Fans of the Ninja Gaiden franchise are in for a treat! Team Ninja is giving its newest incarnation of the classic series a retro-makeover, and it’s mind-blowing. The new title, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and on Steam on March 4th, 2014.
To create the new title, Team Ninja took a good hard look at what makes ninjas so fascinating, to Japanese and American fans alike. It’s a valid question, since both cultures have different definitions of ninja. Since the game marks a collaboration between Japanese Team Ninja and Tecmo Koei’s American team, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will fuse the two cultures together while holding fast to Team Ninja’s experience producing amazing action titles.
To give you an idea of what Team Ninja and Tecmo Koei America have in store for us, the story of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden follows below.
The ninja are the most elite of warriors, exercising unparalleled skill, precision, and lethality for centuries. Only the most deadly candidates are given the rare and coveted opportunity to join the clan.
The final test of a ninja’s training is to face a true ninja master in combat. For years, Yaiba was that final ninja. But after suffering the indignity of serving a clan led by the weak-willed and spineless, he decided he had had enough. It only seemed natural to him that he should claim the spines they had no use for. Among his confederacy of cowards, the weakest of all in Yaiba’s eyes was the “legendary” Ryu Hayabusa.
Fifteen dead ninjas later and Yaiba found himself face-to-face with the straight-arrow poster boy. A vicious battle ensued and when the dust cleared, Ryu Hayabusa stood victorious — for the moment. But that’s only where the story begins…
What Hayabusa took from Yaiba with the Dragon Sword — his eye, arm, and life — technology restored. Due to the intervention of the mysterious benefactors, Yaiba reawakens as rage-filled as ever. Only now, a zombie outbreak threatens to plunge the world into darkness. Now literally and figuratively armed by cutting-edge technology, he’ll have to carve a path through legions of grotesque and deformed undead to reach Ryu Hayabusa. With Hayabusa racing against time to determine the source of the infection, Yaiba must leave his own parallel trail of destruction if he’s to exact his revenge.
The game looks downright stunning, and goes a bit retro to create a whole new action game, with amazing gameplay and elements of older Ninja Gaiden games thrown in. Pixellated sprites are scattered about, and the cut scenes hold all the flavor of early Ninja Gaiden games from the 8-bit era.
Check it out for yourself! Team Ninja’s first episode in their series Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Dev Dairy is below, followed by a trailer full of action from Yaiba. Check it out!