Ninja Gaiden 4 in Development

Yaiba is only a dessert in the overall Ninja Gaiden diet.

As I reported on last week, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be splattering zombie parts all over consoles and PC this coming February. I guess you can say the game is being co-directed by Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi and Comcept's Keiji Inafune. The two of them have regularly gotten together for developer diaries since Yaiba was announced. 

In their latest video, they talk about implementing Inafune's Mighty No.9 hero, Beck, into the game. Besides having the awesome original Ninja Gaiden arcade game in the background, Hayashi revealed that Team Ninja are working on the next "Main Entrée" Ninja Gaiden (make sure to turn CC on for subtitles).

The last entry in the series, Ninja Gaiden 3, was a major flop. That game only saw a 58 score on Metacritic, and the heavily revised Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge only scored about 10 points better. The game noticeably lacked the flair of Tomonobu Itagaki, who was responsible for reviving the series on the original Xbox. Itagaki left Tecmo back in 2008, right before Ninja Gaiden II was released. 

On the bright side of things, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate has become one of the best entries in the series. We'll just try to pretend Metroid: Other M never happened. 

I discuss the current Yaiba news, as well as the state of Japanese fighting games in the latest installment of Regurgitated News:


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Published Dec. 19th 2013
  • khriz_5902
    Ng3Re was cool but is kind old this days ,
    online gameplay is better make history mode multiplayer because play theodore cpu sucks n playin kasumi mojimi and ayane sucks too xD
  • Charles _7537
    An also bring new characters an creation ninjas mode an bringing all weapons back from ng2
  • Charles _7537
    Please keep xbox going with ninja gaiden an the original was good make the game more good like yall did to the NG1&2 an Xbox had it be for PlayStation did make it for both again team ninja
  • xX_SephiROTH_Xx
    pls keep it playstation exclusive cus xbox is gay and casual.... -.- sigma 1 and 2 were better and not shit liek the original
  • Caiahinstyle
    I agree with the other comments.... I would also love to see the other ninja return, especially Kasumi, but with more story line involved around them(and Hayate would be a plus)... And let Ryu Hayabusa finally bang Kasumi... Make it official lol jk, they make a good couple tho... Two player modes/missions PLEASE... Longer and more in depth storyline, I wouldn't mind a SOLID 15 hours of gameplay! Maybe more travel and dialogue among characters... And maybe a "ninja sparring mode" or lobbies in which you can face off against the other generic (or created) ninjas too, I think vs modes online and non online keep the game relevant... People like that kind of stuff
  • dave_6235
    As the other comments state ng 1 and 2 are 2 of the best games ever made so why did team ninja change what was already so great so much, ng 3 razors edge was still good but relied too much on the scythe 360t to get past the hardest parts and yaiba a joke but please team ninja we need ninja gaiden sigma 3
  • Fathoms_4209
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    Better turn out a LOT better than Yaiba, that's all I've got to say.
  • bringbackRyu
    Man, I hope they realize they had a good thing with the original Ninja Gaiden and NG2. Seriously, Call of duty didn't change their gameplay and has only reaped benefits for fans of the game. God of War, same thing, the controls basically stayed thee same and familiar. Both excellent franchises. NG had lightning quick moves, awesome gameplay. Bring it back!! and bring back the options of weapons, bring back the two player missions, bring back the blood, crazy,NG 2, is my favorite game, so insanely hard to beat.
  • keith_7175
    PLEASE, make another Ninja Gaiden w/the combination of Ninja Gaiden Black & Ninja Gaiden 2 together w/missions included. These 2 games are by far my favorite. The details & cinema w/in the games are awesome, Ninja Gaiden 3 razors edge is just different, still good but not as good as the other 2.PLEASE/THANK YOU

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