GDC 2008: Ninja Gaiden II Set for June, Ninja Cinema Feature Revealed

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Alongside the Gears of War 2 and Fable 2 hoopla, Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden II had a very strong presence at Microsoft’s GDC presentation. Team Ninja’s legendary Tomonobu Itagaki was on hand to share more about the 360-exclusive action/adventure title. First and foremost, a June release was officially confirmed, narrowing the launch schedule down from its previous Summer 2008 listing. In addition, Itagaki unveiled Ninja Cinema, a new feature being added to Ninja Gaiden II that will enable players to record their gameplay exploits to the 360’s HDD, modify them with various video filters and upload them via Xbox Live for the whole world to see. Sounds like a neat idea.

There’s more too! After the break you’ll find an update gallery full of supremely gory screenshots and the latest Ninja Gaiden II fact sheet overview, including a full summation of the Ninja Cinema feature.

Title: “Ninja Gaiden II”

Publisher: Microsoft Corp.

Developer: TECMO/Team NINJA

Format: DVD for the Xbox 360 video game system

ESRB Rating: Pending

Availability: June 2008

Price: $59.99 (U.S. ERP)

Product Overview:

“Ninja Gaiden II” makes its long-awaited debut on Xbox 360 as the blockbuster action-packed sequel to “Ninja Gaiden.” “Ninja Gaiden II” features a new and improved game engine, developed from the ground up exclusively for Microsoft and Xbox 360 by Team NINJA and legendary game developer Tomonobu Itagaki, creator of the famed “Dead or Alive” franchise.

In “Ninja Gaiden II,” gamers must guide Ryu Hayabusa on a mission to avenge his clan and prevent the destruction of the human race. Armed with an assortment of ninja weaponry, players must help Ryu skillfully maneuver through a world fraught with peril. “Ninja Gaiden II” will feature an all-new gameplay engine, a new auto-health regeneration system, levels, adventures, enemies and thrilling combat with an extensive assortment of ninja weaponry, representing a true evolution of the highly popular franchise.

Key Features:

• Exhilarating ninja action. Assuming the role of a ninja warrior, players will experience an all-new combat system that requires skill and mastery of their full arsenal of weapons, including Obliteration Techniques that allow players to quickly and stylishly finish off an opponent. In addition to the variety of brutal new primary weapons and enhanced versions of previous favorites, “Ninja Gaiden II” will feature unique acrobatic combat and attacks used not only by Ryu Hayabusa but also by his formidable enemies.
• Easy to play but hard to master. The new auto-healing system in “Ninja Gaiden II,” featuring semi-permanent damage restored at save points, is the natural evolution of the franchise’s distinctive gameplay and introduces a new twist to managing health. With a newly implemented auto-healing functionality and save-point system, as well as an extensive story mode and multiple levels of difficulty available from the start of the game, the gameplay of “Ninja Gaiden II” will be accessible to more casual players and challenging to even the most demanding gamers.
• Massive content and engrossing story. The themes of revenge and friendship in “Ninja Gaiden II” give rise to a series of dramatic events to create a truly compelling story. From Tokyo to New York and to the netherworld, the story will lead players through a lengthy, action-packed story mode as they skillfully maneuver Ryu Hayabusa through a demonized world fraught with danger.
• Shared adventures over Xbox LIVE. The Ninja Cinema feature will allow gamers to record Ryu’s combat exploits as movie clips on their Xbox 360. Players’ favorite clips can be viewed at any time, and by coupling them with the black-and-white Akira Kurosawa-style video filter, they will be able to relive their adventures as though they were part of the traditional Japanese art form of the samurai film. The best “Ninja Gaiden II” players in the world will be able to upload their clips to Xbox LIVE for everyone to download and view, making this new Ninja Cinema feature a great way to accelerate the growth of the “Ninja Gaiden II” player community around the globe.
• Realistic graphics in next-generation gaming. Built from the ground up from Team NINJA’s in-house gaming engine for the next-generation Xbox 360 platform, “Ninja Gaiden II” represents the best in amazing visuals, responsive control and thrilling combat with an extensive assortment of ninja weaponry.

Developer Information:

Led by Tomonobu Itagaki, Team NINJA is a subsidiary of TECMO Ltd., a leading developer and publisher of revolutionary game software in Japan. Team NINJA is well known for its hit titles, including “Ninja Gaiden” and the double platinum-selling title “Dead or Alive,” which are highly esteemed the world over. Since its inception, TECMO has focused on the development and marketing of arcade and console game software, and today the company expands into the fields of online games, mobile content and the development of animation content for the liquid-crystal software of pachinko and pachinko slot machines. More information on TECMO can be found at www.tecmo.co.jp and www.tecmogames.com. For more information on “Ninja Gaiden II,” please visit www.xbox.com/ng2.

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