Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Screenshots Look Stylish And Bloody, All At Once

By Ishaan . September 19, 2012 . 3:20pm

This morning, Team Ninja, Keiji Inafune’s Comcept, and Lost Planet 3 developer, Spark Unlimited, announced the full title for YAIBA, a game previously revealed as Inafune’s next major upcoming title.


Titled YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z, it’s a spin-off of Team Ninja’s series, where you play as a character named Yaiba, who’s after series protagonist, Ryu Hayabusa. In case you missed it, here’s a trailer, and we now have new screenshots for the game as well, and you can view them below.




Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z’s developers are being cagey regarding what platform the game is for, but Inafune has revealed that the game will include ninjas, samurai, zombies, and mechs. Look out for more details in the future.

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  • Octavio Valdez

    I think this guy was the one who made the video in NG3 that said “Bring us Ryu Hayabusa, Bring us Ryu Hayabusa”

  • Probably a Vita title…but possibly 3DS by the look of it.  Or iOS.  Hell I don’t know these days.

    • These screenshots are 3500×1970 px. I doubt it’s either Vita or 3DS.

      edit: Then again, it could just be running in the engine. Still, very doubtful.

      • Budgiecat

        I dunno…. I’m still getting a strong Vita vibe from it…Backgrounds graphics seem kinda low res..could be an artistic style choice but still…

        • Solomon_Kano

          Look at this and then look at Gravity Rush. Prettiest game on Vita atm, but it isn’t quite this detailed.

  • ronin4life

    The main character looks kind of like a zombie…
    Someone Ryu Killed wanting Vengence? O.o

    • Samurai_Heart

      Revengeance XD, sorry couldn’t help myself =p. You got to admit the amount of similarities though XD

  • Solomon_Kano

    With Inafune being unwilling to share the platform and this looking a considerable bit more detailed than anything we’ve seen on portables, this definitely isn’t gonna be for Vita or 3DS. Sooo… Wii U/future Playstation and Xbox, is it?

    Would jive with Inafune’s whole catering to a global audience by being on MS hardware as well, and it would be the only real reason I could see him not wanting to share the platform.

    • PS360 + Wii U I guess. Or it could be a Wii U exclusive ;)

      • Solomon_Kano

        There wouldn’t be any hesitation if it was to be on PS360, and now would be as good a time as any to announce a Wii U game. In fact, I’m certain Ninty would’ve encouraged that announcement be made at their recent Wii U event. So exclusive seems doubtful.

        • Well, they already had one bullet for the Nintendo Direct (Bayonetta 2), maybe they kept this one for TGS :p

          • Solomon_Kano

            Nintendo never announces anything at TGS. The Wii U event was just last week, there wouldn’t be much point in saving this and then not telling us the platform anyway. It’s not impossible that this is for Wii U, it’s just unlikely given all this secrecy. Or, at least, unlikely to be exclusive.

          • Solomon_Kano

            @facebook-1073052585:disqus Beibs lol.

  • I’ll admit- this has me hyped. Looks like a totally different direction. Go game, go! 

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Someone from the Black Spider Clan? Possibly. Ryu’s slaughtered so many of their clansmen over the years, that’d be my first guess of who would want his head on a pole.

  • SantiagodelosSantos

    I have absolutely no idea what this game can be for. It looks nice, but a little too simple for a ps360/wii U. But it looks too nice to be on the psvita/ios/3DS. We’ll see though

  • Stylish and detailed. I love it so far. I’d be tickled if this were a Wii U game, but I won’t hold my breath.

    I don’t envy Ryu having to eventually fight this nightmare, though.

  • drproton

    Looks gorgeous.  It makes me want to see a new Viewtiful Joe.

  • AaqibRawat

    team ninja better pull up their socks.

    this could be a great game

  • is that left arm automail? i guess that’s the mecha part? and this western comic style looks quite good

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Hmm, looking on the graphics there makes me feel like this is Shinobi lol.^_^ and that is something i would really love lol.

    Now, i would really love to know which consoles this is released as seeing the graphics, i feel that this game is going to come to consoles.

  • brian yep

    I thought this (making it openly a spinoff of Ninja Gaiden) was something they’d get in trouble for.
    edit: alright, saw something about team ninja producing it, but damn Comcept seems really busy.

  • Those comic style screens looks quite good!! Hype generated.

  • Göran Isacson

    That is some mighty slick-looking cel-shading they got there. Really like the comic booky style they’re goin gwith so far, and I do hope that everyones speculation that this guy is from the Black Spider Ninja clan is correct, simply because I think it would be cool if those eternal mooks actually got a chance in the spotlight for once.

  • Pretty stylish that they got there, I like MGS style comic part=COOL
    Cel-shading kinda like those western game but i won’t comment about that yet.

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