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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Challenge

Yosuke Hayashi's Avatar + Posted by Yosuke Hayashi on Jul 02, 2009 // Team Ninja Producer

Hello PlayStation Blog readers! I’m Yosuke Hayashi, producer at Team NINJA (Tecmo). Since the announcement of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 in March, I’ve been looking forward to sharing more details on the title, so here we are. We received great feedback on our playable demo at E3 (both Ryu and Ayane were playable) and as you can imagine, we are working very hard to finish up the game in time for the fall release.

Since this is the PlayStation Blog, I’m going to refrain from comparing Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 to Ninja Gaiden II (Xbox 360). All you really need to know is that this isn’t just a port and this will be the most complete Ninja Gaiden game released to date. Team NINJA has put out five Ninja Gaiden games in five years and we are confident that this is THE one you want to play and own!

Today, I’d like provide a quick overview on our three sexy, female PLAYABLE characters: Rachel, Ayane, and Momiji.

Rachel: Strong and powerful. Signature weapon – War Hammer. New weapon – Machine Gun!

Ayane: Young, purple-haired female ninja from the Dead or Alive series. Quick. Weapons – Dual short swords and a dagger with a pinwheel carrying her signature iris.

Momiji: Heroine from Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, who trained under Ryu. How much sexier can a female ninja get? Weapons – Naginata long sword and bow. Check out this video of Momiji:

Each character has its own unique set of weapons, moves and ninpos. If you thought you mastered Ryu, that won’t be enough in Sigma 2! There are plenty of melee and projectile weapons to unlock along the way.

Here’s some fun until next time: On the cover of PlayStation: The Official Magazine’s May 2009 issue, there’s an image of Ryu with his sword standing in the urban landscape. Our artists decided to do a version featuring each of female characters, all for you to download, available exclusively on the PlayStation Blog. We wanted to have some fun with the images, so each picture has three “things” that are different from Ryu’s image. Since Ninja Gaiden is known to have a high difficulty level, this challenge is no different. Some of the differences in the pictures may be unnoticeable to the naked eye, so download the images, look closely, and have fun!

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Ryu Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Rachel

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Ayane Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Momiji

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+ Jeigh on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:34 am said:

Heh. I’m not much for the “notice the difference” sorts of games, but I’m glad to hear you guys are putting some real effort into this thing. Speaking of DOA… Well, I think you know what I’m going to ask, so…


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+ Ftwrthtx on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:37 am said:

Thanks for the info. Any word on when a demo might be released?


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    + aviray on July 6th, 2009 at 4:17 pm said:

    The demo should be out a little before NGS2\’s ship date.


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+ Silent_Gig on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:38 am said:

This post has just made my day, ive been replaying Ninja Gaiden Sigma and man its a blast. Its got me hyped for the new game.

Thank you SO much for bringing this brand new version of Ninja Gaiden tot he PS3.

I hope you continue progressing the series furtuher on the system. Im really interested to play co-op online with other masochistic Ninjas!


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    + aviray on July 6th, 2009 at 4:24 pm said:

    Hurray for co-op!


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+ Vengeful-Chaos on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:39 am said:

Thanks for the wallpaper and the challenge, i’ll have to pass on the challenge my naked eye doesn’t see so well as it is :).


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+ MK24ever on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:41 am said:

I can’t wait for this game, is there any specific release date yet? (For Europe)
Now make the same with the DOA… I want that game so much on my PS3!…

Congrats for the amazing game Tecmo ppl!


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    + aviray on July 6th, 2009 at 4:22 pm said:

    Keep NGS2 on your radar. Details to come soon!


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+ jBat17 on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:41 am said:

i think momiji is the hottest and ayane is a close second.. i’m terrible at ninja gaiden games but i’d buy this one jsut because of the babes lol


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+ SG79 on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:42 am said:

The last pic of Momji has one red leaf falling on both sides, and there is a small ring on the bridge.

And on the far right corner of Rachel’s, there is an empty shell casing.

