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[IMGW]http://media.1up.com/media?id=3238228[/IMGW]Tomonobu Itagaki's teased about an in-development Nintendo DS videogame several times -- but most people probably didn't anticipate it would be Ninja Gaiden-related. [Register or Login to view links]'s obtained the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly, where Tecmo and Itagaki jointly unveiled Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword.

There are precious few details on the touch screen-centric take on the traditionally skill-based series, but the first screen shots show promise, as Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword is not a side-scroller, but a 3D, overheard action game that will reportedly be mostly controlled through the stylus. We'll have to wait for more specifics.

Additionally, [Register or Login to view links] also reports more ninja goodness in only a few weeks, with a [Register or Login to view links] demo appearing on the PlayStation Network on April 27th -- in Japan. Chances are an American demo is in the works, as well, but we don't have a specific date yet. The demo will contain content different from the final game, and will even feature online leaderboards for players to compete online with.

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