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All Articles: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
Tecmo Koei has announced that Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, the wild Ninja Gaiden spinoff centering on a cyborg ninja battling zombies, will be available in stores on March 4, 2014. In honor of the finalized release date, the publisher has uploaded a new trailer for the game that introduces us to Miss Monday, Yaiba’s handler, and Yaiba’s unique sense of humor:
Step into a stylized living comic book where stunning graphics depict a world gone mad overflowing with hordes of the undead. Only Yaiba’s drive for retribution and willingness to use any means necessary to get the job done can stop the countless waves of zombies in his path. Yaiba’s lust to kill is insatiable as he mercilessly slices through masses of enemies with his sword, or the array of weapons accessible via his cyborg arm. Miss Monday is Yaiba’s virtual escort and is vital to his survival. However, not even she is safe from his brash, unbridled sarcasm.
I’m definitely excited to play Yaiba next year, but it feels like this trailer hit every trope that Suda 51 parodied in last year’s Lollipop Chainsaw.
Tecmo Koei has announced that Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, the zombified Ninja Gaiden spinoff that stars a robot, will also be available for the PC (through Steam) in early 2014. Originally announced for the PS3 and Xbox 360, Yaiba is in development at three studios: Team Ninja, Splash Damage, and Keiji Inafune’s Comcept.
In case you were worried that a game from the creators of Dead or Alive, Quake Wars, and Dead Rising would be tame, a statement from Tecmo Koei is here to calm your fears:
Players all called to battle fierce zombies as Yaiba, a cyborg ninja who will do anything to get revenge and stay alive. Cleaved in two, he is brought back to life with cyber-technology. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his cyborg arm, he slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon.
Step inside a stylised, living comic book where stunning graphics depict a world gone mad. Hordes of undead can only be stopped by Yaiba’s willingness to use any means necessary to get the job done. Will he kill by turning his cyborg arm into a razor chainsaw for slicing up undead… or just rip off an opponent’s arms to use as zombie nunchucks? Both possibilities fill Yaiba’s heart with twisted laughter—and the desire to kill more and more zombies!
Zombie nunchucks! Shut up and take my money!
Tecmo Koei is bringing a quintet of games to this year’s E3 Expo and their lineup should look quite familiar to anyone who knows the company well.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, the next game in the Ninja Gaiden series (and the first not to star Ryu Hayabusa), leads off their lineup. A newly announced “early 2014” release date accompanies its E3 appearance.
New entries in two other long-running franchises, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate and Dynasty Warriors 8, will also be included at Tecmo Koei’s E3 booth.
Finally, two Vita games: Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland, an RPG re-release, and Toukiden, a new game from the Dynasty Warriors development team, will also be on hand.
More details about all of these titles, straight from Tecmo Koei, can be found after the break. (more…)
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z finally has a home. The wild Spark Unlimited/Team Ninja/Keiji Inafune’s Comcept collaboration was announced at this year’s Tokyo Game Show for “Consoles.” Today, thanks to a series of job postings on the developer’s official website, we’ve learned that it’s coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Here’s what Spark said to the prospective employees interested in joining the Yaiba team: “Spark is looking for an experienced Senior Designer to join us in making a breakout hit called ‘Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z’. This is an opportunity for you to have a hand in creating a bold new take on 3rd Person slasher with Horror elements for the PS3 and Xbox 360.”
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is currently on track for a 2013 release.
Ninjas?… Love ’em!
Zombies?… Love ’em!
A zombified ninja who has to kill other zombies in his quest to take revenge on his killer, Ninja Gaiden‘s Ryu Hayabusa?… Oh my god, I love this idea so much!
Thankfully, it’s more than just an idea. Announced today at pre-Tokyo Game Show event, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a collaboration between Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited, and Keiji Inafune’s Comcept. If that name sounds familiar, it should. Inafune is the creator of Mega Man as well as the zombie-riffic Dead Rising.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is in development for an unspecified group of consoles and, hopefully, we’ll learn more about it soon.