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20 years of Ninja Gaiden in 3D is celebrated by Team Ninja



Last weekend, the Ninja Gaiden franchise celebrated 20 years since the beginning of its 3D era. With that, the leader of Team Ninja went public to celebrate the milestone in Ryu Hayabusa's story and brought encouraging news involving the future of the studio.

According to Fumihiko Yasuda, his company would be listening “carefully” to the voices of fans. This community support would be motivating the company to work on “exciting games for everyone to enjoy”. Read the statement below:

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Source: Team Ninja

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Ninja Gaiden series. Since launching on March 2, 2004, we have felt tremendous support and have listened closely to the voices of our dedicated fans over the years.

Your enthusiasm is genuinely felt and appreciated. For this, we would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts.

Team Ninja will remain dedicated to creating exciting games for everyone to enjoy. So we hope we can count on your continued support as we look forward to what the future holds.


At the end of 2022, the studio had the opportunity to comment on rumors involving reboots of Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden. At the time, it was revealed that the projects would be discarded. However, the developers left the door open for Hayabusa's return in the same year.

Learn more about the story of Ninja Gaiden

The franchise's debut on consoles took place in 1988, in a platform version for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Subsequently, two more canonical titles were released — The Dark Sword of Chaos (1990) and The Ancient Ship of Doom (1991) —, ending the classic cycle.


In 2004, the saga of Ryu Hayabusa was rebooted by Team Ninja, with the release of Ninja Gaiden for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Sequels only came in 2008 and 2012, with a collection of the trilogy becoming available for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

As of 2021, the franchise has sold 6.8 million copies, according to an update from Koei Tecmo. Meanwhile, the best-rated title on Metacritic is Ninja Gaiden Black (94 points), a remaster of the first game of the 3D era that arrived in 2005 as an Xbox exclusive.

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Source: Team Ninja

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