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Week-Ending Game Endings - 09.25.09 - Ninja Gaiden II & III

Ninja Gaiden Σ 2, which Tecmo's Team Ninja hopes will be the epitome of the Ninja Gaiden experience, will be released to PlayStation 3 owners in just a few short days. And as we did last week, we're counting down to its release with endings from another age of ninja-- the 8-bit era. Following last week, when we saw Ninja Gaiden in both its arcade and NES forms, we will be taking a look at the ending to Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos for the NES. We pick up as Ryu Hayabusa deals the final blow to the evil demon... Of course, well enough is rarely left alone, and we got the third game, Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom, soon enough after. It wasn't quite as well received as its two predecessors, however, and seemed to put the nail in the series' coffin until Tomonobu Itagaki decided to include Ryu in Dead or Alive and revive the franchise soon after. Read More


Team Ninja's Hayashi Describes Working on Less-Powerful Console for Metroid: Other M

As Team Ninja leaped from the Dreamcast to the PlayStation 2, and ultimately to the Xbox last generation, producing games exclusively for Microsoft's machine, I had been under the impression that the Tecmo developers were power-hungry, insofar as what machines they worked on. However, that changed this generation, as they not only supported the powerful PlayStation 3 with Ninja Gaiden Σ, but continued to support Microsoft with Dead or Alive 4, DOAX 2, and Ninja Gaiden II. Furthermore, moving to handhelds, they seemingly opted for the Nintendo DS with Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword, rather than the more powerful PlayStation Portable. And now, they are working on Metroid: Other M for the Wii. Over the course of the following interview, Team Ninja Producer Yosuke Hayashi explains the shift in dynamic (beginning at 4:20): Video Games - E3 2009 - PlayStation 3 In addition, Hayashi confirms that everything is on-schedule for a 2010 release, and that consumers will be able to play the game "fairly soon." He also offers high praise for Miyamoto, even though his involvement in Metroid: Other M has been little, if any. And for those interested, the first half of the video talks about Ninja Gaiden Σ 2, though I don't think any of the information there is really new. Read More


Week-Ending Game Endings - 09.18.09 - Ninja Gaiden

With the release of Ninja Gaiden Σ 2 just around the corner, I thought for this week's Week-Ending Game Endings, it would be nice to take a look back at the endings to some of the franchise's original games. First up, the arcade original: To be honest, I never cared much for the arcade version, even though my dad had it at his arcade. It was just as merciless as the NES game bearing the same name, perhaps even more so. But instead of a fast-paced Castlevania-like game with ninjas, it was more Double Dragon-y. And worse still, the ninja (who hadn't been given a name yet) could only use his sword with a power-up. More after the cut. Read More


Tecmo Reveals Ninja Gaiden Σ 2 Release Date and Collector's Edition

Tecmo has announced that Ryu Hayabusa will make his triumphant return to the PlayStation 3 in Ninja Gaiden Σ 2 on September 29th, and this time, he's coming loaded for bear. In addition to new playable characters and an online co-op mode, GameStop will be offering a special Collector's Edition for $69.99USD to those in both the United States and Canada. Score one for the Canucks. Unique to the Collector's Edition are a 30-page prologue comic book (written and designed by Team Ninja), a mini-strategy guide, an art gallery, commentary from the game's producer and lead artists, and an exclusive downloadable costume. I'm actually a bit jealous. Check out all the details in the press release, after the cut. Read More


E3 2009 Media: Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Screens and Fact Sheet

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 looks like it's going to be a ladies' night out on the PlayStation 3 when it hits this fall. Check out the new screens in our gallery, and you'll find that in addition to super ninja Ryu Hayabusa, players will be able to get in on the bloody demon-slaying action with Ayane from the Dead or Alive series, Momiji from Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, and Rachel, making her return from the original. Check out all the details in the fact sheet provided after the cut. Read More


Media: Animal Boxing Debut Trailer

Punch-Out!!? How about Punch-Owl!!? Animal Boxing looks like one of those games that slips so far under the radar, you don't even know it exists until it's out. Then again, we got a bunch of screens back in September that I completely missed, and it was supposed to be released in October, apparently, but here we are on the cusp of December and getting a debut trailer. Hey, whatever. I'm really only mentioning this for two reasons. The first is that this game is pretty unique in that you apparently flip the DS upside down to play it. That's pretty new, thinking-outside-the-box stuff. I guess after turning the system on its side for games like Hotel Dusk, Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, and Brain Age, there was really only one place left to go, and this was the natural path to take. The other reason I'm mentioning this is because if they didn't manage to get Nintendo's permission to use the dog from Duck Hunt, it's going to seem like such a tremendous wasted opportunity. Read More


Ninja Gaiden II's Ryu Watches You Sleep

There, hopefully that headline has deterred some of you from wanting to buy one of the 1999 figures that First 4 Figures is making of the hero of Ninja Gaiden II, Ryu Hayabusa, thus improving my chances. Microsoft has revealed via their Gamerscore blog that Ryu comes in his black "skintard," with an accoutrement of weapons including the legendary Dragon Sword, the deadly Eclipse Scythe, and a Falcon's Talon. Why not two, I don't know. The sculpt is 1/4 scale at a whopping 31 inches tall (with scythe, and for you TransFormer fans of old, that's bigger than Fortress Maximus), so I'm not sure how well fitting him on the mantle over your fireplace would work out. He also features a base with artificial grass (because clearly someone, somewhere, would've thought it'd use real grass), and a graveyard of swords from fallen warriors through which Ryu treads. The figure will be available in the first quarter of 2009, and you can order the figure online here for $349.99 (remember what I said about me getting one? Scratch that). You can also check out the figure in closer detail here. Read More