Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Gives A Glimpse Of Its First Two Stages

By Ishaan . December 13, 2013 . 12:32pm

With Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z’s release just a couple of months away, Tecmo Koei have begun sharing more details on the game, along with in-game footage. This morning, they released a new trailer for the game that shows off its first two stages.



As reported earlier in the week, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will feature an alternate mode that features a side-scrolling camera as an homage to the original NES Ninja Gaiden games. This mode is meant to be especially challenging.


Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be available on February 28th in Europe and March 4th in North America for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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  • Yan Zhao

    Dynasty Warriors meat Ninja Gaiden. I can dig it.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Whats people’s beef with this game again? Looks great.
    Also was that Steve Blum?

    • brostar

      While I can’t speak for all NG fans but my problem with this game is it’s trying to appeal to westerners. It’s being co-developed by Spark Unlimited. It uses a comic book art style, it’s got loads of vulgar language and it’s got shitty rap music in it. It’s not what I want in Ninja Gaiden. None of those things are why I buy the NG games or why I like them. This is one of the reasons I hate outsourcing. I buy games from developers like Capcom or konami or Tecmo because I like the way THEY make them. Not the way some random company makes them.

      It’s also kinda insulting in a “FF mystic quest” way as if we westerners are incapable of liking anything remotely non-american.
      I’m probably going to pick this game up eventually anyway to see what it’s like because I’m a big NG fan. But this game best be a spin-off only. I want my regular Japanese NG games please.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Ah, totally understandable then. Although I’m not a NG fan, I can understand how you feel.

      • ajneez

        i understand you, but you need understand that they talk about a different new game YAIBA, the only thing they have in common is the same universe that ninja gaiden but not a ninja gaiden game

        • Well, it’s just a spin-off after all. That’s what they said when the game was announced, it has nothing to do with the main series. It’s not as if the next Ninja Gaiden game is going to be be similar to this one or something, so there’s nothing to worry about, really.

      • Frank Bautista

        I have nothing against comic book art style(I think it looks pretty cool), but the whole sophomoric vulgarity and hip hop soundtrack doesn’t interest me. I, personally, would’ve gone with a tone more in tune with the NG series(even the original series) and maybe, considering the art style and fact that Yaiba’s a cyborg ninja, would employ the musical talents of Mitch Murder, Preturbator, Outrunners, or Power Glove. Very electronic Neo-Synth/Neo-Wave music. THAT is more fitting, IMO.

      • Ninjagoon

        Whoa there man. I know this is just your opinion and all but coming from someone who likes Ninja Gaiden, anime/manga, hip-hop, and comics, this game seems really cool. The real reason I wanted to reply to you though was because of the “shitty rap music” comment. I know it may not be your favorite genre but the music that they feature in this game actually surprised me because they used a really good hip hop artist (KRS-One check him out if you feel like it). I’m just saying dont call it shitty just because you heard one Lil Wayne song.

        • brostar

          Oh sorry about. Didn’t mean to offend anyone over that. I do respect some rappers because it takes some real skill to pull it off. As I’m not really into the genre I don’t know what’s bad or good just that it’s not for me. Cool thought that the stuff in the game is good. For those that like it, that’ll be nice.

          • Frank Bautista

            Personally, for me, somethings things fit, sometimes others don’t(it’s not personal, as I don’t mind most rap). Rap music fits in, say, the Saints Row series, or even GTA. Hell, I’d say it’s a perfect fit, because it adds to the world’s feel. But, and this is my opinion, I don’t think it fits with something like Ninja Gaiden. Not everything fits everything else. Imagine a God of War game with a Country Pop soundtrack? Sometimes styles work best, and others just don’t. I like fish. I like ice cream. I don’t like fish flavored ice cream.

            ^^^ Saying that, I’m sure some knucklehead will reply by saying, “I’d LOVE to have a God of War game with a Country Pop OST!!! That and a Call of Duty game with music done by Skrillex and Justin Beiber!!!”.

    • Dagobert

      I think it’s the Ninja Gaiden title it carries. Had it been a new IP it might have not upset Ninja Gaiden fans. I personally could care less, but I felt the same way with Metal Gear Shit Rising. Great game but not a great Metal Gear game. Would have been a great Bayonetta game instead.

  • Personally, I like it. Everything is fast and flashy~ This seems much easier than the Ninja Gaiden games, though. Oh, well. I’m still going to try it out, should be a fun game.

    • SnackEater

      Couldn’t agree more looking forward to this game :)

    • AkuLord3

      Series has been easy after the first game/Black so its fine…probably more challenge since its the first 2 stages (unlike Black which didn’t care and raped you the first 2 >.> <3)

  • Ardus

    Not sure why they bothered to attach NGs name to it. they might have avoided pushing all the buttons of people looking at it as a ninja gaiden game. It looks like a nice bit of mindless fun though.

  • Exkaiser

    The graphic style is quite nice, but overall there’s too much going on in a lot of these sequences (blood and smoke all over the screen, plus a lot of forced zoomed-out camera angles) to be able to place the player character by anything but the glint of his sword. That’s just bad design, I feel. In addition, most of the hits seem a little weightless- like when he swings the enemy around on a chain as a weapon, or the single-enemy sword combos… Combo finishers look alright, though.

    Also, Yaiba himself has come off as nothing more than really, really annoying in every bit of the promotional material. I can honestly say that, right now, I would be most satisfied being able to play as a Ryu and lay the smackdown on him.

    I really do want to like it, here’s hoping the game turns out well!

    • James Reilly

      Yaiba grew on me when he made the “cool gimp suit Hayabusa where is your ball gag?”

  • Arcana Wiz

    I’ll probably buy it, but the protagonist give me the impression that they are trying too much too make him “cool” to the west, too much bad language, “badboy” attitude,etc…

  • Lee Bong Bong

    things were moving too fast when there’s a lot of enemy..color scheme for ryu should be brighter than the zombies

  • Nitraion

    Hmm i dig the comic book art style its cool..
    but yeah gotta agree things move move too fast

  • Lightthrower

    Art direction is all over the place with this, also, way too dark.

  • Dagobert

    Every single game uses the exact same blood splatter brush that’s on deviantart. I’m sure most people don’t even notice it or even care but it’s really annoying me.

    Besides that, uhh yeah not really liking the camera system.

  • AaqibRawat

    Its shaping up nicely the 2D mode is nice
    Really hope There is more variety in enemies apart from zombies.
    Where the fiends at ?

  • brian

    Hm, seems like I’m almost the only one that really likes the way it seems to be turning out.
    Though mostly because I have a soft spot for really fast combat and crowd control weapons in hack and slash games.

  • Frank Bautista

    I was thinking about it, and I DO love the backgrounds. The use of different colors lighting reminds me of 90s games(even some Arcade games were doing that). Capcom, in particular back then, were going wild with colorful game worlds. I’m reminded of games like Mega Man X and Sonic the Hedgehog 3/Sonic & Knuckles, among many many more that took the whole, “go crazy with colorful art” to new levels. I wish more games would do that. It’s purely artistic liberties, not meant to be realistic, but it still looks damn nice. Shame that everybody has a hard-on for the more realistic, gritty and dark look, with a focus on earthy blends over free range of color.

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