You couldn't make it up
Former Team Ninja supremo Tomonobu Itagaki has revealed how he came close to leaving the games industry after Tecmo executives released an unfinished version of Dead or Alive 2 on PlayStation 2. Speaking at this year's DICE summit, Itagaki recalled being approached by Tecmo's general sales manager during the PS2 port's strict...
While it's possible to own three different versions of Ninja Gaiden at this point, the upcoming Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus on PS Vita makes a case for purchasing a fourth
Publisher Tecmo Koei's released a brand new trailer of the title ahead of its launch, and it shows off all the features you'd expect from a Ninja Gaiden release: ridiculously fast-paced action, slick visuals and ladies wearing..
Y'know, we're going to be honest with you: we didn't know that Ninja Gaiden 3 was getting a multiplayer component
But the video montage after the jump proves as much, and, if we're honest, we're quite excited to play it. Sure it looks totally unbalanced and completely ridiculous — but we reckon Ninja Gaiden's frantic action is a good fit for multiplayer. No seriously, we do. Watch the video after..
Publisher Tecmo Koei's slipped out of the shadows in order to share some details about Ninja Gaiden 3's beefy collector's edition
Due out alongside the slash 'em up's vanilla release on March 20th, the limited edition package bundles a bunch of familiar goods. There's a copy of the game, an artbook, a soundtrack, and a model of protagonist Ryu Hayabusa about to slit someone's throat. Appropriate..
Ok, now it's getting ridiculous; the PlayStation Vita's launch line-up just won't stop growing
Tecmo Koei's the latest publisher to pledge support to the bulging offering of games, with Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus confirmed for the system's Western launch. The portable update of the PlayStation 3 favourite incorporates touch and gryo control mechanics, allowing you to aim projectiles with the system's..
If you're really eager to get a taste of Team Ninja's upcoming Dead Or Alive 5, then you'll need to ensure you pick up a copy of Ninja Gaiden 3 in Japan
Publisher Tecmo Koei has confirmed that all PlayStation 3 versions of the upcoming slash-em-up will include a playable demo of Dead Or Alive 5 featuring Hayate and Ayane. Those that purchase the Collector's Edition of Ninja Gaiden 3 will also get..
Andriasang's got its grubby paws on some fresh shots of Tecmo Koei's upcoming Dead Or Alive 5
The game — which promises to deliver a more cinematic flavour of brawler — still looks unbelievably pretty, not least because of the coo-inducing cuties at the centre of the screens. Series faithfuls will not need introducing to Ayane and Hitomi, two of the franchise's female stalwarts. Of course, not..
Ninja Gaiden 3's set to don its katana and get slicing in March 2012, publisher Tecmo Koei has announced
The game's release window was confirmed by Team Ninja head, Yosuke Hayashi, at an event in San Francisco overnight. Joystiq was around to catch the news. New additions to Ninja Gaiden 3 include a controversial "Easy" mode, which Team Ninja hopes will pull newcomers into the series. But..
Chalk up another title to the PlayStation Vita's launch line-up
Tecmo Koei's just confirmed that Dynasty Warriors Next will be ready in time for the launch of Sony's next handheld in Europe, adding yet another bullet-point to the system's already enormous roster of software. The game will support all of the PlayStation Vita's unique input functions, in addition to boasting "a rich multiplayer..
There's a lot of games confirmed for PlayStation Vita, but very few of them involve cutting a man's head off with a sword
Thankfully fans of beheading won't have to wait long to get their fix, with Team Ninja confirming that its PlayStation Vita update of Ninja Gaiden Sigma is slashing onto Sony's new handheld this coming February in Japan. The game — officially entitled Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus..
Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi has big ambitions for Dead Or Alive 5
Not only does he intend to create a stellar fighting game, but he wants to push the PlayStation 3 to its limits in the process. We saw glimpses of the game's ambition during its debut trailer at TGS earlier in the year, in which two fighters brawled upon a changing back-drop packed with explosions and activity. "You see a lot of..
