NWR writes: "I've never played the original Legend of Kage, but considering it was released over twenty years ago, Taito (and their owners at Square Enix) are probably hoping the sequel will reach a larger audience than just long-suffering fans. The good news is that you needn't have played the classic (and often maligned) arcade/NES original to enjoy this Nintendo DS successor. Legend of Kage 2 is a simple and accessible romp through a familiar, ninja-style action game.
Other than its use of the top screen for extra vertical display, there is little to differentiate The Legend of Kage 2 from a typical Super NES-era game. The goal of each level is to run from left to right, killing scores of evil ninjas and maneuvering through a few obstacles, until you reach a pattern-intensive boss battle. As one of two playable, "good" ninjas, you basically run around and slash at foes, most of whom die in a single hit. The two characters are almost identical except for their projectile attacks."