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Team Ninja’s mystery DS project revealed: Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword!

Posted by Aaron on Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Via IGN DS:

While Team Ninja’s dabbling in DS development has been known since the system’s launch over two years ago, we’ve at last learned the true identity of the mystery project. The latest issue of Famitsu reports that the DS will be getting an original installment in the Ninja Gaiden series. That’s right, Ninja Gaiden is back on Nintendo!

Fully titled Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, the Team Ninja-developed title is a 3D action game that makes full use of the DS’s most standout feature: the stylus. The entire game can be controlled almost entirely with the touch-based motions. You guide Ryu Hayabusa about the play field by tapping in the direction you’d like to go. Slashing the touch pen from down to up makes Hayabusa launch an enemy into the air, into a perfect position for combos. You make Hayabusa jump by tapping the screen twice, and can then point to enemies to shoot shurikens at them and perform a downward thrust attack. Even your ninja arts make use of the stylus, requiring that you draw shapes in order to perform the special attacks. Buttons are used only for defensive moves.

If an all touch-based Ninja Gaiden wasn’t a big enough surprise, Ninja Gaiden DS has one additional peculiarity. The game is meant to be played by holding the DS with both screens lined up horizontally. This has presumably been done to give a tall view of the action on the touch screen, as the left screen is used to display maps.

To read the rest of the article visit: Ninja Gaiden Coming to DS.

Very nice. I have been waiting for a game to make me start playing my DS again. It looks like Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword will do just that. 🙂

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2 Responses to “Team Ninja’s mystery DS project revealed: Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword!”

  1. Bethany said

    that’s awesome. too bad we don’t know when it’s coming here

  2. Aaron said

    Hopefully this year yet. I think fall/winter 2007.

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