Anyway, I’ll be 100% happy with Sigma 2 if all if not all the glitches of the original version were fixed. Fairly recently, someone discovered an invincibility glitch for example.

Mentioning the crippling slowdown on higher difficulties and chapter 10 goes without saying. So I’m really looking forward to NGS2 for a variety of reasons.


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    + aviray on July 6th, 2009 at 4:23 pm said:

    Don\’t worry, all glitches from NG2 on Xbox won\’t be in Sigma 2. No more horrible camera angles or other glitches.


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+ Vengeful-Chaos on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:45 am said:

Eh, I gave one of them a go. Momiji has a bracelet on the fence behind her, 7 leaf petals on the floor while others have 9 or 8 and she I think their maple leafs falling.


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+ Akibara12 on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:46 am said:

Rachel has bullet casings lying on the floor,
Ayane has a shuriken right behind her, and Momiji has red leaves falling on her pic.


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+ PullusPardusUS on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:47 am said:

how many diffrences are there? i spotted one already.


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    + aviray on July 6th, 2009 at 4:25 pm said:

    To give you a hint, each picture has three differences from the Ryu image.


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+ Jeigh on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:48 am said:

Whoa, whoa! I just noticed something- that’s a SWORD? I figured it for a spear… I suppose that detail isn’t terribly important, but hearing more on that might actually interest me. She does do a fairly good job of looking good while doing so much bad, though. :D

Also, the bad guys seem to have a fairly impressive moveset now as well (I think I saw that big guy use the spinny-to-ground thingy…majig XD )


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+ Silent_Gig on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:50 am said:

- Rachel’s picture has bullet holes
– Momiji’s piture has a necklace/ring
– Ayane has her ninja knife thing
– Ryu has a orb attached to his katana handle

Am i right? =D


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+ FarRufflez on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:51 am said:

ayane
Kunai on the bridge handle
One more “ball” on the statue head
Red Detail on the floating car on the left

rachel
bullet casing on the floor instead of the sakura petals
gun holes in the bridge handle
scar on statue face

momiji
tree leaves instead of sakura petals floating on the right
different outdoor near the “pagoda”
Kind of medallion hanging on the bridge handle, next to her left leg

Btw, hypeing this game to the moon \o/ Thanks for bringing it to PS3


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+ omnilaw on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:52 am said:

I will be buying this game DAY ONE!


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+ Tr3p1dat10n on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:53 am said:

Sony the direct link to the blog from twitter works, but when I access the regular site (http://blog.us.playstation.com/) it gives me the ”
Be Right Back…

We’re making a few quick changes and the site will be back online in just a few moments.

If you were submitting a comment, please just press your browser’s “Back” button, and try again in a little bit (this way, your comment is not lost).” Not sure if you knew, thought I’d bring it up anyway. Thanks for your time :)


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+ sNsKid on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:53 am said:

Thanks for the images. Ayane is my favorite from the DOA series. It’s going to be fun playing her in Sigma 2.


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+ Doomsday34 on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:54 am said:

Is there going be to any DLC for the game?


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    + aviray on July 6th, 2009 at 4:27 pm said:

    That\’s a fact.


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+ Xoonaka on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:56 am said:

Any chance of single system 2P Co-op?


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    + aviray on July 6th, 2009 at 4:32 pm said:

    Yes, there will be local and online co-op. More details to come about co-op…


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+ Kenshin71 on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:56 am said:

Yosuke, leave the gore in. Make it optional if need be. Game is a violent ninja game, they use swords and the blood is part of the appeal of the game. Think you are making a big mistake by watering it down and using purple mist because it doesn’t have the same visceral impact. Pretty sure most would prefer the original blood is kept.


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+ Tr3p1dat10n on July 2nd, 2009 at 8:57 am said:

Oh, just cleared my cache and it showed up. Not sure if it was that (and therefore by extension what an idiot I am) or you, anyway working now. Ha. <.<


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+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:01 am said:

Three diffrences are 1.mini dagger on the handrail 2. bullet cap on the floor 3.fire leaf in the right floating TOO EASY! :p but thanx for trying to make it interesting..this game looks great and is great and i cant wait to play it! just wish ALOT MORE game producers would start making more games with CO-OP online or off..it shouldn’t be that hard! its the 21st century of gaming cummon!


