No more ninjas?

According to an interview with Tomonobu Itagaki over at CVG, it’s the end of the line for both the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive series of games. Itagaki is the famous creator of both those hugely popular video game franchises. He states in the interview via a translator from his native Japanese that he and his closest colleagues have accomplished everything they have wanted with those games.

Ninja Gaiden II will be available as an XBox360 exclusive on June 3rd, 2008 and is currently available for pre-orders. For nostalgia sake you can also purchase the original Ninja Gaiden through XBox Live as a downloadable game for 1200 Microsoft Points. I doubt there’s a need to do so story-wise though.

The final game in the Dead or Alive series is the disappointing Dead or Alive 4 which launched with the XBox360. My Hong Kong XBox360 came as a package deal with DoA4 and I’ve been regretting that one ever since. I’d always been a huge fan of the series but the changes to counter-attacks in the game really ruined it for me. I refuse to link to the Dead or Alive Volleyball spin-off games.

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4 Responses to “No more ninjas?”

  1. Katie says:

    WHAT?!?!?!?! No more DoA?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Those were my favorite fighting games :(

    Though, I do agree, the changes to counter-attacks in DoA4 totally sucked. But DoA3.. solid gold.


  2. cybrpunk says:

    My favorite is still the classic DoA2: Hardcore on the Playstation 2. I sank more hours into that game then I can legally admit in writing.

  3. LOL. Those Volleyball games really threw me. Crazy stuff!

  4. Livingdead says:

    So what you’re saying is that Tecmo has finally crafted the hardest game in existence AND perfected digital boobie bounce??

    Say it ain’t so.

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