Ninja Avatar Parts Bundled With Ninja Blade NXE Theme

By Spencer . November 20, 2008 . 8:56am


By now you should have downloaded the Next Xbox Experience and probably created a bland looking avatar. Just for fun I tried making Link and Cloud as avatars, but both of them look like hipsters instead of heroes. The avatar system is flexible, but is intentionally gimped. Why? Microsoft already has plans to release avatar theme packs.


Microsoft and third party publishers are going to cash in further by packaging avatar parts with NXE custom themes. From Software is testing this strategy by selling four Ninja Blade wallpapers and five ninja avatar parts into a premium bundle for 250 Microsoft Points ($3.12). Previously Xbox themes were priced at 150 Microsoft Points ($1.87), but those old themes don’t mesh with the revised dashboard well.



Update: After getting a few e-mails saying there are no avatar parts and Microsoft’s official Ninja Blade theme page saying there are 5 types of ninja avatar objects included I did a little research or in other words I bought the theme. Unfortunately, there are no ninja avatar costumes. Unless avatar parts are region locked and I’m not seeing something the vague statement of 5 ninja avatar objects are the backgrounds for your friends list.

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  • Angelous

    Spencer, is the Ninja Blade premium theme available on the US marketplace?

  • heero420

    lol ya my avatar looks like cloud, err looks like me lol (but with tighter cloths lol, but i still like my avatar picture of kuzo from samarai7 :)

  • Spencer

    @Angelous – I can’t seem to find it on the US Store, but it’s definitely on the Japanese store so this may be Japan only for now. Honestly, if this was like 80 points or something I might be tempted to get it just to see what ninja parts you get, but 250 seems like a waste.

  • kevgallacher

    I hat it how with this new update, Microsoft seem to think they can charge 70% more for their themes. What extra are you actually getting? We get only one and a half pictures (most of it is covered by a large semi-circle) now as apposed to 4 like before and they stupid objects in your friends lists.

    Also I thought our old themes were supposed to be 100% compatible, they are now the wrong ratio and you only see half the picture.

    I really think you should get a free theme relevant to whatever game you have put in the drive. It should unlock a theme automatically. if you want to get others then charge for them.

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