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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Samurai Warriors 4 II is another among the mass of KOEI Tecmo game releases announced this month. Samurai Warriors 4 II is a new and improved form of Samurai Warriors 4 which includes famed new character Naomasa Ii, new game modes, a more focused story mode and improved tweaks to the gameplay itself.
The game will be releasing 2nd October in Europe and 29th September in America for Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Playstation Vita and PC (via Steam).
Check the official Western announcement trailer attached.
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You read the title right, Nobunaga’s Ambition is finally making it’s way outside of Japan to both America – and if you’ll believe it – Europe! This will mark the first fully fledged release for Nobunaga’s Ambition in Europe territories (outside the Wii U Virtual Console release of the original end of last year).
The game will be releasing September 1st for America and September 4th for Europe on PS3, PS4 and PC (via Steam)!!
Check the full Press Announcement attached.
Having recently celebrated its 30th year anniversary, ‘Nobunaga’s Ambition’ is one of the longest running franchises for Koei Tecmo Games in Japan, and during its lifetime it has received high praise by an ever-growing fan base across an array of platforms. Now, its latest chapter, ‘Sphere of Influence’, is finally ready to cross the waters and reach Europe for the first time.
Ogasawara-san, the long- serving producer of the series, notes: “It is my distinct pleasure to be able to present the newest installment of “NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION” to our western audience. I hope gamers will enjoy this one-of-a-kind strategy game that has been refined through 30 years of experience. Don’t miss it!”
Hailed as one of the best instalments in the franchise’s history, this extremely intricate, deep, and meticulous strategy game is set against a backdrop of a fragmented nation and asks the player to take up the mantle of a Daimyo, a feudal lord of the Sengoku era (15th- 16th century Japan), who will fight for the great ideal of uniting the war-ridden country under one rule, thus becoming the first Shogun.
This title, centring around creating a realistic, dynamic, and dramatic playing experience, requires a high level of concentration and skill as players will need to master three key verticals in order to become a well-rounded ruler and successfully beat the game: Creation, Diplomacy and War.
In ‘Creation’ they are called to build up their clan’s standing, deal with everyday issues like building farms & roads, growing the economy, entering trade agreements with neighbouring fiefs etc.
‘Diplomacy’ is a playground for cultivating diplomatic relationships, employing spies, creating alliances, gaining the loyalty of subordinate officers and growing in strength via marriage, oaths of fealty and treaties.
Finally to succeed in ‘War’ players must train troops, level up officers according to the clan’s needs, fortify defences, strategically position armies and attack (or defend) to further their goals and grow their dominion.
Choosing to play either as a historical personality or a uniquely edited character, Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of influence is both a full scale historical simulation and a bona fide strategy title and it offers an extremely wide pallet of choice for the player to shape the world as they please.
Are you looking forward to picking this game up? Are you glad to finally see KOEI Tecmo release their Main strategy games to the west? Let us know in the comments!
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For those of you who have been waiting for any Western news since Deception IV: Another Princess was announced for Japan, you can now rejoice! Known as Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess in the west, the upgraded instalment of Deception IV: Blood Ties is coming to Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita on July 14th for America and July 17th for Europe!
Enjoy the mass sadistic action of crazy, sexual and even completely badass traps!
You can check the official Launch Trailer below, or click here for the playlist of videos on our official YouTube channel!
Will you be picking up this upgraded version of Deception IV? Do you want to see more horror titles from Tecmo? Let us know in the comments!
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