Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Developer Comcept
Spark Unlimited
Team Ninja
Publisher Tecmo-Koei
Designer Keiji Inafune
Engine Unreal Engine 3
Platform Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
Release date NA 18 March, 2014
AU 20 March, 2014
EU 21 March, 2014
JP 27 March, 2014
Genre Action-adventure game, Hack and Slash
Mode Single player
Rating ESRB: M (Mature)
ACB: R18+
OFLC (NZ): R18
PEGI: 18
Media Digital Download, Optical Disk, Blu-ray Disc
For the eponymous character, see Yaiba Kamikaze.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a spin-off game in the Ninja Gaiden Series developed in tandem by Comcept, Spark Unlimited and Team Ninja; directed by Keiji Inafune. The game was released for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows platforms on March 18, 2014 in North America, March 20, 2014 in Australia and March 21, 2014 in Europe.


Ninja Gaiden chronology
Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden Shadow
Ninja Gaiden (Black/Σ/Σ+)
Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword
Ninja Gaiden II (Σ2/Σ2+)
Ninja Gaiden 3 (Razor's Edge)
Ninja Gaiden X
Ninja Gaiden Episode I
Ninja Gaiden Episode III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
Ninja Gaiden Episode II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
Ninja Ryukenden
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Unlike most Ninja Gaiden games, the primary character is a ninja named Yaiba Kamikaze, who was killed in a battle against Ryu Hayabusa. After being found by a mysterious organization called Forge Industries, Yaiba is brought back to life as a cyborg in order to hunt down Hayabusa throughout a Zombie infested Ukraine, with support from Miss Monday, a scientist from the organization and Alarico del Gonzo, CEO of Forge Industries. Yaiba goes into his mission seeking revenge against Ryu for their previous encounter.


The gameplay in Yaiba employs the Unreal Engine 3 in a manner similar to other console action games, running at 30 FPS. The main enemies in the game are zombies that Yaiba has to fight in order to move on. His main weapons are his broken katana, Heartless and his cybernetic arm, though he can also use pieces of the various zombies types and enemies as weapons.

The "Ultimate Technique" ability seen in other Ninja Gaiden games has been replaced by a mode called "Bloodlust" which, when activated, allows Yaiba to decimate multiple enemies around him in quick succession.

The game also contains a retro style Arcade Mode, titled Ninja Gaiden Z. In this mode the cutscenes are parodies of bad translations in old games and the player progresses trough a more structured series of levels.



GDC ComicEdit

External LinksEdit

Official Site