Ninja Gaiden 2 unmasked?

Source: A NeoGAF post pointing to a now-dead URL on the official Japanese Xbox site. What we heard: It's been nearly three and a half years since the Ninja Gaiden series made its triumphant return. Since then, the critically lauded Xbox remake was rereleased in 2005 with new content as Ninja...

Source: A NeoGAF post pointing to a now-dead URL on the official Japanese Xbox site.

What we heard: It's been nearly three and a half years since the Ninja Gaiden series made its triumphant return. Since then, the critically lauded Xbox remake was rereleased in 2005 with new content as Ninja Gaiden Black, and then graphically upgraded and further expanded for this year's PlayStation 3 port, Ninja Gaiden Sigma.

But while the resurgent adventures of shadow warrior Ryu Hayabusa have spawned an all-new DS game, Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword, many have been wondering when a true Ninja Gaiden sequel would arrive. Though he would not confirm a sequel outright, Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki has declined to deny assertions in the gaming press that his shop is working on Ninja Gaiden 2.

Today, though the proof was in the pudding--blood pudding, to be more precise. An eagle-eyed poster on gaming-news bazaar/loosely controlled riot NeoGAF posted a series of screenshots he or she claimed to have taken from an official product page on the Japanese version of Xbox.com. Though the page was, unsurprisingly, quickly pulled down, the authentic-looking screenshots show a far bloodier and gorier game than the ultraviolent original.

Embossed with the official Xbox 360 logo, the pictures show Hayabusa not only dispatching foes, but also dismembering and, in one case, beheading them. In one shot, the master ninja is seen lopping off a foe's arm in a cloud of arterial spray worthy of the teahouse massacre in Kill Bill or one of its Japanese filmic inspirations, such as the Lone Wolf and Cub series.

The official story: "At this time we are not commenting.--Microsoft rep. "Sorry, I can't comment on that."--Tecmo rep.

Bogus or not bogus?: Either not bogus--or an incredible job of fakery.

[UPDATE] Ninja Gaiden 2 has been officially confirmed. So now that the question of "if" there will be a Ninja Gaiden is answered, gamers can now excitedly ask, "when?"

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Chaos_Pawner
Chaos_Pawner

It's legit now. X-PPP lol Anywho.... hehehe.... I knew the game I've been wishing to come out since the 360 launched had finally will finally reveal itself. Arrive with a thorough completion in your production, Ninja Gaiden 2. I'll be one of the numerous gamers who is waiting to get our hands on you. ^-^ Don't decapitate us when the day you are purchasable arrives, though. O_o;; X-DD

flaminshadowman
flaminshadowman

plz make it come out for the ps3, its a must, must, must buy.

champhf
champhf

i can't belive what im seeing...is this real? (rub eyes and looks at pictures again) this is going to be a great game. i hope they don't water it down and ruin the concept.

coler69
coler69

have the demo from tgs man its better than it looks

p00phead
p00phead

ninja gaiden 2 holy crap hope its as gory as onimusha and ninja gaiden sigma and will let you be some one else maybe hayate or ayane

hub0
hub0

at last, Ninja Gaiden 2, now the king of 3d action game is finally back!! and by the way too much blood is not exactly a good thing in my opinion, well, great fun for the whole family I guess.

DeathByControl
DeathByControl

awesome! i might have to go get a 360 now:P wonder if there'll be a ps3 version?

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

ho ho ho, let's see this get an AO rating! just kidding

Anitadaephobia
Anitadaephobia

Just when you thought the 360 couldn't get any better it go ahead and does.

femme7
femme7

Um what? Previous NGs never had whole body cutting, leg cutting, crotch stabbing stuff. Also, this is still early, Halo 3's graphics came a long way since beta, NG2 has time to do that also. And if you check the european-like cities' backgrounds, you will already notice how much of an improvement it is. Nice detail and lighting there. EX: http://www.1up.com/do/slideshow?pager.offset=0&mt=0&cId=3162695&mId=3392589 We haven't even seen this in action yet, and from the previews, like from IGN, clearly state that this game looks hectic, chaotic, faster, and just full of win.

dirty01
dirty01

yeah I can not believe they are finally making this game, I'm so happy not just a remake woot woot .

