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3:00 AM on 06.07.2013

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z trailer takes a page from MadWorld

GameTrailers has the exclusive debut trailer of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, the zombie-infested Ninja Gaiden spin-off being handled by the trinity of Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited, and Keiji Inafune's new studio Comcept. Damn, does...

Tony Ponce



Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner photo
Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner
by Tony Ponce

Three years ago as of yesterday, indie dev Exploding Rabbit's Super Mario Bros. Crossover was unleashed online, and the reception couldn't have been warmer. For the benefit of the unfortunate few who haven't heard of this darling fan tribute, Crossover is a tile-for-tile remake of Super Mario Bros. but with the ability to swap Mario out for a number of NES heroes, like Link, Bill Rizer, Simon Belmont, or Mega Man. The game was later expanded with more characters plus graphical skins to emulate the look of other NES, SNES, and Game Boy games.

Version 3.0, scheduled for some time in May or June, will introduce all new stages taken from Super Mario Bros. Special, an obscure Japanese exclusive for the NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1 home computers. There will also be rearranged stage layouts depending on your selected difficulty, so what was once a leisurely bridge stroll over a crystal clear lake could now be a perilous platforming challenge across a molten pool of lava.

Finally, I'd like to remind you that Exploding Rabbit is also working on an original title called Super Retro Squad, which is essentially Crossover just with new characters directly inspired by the NES stars. Once 3.0 is out and about, development on SRC will most certainly kick into high gear.

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 Trailer [Exploding Rabbit]

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New releases: The Defiance experiment begins photo
New releases: The Defiance experiment begins
by Fraser Brown

Happy deceit and prank day! It's April Fools, so you might not feel like you trust can these new releases, I might just be making them up and laughing at you. But fret not. I'm a traditionalist, and that means April Fools ends at 12pm, which it is already well past.

It's a slightly more subdued week, but there are still some interesting titles launching. Defiance comes out tomorrow, and it sounds like quite the grand experiment. It's an open-world, online shooter, but the twist is that it what happens in the game will affect Syfy's TV show of the same name, beginning on the 15th. 

Along with this, we've got a few other games to look forward to this week. Cities in Motion 2 drops, and it's looking pretty good, adding more city management than the previous instalment; Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor's Edge moves to more consoles; Sang-Froid pits man against werewolves, and it's about time we dealt with that hairy menace once and for all; and Evoland explores the evolution of the action-adventure genre.

All this and more drops this week. What's floating your boat?

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z: A cyborg ninja zombie killer photo
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z: A cyborg ninja zombie killer
by Dale North

A game about acyborg ninja zombie killer that happens to be the arch-enemy of Ryu Hayabusa? Where has this game been all my life?

Actually, we heard about it last year -- it's called Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. We've heard nothing about the tag team game from Tecmo Koei and Comcept (with help from Western dev Spark Unlimited) since its announcement at Tokyo Game Show last year, but Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi and Comcept's Keiji Inafune showed at GDC today to break that silence and tease their latest.

We got the first details on the game's background as well as a quick look at gameplay this afternoon at a special press event during GDC 2013. 

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8:00 PM on 03.12.2013

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge demo out now for 360/PS3

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ports of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge are due out on April 2, but before full release, Team Ninja has put out a demo for this updated take on the action title. The demo itself features gameplay ...

Jordan Devore

10:15 AM on 03.08.2013

There's gore galore in this Razor's Edge trailer

In case you didn't get a chance to play the slightly better Wii U port of the underwhelming Ninja Gaiden 3, you'll have your chance soon on the Xbox 360 and PS3 come April 2nd. This version will basically be the same as the ...

Chris Carter







Review: Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus photo
Review: Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus
by Chris Carter

After the extremely sour-tasting Ninja Gaiden III that was, in my mind, a disaster in nearly every way possible, it's a bit hard to trust Team Ninja without Tomonobu Itagaki at the helm.

Nonetheless, Team Ninja is still extremely content with profiting off of his former works with the release of Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Sigma 2 -- both in the form of remakes of the originals, and enhanced Vita ports of said remakes.

