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Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews of Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Nintendo DS Games for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and graphics. The controls and action are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the price and gameplay.

action, controls, graphics, design

gameplay, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Ugly Bob (

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword Review


An ambitious title, that seeks to bring awesome action into a stylus controlled adventure.

There are also multiple difficulties but they are more in the vein of older games where nothing is really different on the higher difficulties, I think. Lastly, there is some about collecting wooden amulets that apparently does nothing. No Skulltula...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Leyton (

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword Review


Ryu Hayabusha slashes his way onto the DS in a highly accomplished but all too brief adventure...

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword stands out on its own for the group of DS owners not interested in brain ages and rearing virtual pups. Replicating the intensity of its elder brethren Dragon Sword does exactly what you'd expect from a Team Ninja title,...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Dallas Pursley (

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword Review

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : ProfessorLayton (

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword



Ryu can perform more complex moves such as the Izuna Drop and the Ultimate Technique. The Izuna Drop is a devastating attack that is performed by sliding the stylus downwards to stun your foe, upwards to send the enemy into the air, then upwards again...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Zachary Miller (

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword


Your stylus slash through demon like blade of katana!

Vicious, fast-paced combat ; One of the best-looking DS games yet made ; Plenty of unlockable content ; Online ranking system

Repetitive combat ; Some misplaced save points ; Online ranking system for the hardcore only

Sounds like hardtime longcore gaming has come to the DS!

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Mike "Two Tone" McConnell (

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword


Ninja Gaiden has come a long way from its arcade roots. Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox still has a reputation as one of the hardest games ever made. The franchise has been added to the DS lineup with the aptly titled Dragon Sword. The game delivers a solid...

DS controls are integrated perfectly, and they don't feel gimmicky ; This game looks incredible

Level and boss design can be monotonous

While not perfect, this is by far one of the best action games I have seen on the DS. It is well worth picking up for the unfamiliar, as the simplified controls make the difficulty a little more tolerable.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Cliff Bakehorn III (

Review: Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword


I was a big fan of Ninja Gaiden. As a result, I was happy to hear Itagaki was testing the series on the Nintendo DS with Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (huh; look at that, another DS game with "DS" in its acronym). Dragon Sword is a game that mixes a lot...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Brandon "Flying Swallow" Cackowski-Schnell (

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword Review


Ninja, scribble thyself!

It's a shame that Dragon Sword is such an uneven game. From a technical standpoint, it's very impressive and whatever problems that occasionally pop up with the control scheme are balanced out by the fun of slamming your enemies to the ground with an...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Matt Cabral (

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword Review


When I wanna train my brain or a virtual puppy, I know the Nintendo DS has got my back. However, if I'm craving a more action-packed portable experience, one where I can lock and load with guns and grenades blastin' or maybe lop off some limbs, I'm...

Like Brain Age, Dragon Sword requires you hold the DS horizontally, like a book. This seemed a strange fit at first, but soon made sense when I witnessed Ryu bouncing from screen top to bottom like a Red Bull-fueled Mexican jumping bean; a vertical...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Jacob Lopez (

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS) Review


Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword marks Ryu Hayabusa's return to his old friends at Nintendo. For those of you who don't know, Ryu is one of videogame's original badasses; he has fought off legions of demons and monsters, made hell his bitch and even ended...

Bottom line, Ninja Gaiden pumps out continuous action from start to finish, and never lets up. The fighting is lightning fast and the touch controls are responsive. I loved every minute of it. The graphics are top notch for the DS, and even some of...

Apr, 2008

Product Specifications

In ancient times, humans lived in peace with dragons. But then came the Dark Dragon, a malevolent giant that wasted no time in plunging the Earth into an abyss of darkness. Their strength drained by the evil of the Dark Dragon, the remaining dragons placed their last hope in the hands of the humans in the form of one of their own fangs. Thus was born the Dragon Sword, a formidable weapon inhabited by the very essence of the powers of the dragons. It was with this sword that the humans were able to defeat the Dark Dragon. In the countless millennia since, the dragons have long since perished. But their spirit remains in the form of that sword, now carried by the descendants of the humans that fought by the side on that fateful day. Long ago, the Dark Dragon plunged the world into an era of chaos. Upon this eventual defeat, an enchanted sword known as the Dark Dragon Blade was created from its bones. This dangerously powerful weapon, infused with the malevolent spirit of the Dark Dragon itself, was entrusted to the care of a bloodline of humans known as the Dragon Lineage. However, evil beings, enthralled by its immense evil power, stole the Dark Dragon Blade. And once again the world faced the threat of eternal darkness .a young Ninja named Ryu Hayabusa, survivor of the Hayabusa clan and descendant of the Dragon Lineage, took up his family legendary birthright, the Dragon Sword, to face this threat alone. At the end of an intense battle, Ryu shattered the evil Dark Dragon Blade into countless shards with blow from his Dragon Sword. Six months have passed since what is now known as the Dark Dragon Blade Incident.


Elements:Action - adventure
ESRB Rating:Teen (13+)
Online Play: Yes
PEGI Content Descriptors:Violence
PEGI Rating:16+
USK Rating:Freigegeben ab 12 Jahren gem


Compatibility:Game console
Model:Dragon Sword
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Ninja Gaiden


Package Type:Retail


Game Console Compatibility:Nintendo DS
License Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Games - action