Tecmo Koei's released the full version of its Tokyo Game Show Dead Or Alive 5 announcement trailer
And it's amazing. But we just don't believe it's real. The footage shows a straight forward one-on-one brawler with bonkers amounts destructibility. We like a bit of flash in our games, and if Tecmo can measure the pizazz against some genuinely balanced gameplay, we're in. But we're just not sure if..
Ninja Gaiden 3 is not going to be asininely difficult like previous titles in the series
The game will include a 'Hero Mode', a less challenging iteration of the gameplay with auto dodges and blocks. But why was the option included into a series that's well known for its punishing difficulty? "We really wanted to flesh out the story this time around," director Fumihiko Yasuda told..
It wouldn't be Ninja Gaiden without a bit of melodrama, and that's exactly what Tecmo Koei's brought to the fray with its TGS trailer for the upcoming Ninja Gaiden 3
The footage focuses on sweeping shots and forced melodrama, but it gets the job done. Catch it after the jump.
Remember Dead Or Alive? It's the fighting series that's never quite had the profile of Street Fighter, in spite of its curvy cast
Regardless of status, Tecmo Koei's eyeing a comeback for the series — having announced Dead Or Alive 5 as part of its Tokyo Game Show press conference. The game's coming to PlayStation 3 in 2012. It marks the first time the series has been on a PlayStation system since..
Tecmo Koei's shared the specifics of its Tokyo Game Show line-up
The publisher's booth is headlined by Ninja Gaiden 3 and a couple of Dynasty Warriors titles for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. We've included the full line-up after the jump. Dynasty Warriors 7 Xtreme Legends (PS3, video & demo) Ninja Gaiden 3 (PS3/X360, video & demo) Dynasty Warriors Next (PS Vita, video) Samurai..
You may recall Namco Bandai and Tecmo putting up an announcement countdown website earlier in the week
The website caused huge speculation about what the duo were about to announce, but Andriasang claims to have uncovered the secret. The website has scans confirming a PS3-exclusive Dynasty Warrior game based on the One Piece manga series. The game's officially called One Piece Kaizoku Musou. No..
Team Ninja has admitted that it is considering developing a PlayStation Vita title -- but only once Ninja Gaiden 3 is complete
"We've received a PlayStation Vita system and are thinking about it," Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi said in a recent PlayStation Q&A. "Having said that, right now we're focused on Ninja Gaiden 3 for PS3, and after that's complete we'll start to look at..
Prepare to do your very best samurai impression, as Team Ninja's just confirmed that Ninja Gaiden 3 will include full support for Sony's PlayStation Move motion controller
The inclusion marks the first time that the Ninja Gaiden series has experimented with motion controls. "We are really excited to announce this fantastic news at GamesCom," stated Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi. "Ninja..
Gotta keep putting those Dynasty Warriors titles on the shelves
While some fans are surprised to see Tecmo Koei announce a November 15th US release date for the poorly-spelled Dynasty Warriors 7 Xtreme Legends, we're totally not. The latest expansion's hottest feature is the Legends Mode, which allows players to revisit fondly remembered battles from previous entries in the series. In addition..
We've never really understood horse-riding video games, but now we understand them less
The above trailer for Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer with the PlayStation Move is not a parody. It's a genuine video released by publisher Tecmo Koei. You can tell the guy that's playing is having fun because he's constantly shaking his head and...
It's Dynasty Warriors on the PlayStation Vita
Seriously though, while Koei might not yet have an official name for its PlayStation Vita spin-off of the Dynasty Warriors franchise, it's got a ton of assets. You can grab those over at VG247. The game makes use of the Vita's touchscreen, introducing a new "Godspeed musou" attack which requires you to tap on enemies to slice them up..
The first thing you'll notice about this Ninja Gaiden 3 trailer is blood
There's lots and lots of blood. There are also chunky guitar riffs and people in fancy clothing. Catch the full trailer after the jump.
