One of the biggest announcements that came out of the Nintendo Direct livestream on February 17, 2021 – was a rumor that came true in the form of a collection of 3 games from the Ninja Gaiden series. Ninja Gaiden originally released in 1988 as an arcade game. A year later, it was released for NES as a completely different game from the beat ’em up gameplay. It was received so well, it greenlit a sequel. It was an action-platformer game that you would have to clear stages, and it increasingly got hard. Ninja Gaiden has become an action icon, that still to this day, there are still speedruns of the original NES game. One player even completed the game without taking any hit. Which was deemed impossible until now, because of how difficult the original Ninja Gaiden NES game was.
Ninja Gaiden was revived in 2004, and was an Xbox exclusive. It was later ported to PlayStation 3 as “Ninja Gaiden Sigma.” Ninja Gaiden II was released in 2008, and was also an Xbox 360 exclusive. It was later ported to PlayStation 3 as “Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.” Ninja Gaiden 3 was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and updated for Wii U as Razor’s Edge in 2012 and 2013 respectively. During the Feb 17th Nintendo Direct, Koei Tecmo announced “Master Collection,” which would include Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge. Not everyone’s happy, and understandably so, because the Sigma games, while were ports, it altered some of the original’s designs or design philosophy. Which includes censored violence (the original games were gory, F.Y.I.)
Ninja Gaiden Master Collection arrives to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on June 10, 2021.