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Ninja Gaiden is smooth, speedy, stylus-a-riffic

Lately, it seems that for every tiny, persistent doubt that Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword just won't play quite right with the stylus controls, there's a preview that reassures that it in fact does. This time it's the fine folks at 1UP who got a chance to go hands-on with the action title, and they report that, not only is the game smooth and intuitive, with few hitches, but it will also be longer than gamers expected. Good news all around!

The only real issue, according to Matt Leone, comes with navigating Ryu Hayabusa's world when there's no ass-kicking to be done. Moving about an enemy-free environment seemed more awkward than combat, but Leone is willing to admit it may just be an adjustment period inspired by the speed of gameplay at every other moment.

Still not convinced? Then you might want to check out the videos we've tucked away after the break. It's a mix of new and old footage, extended sequences of some things we've seen before, and combined with what we've seen and heard about the controls, it should be enough to make anyone excited.







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