Famitsu's slapped up some screenshots from Ninja Gaiden 3
There is blood in them. The game is due out on PlayStation 3 in 2012. According Andriasang, the Famitsu report notes that the game is about 30% complete with a 2012 release being targeted. Apparently, protagonist Ryu Hayabusa's right arm plays a central role in the story. It's been possessed y'see. (Note: we're not making this up.) As with..
A litter of eager Official PlayStation Magazine subscribers have found themselves in possession of a wealth of Ninja Gaiden 3 information
Naturally, that content's found itself out of the magazine and onto the Internet, courtesy of NeoGAF. Apparently the game will run at a silky smooth 60 frames per second, with competitive and co-operative multiplayer for up to eight players. The game will be..
Speaking in the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine (US), Ninja Gaiden 3's project lead, Yosuke Hayashi, has said that the title will feature a "complex" multiplayer mode
The developer did not offer a comparison to Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2's online co-op mode, suggesting it will be something different. The good news for budding Ninja Gaiden fans is that the new title will be much more..
There are better ways to tease the announcement of your product, but for Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden series, stabbing viewers in the face seems like an apt solution
The short Ninja Gaiden 3 teaser trailer, released to kick-off this week's GDC event, shows protagonist Ryu Hayabusa drenched in the blood of his victim — which judging by the first-person perspective of the trailer appears to be us. Or you..
Tecmo Koei's just stealth announced Ninja Gaiden 3 at a behind-closed doors event in Tokyo
The game's being developed by Team Ninja, who are now without series creator Tomonobu Itagaki. It's believed the game will reveal a more human-side to protagonist Ryu. Scant other details are available.
There's a sadness to Quantum Theory
It's the result of Japanese developers growing need to appeal worldwide. As development costs soar, Japan is no longer a strong enough market for big budget titles. And so, games like Quantum Theory are the result. It's an example of a Japanese developer trying to deliver something that will appeal to Western...
Tecmo's gaffer Yoshiki Sugiyama has warned against players going into Quantum Theory thinking it's "just another shooter"
He reckons those adopting such a mentality will be very surprised by the shooter. He told CVG that while the game may share its post-apocalyptic aesthetic with Gears Of War, that's precisely where comparisons end. While the style may share similar traits of a post-apocalyptic..
Tecmo's Quantum Theory has been marred by some unusual circumstances in honesty
Initially it was a Playstation 3 exclusive. Now it's multiplatform. Then it was due at the start of 2010. Now it's due in Summer. Yup, that's right, Tecmo have committed to a Summer release date for their Gears Of War-esque third-person shooter. That's all according to VG247 at least. Wahh!
If, like us, you're madly excited about ogling ridiculously hot polygonal characters on your PSP while riding the train — you're in luck. Tecmo's announced that Dead Or Alive: Paradise is coming to Europe on April 2nd. Wahey!
Thought that announced March release date for Quantum Theory was suspect? Yup, us too
We guess it's little surprise then, that the game's been pushed back until later in the year. A rep for Tecmo Koei told VG247 that the game has been delayed for "quality" reasons and that the team were committed to delivering the "very best title" they can. May aswell cancel those preorders..
There'll be no fighting or volleyball in Dead Or Alive Paradise
Nuh-uh, this PSP title due in America this March is all about taking a vacation with some hot anime chicks. You'll play mini-games with nine bikini-clad polygonal babes, befriending the ladies and unlocking new bathing costumes as you go. As the press release states - "It's a private paradise in the palm of your hand."
Throwing itself into one of the busiest March periods ever in video games, Tecmo Koei's just announced that their Gears-esque third-person shooter, Quantum Theory, will hit the Playstation 3 on March 26th here in the UK
There's a new trailer through here.
If you've been waiting for some meat-head cover-based shooting on your Playstation 3; y'know, something to fill the Gears Of War-void, then it definitely looks like you should invest some interest in Tecmo's Quantum Theory
The above trailer could easily pass as a debut reveal for Epic's latest Gears title. Maybe Tecmo found their niche?