mpirooz
mpirooz

Aye, original Ninja Gaiden had decapitations all over the place. Oh, and making 360 games and PS3 games in one development cycle is not as easy as PS2/Xbox developing was, so... expect to see this on the PS3 just not until around a year later.

fabz_95
fabz_95

I absoutley loved ninga gaiden sigma on ps3 so this looks great

AnubanUT2
AnubanUT2

The good news is that MS understands that the game also has to appeal to casual gamers and unskilled gamers so there will definitely be a difficulty level that suits us novice Ninjas. I can't wait for this game. NG was the 4th game I ever bought for my Xbox so this is great news to me.

iboo01
iboo01

sick i cant wait

tvoice
tvoice

Cool...but will it have more gore than Conan?

rocket831
rocket831

360 Exclusive, sick. The first one was hard as hell but it's all good.

Cubb7
Cubb7

Sweetness!!! :D

Pedro7_2000
Pedro7_2000

SO, SO tight! The first game was great, so lookig forward to the sequel.

OdaMatsu
OdaMatsu

Well... I want to play it! Looks like it will be a bigger hit than the first one.

_lou254_
_lou254_

wow i thought this games was only gonna b on a ps3 wow cant wait for this one it looks sweet

Kid8Ace
Kid8Ace

I've been waitng for this for a while

Mindchamber
Mindchamber

I dont understand why everyone is so amazed. the graphics look exactly the same. aside from some extra blood, you were already able to decapitate and cut a body in half with power moves. Part one paved the way graphically. it was so ahead of its time in that department, that the PS3 version isnt much upgraded aside for some extrabumps and polys. part 2 needs to be the same way.

nmanma
nmanma

been waiting and finally, hopefully my best game has arrived with part 2

kiaba13
kiaba13

This is gonna be sweet, can't wait for it to come out. Hopefully it is gonna be the same difficulty as last time, if not more difficult. Maybe online fighting between ninjas, might be sweet.

Antny622
Antny622

gore or no gore I WANT IT

Mijis
Mijis

all this blood and gore doesn

magix2k
magix2k

Hmm, the pics looks promising. Lot's of blood and gore ;)

Nawras
Nawras

Oh God the blood

Delgun82
Delgun82

Ninja Gaiden Sigma... ha, ha, ha!!!

Kashra021
Kashra021

All ideas of it being a PS3 multiplatform were smashed when it was shown... It isn't TECMO publishing it this time, it is Microsoft... Kinda sucks for the ps3 owners who don't have 360's =(.

akif22
akif22

it's got the same artstyle, which is great love the new blood effects

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

Although the game looks really good, but the hack and slash thing has increased so much that, Ryu is now looking like a blood hungry barbarian and no more a disciplined ninja.

the_humanity
the_humanity

they're real pics, at the announcement they commented on leaked photos, also, the game looks good, but the specular and other stuff is really over-done and ugly :(

lsny
lsny

Excellent! This is certainly on my 'To Buy' list.

OU_Munky
OU_Munky

ChiefFreeman If it's fake, it's a darn good job by someone. Hopefully, that's real. Finally, decapitation in a Ninja game!! um..i decapitated many people in the NG on xbox...

Penguin_Avenger
Penguin_Avenger

Ninja claws :o awesome... that gives my hopes of there being a larger selection of weapons some support

nynthninja
nynthninja

the real trailer is on xbl marketplace stating 360 exclusivity (for now) ima still gat it for the 360, cause ur port cant beat my achievements son

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Man, if those were fake, I want to know how good the real would look like! But yeah, those are some awsome pics. Damn though, that is some pretty brutal stuff Ryu's doing to those other ninjas.

wreckless999
wreckless999

Only For XBOX 360... Ninja Gaiden 2... and is true. Sorry PS3. But you can't play this game on a PS3. Is too much for the PS3. You need 2 PS3 to play this game... jajajajajaja.

KilzoneOwnsHalo
KilzoneOwnsHalo

omg....I cant believe team ninja wanted to make it for 360...damn it....I have a ps3 and a 360 but I would rather have the game made for a more powerful system so it could have better graphics....now the game is limited by 360 hardware man damn.

nappan
nappan

Oh I just can't wait. Those shots look DELIGHTFUL. Yum.