Touch pen ninjutsu in Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword

By Spencer . March 30, 2007 . 11:42am


Seeing Tecmo’s Team Ninja bring Ninja Gaiden over to the Nintendo DS is exciting, but far from shocking. Team Ninja announced that they were developing a DS title awhile back and Ninja Gaiden is one of their flagship projects. What is semi-revolutionary about Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword is that you hold your DS like a book and control Ryu with the touch pen. You touch the screen and drag the stylus around to make Ryu walk and tap the screen twice to make Ryu turn around. All of the combat is done using the touch pen too; you poke enemies to make Ryu attack them. If you want to do ninjutsu you write out kanji. The system is pretty unique and I wonder how fans of the Xbox Ninja Gaiden game are going to love or loathe the new concept. I dig the vertical screen though, it allows more room for action and larger characters.

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  • Ninja Gaiden certainly was one of the best games on Xbox, if not THE best. While I’m definitely excited for this game, I’ll have to wait until I see how well the controls work. If done right, the game should be a definite must-buy. If not… well, that would be a real shame.

    There’s another thing that bugs me too. I read on IGN that the target audience for this game is supposed to be different from the previous NG games (NG, NG Black and NG Sigma); apparently, NG:DS will be made so that everyone can enjoy it. I can only hope this doesn’t mean the game won’t be as hard. Easy games are boring.

  • Nightcap

    Booo, stylus movement? I suppose if it were for certain situations in the game,but I think its pretty crummy that all the in-game play will rely on the stylus. I suppose point and poke is what the DS is all about though.

  • EvilAkito

    Hopefully it’ll have adjustable difficulty settings. There needs to be a hard mode in there since Ninja Gaiden games have always been notoriously difficult.

  • Veilknight

    Having multiple difficulties is the only way to please everyone. Personally, I welcome the series extreme challenge, as it’s a stark contrast to many games released in this day and age of gaming.

    As a small nod to Ninja Gaiden Black’s Ninja Dog difficulty, there absolutely needs to be a feeling of dishonor by selecting the easiest difficulty.

    Getting accessories that made you clash with your ninja outfit, such as pink armbands, only helped but differentiate the Ninja Dog setting from pretty much any easy mode out there.

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