VG Chartz writes:
I've been cautiously optimistic about the idea of a fully touch controlled action game since Dragon Sword's announcement. This is one of those games that was either going to be really bad or really good depending on the controls. Fortunately, Team Ninja seems to have largely succeeded in their first handheld venture.
Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword is a side-story set in-between Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox and Ninja Gaiden 2, which is coming out on the 360 later this year. Surprisingly, fans who skip this interlude may actually find themselves a bit lost at the beginning of Ninja Gaiden 2. The game introduces a new major character to the series, Momnji, sister of Kureha from the first game, and gives some important history on the Dragon Sword that really wouldn't be given otherwise. Despite this, the plot isn't all that impressive. It's fairly predictable and clearly written as an afterthought more than a focus. The game is about the action.
Presentation – Technical: A+
Presentation – Visual: A
Presentation – Audio: B-