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!
Over the past weekend, at MCM’s London Comic Con KOEI Tecmo announced the release dates for the upcoming release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. Claimed to be the real final release of the game, it will be coming to Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBOX 360 and XBOX One February 17th (US) and February 20th (EU).
There was also information on it’s release plans, such as the Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 versions will be digital only, and Core Fighters (the free to play release) will be making it to PS4/XBOX One and updated with the Last Round tweaks.
More information on what the game will offer and new things it brings to the table are bound to come from now till it’s release, until then, what are your thoughts on the game? Will you be picking it up? Let us know in the comments!