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  • Summary: The hit arcade game returns, now on a handheld console for the first time. The dual-screen functionality of Nintendo DS injects life into the vibrant game world and its elaborate, action-packed stages. Various combinations of Element Orbs allow players to perform an assortment of skills and Ninjutsu techniques. Two stories told through two protagonists, both with unique attack abilities, provide twice the adventure for players. Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
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  1. Engaging gameplay, a plethora of unlockables, and above-norm production values really give this title a boost to propel the franchise into this millennium. It's true: Ninja don't need orange jumpsuits to be cool.
  2. 80
    The beauty in Legend Of Kage 2 is that it can be conquered and the game lets you know this and teases you with it - you've just got to be good enough to do it.
  3. The Legend of Kage 2 won't be to everyone's liking due to its 16-bit sensibilities and challenging difficulty level, but if you're eager for something more like a traditional game than Yet More Bloody Brain Training* and nintendogs: The Lady and the Tramp Edition*, Taito's return to an era of skilful, fast-paced, unforgiving gameplay will seem like a godsend to many disenchanted gamers this Christmas.
  4. 70
    While it's not terribly original or striking in any way, The Legend of Kage 2 is a fun game that comes at a price which makes recommendation pretty easy.
  5. The Legend of Kage 2 may have missed its mark, but we can always hope for something better next time.
  6. The Legend of Kage 2 starts at the point the first game left us 24 years ago. The choice of sticking to the origins of series could convince new users to try the game, but old time players could be disappointed. It's fun, but you have to be a real fan of two-dimensional-action game to decide to buy it.
  7. 50
    The Legend of Kage 2 is a weak, bland and uninspiring 2D ninja action game.

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  1. Aug 22, 2014
    It's a little short, and a bit easy, but it's ridiculously addictive. Hard mode unlocks after a play through too (wish it were available from the start) and that ads a bit more of a challenge; besides a lot of the fun of this game comes from, not making it through the level, but doing it well and with style, using all your special skills, bouncing off enemies heads and air dashing into another enemy, trying to bet bosses without taking a hit. There's also a pretty good variety of spells to unlock and upgrades to receive, although since the drops are randomized you will have to grind a lot to get the better skills, and how to unlock new moves isn't particularly clear in game, but, the game plays fun enough that the grinding isn't too much of a choir. All in all this is an incredibly under rated game, and worth getting, especially considering how cheap it goes for these days. Expand