It's all a bit confusing, but at the end of the day, this maelstrom of porting somehow always manages to translate the pure quality of the originals into whatever version Tecmo Koei sees fit.

Sadly, Sigma 2 Plus is an exception.

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12:15 PM on 03.01.2013

Ninja Gaiden 3 on 360 will feature Smartglass integration

Tecmo Koei has confirmed that in addition to the new content that was added to the Wii U version of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, the Xbox 360 version of the game will be getting Smartglass support. Basically, this version of...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 02.26.2013

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus launches today with new trailer

Koei-Tecmo keeps on riding that Ninja Gaiden I and II gravy train with the release of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 on the Vita -- a game that's an enhanced portable port of a release from 2009, which was a port of the Ninja Gaiden s...

Chris Carter



New releases: Brutal Legend makes PCs metal photo
New releases: Brutal Legend makes PCs metal
by Fraser Brown

Monday has once again snuck up on us like an unfortunate rash you got from a really good weekend. Don't worry, there's cream for that! And much like a soothing medicinal balm, the new releases of the week are here to cure what ails you. 

Brütal Legend finally drops on PC after years of being locked in console servitude, and despite its dodgy strategy portions, we should welcome it with open, heavily tattooed arms. The absolutely cracking soundtrack makes it more than worth a look, and the great voice acting, more than competent action, and art direction that will make your eyes bleed from heavy metal joy makes its failings a lot easier to swallow. 

If metal hurts your delicate ears and Jack Black sends you into a blind rage, then there's still a bunch to look forward to this week. Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires adds some strategy to your hacking and slashing; fans of punishing dungeon crawlers and 3DS owners rejoice, Etrian Odyssey IV finally arrives in the US; Might & Magic Heroes VI gets a new expansion, Shades of Darkness; a curious looking RPG drops on PC in the form of Driftmoon; and Star Wars Pinball is a thing that actually looks pretty groovy.

What will you be using to soothe that nasty rash this week?

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11:15 AM on 02.12.2013

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus on Vita: New screens, details

The sequel to Vita the Ninja Gaiden franchise launch title is coming later this month. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus drops February 26, complete witha new cast, new features, boss battles and more. Tecmo Koei dumped a bunch of ne...

Dale North

12:45 PM on 02.06.2013

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge confirmed for PS3 and 360

The recent retailer listing for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 was correct, unsurprisingly. Tecmo Koei has confirmed these ports as legitimate and announced a planned retail and digital-distributio...

Jordan Devore

5:45 PM on 02.05.2013

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge outed for PS3 / 360

Not even three months since Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge landed, we already have evidence that PS3 and 360 ports of the enhanced Wii U port are on the way. Japanese retailer Rakuten has let slip that Razor's Edge will drop fo...

Tony Ponce

2:45 PM on 01.30.2013

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus summed up in latest trailer

It's back! The trailer for Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus Chris posted about the other week is now available in English. Funny enough, before remembering why this footage looked so familiar, I remarked to myself that Team Ninja j...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 01.28.2013

Ninja Gaiden, Section 8, Madden dropping on PS Plus

Sony is currently offering a 15 month PlayStation Plus subscription for the price of 12. But that's an investment for the forward-thinking man. What have they done for us lately? Well, that 13 for '13 sale was pretty nea...

Kyle MacGregor



New releases: Ni no Kuni arrives at last photo
New releases: Ni no Kuni arrives at last
by Fraser Brown

It's Monday, and that can only mean one thing: it's the beginning of another week of new releases!

And what a great week it is, most notably containing the release of the long awaited Ni no Kuni, Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's sumptuous RPG. Jim's review is now live, and it sounds like an absolutely delightful, if traditional JRPG. Just what the doctor (if I can find my fake medical license) ordered.

In addition, we've got Ron Gilbert and Double Fine's inventive underground adventure, The Cave; the TrackMania-style FPS, ShootMania Storm; Strike Suit Zero, a space combat sim inspired by Colony Wars and Freespace; Croixleura hack-and-slash brawler for PC; an alien-slaying FPS for the Vita, Gun Commando; and a whole bunch more arriving this week.

Blimey, that's a lot of gaming. Anything tickling your fancy?    

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