Hamster and KOEI Tecmo have teamed up on occasions before to bring out their old Arcade catalogue to consoles, including such hits as Mighty Bomb Jack and Rygar. Now they are bringing the arcade version of Ninja Gaiden to Nintendo Switch in it’s Arcade Archives form, releasing tomorrow on May 9th.
Don’t get this confused with Ninja Gaiden on the NES however, which is also available via the Nintendo Switch Online – Nintendo Entertainment System app, as this is it’s own kind of beast. Much more so a side-scrolling beat-em-up than it’s NES counterpart, you’ll be able to play solo or with a buddy as Ninja of the Hayabusa clan.
You can read some press information on the game below:
NINJA GAIDEN is an action game released by Tecmo Co., Ltd. in 1989. Play as a ninja using the Five Ninja Fighting Arts passed on from the chaotic times of feudal Japan, as you take out an assassin organization through the horrifying stage “Jungle,” an American city. Perform a Phoenix Backflip off of obstacles or walls to land behind enemies and then defeat them with a Triple Blow Combination or Flying Neck Throw.
It is great to see more of KOEI Tecmo’s early Arcade games make it’s way to a console, and the at home or on the go nature is perfect for it with the Switch!
The game will release for $7.99/€6.99/£6.29, and will offer the usual benefits of the Arcade Archives releases, such as save states, difficulty changers and more.
What are your thoughts on Ninja Gaiden’s arcade version being released on the Switch? What other arcade hits from KOEI Tecmo’s catalogue would you like Hamster to release? Let us know in those comments!
Ninja Gaiden 3 Razors Edge is the far improved version of Ninja Gaiden 3, removing the gimmick of where if you got too slash happy you’d be severely penalised. Now you can get into the great iconic Ninja Gaiden combat without hassle. As well as that new content was added for Ayane and Kasumi was added as a character to play in additional playthroughs or the challenges.
You can pick up the game digitally from the Microsoft store for £24.99/$29.99 much like Ninja Gaiden II, or you can play the game via a physical copy you can likely pick up at your local retailer fairly cheap.
What are your thoughts on KOEI Tecmo bringing past titles to XB1 backwards compatibility program? What other games would you like to see? Let us know in those comments!
In the current generation of gaming, Microsoft has made a big push in supporting Backwards Compatibility with it’s XBOX One console, adding new titles you can play often on a weekly basis as well as allowing you to purchase the game through their digital store.
Now KOEI Tecmo and Microsoft have partnered up to release the original Ninja Gaiden 2 for the XBOX 360 onto the XBOX One console. If you have the game already physically you can now stick it in your XBOX One and play it without hassle, or if you have yet to experience the game you can purchase a copy off of it via their digital store. To top it all, the game also boasts XBOX One X Enhanced experience, so if you have the juggernaut X console, you can enjoy it in a far improved state!
Along with the release of the XBOX One Backwards Compatible version of the game, you can also purchase all the DLC that was originally released for the game including costume packs and the Mission Mode.
Mind you this may not have all the extra bells and whistles the Sigma 2 edition received, but it does have the full gore and spectacle that creator Tomonobu Itagaki originally envisioned for the title.
Ninja Gaiden 2 digitally is priced at £24.99/$29.99, so it may be worth waiting on a sale for it, or simply picking up a physical copy cheaper from various retail outlets. The game definitely is a satisfying stylistic action romp, and well recommended in this form – even without the Sixaxis 16 year old girl jiggling and added content of the Sigma 2 edition.
What else would you like to see from KOEI Tecmo to hit XBOX One backwards compatibility list? Have you played Ninja Gaiden 2 before? Let us know in those comments!
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.
Would you like to see Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z ported to modern systems? Have you played it before? Let us know in those comments!
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!
What are your thoughts on the original Ninja Gaiden coming to the service? Did you play it back in the day? Let us know in those comments!
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!