Team Ninja lead on Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection features, says they’re still ‘waiting’ for Ryu Smash invite

Team Ninja lead Fumihiko Yasuda Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection titles and features Ryu Hayabusa Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Team Ninja lead Fumihiko Yasuda talked about Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection in this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine (via Ryokutya2089). In the interview, he explained some of the choices behind the title selection and features for the upcoming collection, as well as commented on fans’ desire to see Ryu Hayabusa in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection Famitsu interview with Fumihiko Yasuda

Check out the highlights from the Famitsu interview below:

  • “The reason we put in Ninja Gaiden Sigma for Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden 2 is because it is their final versions.”
  • “The original data for Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden 2 has been scattered in pieces, and we can’t even salvage it in its current state. That’s also why we went with Ninja Gaiden Sigma.”
  • “I think the Hero Mode in Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 will make it possible to clear for those who aren’t good at action games.”
  • “We’ve adjusted the difficulty so that you can now clear tag missions on your own.”
  • “We’ve also prepared Version D (Japan-exclusive digital version with less gore) because we felt that Switch users probably don’t like things too grotesque.”
  • “The game will not support online play. The reason is due to development schedule and other business-related stuff.”
  • “The PS3’s gyro sensor features used to power up ninpo and messing with breast physics will not be included. The ninpo will be powered up from the start. If you’re looking for a function to jiggle breasts, there’s a certain Vacation game out there for you. [Laughs]”
  • “The weaker characters like Rachel, Ayane, and Momiji are about the same as they were before.”
  • “We were able to somehow improve on the harshly criticized Ninja Gaiden 3 with Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. However, I’d still like to get revenge on that with a sequel someday.”
  • (On the fan demand to get Ryu Hayabusa into Smash Bros.) “We’re waiting for the invitation letter. [Laughs]”

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection is scheduled to launch for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on June 10, 2021. Check out what’s in the Digital Deluxe version.