Thunderbolt: Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword Review

Thunderbolt writes: "There have been a lot of challenging video game series over the years; Gradius, R-Type and Ghosts & Goblins are just a few that come to mind. However, with the exception of the latter, no series other than Ninja Gaiden has managed to both invigorate and alienate gamers because of its difficulty.

This series of games tracks the exploits of Ryu Habayusa as he fights evil, wherever it may be. His adventures began in the arcade and were since transferred to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo, Nintendo's Game Boy portable, Microsoft's original Xbox and Sony's PlayStation 3. While each of these experiences differs in terms of scope, size and directive, each of them have one aspect in common: they each require players to focus from the first action until the final strike."

-Excellent graphics and sound; some of the best that the DS has to offer
-Creative use of the DS's stylus, microphone, and dual screens

-Main quest could be a bit longer
-Game can be too easy in the initial going.
-Too much emphasis on combat, not enough on puzzle solving and platforming

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