Hayashi: Ninja Gaiden II is “already outdated”

Monday, 14th March 2011 23:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Ninja Gaiden III producer Yosuke Hayashi has no problem trash-talking the series so far, describing Ninja Gaiden II as “outdated”.

“I think Ninja Gaiden II is already outdated,” Hayashi told Play.

“That’s why we are making Ninja Gaiden III from scratch.”

Hayashi wasn’t afraid to tackle the competition, either. The notoriously critical performance assessments of Bayonetta, which have been likened to Nija Gaiden’s demanding difficulty, don’t faze him in the slightest.

“Bayonetta has some good stuff but Bayonetta is old, game design wise, already,” he said.

In fact, Hayashi isn’t particularly interested in raising the difficulty bar this time around.

“We are aiming to be the number one 3D action game,” he said.

“If we can do that we are fine not focusing on difficulty level. We don’t care.

“But to prevent misunderstanding, Ninja Gaiden fans will still really love it. That is our responsibility. We make sure the fans of the series are satisfied by our game.

Ninja Gaiden III is in development at Team Ninja, and is the first in the series to be produced without input from creator Tomonobu Itagaki.



  1. Dark

    I agree Ninja Gaiden II is outdated,but..
    “Bayonetta has some good stuff but Bayonetta is old”
    WTF Hayashi?
    bayonetta is better than anything Team ninja has made!
    i hope for Kamiya to confrim bayonetta 2 at this year TGS!

    so in 2012 we will see which game is better.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. M. K.

    TN is dead, so now they’re trying to talk the competition bad? Oh Ryu, I see hard times coming towards you :/

    #2 4 years ago
  3. xino

    this is old man!
    you should call this news Bayonetta is out dated.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    Any decent game in the spectacle fighter genre knows how to accommodate less skilled players while still providing depth for the gamer who is looking for some.

    This guy sounds like a juvenile kid who has no idea what he’s on about. That doesn’t bode well for Ninja Gaiden 3, but I’m not going to make any judgements about that until I have it in my hands.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. albo88

    its sad cos all this trash talk is just to own the American market
    cos from there money come
    but the americans audience except from some Spanish and afro are not that much on this hardcore Japanese style so now they wont to americanizate everything so that fat white ass American can play it too
    im not racist but this is how things look to me

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Nozz

    @5 “im not racist but…”. Hmmmmm

    Anyway this does not sound good for NG3, outdated or not it was enjoyable.

    The difficulty is (in my opinion) something that is associated with the Ninja Gaiden series and if it was too easy it would just be another hack n slash.

    I hope Hayashi knows what he’s doing….

    #6 4 years ago

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