wow, this looks way nice XD I deffinatly gonna buy this one!!! XD

classicfan
classicfan

I hope its like the days of the 80's THE NES! Man those days will always be in my head forever! But I hoping this one is maybe more innovative then the past..I would like to see a game like Red Steel being made for the Wii! Perhaps a Ninja Gaiden Tecmo?..that would be sweet! Just please don't miss it up!

sonofashrub
sonofashrub

um. high possibility for suckage here. but also high possibility for ninja gaiden awesomeness. we'll see how it goes.

teknicz
teknicz

Please don't suck. Please.

daviwinn
daviwinn

Team Ninja is one of the best development houses in the industry so I have very high hopes for this game. It sounds innovative and I can't wait to try it out.

vashvsgoku
vashvsgoku

the screenshots of this game look dreadful. i love ninja gaiden, and i want a ps3 just or sigma, but i dont think this looks promising. it is supposed to be a fast paced game but with stylus controls, and drawing magic signs, it will get slowed way down. i'll cross my fingers though.

Andy_Candyman
Andy_Candyman

This is old...IGN had it days before Gamespot. Also Ninja Gaiden was a very good game, I actually don't mind that Itagaki is revisiting it for the portable as it's like a 5 year old with a really awesome macaroni picture showing his parents. But the one for PS3 is kind of unnecessary if you ask me. PS3 barely deserves it but I guess Tecmo wanted a quick money maker in the PS fanbase so they slapped some better visuals and gameplay elements into the Original. Frankly I think Ninja Gaiden is the best game ever made; Halo 1 is also but Ninja Gaiden has far more replay value. Keep it up Tecmo I love what you're putting out!

MasterBlade7123
MasterBlade7123

when they brang great consoles games on portables they always seem to suck. I hope this one doesn't disappoint.(most likely it will)

cancer_777
cancer_777

goodemon sure but why buy a dead console when you can get a portable that has a lot of great games coming out cough zelda cough

KingSigy
KingSigy

It looks a lot like the Xbox one, making me wish that Itagaki would let his masterpiece die already

Kraige
Kraige

Does anyone think this is gonna be made by Itagaki (sp?) or another guy like Sigma was as Itagaki seems very loyal to the 360 now. Well it sounds kool I don't really care aslong as I get Ninja Gaiden 2 on 360 soon I'll be happy with tecmo, I'd rather it was exclusive but I dont care about that either (though I'd doubt P$3 will see it soon as Itagaki has said he doesn't like it), anyway I look forward to more news on this game.

LexLas
LexLas

Oh, yeah great ! Ninja on DS yeah !

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

Alright. Ninja Gaiden was cool, the first time it was released but this is really getting out of hand with how many times your releasing the same game. This is getting old tecmo, make something else like a football game or whatever.

goodemon
goodemon

yeah but for the price of a Nintendo DS lite, you could prolly buy an xbox, and a used copy of Ninja Gaiden.

sigma8
sigma8

I thought the game sounded dumb when the details were announced, but after this demo, my curiosity is piqued!

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

The DS continues its dominance over the PSP. :)

greystone227
greystone227

If they're taking this back to the old side-scrolling games, I don't know why you would want to hold it like a book. It just gives you less room. Hopefully they don't try to make it in a whole different perspecitive.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

sweet. interesting that you turn the DS on its side...

PacoL250
PacoL250

@kipue: You just made me feel old. But at least it was in a good way. :) In fact I think I may still have the Atari Lynx somewhere. I don't remember how I did it, but I somehow had managed to convince my cousin to sell his to me a long, long time ago. :)

BigB10123
BigB10123

OH man now I have a reason to actually buy a DS. I loved Ninja Gaiden Black on the xbox

kipue
kipue

And don t forget that there was a ninja gaiden on the handheld Lynx, too ^^

DOOM_SONYMAN
DOOM_SONYMAN

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fanboy_killa
fanboy_killa

@eclipse_shinra------ yes...yes...oh yes.....fanboys are very very annoying!!!

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

Team Ninja is an excellent developer,I have no doubt that this game is going to be awesome,cant wait.

shadownae
shadownae

The game looks surprisingly good. Might have to check it out.

Furan-San
Furan-San

Holy Ninja Hell!! Are you telling me I'm gonna play kawaii no Busa-Chan on my dear DSLite?! Holy Smokes! Well, thank GOD bimbo Rachel is not in it...but I'm a little worried on how the game is going to play. As far as I seen it seems that it will be played with the DS like a book (like you play BrainAge). But I also see that is has some recycled monsters and bosses from the Xbox version. The thing that will pump me up is doing the Ninpo via stylus. It reminds me of doing the Spells in Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow. I'm a super mega hardcore Ninja Gaiden/DOA freak/geek - so this game WILL be on my DS...no matter what. :D

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

Hope this new Ninja Gaiden is as good as the first games for the NES

OldWiseBob
OldWiseBob

Hopefully that weird stylus way of controlling the action works out. Hold on to your butts....

SuspendMEimBAD
SuspendMEimBAD

wow another reason to own a DS, my PSP is looking a little dismal

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Wow. This should be interesting.