Izuna Developers Unemployed?

By Spencer . July 30, 2010 . 8:42am

imageNinja Studio, best known for developing the Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja series, appears to have closed down. Their company website ninjastudio.com vanished in May and still hasn’t come back online. There are still links back to it on the various Izuna pages.


Success was the main publisher that picked up Ninja Studio’s games. After they pulled back from releasing DS and console titles, Ninja Studio worked with D3 Publisher prior to their acquisition by Namco Bandai.


In January, Ninja Studio had a placeholder for an unannounced Nintendo DS game in their product page. The last game Ninja Studio completed was Tactics Layer, a strategy RPG with a cosplay system.

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  • I remember I couldn’t beat the final dungeon, even at level 99. Unemployed or not, if that girl canonically beat that thing she is no slacker.

  • malek86

    I guess they just disbanded.The japanese developers scene hasn’t been particularly good lately. It makes me fear for other small studios.

  • Now the title match with them, but I hate that now some studios are closing….

  • That was a fantastic game, at least the second one was(That’s all I played). It was a little on the easy side for a roguelike but I loved the characters.

  • darkonezero

    Why must the good die young!

    • Because we all die young…..lol

  • JustaGenericUser

    And another good studio bites the dust. This is getting sad.

    • Joanna

      Yeah, it is. It’s usually the little studios like Cing and Ninja that get hit the hardest when a recession hits in. I hope there are no more causalities. :(

  • It’s sad to read this right now, as Ninja Studio gave me my first crash course on roguelikes.

  • Nooooo!! I wanted Izuna 3!! T_T

  • Chow

    I know this is in bad taste, but how ironic. :

  • raymk

    Its sad to see izuna go damn them i want me izuna games back.

  • Pichi

    Very sad. I hope the IP doesn’t die and someone can continue with it.

  • symytry

    The studio closing probably isn’t the worst that can happen. As long as the designers move on to other places/projects you’ll experience their work in the future. It might not be Izuna… but that may not be a bad thing either.

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