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Submitted by Jon Wilcox on May 13 2008 - 23:29

Speaking to TVG at Microsoft's Spring Showcase, the creator of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive reveals a new chapter in his gaming life...

Due for release in the UK on June 6th, Team Ninja's Tomonobu Itagaki has today revealed to TVG that Ninja Gaiden II will be the final instalment in the fast-paced action franchise he'll be in control of. Staying positive with his decision, the Team Ninja team leader spoke about how Ninja Gaiden II marked the start of a new chapter in his gaming career, and that development of the game felt like it was his first:

"I'm really proud of how it's turned out. I think is this is the best and most fun game I've ever done. I almost feel like I've been born again, like this is the first game I've ever made."

Itagaki also confirmed that Ninja Gaiden II would be much more accessible then previous instalments, and is set to appeal to a broader audience. When asked by TVG whether he was frustrated that this more accessible edition wouldn't get the broad audience in Japan due to the Xbox 360's performance in the country, Itagaki made a somewhat bizarre defence of the console, blaming a change of economy and a declining birth rate:

"There's nothing that can be done about that. It's things like economic policy, the fact that the size of the population of children in Japan is dwindling or moving away from console gaming. It's a lot of factors involved, rather than that the Xbox 360 doesn't do well because it's Xbox; there are a whole number of social factors involved...It all goes back to the decisions made by the [Japanese] politicians sixty years ago."

The out-spoken developer also revealed his displeasure over 2007's PlayStation 3 revamp of the original instalment, Ninja Gaiden Sigma. Discussing the title, a visually polished port of the Xbox original, Itagaki-san said, "It was a weird chimera of a game, with some things here and some things there. From a game design standpoint, I don't think it was done well at all. This [Ninja Gaiden II] is the definitive version of Ninja Gaiden...I look at NG2 and I think it's the culmination of everything I've done, but it's also a chance for me to change how I think about game design."

In other words, it's a safe bet to conclude that a Sigma edition of Ninja Gaiden II isn't on the cards for PS3 anytime...well, ever.

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By: Anonymous

Added:Tue 22nd Sep 2009 16:11, Post No: 14

"In other words, it's a safe bet to conclude that a Sigma edition of Ninja Gaiden II isn't on the cards for PS3 anytime...well, ever."

LOL


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By: Anonymous

Added:Fri 17th Jul 2009 14:29, Post No: 13

Shows what they know.  Ninja Gaiden Sigma II is indeed coming out for the PS3.  Sometimes I really wish some people would just choke on their own BS.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Wed 02nd Jul 2008 14:58, Post No: 12

comparing MGS4 (ps3 only game) to NG2 is like apples and oranges. Arcade action to intractive movie just dumb.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Tue 17th Jun 2008 14:15, Post No: 11

How is it possible that every aspect of this game is lower than MGS4 but it managed to get the same score?


By: gfh-77

Added:Sun 15th Jun 2008 07:27, Post No: 10

Anonymous Date Added:Wed 14th May 2008 01:25 about bill gates shelling out cash. i say i like that there actually spending that cash to support there fanbase. unlike sony that expect ppl to just hop on board because there sony. anyone say GTA 4 DLC and 3 year warranty IP Address: ***.***.106.236 Gamer Points -Anonymous Date Added:Wed 14th May 2008 01:22 well japan is nationalist when it comes to there products something USA could of learn from instead of feeding the beast known as "Made In China" IP Address: ***.***.106.236 Gamer Points -Anonymous Date Added:Wed 14th May 2008 00:11 Yeah, I'm sure it's the last on the cards. Their dev team has a real great history of sticking with a console company lol. And hate to break it to you Bud, but console gaming in Japan is quite alive, and quite well. It's just that the Xbox is a dead pony there. Morne IP Address: ***.***.233.39 Gamer Points -Anonymous Date Added:Thu 20th Sep 2007 06:50 lol are you just dumb or stupid bill gates retired from microsoft regaredless of that your just a fanboy so shut up and let the rest of the world see what happens if it dont change so what at least its not gonna fade away like the wonder swan or the neo geo pocket colour (oh and if your were still in nappys when the psx came out sony bought out sh*t loads of games companies to stop other companies ie sega nintendo only now have they expired/lost contracts with these companies that these computer games companies can now choose what console they make there games for) it just a matter of time ps ds rules psp is dead and the rest i dont care IP Address: ***.***.38.151 Gamer Points -Anonymous Date Added:Fri 14th Sep 2007 15:47 Bill is flushing out cash again since they bride IGN and gamespot on their games reviews and now flush out cash on square enix to give them a time exclusive games (except the Last Remnant)this is the potentially of gaining the Japanese market share, no matter how much he flush out of his bank it still won't change the market in Japan simply Nintendo and Sony are conquering it sorry no luck for u Bill IP Address: ***.***.212.155 what a sad pathetic bunch of fools you all are this is a review for ninja gaiden 2 not some play ground for pathetic fanboys trying to sell there soals just so bill/sony/nintendo praises there words, heres a word for ya GET A LIFE. as for ninja gaiden 2 i havnt yet played it but from what i hear it sounds like a fantastic game and if it sells well ninja gaiden 3 is a dead cert on this format (dont quite know where you get the idea it wont come out on 360 but i guess your another fanboy so as above for the rest of you)


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 12th Jun 2008 12:25, Post No: 9

My god, what have good games or bad games or classic games got to do with Bill Gates or Sony? Why can't everybody just enjoy good games? Honestly, I gotta hand it to MS this gen for giving us superb games.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 05th Jun 2008 20:04, Post No: 8

It's a shame there won't be a Ninja Gaiden III for the 360


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By: Anonymous

Added:Tue 03rd Jun 2008 21:26, Post No: 7

Ok, Ninja Gaiden if awsome. I can not wait to play it. By the by, I love hearing you all talk about "Game" politics, where schewed and uniformed ethical views are expressed as haphazardly as a game of the WNBA. You make my days brighter you know that. Games are an esscape. If you are gonna get worked up over politics, do so over the politics that matter. Between you and me, its election time.So be a capitalist, make tons of money, own all the consoles and none of this will matter.


By: Glyndwr

Added:Fri 30th May 2008 16:20, Post No: 6

And what does any of this have to do about Ninja Gaiden II???


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By: Anonymous

Added:Wed 14th May 2008 01:25, Post No: 5

about bill gates shelling out cash. i say i like that there actually spending that cash to support there fanbase. unlike sony that expect ppl to just hop on board because there sony. anyone say GTA 4 DLC and 3 year warranty


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