Ninja Gaiden II costume packs bleed money

By Spencer . July 2, 2008 . 11:05am

shadow.jpgThe Ninja Gaiden II costumes caught my attention since they were originally going to be part of a launch day or pre-order promotion. When Ninja Gaiden II launched, the costume promotion was a forgotten memory. Suddenly, three of them are on the Xbox Live Marketplace including the Dark Fiend armor which was supposed to be limited to 39,000 gamers only. No “specific country promotions” ever happened. Well, that isn’t entirely true. Taiwan had a Ninja Gaiden II model contest, but I don’t think the finalists got Dark Fiend armor.


The Dark Fiend armor is now on sale for 200 Microsoft Points ($2.50) along with Biometal and Shadow Walker costumes. Each costume is 200 Microsoft Points ($2.50), a change from the update on Gamerscoreblog where a costume five pack was supposed to cost 200 points ($2.50). Essentially, you’re paying five times as much for the outfits if you collect them all. Each costume has five variations so the original update on Gamerscoreblog is correct. One armor with five colors for 200 Microsoft Points.


Something happened and by now our attention is fixated elsewhere (E3?) so the unexpected change in costume pricing/strategy hasn’t been discussed. I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, but I wonder if this has anything to do with Itagaki leaving Team Ninja and the impending Tecmo lawsuit.


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  • Daizyujin

    Here we go again. If the fact that this content was obviously already done before release and being sold separately isn’t bad enough now we have to deal with price gouging. It is so sad that this trend of selling such obviously held back content has actually taken off. $60 for the full game and then you want to charge me almost 1/6 of that for 3 stinking costumes? The fact that this stuff will actually sell makes it kind of embarrassing to even call myself a gamer. Its the horse armor all over again. No thanks Tecmo.

  • To clarify, there are 3 sets of 5 costumes each. You get 5 costumes for 200 pts.

  • Aoshi00

    Exactly, never really liked the idea of paying for the so-called “extras” that are ready in the first place and obviously withheld for greedy gains. What happened to unlocking stuffs after you beat the game and such, look at the countless goodies hidden all over MGS4, those things make you want to replay the game multiple times w/ different approaches to unlock the easter eggs.

    Like w/ Lost Odyssey, as much as I love that game, never had I regretted paying for that tacked-on extra abyss dungeon, biggest waste of money. And the extra novella and cut-scene viewing lamp, not that 200 pts is a lot, but those are things that were there but locked on the disc, and you just feel like you got major ripped off.

  • Aoshi00

    Oh yeah, I read the letters from both Itagaki (and Tecmo’s rebuttal) on Famitsu before, I was wondering what that was about, of course none of us would know the truths, the director does look kind of shady :)

    In case they need to compensate Itagaki, I guess every bit helps, even by charging extra for costumes.

  • @Chris Paladino – You’re right I checked it out on the Xbox Marketplace to verify. You get five costumes for 200 points, which is a better deal. The Famitsu article didn’t say how many costumes were in the pack. I’m going to update the post and correct this.

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