Inafune Explains What The “Yaiba” In YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z Means

By Ishaan . June 7, 2013 . 12:00pm

In a new developer diary video, Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi and Comcept’s Keiji Inafune discuss the development of YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z. Inafune begins by sharing what the word “Yaiba” means. The two then go on to discuss the game’s overseas developer, Spark Unlimited, their contribution the game, and how Western developers differ from those in Japan.



YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z is in development for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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  • Keima88

    Zombies and a ninja with a robot arm! Where is the pirate sidekick?

    Hmm about the game… its interesting. I will wait for more info/gameplay before making my decision to buy/support this game.

    Summon! Keiji Inafune Battleship!

    • Charles Parker

      “Honor and death go together like hot sauce and my balls”

      Eh from that line in the trailer last night I still don’t know what t think.

  • Damarius Wingfield

    Will this be a reboot like DMC?! This is probably in the future!

  • Vesperion

    I learned a lot about how the American’s and Japanese build houses

    • Damarius Wingfield


    • ShadowDivz

      Such a unique metaphor.

      • Linhua

        … it kinda seemed to work for me though. I was having a hard time trying to understand what he meant exactly when he was talking about the processes between Japanese & Western developers the way they reach the end of development and then he hits us with the house metaphor.

  • Yan Zhao

    Interesting metaphor on how houses are build compared to game development process between east and west.

    • ShadowDivz

      I loved it. It’s by far, the most interesting comparison i’ve ever heard.

  • Tincho D

    Deadpool meets Dynasty Warriors.
    I want to believe the combat system won’t be dull and it’ll be as challenging as a game with Ninja Gaiden in the title, i want to believe.

  • Linhua

    … I just can’t get this guy’s Neptunia Face model out of my head… XD

    … anyway, i’m curious just what the differences are between Western themed ninjas and Tradition Japanese ninjas.

    … gotta say I liked how both the Samurai AND Ninja were portrayed in Samurai Champloo.

    … dat YATSUHA~ *drools*

    • Vesperion

      What about how the American’s were portrayed? Yankee doodle?

      • Linhua

        … lol… alright i’m gonna go ahead and make an attempt to defend this one. XD

        … you see, if you notice how all of the Naruto characters look already, the most of them look as though they’ve come from all walks of life and do not appear to look of Japanese descent at the very least.

        … so in order to differentiate these, erm… fellows here in this pic… they’d have to go the lengths to some pretty extreme stereotypes just for the viewers to notice any difference… and this is the result. XD

        • Vesperion

          Oh i already knew the joke lol. I was looking for Manzo the Saw in the sailor uniform, but i couldn’t find a image lol

  • epndkempot

    When I read Yaiba, thought it is the spiky samurai.

  • artemisthemp

    Not a big fan of Ninja Gaiden, but I like the drawing style and well Inafune have shown his talent for me with Soul Sacrifice, that he can make good, so I will keep a eye out for E3 demo.

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