#14: Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword Why It's Great:
Before its premiere on the DS, the Ninja Gaiden series existed in two forms — as an impeccable 2-D action-platformer, and as a 3-D pure-action title, both of which featured super-refined controls. When the series was announced for the DS, many people expected to see a 2-D title using traditional controls. Thankfully, they were wrong. The mostly stylus-based 3-D action title brought to mind Ryu's excellent Xbox adventures, while managing to create great gameplay experiences all its own. Hopefully this series can continue to bless the DS, even without creator Tomonobu Itagaki at the helm.