The Legend of Kage 2

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The Legend of Kage 2
The Legend of Kage 2.jpg
Developer(s) Lancarse[1]
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
  • JP: March 13, 2008
  • NA: October 8, 2008
  • EU: November 7, 2008
  • AU: December 31, 2008[3]
Genre(s) Platform, action

The Legend of Kage 2 (影之伝説, Kage no Densetsu 2) is a Japanese action-adventure game developed by Lancarse for the Nintendo DS, and published by Taito in 2008. Taito's parent company, Square Enix, published a North American localization of the game later that year. The Legend of Kage 2 is the sequel to The Legend of Kage (1985), an arcade game developed and distributed by Taito.


The player takes control of either Kage, the ninja from the first game (armed with katana and shuriken), or Chihiro, a kunoichi from Iga raised by Hanzo Hattori (armed with kusarigama), both loyal to the shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. Their mission is to rescue princess Kirihime, who was kidnapped by the demon-controlling villain Yoshiro Yukikusa and his right-hand ninja Yukinosuke Kiri in their attempt to overthrow the early Tokugawa shogunate.


Kage and Chichiro each have a personal story and 17 different ninjutsu techniques to master. They have skills such as abilities to climb vertical cliffs, hanging from ceilings, and blocking enemy attacks with the sword (which could also be done in the original game). The game introduces ninpo skills such as Bunshin no Jutsu, a technique that creates deadly duplicates of the player. Mastering ninjutsu will enable players to launch powerful elemental attacks and summon monsters.[4]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 74%[5]
Metacritic 71 out of 100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score B-[7]
GamePro 3.5/5[citation needed]
GameSpot 7.5/10[citation needed]
GamesRadar+ 8/10[8]
GameZone 8/10[citation needed]
IGN 5.8/10[citation needed]
Nintendo Power 8/10[citation needed]

Critical reception has been mixed. The Legend of Kage 2 has been noted for its difficulty, which was reported to rise considerably after the first level. The game has also been praised for the well-designed boss fights, and crisp, vivid art, but was also criticized for the lack of detail in the environments. The controls have been reported to have minor problems such as being unable to jump immediately after an attack.[8] The story has also been criticized for straying from the original source material, as well as its lack of voiceovers and repetitive level layouts.[7]


  1. ^ 業務実績 (in Japanese). Lancarse. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "The Legend of Kage 2 Ships to Retailers". IGN. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  3. ^ "The Legend of Kage 2". IGN. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  4. ^ "The Legend of Kage 2 handed November Euro release". Video Gamer. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  5. ^ "The Legend of Kage 2 reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  6. ^ "The Legend of Kage 2 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  7. ^ a b " Review". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  8. ^ a b "GamesRadar Review". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 

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