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+ Shin-Ra on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:01 am said:

Boss guy with wings has moves (and shoes) like Tengu from DoA2!

I just received a copy of Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword so I can catch up with Momiji and everyone before playing Ninja Gaiden 2 for the first time.


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+ enormhi on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:04 am said:

Already see 1 different in each picture: The character, DUH!/DOH!


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+ ROLO_ONFIRE on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:08 am said:

Great, I want this game. Is it true that the violence has been lowered? is there going to be an option to have it like the 360 version?

thnx team ninja for making NGS2 :)


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    + aviray on July 6th, 2009 at 4:42 pm said:

    Team NINJA\’s goal has been to create challenging games, which doesn\’t necessarily mean \”more violence\” or \”more blood\”. We hope and are confident that violence/blood/gore are not the only elements that make up a compelling, cool action game.


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+ ADR143 on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:11 am said:

dam nice


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+ NESGamepro on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:11 am said:

I just got NGS, looking forward to playing it soon to prepare for NGS2.


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+ Korbei83 on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:12 am said:

Certainly is a lot less blood.


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+ Shinriji on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:13 am said:

Bought NGS and loved every single moment of it. NGS2 is day one as well.


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+ Fullmetal156 on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:14 am said:

can i get a ryu avatar im gonna ask nicely ok…..please.


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+ Koolassjoe on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:16 am said:

Several differences. extra bead in the bhuddashead, a kunai on the bridge, red leaves, differences in lighting and bullets on the floor. Cant wait to play.


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+ DDark on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:21 am said:

Here are the differences:

Racael
– Scar on statue face
– Two bullets on floor instead of flowers
– What looks like bullet holes on railing behind her

Ayane
– Shuriken stuck in railing behind her
– Statue has one extra bead on her head
– One extra flower petal is falling in front of her shin

Momiji
– Four flower petals are replaced with leaves
– What looks like a bill board on top of the building is different
– Necklace is hanging from the railing behind her


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+ WFMMK on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:22 am said:

Welcome to the blog Yosuke Hayashi!
I’m really looking forward to NGS2 on PS3, day one buy but can you guys give us an option to turn on gore and blood? Because this purple stuff isn’t that good in my opinion.


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+ BigBoss712 on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:25 am said:

I’m a big fan of the first one but never got to play NG2, so I’m happy I will get to play the best version.


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+ KazeEternal on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:25 am said:

Guess I’ll have to hunt down NGS1 and that DS game (wonder what I did with my DS…. PSP is always with me lol).


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+ SpiritThief on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:29 am said:

Please tell me they will have their own game files (as in; not making me skip around from character to character) Each character with his/her own save file:D

And keep all the blood and gore!


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+ zombie9 on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:30 am said:

Freakin Sweet!!! Also We need Demo! As long as it does not mess up release date (I need it as soon as posible). Can’t wait. Using pic’s as wallpaper for my PS3. :)


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+ feelmuhpino on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:34 am said:

This is great! But when can we expect to see a return of the Dead or Alive Series on a Sony Console? I’ve been a fan of DOA since WAY before DOA2 brought it to the mainstream and put it on the franchise on the MAP! DOA still remains one of my top fighting games and honestly, its the only one I’d venture out to buy, I’d love to see ports of DOA3 and the other Microsoft Titles come to the PS3, I’m sure I’ve missed a lot since DOA on the PSX and DOA2:Hardcore on the PS2.. Come on Mr. Hayashisan! Make this happen! =]


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+ reson8er on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:37 am said:

Please make it an option to include the absurd amount of “blood and gore” that was in NG2. I don’t mind having it default to the improved less gory version, but it would be super cool to be able to go full gore :)

Day one purchase for me, I am a long time fan of the NG series and hold it in the highest regard.

Will there be a collectors edition?


