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Tue, May 20, 2008 | 11:05 BST
HMV’s announced another of its Microsoft Point deals, giving away 1,000 of them if you pre-order Ninja Gaiden II on its website.
The Tecmo action game releases for 360 on June 6. Buy it. You may as well.
Update: Or you could get it from DVD.co.uk, buy yourself 1,000 MS Points and save money over the HMV deal. Thanks, Psychotext.
Wed, May 14, 2008 | 12:05 BST
Speaking to Kotaku at the Microsoft Gamer’s Day in San Francisco yesterday, Team Ninja’s Tomonobu Itagaki said that he doesn’t plan on making any more Ninja Gaiden games after Ninja Gaiden II.
“Personally I think we were able to create the definitive 3D game in this series so I’m not planing on making any other games in the series,” Itagaki said through a translator. “So I hope fans treat this as a swan song for the franchise.
“I think we were able to achieve everything we wanted with this game so anything else would be extraneous.”
More through the link. For complete news coverage on the Gamer’s Day itself, hit this.
Tue, May 13, 2008 | 21:54 BST
This looks to be the last of the media of the Microsoft Gamer’s Day for now, sports fans. Tecmo’s put out what appears to be the final trailer for Ninja Gaiden II before the super-slasher launches in the beginning of June. See it on Shacknews.
Tue, May 13, 2008 | 08:06 BST
After the link. All the art you could ever want from Tecmo’s upcoming super-slasher. That’s all there is to say. The game’s out on June 6 for 360 only.
Fri, May 09, 2008 | 15:07 BST
Microsoft’s announced that the first 39,000 people to order Ninja Gaiden II from select – as yet unnamed – UK retailers will get a Ryu costume. We’re really not sure if this is like the Batman costume every had when they were about five years old, or if it’s a costume to dress up a “figurine”, or what. We suspect Microsoft’s happened on some jumbo job lot of comedy ninja suits and put two and two together.
Oh, we see. It’s a costume for in-game Ryu. Apparently if you miss the pre-order thing you’ll still be able to download the costumes from Live in July for 200 MS Points a go.
Which is nowhere near as good as a comedy ninja outfit. Think on, Microsoft.
Game’s out on June 6.
Fri, May 09, 2008 | 07:36 BST
Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden II’s a stunner, no doubt. Click through the link for six brand new movies of Brooklyn, a castle level, Venice action and three clips of Ryu going mental with his lunar staff. The game releases for 360 on June 6.
Microsoft also put out a huge screenshot update of the Tecmo slasher this morning. Get them all, in lovely hi-res, here.
Thu, May 08, 2008 | 22:05 BST
Bloody hell. We’re excited again. That’s at least four times today. Click through for 39 brand new, hi-res shots of what has to be the most beautiful action game ever created ever in the world ever. We’re not kidding. Ninja Gaiden II’s out on June 6.
Thu, May 08, 2008 | 08:22 BST
After the link. The movie shows Ryu being very bloody with a big stick. Again. The game’s out on June 6, 360-only, obviously.
Mon, May 05, 2008 | 09:03 BST
After the link. The quality’s sketchy, but you can see what’s going on. And what’s going on is very fast action with very big weapons. June 6 release for 360.
Fri, May 02, 2008 | 19:06 BST
The BBFC’s given Ninja Gaiden II an 18 and made no cuts, and has put out its traditional martini-dry, comedic plot detail thing.
Apparently, “The game was classified ’18′ for strong, bloody violence” and “includes sight of Ryu’s weapons sending body parts flying through the air and onto the walls and the ground, with blood splattering beside them.”
There’s a list of weapons through there, so don’t look if you want to stay pure. Also, “The game also contains a ‘cutscene’ in which a female character bathes in blood and talks to Ryu with her breasts and buttocks visible.”
It’s like being 13 again. You can read the full thing after the link.
Tue, Apr 08, 2008 | 07:47 BST
Here. To kick off a week’s worth of Ninja Gaiden II-related content, CVG’s posted a feature on the history of Ryu Hayabusa and a promise that those of you that look back at 5pm will get “first details and screens on a brand new level” from the game.
For the uninitiated Ninja Gaiden and dragon ninja Ryu Hayabusa first appeared in the arcade in 1988 before taking its 2D action-platform gameplay to NES, SNES and then Sega’s Master System. But it’d be 16 years on from its debut that the series would make the giant leap to 3D. In 2004 Team Ninja unleashed Ninja Gaiden onto the unsuspecting Xbox fanbase. The result proceeded to garner rapturous applause that echoed around the globe.
