The Legend of Kage 2 DS

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
Buy On
  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. It’s just enormously cool that this title exists, despite the fact that the only other title in the series is a 22-year old NES game. It’s stylish, fun, and offers a very solid retro experience.
  3. Nintendo Power
    80
    The DS has given us plenty of solid side-scrollers, but Legend of Kage 2 is something special. [Nov 2008, p.104]
  4. With the bounty of acrobatics at your disposal, Legend of Kage 2 should fill your ninja-fix. That is, if you can handle being bitch-slapped by the difficulty.
  5. It’s not the sort of game that’s to everybody’s tastes, but for the old-school gamer who’s finished Contra 4, Legend of Kage 2 delivers a dose of good old-fashioned platforming action. Don’t worry if you don’t have nostalgia for the original — Kage 2 deserves to be played based on its own merits.
  6. AceGamez
    80
    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.
  7. 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.
  8. The Legend of Kage 2 is a good sequel with great boss battles and plenty of action.

Awards & Rankings

#64 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#55 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Mar 26, 2016
    0
    Who has been paying these reviewers? I tried so hard to find something to like in this game. There is nothing. Soundtrack is boring.Who has been paying these reviewers? I tried so hard to find something to like in this game. There is nothing. Soundtrack is boring. Characters are about as dynamic as a sheet of cardboard. They somehow even managed to make the better-than-you-rival character bad--still not sure if that's embarrassing or impressive. Bosses are idiotic and try to hit you out of their range, while they're still in yours. Others willingly back themselves into corners. Final boss phase 1's battle strategy is so random and unexplained. Phase 2 is the single most un-fun, dry, boring, and straight up painful game experience I have sat through. I don't get what it is with this game and vertical boss battles, but they are awful. Minions are easily avoidable and hardly worth stopping to fight in general, minus a few that lock progress for reasons unknown. Higher level jumping become erratic because you can't see as high as you'll go. The female character's range weapon is objectively inferior, leaving her pointless to use except for a slightly more interesting story--as if more interesting than dog sh*t counts. The special powers weren't even that useful. Overall, this is the worst experience I have had playing a game since Mega Man X7 and only second to Star Fox Adventures, and I wish we could give this the E.T. treatment. TL;DR, awful. Full Review »
  2. Aug 22, 2014
    8
    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 fromIt'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. Full Review »