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Itagaki Rags On Ninja Gaiden Sigma

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While Tomonobu Itagaki adores Grand Theft Auto IV, he totally despises Ninja Gaiden Sigma. And Itagaki's own Team Ninja made it! From an interview with website CVG:

What did you think of the PS3 game Ninja Gaiden: Sigma? I'm told you won't even sign copies of the game...?

Itagaki: It was no good.

Why's that? I thought it was pretty good.

Itagaki: All you need to do is play Ninja Gaiden II and then try and play Sigma afterwards and you'll see why. Despite the fact that it's on a 'next-generation' console there's no evolution whatsoever. That was made not by me, but one of my sub-ordinates who basically tried to copy the success of Ninja Gaiden.


Ouch. We thought it was pretty good! Elsewhere in the interview, Itagaki confirms that Ninja Gaiden II will never appear on the PS3, and if it ever did that would be "a loss of face for everyone involved."

Tomonobu Itagaki Interview [CVG] [Pic]

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@Maldron: Which is exactly why individual designers should largely shut the fuck up. Anyone within the industry is savvy enough to realize that the final decision to port Metal Gear Solid 4 or Ninja Gaiden 2 comes down to what the suits say, not the word of Kojima or Itagaki. Frankly, any level-headed gamers knows the same thing. And even the "reactionary idiots" - after all their bitching and frothing - will still buy the game at the end of the day...Devil May Cry 4's sales are proof enough of that.

Designers make overtures towards one system or company for God knows what reason...and it usually comes back to bite them in the ass. Remember last generation when Shinji Mikami was literally nuzzling Miyamoto? Threats of self-beheading aside, there's enough evidence that points to a "fanboy designer" (or "anti-fanboy designer" depending on how you look at it) in these cases to elevate many comments above the level of knee-jerk reactions.

Itagaki's certainly full of his games, but it would seem that past circumstances involving Tekken and Devil May Cry have refocused some his ire towards the console brand both are most commonly associated with. And a history like that makes it damn difficult to ignore any potential implied meaning.