Ninja Gaiden II’s looking pretty damn spanky, so be sure to keep an eye out for the new shots.
The game releases in June.
Mon, Apr 07, 2008 | 12:03 BST
Thu, Apr 03, 2008 | 21:15 BST
Fri, Apr 04, 2008 | 13:54 BST
After the link. There’s a long cut-scene and almost a bit of gameplay right at the end of the first one, and the second one’s just gameplay. Not sure how Itagaki can reckon this isn’t violent by the remotest stretch of the imagination, but if you’re into blood and massive tits, you’re in luck. See for yourself. Thanks, X3F.
Thu, Mar 27, 2008 | 08:29 GMT
It’s confirmed this time. A playable demo of Ninja Gaiden II will be released on Xbox Live in May. The news comes after Microsoft promised a demo of the Tecmo slasher after the game’s GDC presentation only to deliver a movie of someone playing it, much to the chagrin of teh internets. All will be made better, so that’s good.
Wed, Mar 19, 2008 | 08:51 GMT
Team Ninja’s Ninja Gaiden II is to include a Ninja Cinema feature that will allow players to record and upload movies of their sword-based adventures to Xbox Live.
“The Ninja Cinema feature will allow gamers to record Ryu’s combat exploits as movie clips on their Xbox 360,” said Microsoft in a statement. “Players’ favorite clips can be viewed at any time, and by coupling them with the black-and-white Akira Kurosawa-style video filter, they will be able to relive their adventures as though they were part of the traditional Japanese art form of the samurai film. The best Ninja Gaiden II players in the world will be able to upload their clips to Xbox LIVE for everyone to download and view, making this new Ninja Cinema feature a great way to accelerate the growth of the Ninja Gaiden II player community around the globe.”
Sounds fantabulous. Ninja Gaiden II releases worldwide in June. Follow the link for the full press release.
Sun, Mar 09, 2008 | 13:46 GMT
The censors must have been listening to Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki when he said that hacking off limbs isn’t violent. No sirree, Bob. Not violent at all. Anyhow. Good for you, Australian people.
Mon, Feb 25, 2008 | 12:00 GMT
According to Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki, Ninja Gaiden II isn’t gratuitous at all, and is instead a retelling of medieval Japanese combat. Violence, he said, is about the relationship between combatants.
“Violence is not about cutting an enemy into pieces or seeing a lot of blood,” he said. “That’s not what real violence is. In the Japanese warrior tradition you would shame an opponent. A real sword expert would aim his slice at the first four fingers of his opponent’s sword hand. This would cost a warrior his livelihood and someone suffering this wound would normally commit suicide rather than live without their sword hand.
“That’s what I consider to be real violence. It’s not about lopping off limbs. It is about the relationship between you and your opponent. In order to inflict these dishonouring wounds you would really have to hate your opponent and this is not what this game or this character is about.”
Tomonobu. Seriously. Ninja Gaiden II’s a bit violent, isn’t it? The action game with the mostest releases globally in early June.
Fri, Feb 22, 2008 | 21:59 GMT
Mon, Jan 28, 2008 | 17:14 GMT
Team Ninja’s Tomonobu Itagaki, famed as the pock-skinned driving force behind Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden, hasn’t minced words regarding Sega’s Virtua Fighter 5 and Namco’s Tekken series in a new interview with Destructoid.
“As a fighting game – first of all, I think we can all agree that Virtua Fighter 5 didn’t end up as good as everyone thought it would be. And Tekken – I really hope Tekken 6 does well for the sake of the genre on the whole, but we can’t really expect that much based on what they’ve done in the past.”
Itagaki is notorious for his bluntness regarding the competition, especially leading up to a release of one of his own games. Ninja Gaiden II is currently working its way to launch – it’s down as “2008″ for Europe – and Itagaki’s promising the moon on a stick for those interested in the ultra-hard action-fighter.
“If you played the first Ninja Gaiden, you can tell how different this is just by watching it,” he said. “It’s called Ninja Gaiden II because it is the next in the series, but we’ve changed everything all the way from the chassis up to the body, exterior, plating of the game. So there are a lot of differences. And that’s the way it should be, you know. There are a lot of action games out there that do things one-two-three-four, just the same thing every time, changing things just a little bit and that’s not what I want to do. I want to make a big overhaul with the new game.”