By now you should have downloaded the Next Xbox Experience and probably created a bland looking avatar. Just for fun I tried making Link and Cloud as avatars, but both of them look like hipsters instead of heroes. The avatar system is flexible, but is intentionally gimped. Why? Microsoft already has plans to release avatar theme packs.
Microsoft and third party publishers are going to cash in further by packaging avatar parts with NXE custom themes. From Software is testing this strategy by selling four Ninja Blade wallpapers and five ninja avatar parts into a premium bundle for 250 Microsoft Points ($3.12). Previously Xbox themes were priced at 150 Microsoft Points ($1.87), but those old themes don’t mesh with the revised dashboard well.
Update: After getting a few e-mails saying there are no avatar parts and Microsoft’s official Ninja Blade theme page saying there are 5 types of ninja avatar objects included I did a little research or in other words I bought the theme. Unfortunately, there are no ninja avatar costumes. Unless avatar parts are region locked and I’m not seeing something the vague statement of 5 ninja avatar objects are the backgrounds for your friends list.
Images courtesy of Microsoft.