Keiji Inafune “Absolutely Necessary” For Future YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z Games

By Ishaan . March 4, 2014 . 12:15pm

The developers of YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z—spread across Tecmo Koei, Spark Unlimited and Comcept—recently answered a few questions from fans on the game’s official website.


One of the questions from a fan asked who exactly owns the rights to YAIBA—Team Ninja or Keiji Inafune, who came up with the concept of the game?


Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi didn’t provide a straightforward reply to the question, but stated, “Yaiba is a new member in the Team Ninja universe, but his creator is undoubtedly Keiji Inafune. When thinking about the future of Yaiba, Inafune-san is absolutely necessary.”


You can make of that what you will.


YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z will be released for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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  • JonathanisPrimus

    I take it to mean that there won’t be another Yaiba mention after this game sells poorly.

    • zferolie

      WHy do you think this game will sell poorly. Just Inafune being attached to it will have all his fans buying it. Plus the game looks pretty damn good.

      • landlock

        Ninja Gaiden 3 was very bad that will effect the sells of this title even though it’s completely different. What it needs is to get rave reviews.

        • zferolie

          I suppose, but I would think people can tell this is nothing like NG3 just based on the trailers.

        • Yan Zhao

          Even so that doesnt meant NG fans arent looking for sequels in hope for improvement to the franchise. Hell I’m looking forward to NG4.

      • KnifeAndFork

        C’mon the writings on the wall that this will tank

    • subsamuel01

      I have a feeling that the game will sell poorly as well. I for one would buy it, but there are so many good games coming out this month from Titanfall to Infamous that it might get lost in the shuffle.

  • Fidelis

    I like the artstyle of the game, and the gameplay looks fun. The one glaring flaw is the fact that’s overtly obscene just for obscenity’s sake. Which has been happening a lot with “edgy” Japanese games lately. It’s not funny or endearing, it’s just really cringeworthy to anyone who’s graduated middle school..

    J-producers and animators seem to be preoccupied with the f-bomb. It’s a good word that can add emotion, intensity, or humor to a situation, but when you keep using it over and over for no reasons other than humor or “coolness”, the work you’re developing just can’t be taken seriously.

    It’s like having a Japanese guy rap in engrish in the middle of what was a great song…It’s just embarrassing.

    • shuyai

      yea i agree, i hate those “cool western” style game like well basically anything from grasshopper(suda51). basically it is a what a Japanese stereotypical view of western comic nerd consider cool would be with all those “Kaboom””pooow” etc and multiply the intensity by tenfold.

      well atleast this doesnt look as worst as those suda51 crap

      • almostautumn

        Oh dear. I disagree with you 100% on Suda51 (and Grasshopper) titles as being catered and/or commercialized. To each their own, sure, but if you really look at what Grasshopper (and Platinum also, mind you) have put out there, and their subsequent critical/commercial reception, you’d see that they are far, far away from being anything of a pop-culture item.
        More so Platinum, but still GH to a degree: these titles are still entertainment, of course. But in comparison to stuff like Senran Kagura/ecchi, or the western commercial a’la CoD/military, neither of these comapanies games fit in anywhere. And no matter how much of their stuff may appear to be catering to a specific group, they are, at their core and majority, the most unique and independent of games reaching the market. Truthfully, GH (and Platinum) are not representative of “Japanese gaming,” but instead just “Gaming.”
        They’re so awesome— the best *gushgushgushgush*

      • loempiavreter

        There’s nothing better then the ol’ style that’s not crappy animu or stupid amercan comic book style but somewhere in between.

        Days when the likes of Shinobi, Streets of Rage, Ninja Gaiden, Final Fight etc. ruled the world.

        Grasshopper Manufacture is like a continuation on that trend. You don’t like it fine, but don’t wine about it. To each their own.

        • KnifeAndFork

          We could certainly use less of kawaii uguu

    • Göran Isacson

      I don’t think they’re overtly concerned with being taken seriously. The impression I’ve gotten of Yaiba from the trailers so far is that Yaiba is deliberately a crude, violent buffoon to separate him from the cold and coolheaded Ryu Hayabusa. I don’t think they aim to make Yaiba as “cool” as Ryu, they have several times shown him being hurt in amusing ways and so on. So I don’t think we have to worry about them thinking Yaiba is cool because he swears a lot: they probably know exactly how it makes him look.

      • KnifeAndFork

        They’re not saying they’re trying to make him super badass cool hero like Ryu, they’re saying they’re putting a try hard effort of making him rebellious edgy and ‘punk’ which again screams desperate

        • Göran Isacson

          I dunno. I guess that, compared to your impressions of DmC up there: Ninja Theory wanted you to take DmC seriously. I don’t think NT wants anyone to take Yaiba seriously. This guy is irreverent and crude, and I think he’s being deliberately written as this unpleasant douche that we will see get his come-uppance in the story, but also perhaps be able to say things or do things that someone who “starts at minus” so to speak, can do that someone who the game DOES try to portray as cool and in the know, like Ryu, can’t.

          At least, that’s my very rose-tinted view of the matter. I could be very disappointed and they ARE trying to make him rebellious and edge in a desperate, hamhanded effort to appeal to another demographic. But still: that’s how I see this.

    • KnifeAndFork

      This was the case also with DmC last year which was made by Ninja Theory though

  • Jmanforever23

    Omg I’m having such a hard time deciding whether I should get this or BBCP HELP!

    • Yan Zhao


  • Yan Zhao

    SO basically…rights are with Team Ninja, but they wont use the IP without Inafune on the helm. So we wont have to worry about the IP being butchered :3

  • KnifeAndFork

    Yaiba seems lame anyway

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    So I learned I was born on January 18, 1917. Damn, I take good care of myself

  • Immortal1

    Totally getting Yaiba.

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