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+ feelmuhpino on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:39 am said:

Thats great news! Now start bringing back the DOA series to its old home Console. I’m sure I missed a lot since DOA2:Hardcore, and I’ve been a huge fan since the first Dead or Alive on the PSX. As a matter of fact the Dead or Alive franchise is the only fighting series I’d venture out to buy. So come one Mr. Hayashisan! Make it happen, even if its just ported titles from the Microsoft. I’m sure I’ve missed a lot since DOA2:Hardcore!!!


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+ nv_Los on July 2nd, 2009 at 10:00 am said:

thank you guys for this awesaome game


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+ dohnut744 on July 2nd, 2009 at 10:07 am said:

These japanese guys really love there breasts lol.


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+ SyphonFilter- on July 2nd, 2009 at 10:20 am said:

Nice, i will buy this on day 1 for sure. Also bring back the DOA series to Playstation, it’s original home!


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+ mafecto on July 2nd, 2009 at 10:21 am said:

There’s a rumor (confirmed rumor) that you guys are taking some of the gore out of the game.

Leave it in please, or make it optional.

Thank you.


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+ SlashZaku on July 2nd, 2009 at 10:32 am said:

Awesome to see you on the Blog :) Glad to see you adding in so much to the PS3 version (3 characters, story segments, bosses/enemies, new modes, etc.).

@43:

From PSU.com:

–This one will not be so violent and gory. The new approach is to make the game more “cool.” Hayashi noted there are plenty of violent video games and he doesn’t wish to emulate that; he’d like to do something different this time.

Personally, I’m not affected by the change and don’t mind.


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+ KingBroly on July 2nd, 2009 at 11:04 am said:

I wish NG2 had a DMC mission setup where I could go to any mission on any difficulty whenever I wanted and stats/weapons/power-ups stacked.

I also wish the camera on the final boss wasn’t so awful. I might double dip on this, depending on what the trophies look like (I’m not beating the game 8+ times to get a Platinum). I’m interested in it, I’m just waiting on all the comparisons.


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+ HESHTODD on July 2nd, 2009 at 11:25 am said:

I was looking forward to playing this one until I heard they lowered violence. Why? Why do that? I won’t play it now. I heard that was what made the game cool. Sorry.


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+ HESHTODD on July 2nd, 2009 at 11:30 am said:

I was really looking forward to playing this until I heard they lowered the violence. Why? Why would you do that. I won’t play it now. I heard that was what made the game fun, all the be-headings. Sorry, won’t get my money.


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    + aviray on July 6th, 2009 at 4:46 pm said:

    I\’m reposting the same reply from another comment to hopefully change your mind about this game. \”Team NINJA’s goal has been to create challenging games, which doesn’t necessarily mean “more violence” or “more blood”. We hope and are confident that violence/blood/gore are not the only elements that make up a compelling, cool action game.\”


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+ Metalmurphy on July 2nd, 2009 at 11:30 am said:

- The moon is brighter on some of the shots.
– Flying car on the left has a red light (Ayane)
– Statue has a crack on the face (Rachel)
– Statue has an extra hair bead (Ayane)
– Leafs falling instead of petals (Momiji)
– Billboard on the right is different (Momiji)
– Bullets on the floor instead of petals (Rachel)
– Necklace stuck on the fence (Momiji)
– Bullet markings on the fence (Rachel)
– Dagger stuck on the fence (Ayane)
– Lighting differences everywhere on all pics

That’s all. What do I win? :P


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+ TakiFuGu on July 2nd, 2009 at 11:49 am said:

I just hope this is not a full price $60 game. Ninja Gaiden 2 is so last year. But that doesn’t mean I’m not excited for the game. I’m just not willing to pay full price due to the fact it wasn’t a simultaneous release.


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+ footballrule on July 2nd, 2009 at 12:04 pm said:

Epic stuff right there. The graphics look great. When will it be realeased?


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    + aviray on July 6th, 2009 at 4:47 pm said:

    We are targeting a Fall 2009 release date.


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