Official Playstation Magazine are reporting that Dead Or Alive 5 is indeed in development for the Playstation 3, following reports we issued late last year
It would be the first Dead Or Alive to hit Playstation since the Sony published DoA2 8 years ago. The franchise has been an XBOX exclusive over the past many years. Awesome.
One-time Playstation 3 exclusive Quantum Theory has been announced for European release in Spring
The announcement is hot on the heels of Tecmo confirming the game will be multi-platform. Nothing really else of interest to say at this point, aside from the fact that the game sports a "shape-shifting battlefield." Yeah.
Furthering the death of the third-part exclusive, Tecmo has confirmed in Tokyo that their Gears Of War-esque shooter, Quantum Theory, is heading to the XBOX 360 too
The game had somehow found a niche on the Playstation 3, offering the gritty kind-of Gears Of War environments already so common on the XBOX 360. Thus it's interesting to see Tecmo yank that exclusivity and slot it onto the system from..
And another exclusive bites the dust
According to a retail source of Go Fanboy, Dead Or Alive 5 is in development for multiple platforms — suggesting Tecmo's "in-your-face" beat 'em up is likely to see release on Playstation 3 aswell as on the franchise's previous home, the XBOX 360. A while back Tecmo Koei announced they were working on a franchise that would no longer be exclusive..
We just want to say first up that this is not cool
It kinda makes a mockery of the trophy system and we hope Tecmo patch it quickly. Basically, Ninja Gaiden Sigma II - one of the hardest games on Playstation 3 - has an exploit that allows you to unlock some of the harder trophies just by watching replays. According to the Examiner, players can access replays uploaded by other players and earn any..
Everytime we see the words "Zen Pinball" written, we go all of a flutter
The game's fantastic. After playing the excellent Street Fighter table to death, we're ready for a new challenge. And that's coming in the form of a Ninja Gaiden themed table. We can't bloody wait. Details are totally restricted to that at the moment, but we'll definitely have more soon.
A magnificent success for FIFA 10 this year, as it succeeds expectations and becomes the second fastest selling game ever in the UK, right behind Grand Theft Auto IV
Even more interestingly, Playstation 3 sales of the game accounted for 46% of the title's success; just 2% behind the XBOX 360's relative market share, and a triumph for Sony who are seeing their system start to really gain ground in..
Former Team Ninja honcho Tomonobu Itagaki has been well documented as an outspoken man in the past
But in this interview with Kotaku, he comes across less outspoken, and more just pleasently opinionated. In the interview, seemingly unaware of the progress on Ninja Gaiden Sigma II [the original XBOX 360 title was designed by Itagaki - Ed] he jokes, "What the hell...?" when informed of the..
This is the difference you get when you spend a bit of extra time on your Playstation 3 port. We acknowledge that the XBOX 360 version of Ninja Gaiden II is a few years old now — but look at the difference in graphical fidelity on Ninja Gaiden Sigma II in this comparison provided by GamesWire. It's pretty breath-taking really. Couple that with Sixaxis controlled breasts and a ton of new..
September 24th will mark the date of the Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 demo hitting American shores; just one week after its release in Japan
There were no details of what the demo would entail but we're hoping it involves some kind of boob manipulation.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 features one key improvement over its XBOX 360 release
The updated Playstation 3 title features Sixaxis motion controls. Now don't jump to the options menu to turn them off straight away. Just watch the advert which perfectly demonstrates what you can do with the game's motion controls. Take that Wii. Up - and down. Up - and down.
Up until now, it's probably fair to say that the Sixaxis controller has been somewhat of a flop
Decent exposure in flower and Killzone 2 haven't really been enough to make the motion controls a worthwhile addition. Tecmo hope to change all that with Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. To talk you through it rather simply, a simple shake of the Playstation 3 controller in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 will cause, well, a..