Ever since leaving Tecmo last year, former Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki has kept a pretty low profile. Unusual for the man who often dresses like a rock star and is usually pretty vocal about things in general.
However, Kotaku managed to catch up to him prior to the Tokyo Game Show and conduct an interview with him in which he discusses numerous things, including editing Wikipedia, Dragon Quest, and missiles.
But perhaps the best part of the interview is when they reveal to the former Ninja Gaiden producer the latest innovation his former colleagues have added to the PlayStation 3 version of his last work for Tecmo, Ninja Gaiden Î£ 2:
Kotaku: What do you think about the feature in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 that allows players to control characters’ chest movements with the SIXAXIS?
Itagaki: What the hell…?
Kotaku: When you shake the controller forcefully, the female characters’ chests bounce. What do you think of that?
Itagaki: Well, it certainly is unique… (laughs)
Kotaku: What do you mean by “unique”?
Itagaki: Are those guys doing okay at home? I mean, I know Sigma 2’s producer, Hayashi, just got married recently…
Kotaku: Well, we tend to think of breast bouncing mechanics as being a registered trademark of your games, Itagaki-san, so tell us, are you doing okay at home?
Itagaki: Don’t worry, my wife is no pushover â€” trust me! (laughs)
Personally, I think when you can make Itagaki say “What the hell…?” at something sexual in a video game, particularly insofar as bounce is concerned, then you have really, truly accomplished something. Well done, Team Ninja. Well done.
Of course, his answer to the following question is pretty good, too:
Kotaku: How many team members do you have at Tokyo Vikings? Are there any ex-Tecmo staff?
Itagaki: What sort of stupid general would give his enemy information on his troop strength? You’d better go back and read up on Rommel, AKA “the Desert Fox.”
You can find the rest of the interview here, though if you’re expecting to learn anything new about the projects his new studio, Tokyo Vikings, is working on… well, you might find yourself disappointed.