Last week KOEI Tecmo Japan put in a trademark for Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, the illegitimate child of the Ninja Gaiden franchise. Now ordinarily this is business as normal, as when trademarks run out a company will often renew it to keep control over the title. However what makes this one special is that KOEI Tecmo Japan has never renewed a trademark for any title or series they didn’t soon after announce something for it.
So what could this mean for us gamers? It may be we could be in for an upcoming announcement of a port of Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z to PS4/XB1/Switch, just a Switch port (as they have been dumping a lot of their back catalogue onto the system), a sequel to the game or even as something simple as a re-release on the Windows platform.
As for you guys and girls that are unaware, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a spin-off to the Ninja Gaiden series that focuses on new protagonist Yaiba, who has to battle his way through a bunch of zombies to get revenge on Ryu Hayabusa. The game wasn’t developed in-house like the first three games, and was outsourced to Comcept (lead by Keiji Inafune of Mighty Number 9…uh fame, which is why you also get a MN9 skin in the game). The title was critically panned as a basic button masher with instant death quick time scenarios. Our opinion on it is that it isn’t that great of a game either, just a simple cash in on the (at time of release in 2014) popular Zombie gaming scene.
Only time will tell what this trademark leads to later in 2019.
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Today is the day many Switch owners are going to get their butts handed to them. Ninja Gaiden in it’s original glory is out now on Nintendo’s NES – Nintendo Switch Online service! For all of those who are subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online you can now play the game with added graphical features such as Pixel Perfect or CRT Scan Lines, as well as Save States (if you’re a wimp!).
Along with Ninja Gaiden, two other NES games have been added the library of games too. Puzzler game Adventures of Lolo and Wario’s Woods.
Below if you are interested you can check out the trailer released for it’s Wii U Virtual Console release to get a bit more of a look:
Here’s hoping we see more retro titles from KOEI Tecmo in 2019 hit the service!
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It’s that time of month again where Nintendo releases 3 more NES games to their Nintendo Switch Online Service. This being the last of the currently announced titles to come (though they said much more to come in 2019), we will be enjoy our third game from KOEI Tecmo on the service.
Ninja Gaiden (NES) will be releasing on December 12th along with two other titles (Adventures of LoLo and Wario’s Woods), making the three promised titles from KOEI Tecmo available for everyone with it.
KOEI Tecmo launched Mighty Bomb Jack in last month’s additions to the service, and Solomon’s Key back in October. Who knows if we will be treated to more KT retro goodness in further releases, but considering their strong relationship with Nintendo we are very much hoping.
Right now you can enjoy Tecmo’s Bowl, Solomon’s Key and Mighty Bomb Jack (just to name KT’s games) on the service, and soon to have a very hardcore Christmas with Ryu in his original glory.
Check the trailer showing off the trio of releases below:
What are your thoughts on Ninja Gaiden (NES) arriving on the service? What other NES titles from KOEI Tecmo would you like to see appear? Let us know in those comments!
Tecmo’s classic Mighty Bomb Jack is out now on the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online service. Available for all of those who have an active subscription to the Nintendo Switch Online, you can now enjoy some good old NES action from the brains of early Tecmo.
Along with Mighty Bomb Jack, the original Metroid and TwinBee have also been added to the service if they tickle your fancy as well. Check out one part of the original inspiration for ‘Metroidvania’ genre in action or get in on some old school Shmup destruction.
Last month we got Solomon’s Key from KOEI Tecmo, and next month we are receiving the original Ninja Gaiden title. We can’t wait to get our butt’s handed to us in that one!
What are your thoughts on Mighty Bomb Jack being added to the service? Did you play this back in the day? Let us know in those comments!
Yesterday Nintendo finally broadcast their Nintendo Direct, which was previously postponed from last week due to a violent earthquake in Hokkaido Japan. During the Direct we got more information and news on the Nintendo Switch Online service starting 18th September.
With this service, you will be able to play an assortment of NES games, both offline and online. With this service Nintendo has partnered with KOEI Tecmo to offer some of their retro games. On Launch day, you will be able to play Tecmo Bowl, in October you’ll be able to also play Solomon’s Key, November you’ll be able to play Mighty Bomb Jack and December you’ll be able to also play Ninja Gaiden.
We have no further information on if any more of KOEI Tecmo’s NES games will hit the service, or if Nintendo offer more than just NES games if any of them will be part of KOEI Tecmo’s back catalogue, but it is great to see these current retro gems being up for all those that subscribe to the service, with new online features to boot!
Nintendo Switch Online will start from September 18th worldwide and will cost £17.99/$19.99/€19.99 for a yearly subscription.
What games would you like to see hit the Nintendo Switch Online service from KOEI Tecmo? Let us know in those comments!