It looks like Ninja Gaiden fans who are looking forward to Team Ninja’s upcoming collection will have to contend with the fact that the versions they’ll be getting aren’t the original ones, as the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection team has admitted that they were unable to find the original codes for Ninja Gaiden 1/ Ninja Gaiden Black and 2 — Which is why the Sigma editions of those games were chosen instead.
During an interview with IGN, Team Ninja head Fumihiko Yasuda explained why they had to choose the games that make up the upcoming Master Collection.
“The reason we chose these 3 titles for the collection is because they represent the latest installments of the numbered series and they are also the most polished versions featuring many additional modes and costumes. Furthermore, when we worked on Sigma and Sigma 2, we went and collected as much of that data as possible and organized it. And since we could fully utilize this data, Sigma and Sigma 2 became clear choices for this collection.
“However, we were unable to salvage the varying assortment of data we had left from Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden 2. And for that very reason, we currently don’t have any plans of remastering Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden 2 on non-Xbox platforms.”
That’s some pretty disappointing news for Ninja Gaiden players who played the original versions of the first two games for Xbox. Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Sigma 2 were released for the PS3, but are considered very different interpretations of Ryo Hayabusa’s adventures to hardcore fans. Don’t hold your breath for remasters of those any time soon.
As we previously reported, Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection will be coming to consoles and PC on June 10.