One game series I have always loved is Ninja Gaiden. From the brutally difficult original NES trilogy to the even more brutally difficult 2004 Xbox revival, I love me some Ryu Hayabusa action. And if you told me I could get some Ninja Gaiden on my iPhone, well I’d pretty much buy whatever Tecmo Koei put in front of me.

It looks like there’s a glimmer of hope in that dream, as Siliconera has learned that Japan is getting a Ninja Gaiden title on the Mobage platform. It’ll take advantage of swipe and tap gestures for combat, but will also have a card-based mechanic going on. Hey, it worked for the brilliant Metal Gear Acid series (ahem, how about bringing those over to iOS, eh Konami?) so my curiosity is definitely piqued for this.

Unfortunately, that’s really all that’s known about the mysterious title so far, whose roughly translated Japanese name means Ninja Gaiden for One Million. We’ll definitely be anxious to see what it’s like when it hits Japan, and keep our fingers crossed for a US release of some kind. Until then check out the original source for character card artwork from the game.

[Joystiq via Siliconera]

  • john360

    Remake the old school on IOS It will be cool

    • handhoney

      Jailbreak and play on a NES emulator. That's how I got my ninja gaiden fix. 😉

      I really do wish they'd make a new 2d Ninja Gaiden though... They were easily some of my favorite NES experiences! I'll keep my fingers crossed that someone will pick up that torch one day.

      It worked for the Castlevania series! Surely someone will notice that.

  • Rob Johnson

    The Xbox version wasn't that hard, and I really don't get people who say Alma is the hardest boss ever, it only took me 8 tries to beat her the first time I played it. I've seen much harder bosses than her!

    • Benjamin Rodriguez

      if anything it was one of the hardest games that were out at that time. I still can't think of any game that did take me that long to defeat bosses. I mean what you needed to win was continuous streaks of good luck otherwise you died.

  • MidianGTX

    I'm not surprised they've decided to milk the franchise after ruining it with NG3.

  • Mhunt190

    I hope the lots of gore

  • chimpman252

    Maybe it's supposed to translate to "Ninja Gaiden: Millennium" That sounds more like a title than "Ninja Gaiden for One Million" 😛

    • Jared Nelson

      I took the name and the fact that it's on Mobage to mean that there might be some sort of social component, which sounds just awful. Hope I'm wrong and you're right though!

  • Jason Urbaniec

    DAMN YOU JARED! Now you have me wishing and praying for Metal Gear Ac!d on iOS. It'll never happen but man that would be amazing!

    • Jared Nelson

      Hey a man can dream 😉

    • Benjamin Rodriguez

      hah ikr, I completely forgot about that game, but man it was so addicting

  • rpgmind

    I was hoping for an endless runner. Need more of those.

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  • workingman

    Any news for this game? It's been over 6 months since it was announced

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