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Team Ninja's Hayashi: Japanese developers 'desperate to stay alive'

As compared to the earlier games in the series, Ninja Gaiden III was a critical flop. It currently rests at an uncomfortable 58 out of 100 on Metacritic despite being , a topic Gamasutra previously explored.

What went wrong? "It seems like we made a Japanese hamburger for the West," Yosuke Hayashi, head of Team Ninja, told Gamasutra during an interview this morning.

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DigitalAnalog1932d ago

Japanese hamburger, african hamburger... stop making excuses. Anybody can make a hamburger, but you have to REALLY try to make NG that bad. You neglected the true and only defining values of NG and expect to sell based on "casual" novelty.

Japanese devs 'desperate to stay alive"? No, just being idiots. Either collaborate with western devs or make japanese with no westernization games.

Viper71932d ago

//Japanese devs 'desperate to stay alive"? No, just being idiots. Either collaborate with western devs or make japanese with no westernization games.//

This.. This so much..

Is the language barrier too much to understand that we don't actually want westernization in our games.

why did games like Dark/Demon souls, Ninja Gaiden, Caherine or countless Nintendo game franchises become so popular in the west?

Maybe because they are actually unique games with that golden touch of great Japanese game design that seems to be lost these days with all this QTE and cinematic garbage.

It's also worth mentioning that a lot of game developers are finding success from making smaller and often more innovative indie games. You don't need budget of trillions to make a good game.

Andreas-Sword1931d ago

I want full japanese games, like Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden, Onimusha, etc...